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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The HVUT Deadline for Vehicles First Used in Sept. Is upon Us

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Well, Trucking Nation, the deadline to file Form 2290 for Heavy Vehicle Use Taxes (HVUT) is coming up—October 31—for vehicles first used in September! If you traded in or purchased a new vehicle last month, or if you're just now putting your truck on the road, then this one applies to you.

Don’t worry, paying the HVUT online is quick and easy, and we’ve got you covered. In order to file a regular-use vehicle, its taxable gross weight must be at least 55,000 pounds and travel approximately 5,000 miles during the current tax period; and for an agricultural vehicle, the mileage use must be at least 7,500 miles.

Start Now to Get Your Filing out of the Way!


1. Sign in or Create an Account


2. Enter in Your Truck and Payment Information


3. Transmit Your Form to the IRS and Receive Your Schedule 1 in Minutes


If you need any assistance, ExpressTruckTax offers year-round support so you can get the help you deserve. They’ll even show you how to file for a Credit Vehicle, or a taxable vehicle that was sold, destroyed, or stolen recently, to get your tax money back.

You can call the support team at 704.234.6005 or email them at support@expresstrucktax.com.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

#TruckTechTuesday: The ExpressTruckTax App

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Hello, Trucking Nation, it's #TruckTechTuesday! Today's talk is all about our ever so reliable app for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Not having room for a computer and desk in the cabin of your truck has inspired us to create an ExpressTruckTax app for when you're on-the-go.

What Can You Do?


With our free, safe, and secure app, you can e-file your 2290 from the palm of your hand, anywhere at any time. After the 2290 is completed, you will get your Stamped Schedule 1 within the usual 15-20 minutes. You’ll also be able to correct and resubmit rejected returns, add multiple businesses to your account, bundle your returns to get the best value, use prepaid EIN’s to e-file for multiple businesses, and take advantage of bulk pricing and unlimited filing options to save the most money. Yes, we like deals here!

Click your device of choice to download the ExpressTruckTax App:


iPhone


iPad


Android


No matter where the road takes you, ExpressTruckTax is here to offer easy e-filing on-the-go while ensuring that you still get your Schedule 1 in minutes.

If there is anything #TruckTech related that you wish to see featured here, drop us a line on our Facebook or Twitter! And as always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you need assistance or have any questions. Our support team is here to help! You can email us at support@expresstrucktax.com or call us at 704.234.6005.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

How to Add Sold/Destroyed/Stolen Credit Vehicles

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Hello, truckers! Do you have any taxable vehicles that were sold, destroyed, or stolen before June 1 of the current tax year? If you do, and they were not used for the remainder of the tax period, you’re able to claim a prorated credit or refund for some of the taxes paid. We’re here to tell you how!


To get started, follow the steps below:



1. Once you click Start New Return on your ExpressTruckTax dashboard, a pop-up will appear with three options to create a new tax return. Select Form 2290. (If you wish to receive a check from the IRS instead of credit, you can select Form 8849 Schedule 6.)




2. To reach the Sold/Destroyed section, fill out required information in the steps leading up to it:
  • Select which month your vehicle was first used.
  • Enter any taxable or suspended vehicles that you are filing for.
  • Add a suspended vehicle of the prior year if applicable. 
  • Once you’re there, select Add Credit Vehicle. 
Note: If you sold a truck and are adding a new truck, the credit amount from the truck sold will be applied to the tax amount owed on the new truck. In addition, if you are filing for a credit for a sold vehicle, there is a new regulation that requires you to enter in the name and address of the person who purchased the truck.





3. Provide the required vehicle details in the fields below, including your VIN number, taxable gross weight, and loss event, then click Save. 




We hope these instructions are beneficial to you, but if you need further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us! You can call our support team at 704.234.6005 or email them at support@expresstrucktax.com.

Remember, Trucking Nation, we’re here for you!

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

#WellnessWednesday: Yoga for Truck Drivers

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We know, we know—yoga? While you may feel uncertain about it now, I’m going to list a few ways that yoga can benefit your posture, muscle groups, even your well-being. And since September is National Yoga Month, what better time is there to discuss this very popular exercise regime?

You can spend hours upon hours sitting down, and there are few things less painful than a stiff neck or sore back. What yoga does is help stretch those stiff muscles, loosen joints, increase endurance and strength, and improve physical stamina. We say it’s time to fix those areas that have been under constant pressure for so long!

