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Monday, March 30, 2015

More Answers to Your Frequently Asked HVUT Questions!

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It’s time for some much-needed Monday Morning brain stimulation!

Whether you’ve been scratching your head over the same HVUT questions, or you’re just looking to learn some random facts to freshen your Trivia Game prowess, then this blog is for you!


1. Is my HVUT renewal due the same time my vehicle registration renewal is due?


No. Although you need a current stamped Schedule 1 to renew your tags, they are not necessarily due at the same time.

Every year the HVUT renewal period opens July 1st and closes at the end of August. All renewals must be filed and taxes paid during this period, regardless of when your vehicle registration is due. If you wait to file your renewal until you need your tags, you will owe additional late fees on top of the heavy vehicle tax. When filling out your Form 2290 for your renewal, your first-used month is automatically July.


2. My taxable gross weight has increased. Do I need to file a new Form 2290?


No, but you may need to file a Form 2290 Amendment, which can also be easily E-filed through ExpressTruckTax.

If your gross vehicle weight has increased enough to bump you up into a higher weight category, then you can E-file a 2290 Amendment and only pay the difference. For a step-by-step guide to E-filing an Amendment for a Weight Increase, check out this blog.


3. My credits are greater than the tax due. How do I get this money back?


If the IRS owes you more than you owe them, then our system will automatically generate a completed Form 8849 for a refund. It’s just one more way we go the extra mile to try to make your life easier!


4. Can I pay my HVUT with a debit or credit card?


No, the IRS no longer accepts tax payments in the form of a debit or credit card. However, you may pay our E-filing fee with either.

The IRS only accepts payments from Direct Debit (Electronic Funds Withdrawal), EFTPS, or by Check or Money order. When paying by check or money order, be sure to attach a 2290-V payment voucher. If you E-file with us, we’ll automatically create a completed payment voucher for you! 


5. Where is your Support Team located, and how can I reach them?


Our Support Team is proudly located in the USA at our headquarters in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Not only are we USA-based, but we offer support in English and Spanish, all year long. We don’t just hire one or two people to provide seasonal tax support during the renewal period. Instead, we have a dedicated team that does nothing but provide HVUT support every day of the year.

We take great pride in being immersed in the transportation industry and talking to truckers, fleet owners, farmers, and CPA’s every day. We know this gives us an understanding of the industry that can’t be replicated, and it helps us to continue offering you the support experience of a lifetime.

You can reach us via phone Monday through Friday from 8am-6pm EST at 704.234.6005. You can also shoot us a message via live online chat, or email us at support@expresstrucktax.com for 24/7 emergency assistance.


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions- Form 2290 Style!

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Annual HVUT renewals may be the furthest thing from your mind on a gorgeous Spring day! 

But here at ExpressTruckTax, we’re already counting down the days! We live to provide year-round, exceptional E-filing support, and we just can’t wait for tax season to kick off. 

So in preparation for our favorite time of year, it’s time for another installment of Frequently Asked Questions, Form 2290 style!

Bragging rights for you, if you already know the answers to these tricksy E-filing quandaries.

But if you don’t, don’t feel bad! We get these exact questions and more on a near daily basis.


1.How can I E-file from my tablet or smartphone?


It’s easy! All you need is a WiFi connection! There are two ways to E-file on-the-go. 1. Use our Mobile site in your phone/tablet browser: ETT2290.com. 2. Download our free iOS or Android app! Once you login, you’ll follow the same three easy steps to E-filing success!

Do keep in mind though, that you can only E-file a basic Form 2290 from the mobile site and app. If you need to claim a credit vehicle or E-file a correction or Form 8849 for a refund, these can only be filed through our full site at ExpressTruckTax.com.


2.How does the IRS electronically “stamp” my Schedule 1? And why can’t I see it?!




