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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Rules for HVUT IRS Form 2290 Filing

Each year, heavy vehicles are taxed by the IRS depending on their weight, and miles travelled. The IRS 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 amount of the tax is based on the gross weight of the vehicle with a maximum of $550 per vehicle per taxable period. The person to whom the vehicle is registered at the time of the first use for the year must pay the tax. The tax period begins on July 1 and ends on June 30th of the following year.

A 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.

Once the return has been accepted by the IRS, the filing party will receive a copy of the Stamped Schedule 1 in an email as a PDF attachment. Instead of a physical stamp, this form will be marked with an E-File watermark. This should include the word “Received” as well as the date that the return was filed. Although this may look different than the traditional physical stamp, it is indeed an official IRS document. allows you to fill out your IRS Form 2290 online and send it to the IRS electronically! This way you can get a stamped schedule 1 in about 10 minutes. Express Truck Tax is authorized by the IRS to E-File Form 2290. The taxpayer will then receive the schedule 1 via email or fax as soon as the IRS processes the form. The form will then be watermarked by the IRS instead of an actual physical stamp. Be sure to get this taken care of soon because the due date for all vehicles.

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