To be on the safe side, let’s stay away from yoga poses that involve lying down. We don’t quite know how clean those truck stop parking lots are. Instead, poses that involve standing up will work wonders, as they are easy to do at rest areas, truck stops, or someplace off the road with a serene backdrop.


Chair Pose

  • Stand with your feet together, then raise your arms above your head, perpendicular to the floor. 
  • Bend your knees, extending slightly over your feet while your torso forms a right angle over your thighs.
  • Draw your tailbone down to the floor, keeping your lower back long. 
  • As you continue bringing your hips lower, there will be a slight bend in your upper back.
  • Lastly, look directly forward and hold the pose for up to one minute, inhaling and exhaling as you go.

Upward Salute Pose

  • Stand with your feet together and arms at your sides, then press your weight evenly across the balls and arches of your feet.
  • Turn your arms so your palms face forward and fingers point toward the ground.
  • Sweep your arms out to the sides and up toward the sky. 
  • Press your hands firmly together by touching the bases of your palms, and then your fingers. 
  • Extend your elbows, reach up, and turn your thumbs slightly down toward the crown of your head. 
  • Tip your head back slightly and gaze at your thumbs.

Big Toe Pose

  • Stand upright with your feet parallel, about six inches apart. 
  • Keep your legs completely straight and bend forward from your hip joints, moving your torso and head at once. 
  • Since you will probably have shoes on during this pose, skip intertwining your fingers with your toes, and instead use a band or strap to hook under your feet, and hold the position. 
  • Lift your torso and straighten your elbows. 
  • Exhale when you release your torso, bend toward your feet again, and repeat for as long as you're comfortable.


Although these poses seem simple, I'm confident that they will not only release your muscle tension and strengthen your body from the inside-out, but also make you look and feel good.

Do you have some tips on practicing yoga on the road? Or maybe you would like to share some highlights from your own wellness journey. Either way, drop us a line on Facebook or Twitter!

You can also call us at 704.234.6005 or email us at support@expresstrucktax.com if you have any questions. We love hearing from you, Trucking Nation!


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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

#TruckTechTuesday: RigMinders App

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As you may or may not already know, we love technology here at ExpressTruckTax. This week, we want to discuss the RigMinders app, which is designed specifically for truckers and transportation professionals! Similar to the name, RigMinders reminds you of deadlines, both personal and professional, for things such as the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) and the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA).

Whether you have a single truck or a whole fleet, RigMinders is preloaded with every filing deadline you can think of. The app is also available through both iPhone and Android devices.

How Does It Work?


First things first—RigMinders is free and easy to use! Instead of creating a login name, you can use your email address to begin.

Deadline Alerts


Whatever deadline you need to remember, RigMinders has you covered. Since all important deadlines are already programmed in the app, all you need to do is enable the deadlines that apply to you or your business, and disable the ones that don’t. If you are unsure of what a certain deadline is for, just tap on the name and a short description will appear.

Customized Preferences


RigMinders allows you to customize your reminders, including the type and frequency. When you enter the app, at the bottom of the screen, you’ll notice a black box that prompts you to change your reminder preferences. Once you click it, you can choose whether you’d like to be reminded the week before, day before, or on the due date itself. Another perk: You can choose to be reminded by email, text, or push notification.

Edit Your Information


After selecting and saving your preferences, you’ll be presented with an email summary of your deadline selections. If you spot anything that’s missing or that has been filled out incorrectly, simply select the pencil icon, and you’ll be able to change your information.

...You’re Done!


Once you have selected your deadlines, customized your preferences, and edited any other information you need, you’ll never file late again!

If there is anything #TruckTech related that you wish to see featured here, drop us a line on our Facebook or Twitter!

And as always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you need assistance or have any questions. Our support team is here to help! You can email us at support@expresstrucktax.com or call us at 704.234.6005.


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Thursday, September 17, 2015

How to Add a Suspended Vehicle

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The team at ExpressTruckTax strives to make your life easier, especially when it comes to e-filing your Heavy Vehicle Use Taxes (HVUT) with Form 2290. As you fill out your form, you may have questions and concerns along the way, like, what you should do if you have a suspended vehicle. Well, no worries. We’re offering a step-by-step guide to help you, but first, let’s go over the basics.

