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Thursday, August 28, 2014

E-FILING 102: More Frequently Asked Questions for Filing Form 2290

We’re officially down to 4 days from the HVUT Form 2290 filing deadline. Since the IRS website will be undergoing maintenance this holiday weekend, it’s best to E-file by tomorrow!

So in the interest of everyone successfully completing Mission E-file by Friday, here are a few more questions & answers straight from our E-filing pro’s, the Support Heroes! Scan these quickly and then you’ll be ready to get E-filed in under 10 minutes.
  • Q: When is the last day to file my 2290?
A: The deadline for HVUT renewals is typically August 31st; however, due to the holiday weekend, the IRS has extended the deadline to the day after Labor Day, September 2nd. While Sept. 2nd is technically the last day you can file, it is certainly ill-advised.

Our mantra is “E-file by Friday!” Especially since the IRS website is down or maintenance from Sat. through Mon. To avoid late penalties and receive your stamped Schedule 1 quickly, E-file by Friday! (Tomorrow, guys!)

  • Q: Why is my tax not $550?
A: It’s true that the standard tax is $550 yearly for a heavy vehicle. However, there are several variables that determine the tax rate, such as the gross weight and use of the vehicle. If you’re used to paying $550, but you ended up with a different figure, double-check your info for these possible errors.

1. Did you select the correct first-used month? For all renewals, the first-used month is July, even if you’re filing in August or September. 
2. Did you select the correct gross vehicle weight?
3. Did you mark it as a “Logging Vehicle”? Only select this if your truck is used to haul trees.


  • Q: Can I copy a return from a previous year?
A: Yes! If you’ve E-filed with us before, you can select a previous year’s return to upload to the current year. You can also still make alterations to the return if any of your information has changed. Simply select “Start a New Return,” and you will be prompted to copy info from a previous return. This is just one of the multitude of ways our returning users benefit, year-after-year.

  • Q: Why can’t I transmit the return from my phone?
A: You can! As long as you’re using our ExpressTruckTax mobile site! While our regular website won’t work on your smartphone, we designed one that will! You’ll follow the same three-easy steps, just from the convenience of your phone.

  • Q: What is the 5 digit PIN & should I remember it?
A: The 5 digit PIN is an electronic signature for your return. Simply enter any 5 numbers, it doesn’t matter which! And no, you will not need to remember them again.

  • Q: Can you enter information or make changes for me?
A: For legal reasons, our Support Heroes can never login to your account, make corrections, or complete a return for you. As a third-party E-file provider, it’s simply not allowed. However, we understand that this sort of luxury service is a real need, so that’s why we work with the rockstars at Truck Services of North America!

They’re our sister company, and they can legally prepare and file your Form 2290 for you based on the information you provide them. All it takes is one 5 minute phone call to gather your info, and they guarantee same-day filing! Now that’s service! Give them a call at 803.386.0320. Just like ExpressTruckTax, you’ll never get trapped in an automated system. There’s nothing but real, happy experts on the other end!


Still have more questions? Check out our previous FAQ blog: E-FILING 101!

And you can always count on the Support Heroes to take good care of you! Give them a call at 704.234.6005 and have all of your tax questions answered in record time! They’re also available via live chat online or 24/7 email support at support@expresstrucktax.com.


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