The IRS indicates that your return has been accepted by placing an electronic watermark in the center of your Schedule 1. Check out the photo (right) to see a sample. It should say “E-File” with the date received below. Depending on your printer settings, this mark may appear very faint, but rest assured, it’s still a valid Schedule 1.

To learn more about retrieving extra copies of your stamped Schedule 1 (for free!), read Everything You’ve Ever Wondered about the Stamped Schedule 1.



3.How do I transfer my 2290 to a new vehicle?


You don’t! It’s impossible to literally transfer a 2290 from one vehicle to another. You can, however, claim a credit for the old vehicle to avoid paying any extra tax.

Simply login and start a new Form 2290, enter the vehicle information for the new truck, then claim a credit for the older sold/lost/destroyed truck on the same Form. You’ll only pay the difference. For a step-by-step guide, check out this blog: Transfer your 2290.


4.Can I use my Social Security Number instead of an EIN?


First, we should clarify what EIN means for those who may not know. An Employer Identification Number is a federally-issued ID of 9 unique digits. And no, you cannot use a SSN instead. While this was allowed in the past, the IRS no longer accepts SSN in place of EIN’s for tax purposes.

If you don’t have an EIN, you can obtain one for free by registering online through the IRS. Or if you’re short on time, you can call our friends at Truck Services of North America to obtain it for you. We wouldn’t recommend them if they weren’t awesome, so rest-assured you’ll receive the same stellar support you’re used to with us! Reach out to them at 803.386.0320 or email at support@tsnamerica.com.

One last tip: be sure to wait at least 10 business days after your EIN is issued before E-filing. It takes about that long for the IRS to activate your number, and before that happens, any return filed will be rejected.


5.Why didn’t I receive my stamped Schedule 1?


There are two usual suspects in this case. 1. The Schedule 1 email went to your Spam/Junk box. 2. You didn’t transmit the return.

If it’s not in your Spam Box, log back into your account and make sure the return was transmitted. From your Dashboard, you can easily view the status of every return E-filed with us. If it says, “Not complete. Continue where you left off,” then you know you did not submit the return to the IRS.

If it was transmitted, it will say “Transmitted” or “Accepted,” and you’ll be able to view & print the stamped Schedule 1 right there.



Hopefully this blog not only answered your questions, but made your brain get a little bigger too. After all, it can never hurt to know more about tax regulations. Who knows when this information will come in handy during trivia night or to help a friend in need!

If you’re still confused, just call our Support Team for assistance! They’re available via phone at 704.234.6005, by live online chat, or by email at support@expresstrucktax.com.

For More Answers to your Frequently Asked Questions, read on to Part 2!


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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Get Ready for Tax Season with our Free Tax Calculator App!

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have the power of precognition–the ability to see the future!

I can think of a few ways this would come in handy, and using it for tax purposes would be super convenient!

Whenever it’s time to file taxes, whether it’s income tax or HVUT, there’s always that nervous knot in your stomach, wondering how much you’ll owe, and whether you have enough money to fork over. 

And there’s no feeling worse than filing and realizing that you need to come up with hundreds of dollars more than you expected- on the spot.

We feel your pain, Trucking Nation! That’s why we developed a way for you to accurately estimate how much heavy vehicle use tax you’ll owe, without actually filing.

We call it...wait for it...The 2290 Tax Calculator App! And yes, it’s completely free.

Download it for iOS and Android devices, and in 3 simple steps, you’ll know exactly what to expect come July 1st. Plus you’ll have the next four months to save the amount you owe the IRS.

All you’ll need on hand (besides the obvious–tablet or smartphone & Wifi) is your first-used month and gross vehicle weight.

Let’s take a look at how clean and simple this app is. It only takes about 60 second to get your HVUT estimate!

Step 1: First-Used Month



Select the first-used month for your vehicle(s). This is July for all renewals, that’s vehicles that have been on the road since the previous tax year. If your truck is new (i.e. not a renewal), then enter the month your vehicle was purchased.