In order to file a regular-usage vehicle as suspended, its mileage use on public highways must be 5,000 miles or less; and for an agricultural suspended vehicle, the mileage use must be 7,500 miles or less.

While there is no tax due on suspended vehicles, taxes become due once a suspended vehicle (regular or agricultural) goes beyond the mileage use limit. Whenever you exceed the mileage use limit, you must file a Mileage Exceeded amendment, and pay the full tax amount.


Steps:

1. First Used Month & Year 




2. Taxable Vehicles 




3. Suspended Vehicles 




4. Add Exempt/Suspended Vehicle 




5. View Information and Edit if Necessary 




6. Click Next!


We hope these instructions gave you a peace of mind, but if you need further help, don’t hesitate to contact us! You can call the support team at 704.234.6005 or email them at support@expresstrucktax.com.

Remember, Trucking Nation, we’re here for you!


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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

#WellnessWednesday: Getting Checked

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In honor of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NTDAW)—Sept. 13-19—ExpressTruckTax wants to focus this #WellnessWednesday on staying healthy and in good shape with medical screenings, glucose tests, and flu shots. Fortunately, leading trucking associations are hosting free health fairs to provide such evaluations for their hard-working and committed drivers.

Why Is It Important?


Medical screenings and other tests are meant to ensure that drivers are healthy enough to operate a heavy truck and perform their daily responsibilities. A typical screening will test a driver’s vision, hearing, blood pressure, breathing, and judgment skills while also checking for neurological and cardiovascular problems.

Who, What, Where?


Even though we’re halfway through the week, TA and Petro Shopping Centers, for instance, are providing free health fairs until Oct. 2. See below for the locations:
  • TA Eloy: 2949 N. Toltec Rd., Eloy, AZ
  • Petro Ontario East: 4325 E. Guasti Rd., Ontario, CA
  • TA Cartersville: 981 Cassville White Rd., Cartersville, GA
  • TA Boise: 4115 South Broadway Ave., Boise, ID
  • TA Clayton: 10346 South State Rd. 39, Clayton, IN
  • Petro Clearwater: 950 State Hwy 24, Clearwater, MN
  • TA Pembroke: 8420 Alleghany Rd., Corfu, NY
  • TA West Greenwich: 849 Victory Hwy, West Greenwich, RI
  • TA New Braunfels: 4817 I-35 Frontage Rd., New Braunfels, TX

ExpressTruckTax recommends that you maintain your health and get checked as often as possible. Medical screenings by a certified medical examiner, as opposed annual checkups by a doctor, can inform you if there are serious problems that may make you an unsafe driver. After all, you must protect your life and the life of others while on the road.

Do you have some tips on staying healthy as a truck driver? Or maybe you would like to share some highlights from your own wellness journey. Either way, drop us a line on Facebook or Twitter!

You can also call us at 704.234.6005, or email us at support@expresstrucktax.com if you have any questions. We love hearing from you, Trucking Nation!


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Monday, September 14, 2015

It’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

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That’s right! From Sept. 13 to 19, professional truck drivers across the country will be admired and acknowledged for their hard work and dedication in the industry. Businesses are offering promotions and hosting various events and tributes, such as free daily deals, coffee refills, and a health fair for free blood pressure screenings, glucose tests, and flu shots. In addition, our own affiliates are providing fun and memorable activities for National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. Take a look below or refer to TheTrucker.com to get the complete 411 on the following events:

Celadon Trucking


Steve Sommers from America’s Truckin’ Network will be at Celadon headquarters from Monday to Thursday while Kristi Lee and Tom Griswold from the Bob and Tom Show will be in attendance on Friday. Make sure to check out the schedule because something fun and special will be happening each day!

Con-way Truckload


Management will be providing delicious grilled lunches for their drivers at terminals, as well as giving away random items and prizes. Get yourself a free hat or T-shirt. You deserve it!

RWI Transportation


RWI has scheduled hourly giveaways from Monday to Friday, as well as daily food for its drivers. Don’t miss out—each operator can receive gifts and free truck washes!

Schneider


Drivers can come for free food and drinks as Schneider provides tents and grills at more than 100 of their locations. This week is also a chance for drivers to chat with executives and receive personal thanks for a job well done.


Did You Know?


To further commemorate approximately 3.5 million hard-working men and women who make up America’s trucking industry, I’d like to provide some interesting facts, courtesy of Planet Freight.

