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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Express Truck Tax is Your All-In-One Provider of U.S Federal Tax Forms 2290 and 8849

0 has everything you need to to file your truck taxes online so that you can keep on rolling. It is packed with all sorts of features that benefit Owner Operators, Trucking Companies, and other service providers filing HVUT.

One of the most commonly filed IRS forms among those in the Trucking Industry is the IRS Form 2290, and its accompanying Schedule 1. With Express Truck tax, you can easily file this IRS form online in minutes, and for as little as $9.90, it is the most attractive price in the industry.  

After filing Form 2290 with the IRS through Express Truck Tax, the person filing will receive Free Fax and Email Notifications to let them know that the Schedule 1 is ready. Express Truck Tax also offers optional Text Message reminders as well. Once the IRS processes the Return, you will be notified so that you can print your stamped schedule 1. Express Truck Tax can also notify your contracting (leasing) company to let them know that your payment has been made.

When creating your Form 2290 online, Express Truck Tax will automatically create a Form 8849 for credits. There is also the option to upload an Excel Template for a multiple vehicle filing.  You can file for only 1 truck or up to 40,000 vehicles with our Enterprise Filing!  Express Truck Tax also offers flexible pricing plans to fit any fleet. Tax professionals and CPAs also receive custom discounted pricing to file for many of their clients.  

The customer service does not stop once the form is filed. Express Truck Tax also offers Free VIN corrections so that no one is penalized for a simple typo. There is also the ability to amend a previously filed Form 2290 through the service. For any questions about the service, Express Truck Tax offers unlimited, USA-based customer support via email, chat, and phone. Simply email, call 704-234-6005, or go to to live chat with the excellent customer support professionals.  

You can file your Form 2290 (HVUT) in just minutes via self-service, file by phone and full service, meaning you can register and file yourself, or have us take care of the filing. Either way, this easy-to-use software will save you time and money. was built by one of the most talented teams in the industry—no one has more experience in HVUT E-Filing!

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Changes for Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) and IRS Form 2290 as of July 1, 2011

As of July 1, 2011, the process of filing a Form 2290 for Heavy Vehicle Use Tax has changed dramatically as a result of new legislation not being passed by Congress. These new regulations affect tax service providers, trucking companies, and owner operators of highway motor vehicles with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more.

Heavy Vehicle Use Tax form 2290 - Overview
Form 2290 imposes an excise tax on certain highway motor vehicles (26 CFR Part 41) under section 4481 of the Internal Revenue Code. Section 4481 imposes an excise tax on the use in any taxable period of a highway motor vehicle with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more. The person to whom the vehicle is registered at the time of the first use for the year must pay the tax. The amount of the tax is based on the gross weight of the vehicle with a maximum of $550 per vehicle per taxable period. The tax period begins on July 1 and ends on June 30th of the following year.

for the taxable period beginning on July 1, 2011, section 4482(c)(4) of the present law states that the taxable period ends as of September 30, 2011 instead of the typical June 30th deadline. For this three month period, the tax has been reduced to 25 percent of the tax rate for a 12-month period. Section 41.6011(a)–1(a)(1) requires each person liable for the tax imposed by section 4481 to file a return for each taxable period. Section 41.6011(a)–1(b) provides that the return is in Form 2290, (Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return).

Form 2290 must generally be filed by the last day of the month following the month in which someone first becomes liable for tax. For most taxpayers, their first use of a vehicle in a taxable period occurs in July and thus their return is due by August 31st. This is because July is the first month of the tax period, and if a vehicle was registered in the previous year, July is the first month of the current year. Section 41.6001–2(b) explains that when a state that receives an application to register a highway motor vehicle, they must receive a ‘‘proof of payment” of the tax imposed by section 4481(a). This proof of payment typically consists of a receipted Schedule 1 (Form 2290) that is returned by the IRS to a taxpayer that files the form 2290 and pays the amount of tax due with the return.