Step 2: Trucks


First, select the weight category, then enter how many non-logging vehicles you have in that category. Then enter how many logging vehicles you have in that category.

If you have vehicles in a different weight category, click +Add Weight Category, and repeat the step above until all of your taxable vehicles are added.




Step 3: Your Results


All finished! You’ll see the total HVUT due and the due date. You can also enter your email address to receive a report with this data, and as a bonus, you’ll receive 10% off your E-filing with us. 





10% off your filing fee, plus peace of mind. That’s what this app gives you, and it’s all for free! 

Take advantage of these perks and more. Create your ExpressTruckTax account today and see all that our easy E-filing solution has to offer. We go above and beyond to make sure E-filing your HVUT is fast and stress-free.

Which is also why we offer dedicated, 24/7 support based right here in the USA! Things don’t always go according to plan, so when you hit a roadblock, our Support Team will be there for you. Call them now with any questions you may have at 704.234.6005.


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Friday, March 13, 2015

Come See Us at the Mid-America Trucking Show!

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Guess who’s getting ready to hit the open road?

It’s your favorite support team, the ExpressTruckTax crew! We’re taking our show on the road, heading to the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

From March 26-28th, we’ll be at Booth 66121 handing out free stuff and mingling with the good folk of the Trucking Nation!

MATS is always the highlight of our year at ExpressTruckTax! We just love meeting everyone, users and nonusers alike (or as we like to think of them, future-users!). But this year in particular is extra special because we’re bringing along our friends from TruckLogics!

If you haven’t heard about TruckLogics, our ExpressTruckTax crew designed it. Based on years of feedback from owner-operators and small fleet owners, they built TruckLogics to incorporate every tool transportation professionals were looking for, but at a price they could afford. The result? A cloud-based business management solution that’s portable, affordable, and super easy to use.

You can learn more about TruckLogics at our MATS booth, or right now at TruckLogics.com. Check it out and see if it can benefit you or the trucker(s) in your life.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention: free tickets, ya’ll! It’s only while supplies last– first come, first served. Just give our support heroes a shout at 704.234.6005 or email us at support@expresstrucktax.com to snatch up your MATS tickets before they’re gone.

Show us some love and stop by our booth at MATS. We'll see you soon, Trucking Nation!


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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TruckZone: Your Digital Garage

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It’s a stunningly beautiful day here in Rock Hill, SC, and the Support Team hopes it’s sunny and warm where you are too.

But I can’t help but remember that Spring approaching also means that tax season is approaching, the season of renewing your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax.

We may still be a couple months out, but time will surely fly. Why not get a head start now?
If you’ve never E-filed with ExpressTruckTax before, then now’s a great time to get your TruckZone setup. It’ll save you time come renewal season, and moreover, TruckZone will save you time year after year.

TruckZone is like a digital garage. Whether you have one truck or one thousand trucks, this exclusive feature will make E-filing a breeze by securely storing your general vehicle information and tax information in one organized, accessible place.

Here’s how to get started: After logging in, click the TruckZone tab along the top menu. You’re ready to import your vehicles!


2 Ways to Import Vehicle Information into TruckZone


  • 1. Manual Upload: Click the +Add Vehicle button. Then enter the vehicle’s VIN, Gross Weight, and whether it is suspended, used for agriculture, or logging. That’s all you need to start E-filing!

    If you’d like to be extra organized, (yes, please!) you can also add the Unit/Fleet #, License Plate #, or Fleet Name, as well as IFTA and state specific details like its NY HUT or Oregon HUT number. When you’re done, click Save, or Save and Add Another to input more vehicles.

    Rinse and repeat until all vehicles are securely stored in TruckZone.

  • 2. Bulk Upload: If you already have your vehicle information organized in an Excel or CSV file, then you can import that information directly into TruckZone. Whether you have hundreds or thousands of vehicles, you can import them all at once.

    Just click the Bulk Upload button (next to the Add Vehicle Button), and under ExpressUpload, click continue. Then choose the file type to upload, and you’re done! It couldn’t be easier.