  • The trucking industry collects, on average, $650 billion in revenue each year. That is about 5% of America’s GDP. 
  • In the United States, there are over 200,000 female long haul drivers. 
  • There are about 15.5 million trucks operating in the United States today. 
  • The top transported goods in the United States are clothing, food, furniture, and electrical machinery equipment/goods. 
  • The trucking industry is expected to grow by about 21% over the next 10 years. 
  • Annually, trucking accounts for about 70% of all freight transported in the United States. 



A Note from Us


Everybody at ExpressTruckTax recognizes you and thanks you for not only for being a loyal customer but for impacting the trucking industry in such a powerful way. Without you, essential freight wouldn’t be moved across the U.S. every single day and our precious goods wouldn’t be delivered in a safe, timely manner. We appreciate you, Trucking Nation!

We’d love to speak with you if you have any questions or concerns. Just give us a call at 704.234.6005, email us at support@expresstrucktax.com, or drop us a line on Facebook or Twitter!



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Thursday, September 10, 2015

How to File a VIN Correction with ExpressTruckTax

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Hello, Trucking Nation! Having a correct VIN on your Form 2290 is very important, especially if you’d like to register a vehicle or renew its tags. So, if you’re looking to file a correction, you’ve come to the right place.

Not only is the process quick and easy, it’s also free for those who have e-filed their Form 2290 with us! If you haven’t done so yet, it’s simple to do! ExpressTruckTax is here to help.

Let's get started! Follow the three steps below:

Step 1: Create an Account or Log In


Once you’re in, click Start under Form 2290 Amendments, then select which amendment you’d like to file. In this instance, you will select VIN Correction.

Step 2: Make the Correction


Select to correct a return that you have either e-filed with us or somewhere else. Enter the vehicle’s first-used month, select Add VIN Correction, and enter the vehicle’s originally-reported VIN (the incorrect one).

If you have not filed through us before, enter the gross weight, check whether the vehicle is taxable or suspended, and then enter the new, correct VIN. If you wish to correct the VIN of more than one vehicle, click Save and Add Another. Now, if you have filed through us before, you only need to enter the incorrect and correct VIN to proceed.



Step 3: Review and Submit


If you haven’t done so already, this is the time to check for errors before submitting your information to the IRS. We wouldn’t want to file another amendment, now would we? The good news is that our Instant Audit also scans your return for any gaps or mistakes.

This is the big one! All that's left to do is click the green Transmit button to securely submit your VIN correction, and after the IRS accepts, a new and improved stamped Schedule 1 will be sent to you in minutes.

As always, if you need any help or have any questions, you can call the support team at 704.234.6005 or email them at support@expresstrucktax.com.

Remember, Trucking Nation, we’re here for you!



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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

#WellnessWednesday: Getting Enough Sleep

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Hello, Trucking Nation! ExpressTruckTax is back to give you more wellness advice. We’ve been covering some basics when it comes to staying healthy on the road, such as how to maintain a balanced diet, achieve mindfulness, and exercise to eliminate back pain. There is one topic, however, that I’d love to discuss with you, and that is getting enough sleep.

In 2013, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced new federal regulations to improve the safety of truck drivers, including a maximum average workweek of 70 hours. The FMCSA had also retained the 11-hour daily driving limit and 14-hour work day.

That’s a lot of hours to be driving if you ask me. Therefore, getting enough sleep is one of the most important steps you can take in order to stay healthy and alert. While you know it's true, you may be thinking about those common interruptions that tend to keep you awake, like too much light, sound, or vibration, and wonder if there is a way around it. Well, truckers, there is a way! Let’s take a look at some tips that can help you catch more zzz’s:

Reduce Sound


To get a good amount of sleep without the interruption of noise from other cars, trucks, or people, truck stops and rest stops are familiar places that allow peace and quiet. Another option is to wear a pair of earplugs—that should do the trick!

Eliminate Exposure to Sunlight


If your hectic schedule only allows you to sleep in your truck during the day, you should block out as much sunlight as possible. For maximum darkness, close all of your curtains, wear a sleep mask to cover your eyes, or lay a sunshade across your windshield, which can also block the outside heat from coming in.

Decrease Smells and Odors


You may like sleeping with your windows down, but it’s important to stop any bad odors from entering your truck, such as diesel exhaust, so roll them up to your comfort level! Some other suggestions are to remove trash regularly and park far away from dumpsters, sewage treatment plants, and other relatable locations.