taxpayer registering the vehicle must present proof of payment for the taxable period that includes the date on which the application for registration is filed. In the case of an application filed in July, August, or September of this year, the proof of payment for the preceding taxable period may be used. The tax imposed under section 4481 will expire on September 30, 2011, unless Congress changes the law. Under existing regulations, the person liable for the tax must file a Form 2290 by the last day of the month after the month that the person first becomes liable for the tax.  Current statutory and regulatory provisions require the person liable for the tax to file a Form 2290 for taxable use during the period of July 1, 2011, through September 30, 2011. Also, if Congress extends the tax past September 30, 2011, anyone who filed a Form 2290 for the short taxable period of 2011 would have to file a second Form 2290 covering the period after September 30, 2011, until either the expiration date of the extension or June 30, 2012 (whichever comes first).

Extension of Form 2290 HVUT Due Date

In order to provide a more efficient tax administration and alleviate taxpayers’ potential administrative burden, temporary regulations have postponed the due date of Form 2290 for the 2011 short
taxable period until November 30, 2011. If Congress does not extend the tax past September 30, 2011, taxpayers will file one Form 2290 and will pay the reduced amount for the 2011 short taxable period by November 30.  If Congress does extend the tax past September 30, 2011, and substitutes a longer taxable period for the 2011 short taxable period, taxpayers who become liable for the highway use tax after June 30, 2011, and before November 1, 2011, a will file Form 2290 for the period July 1, 2011—June 30, 2012 (or the end of the new taxable period, if earlier), by November 30, 2011. In either case, most taxpayers will have to file only one return for the taxable period beginning July 1, 2011.

Temporary regulations suggest that taxpayers should file a
Form 2290 no earlier than November 1, 2011 for taxable use during the 2011 short taxable period. The IRS will not provide a receipted Schedule 1 for a return and accept associated payment for the taxable period beginning July 1, 2011, before November 1, 2011.

Temporary Regulations for Proof of Payment for DMV registration
Special rule for registration after June 30, 2011, and before December 1, 2011.
For the period between July 1, 2011, and November 30, 2011, a State must register a
highway motor vehicle without proof of payment if the person registering the vehicle presents the original or a photocopy of a bill of sale or another document proving ownership indicating that the vehicle was acquired by the owner either as a new or used vehicle during the preceding 150 days before the date that the state receives the application for registration of the vehicle, and the vehicle has not been registered in any state subsequent to such date of purchase.

Substitute proof of payment for the taxable period beginning July 1, 2011.
A state shall accept a
2290 Schedule 1 for the previous taxable period as a substitute for proof of payment.

Temporary Regulations-  filing dates
In the case of a
highway motor vehicle that incurs a  taxable use during the period July 1, 2011 through September 30, 2011, the person liable for the tax must file a return no later than November 30, 2011. The return should be filed no earlier than November 1, 2011. If the return is filed and payment is submitted before November 1, 2011, the IRS will not provide a receipted Schedule 1 (Form 2290, ”Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return”) as proof of payment until after November 1, 2011, and will provide the receipted Schedule 1 only if the full amount of the tax for the 2011 taxable period has been paid.

Trucking Companies, contractors, service providers, or individual owner operators who need to get a Form 2290 schedule 1 for previous tax years can contact the IRS, or file form 2290 online through an IRS authorized
E-File provider such as For more information on heavy vehicle use tax, you can call the good folks at Express Truck Tax at 704-234-6005 or email at
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

IRS Payment Information for Heavy Vehicle Use Taxes(Federal Form 2290)


For those taxpayers who must file Form 2290 for Heavy Vehicle Use Taxes, they can choose to file electronically, via postal mail, or at the nearest IRS office. Although there are several ways to file a Form 2290, the quickest, easiest, and safest way to file it is through an authorized E-File Provider such as When filing through an IRS authorized E-File provider, there are several different payment options. Taxpayers can choose to pay the tax through Electronic Funds Withdrawal, EFTPS, Check, or Money Order. Even though the options to pay by check or money order may be more familiar payment methods and are more easily understood, the options of Electronic Funds Withdrawal and EFTPS may need an additional explanation.