    You can always edit these details anytime by logging back into your account and heading over to TruckZone. 

The Benefits of TruckZone


With your entire fleet organized in TruckZone, you can not only E-file for specific trucks with ease, you can also find a specific Schedule 1 or 2290 without sifting through hundreds of file folders and documents. (Yuck!)

Using the Advanced Search bar, you can search for vehicles by VIN, Gross Weight, or Truck/Unit #. So if you’d like to file for just a specific unit, simply enter the unit number, then check the box next to each truck in that unit, and poof, they’ll be added to the return with no extra typing. You can do the same if you need to find a previous Schedule 1. Just search for the vehicle, click on it, and then click the HVUT tab to view all tax details related to that truck.


TruckZone is just one of the many exclusive features that sets ExpressTruckTax apart. Why else would we be the reigning, defending champions of the E-filing world?! As industry leaders, we’re always adding more features and shortcuts to take the sting out of tax filings.

Create an account now and try it for free. You only pay when you E-file. Have a question? The Support Team has answers! They provide dedicated support 24/7 from our hometown of Rock Hill, SC. And they do it in English & Spanish, too!

Call them at 704.234.6005 or email them at support@expresstrucktax.com.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Three Easy Ways to Pay Your HVUT

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Gathering the funds to pay your HVUT each year is headache enough! Sending those funds to the IRS should be the easy part.

That’s why ExpressTruckTax has gone above and beyond to make paying your heavy vehicle use taxes easy. We offer three ways to pay your taxes, and no matter which one you choose, rest assured that we’ve made it quick and simple.

Here’s the lowdown on each payment method. Choose whichever is most convenient for you!


Direct Debit

  • Also known as EFW (Electronic Funds Withdrawal), this is the fastest, easiest way to pay your HVUT, and you can only do it if you E-file!
  • EFW means the IRS will initiate a direct debit from your bank account. In order to do this, they’ll need your bank routing number and account number. Both can be located along the bottom of one of your checks. 
  • When paying with direct debit, the IRS will not process your return on a weekend or holiday, but on the next business day. For immediate processing of your return, pay by Check or Money Order (see below). 

EFTPS


  • The Electronic Federal Tax Payment System may be a mouthful, but it’s another free and convenient way to pay your HVUT. 
  • A free service provided by the US Dept. of the Treasury, you must register with this system 5-7 business days prior to your first payment. Register for free by visiting http://www.eftps.gov or by calling 1-800-555-4477. When you enroll, be sure to have your EIN, bank account, bank routing number, and address and name as they appear on IRS documents.
  • What’s so cool about EFTPS? You can schedule a business payment up to 120 days in advance. But keep in mind that you can’t schedule same-day payments. So be sure to schedule at least 1 business day prior to your tax due date!

Check or Money Order


  • This is the only way to pay if you need your stamped Schedule 1 on a weekend or holiday.
  • When paying by check or money order, you must submit a completed 2290-V Payment Voucher. Here’s the good news. ExpressTruckTax creates one for you! It’s page 5 of your completed 2290. Just detach the bottom portion, paper clip to your payment (do not staple them together!), and mail. How easy was that?!
  • “Where do I mail it to,” you ask? (Yes, I can hear your thoughts!) Instructions are on your voucher, but for the sake of convenience, here’s the address:

    Internal Revenue Service,
    P.O. Box 804525, 
    Cincinnati, OH 45280-4525

You’ll notice that a credit card is not one of the available payment options. That’s because the IRS no longer accepts tax payments via credit card. You will, however, need a credit card when E-filing to pay our $9.90 E-filing fee, so keep your card on hand!

Of course, if you need any assistance on the payment page, or along any other step of your E-filing journey, just reach out to our support team! They can help you choose which payment option suits you best. Just call 704.234.6005 or for 24/7 assistance email support@expresstrucktax.com.

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