Minimize Movement and Vibration


As mentioned earlier, a truck or rest stop are ideal places to fall asleep, as they can also minimize any movement or vibration that you would feel if you parked on the side of the road.

Even though your sleeping hours are affected by a busy work schedule, it is possible to fall asleep with only peace and quiet in the background. After all, getting restorative sleep is not only necessary for your health, but also for your job.

Do you have some tips on how to get enough sleep on the road? Or maybe you would like to share some highlights from your own wellness journey. Either way, drop us a line on Facebook or Twitter! We love hearing from you, Trucking Nation!

You can also call us at 704.234.6005 or email us at support@expresstrucktax.com if you have any questions.


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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

#TruckTechTuesday: A Look Inside Our Tax Calculators

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Form 2290 Tax Calculator App


We love technology here at ExpressTruckTax, which is why we're dedicating this time to discuss our brand-new 2290 Tax Calculator app for your iPad or Android device! It's considered the fastest and easiest way to determine exactly how much you need to pay in Heavy Vehicle Use Tax before filing your 2290.

So, How Does It Work?


If you wish to view the amount of HVUT you owe for the upcoming tax season, all you need to do is enter your vehicle weights and use type, and the app will do the rest! The process takes less than five minutes and you’ll even receive an email with all of your important tax information to use at another time. Yes, it's that simple.

What Are Some of the Perks?


  • There is no need to create an account
  • It's quick, easy to use, and guaranteed to calculate your HVUT correctly
  • You’ll be given a 10% off coupon code for your e-filing

You can download the app whenever you'd like—and remember, it’s free!

IFTA Fuel Tax Calculator App


If the Form 2290 Tax Calculator app wasn’t enough, ExpressTruckTax also offers an IFTA Fuel Tax Calculator app! That’s right—getting an estimate on your IFTA taxes will be a breeze.

Once you have downloaded the app, you can select your base jurisdiction, IFTA quarter, and fuel type, then enter your traveled miles and purchased fuel for the selected state. Enter all that applies, then click Calculate IFTA Tax, and the total miles, gallons, and tax amount will appear on the summary report page.

What Are Some of the Perks?


  • It's 100% guaranteed to calculate your fuel taxes correctly
  • All you have to do is enter minimal information and the app will do the rest
  • After you provide an email address, we'll send you the fuel tax summary information and a link to complete your IFTA filing

If there is anything #TruckTech related you want to see featured here, drop us a line on our Facebook or Twitter, as we love hearing trucking stories and learning about new technology!

And as always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you need assistance or have any questions. Our support team is here to help! You can email us at support@expresstrucktax.com or call us at 704.234.6005.



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Monday, September 7, 2015

Happy Labor Day, Trucking Nation!

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Everybody at ExpressTruckTax would like to wish you a very happy Labor Day! Your commitment and determination within the trucking industry does not go unnoticed. Therefore, hard-working men and women of America, we hope you’re able to get the rest you deserve while enjoying the company of good friends, food, and family on this special day!

If you need assistance or have any questions, our support team is offering 24/7 emergency assistance via email at support@expresstrucktax.com. If you simply can't resist the sound of our voices, you can give us a call tomorrow at 704.234.6005 as we'll be resuming normal support hours.

Remember, Trucking Nation, we’re always here for you!


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Friday, September 4, 2015

An ExpressTruckTax Exclusive Feature: Truck Zone

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Have you always wanted your very own digital garage? Well, with ExpressTruckTax, it is possible! Truck Zone, one of our exclusive features, allows you to manage all of your vehicles in one place while making it easier to e-file your Form 2290, year after year. Whether you have 20, 100, or 1,000 trucks, Truck Zone is available to make your life a little easier.

Let’s Get Started


Once you have signed up with ExpressTruckTax, you can select the Truck Zone tab at the top-right corner to begin saving vehicles and storing their information. When it’s time to add a vehicle, you’ll have the options to:

  • Enter its VIN number, unit number, and gross vehicle weight. 
  • Select if it’s a logging vehicle, if it’s suspended or not, and if it has agriculture plates. 
  • Choose the make, model, and year of the vehicle. 
  • Include information about the fleet, such as the name, license plate number, and the unloaded vehicle weight. 
  • Provide the fuel type and odometer information in the IFTA Details section. 