In order to pay by Electronic Funds Withdrawal, you can use either a checking or savings account. You will be required to enter the US Bank Account Number and Routing Number in order for the IRS to Process the payment. This information is typically listed on a check. Once the information is transferred, your payment will be taken from your bank account electronically.

EFTPS stands for Electronic Federal Tax Payment System. EFTPS is a government program that allows taxpayers to schedule Federal Tax Payments electronically. If you select to pay by this option, you are acknowledging that it is your responsibility to send the tax payment to the IRS through the website. The E-Filing Program will not send your information to, that must be completed by the person filing.
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Federal Highway Use Tax Form 2290 - Credit Vehicles


In certain situations, one can actually claim a credit for a vehicle using the IRS Form 2290 (Heavy Vehicle Use Tax). The simplest, quickest, and safest way to file this form is through, an authorized IRS E-file Provider of this form.

If a heavy vehicle was stolen, destroyed, or sold before June 1st and not used during the rest of the year, it qualifies as a credit vehicle. Another qualification for Credit Vehicles is if a heavy vehicle was used for 5,000 miles or less, or an agricultural vehicle that was used for 7,500 miles or less. Another significant qualification is that a credit, lower tax rate, exemption, or refund is not allowed for an occasional light or decreased load; neither is it allowed for a discontinued or changed use of the vehicle.

Even though the qualifications for credit vehicles can be complicated and confusing, helps make this process simple. The filing process only takes a few minutes. If you need any help, the dedicated customer support team can help walk you through the process in minutes.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

File a Federal Highway Use Tax Form 2290 VIN Correction for Free!

To err is human, and the folks at Express Truck Tax understand this. Unfortunately, sometimes mistakes are even made on important documents like Tax Returns. If you wer unfortunate enough to incorrectly enter your VIN number when filing your Heavy Vehicle Use Taxes with IRS Form 2290, there is still hope for you!  Thanks to Express Truck Tax, you can Electronically File an IRS Form 2290 VIN Correction at no charge!

This is an exclusive offer from Express Truck Tax that no other HVUT E-File provider is offering. This filing process only takes a few minutes and the best part of it all is that it is also absolutely FREE. Express Truck Tax allows anyone to correct a VIN Number for any previously filed IRS Form 2290. The person filing the form will receive a new IRS-Stamped Schedule 1 in only a few minutes.  

Because of this speedy service, drivers, owner operators, and trucking companies will be able to get their truck taxes taken care of quickly, so that they can get back on the road in no time!  Express Truck Tax realizes that time on the road is valuable and that people need to spend as little time as possible worrying about the little details.  That's why Express Truck Tax is making this process much simpler for those in the Trucking Industry who file HVUT.
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Monday, July 25, 2011

3 Month Tax Extension for Internal Revenue Service Form 2290 (Federal Heavy Vehicle Use Tax)

Earlier this month the Internal Revenue Service informed truckers, owner operators, and trucking companies who file federal highway use tax returns that the typical deadline of August 31st will be extended to November 30, 2011. The official legislation for the currently scheduled to expire on September 30, 2011. The current legislation has yet to be passed through Congress; the extension was put in place because it is still possible for Congress to alter the tax legislation after the expiration date. According to the IRS, returns should not be filed and payments should not be made prior to November 1st.

New regulations require state Departments of Motor Vehicles to accept a prior year stamped Schedule 1 of the Form 2290. Typically, taxpayers are required to present a stamped Schedule 1 to register a vehicle with the DMV. The Schedule 1 is usually stamped by the IRS as a proof that the return was filed correctly.  

If a taxpayer acquired a new vehicle during July 2011-November 2011, recent regulations allow states to register vehicles without proof that the highway use tax was paid as long as they provide a copy of the bill of sale or a similar proof of purchase to verify that it was acquired in the past 150 days.

If you are unsure whether or not you qualify to file the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, it typically applies to trucks, truck tractors, and buses with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or greater. As a rule of thumb, vans, pick-ups, and panel trucks do not qualify due to the 55,000 pound minimum.
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