After you click Save, the vehicle and all its information will be added to Truck Zone! Now, whenever you need to e-file with ExpressTruckTax, you can click Select From “Truck Zone,” which will allow you select the vehicles you would like to add to the return.

Bulk Upload for Faster Filing


If you’re looking for a faster route, ExpressTruckTax offers a Bulk Upload option that enables you to upload hundreds or thousands of vehicles at once! All you need is an Excel/CSV file containing your trucks' details, and like magic, the information will upload into your ExpressTruckTax account. The tab is located in the Advanced Search section and to the right of the Add Vehicle option:





There’s More


Even after your return is filed, you can go back to Truck Zone for more! For instance, the next time you e-file your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, all of your trucks will be saved and ready to go. Under the HVUT tab, you’ll be able to view your history, including the return you have previously filed, the date you filed it, and the tax that was paid. You'll also be able to view, download, or email the return from ExpressTruckTax.

If you need any help or have any questions, you can refer to this video tutorial, call the support team at 704.234.6005, or email them at support@expresstrucktax.com.

Remember, Trucking Nation, we’re always here for you!







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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

#WellnessWednesday: Mindfulness for Truck Drivers

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Hello, truckers! I want to share an important fact before we get down to business. According to Corporate Wellness Magazine, “Nearly 1 of every 15 people in the workforce is employed in the trucking industry, including over 7 million truck drivers on our roads.” That’s a lot.

While it's unfortunate, stats have suggested that truck drivers are among the unhealthiest populations in America, mostly due to the particular lifestyle and lack of good nutritional options on the road. We must change this now! Who is with me?

Driving, although somewhat stressful at times, is a perfect opportunity for developing mindfulness, or a kind of meditation practice, if you will. Don’t worry, it’s not what you think, as Eden Kozlowski mentions in a Huffington Post article: “You don't need incense, an exotic location or to be transported to some elevated state of being. Your truck can be your sanctuary.”

With that said, let’s take a look at some ways to attain the state that enables you to reduce stress, maintain a healthy diet, and improve your quality of life:

Turn off the Radio and Enjoy the Silence


Yes, I’m referring to music, advertisements, and the news. Being in silence gives you the ability to fill your awareness with thoughts and perceptions, allowing your mind and body to relax more than ever. Engage in how your body feels—what is it that makes you feel good, tired, or happy?

Appreciate Your Surroundings


When you’re on the road, do you ever stop to fully experience your beautiful surroundings? Even though green landscapes may not appear everywhere you roam, it’s encouraged to appreciate the scenery when it’s there. Eden says, “Life can be incredibly repetitive, especially when on the road. So, if you are going to be ‘in it,’ participate and make it more.”

Shift Over to the Slow Lane


Sounds boring, right? Well, if you're trying to be more mindful, driving a tad below the speed limit can eliminate a lot of tension. Shift over to the slow lane and allow drivers to pass you if necessary. Hey, you can even wish them well!

Eat More Healthy Food


Part of being mindful is eating enjoyable and nutritious food while being aware of the nourishment you are consuming. Eden says that this practice “opens the door for you to see how important you are, how important food is, and how it provides nourishment not just for your body but also your soul.”

I do admit—it takes commitment and determination to attain mindfulness, but once you get the hang of it, I have no doubt that you will feel amazing effects. Eden says that with mindfulness, “You eventually start to trust life more, trust yourself more, you start to look at the bigger picture instead of all the clogging minutia.” That’s a big 10-4.

Do you have some tips on how to stay mindful on the road? Or maybe you would like to share some highlights from your own wellness journey. Either way, drop us a line on Facebook or Twitter! We love hearing from you, Trucking Nation!

And remember, if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to e-file your HVUT to avoid penalties!



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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Form 2290: Fees and Penalties for Filing Late

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As of today, the IRS deadline for Heavy Vehicle Use Tax is officially in the books. If you’re in a frenzied panic right now because you just realized that you’re one of the ones who missed the boat, don’t worry. There are some late fees and penalties you will have to deal with, but none are too extravagant as long as you get filed and don't put it off!

Penalties:


Neither late penalty is too severe, but the combination of the two can add up quickly if you continue to wait. Below are the IRS penalties for not submitting your 2290 submitted before the deadline:

Late Payment Penalty:

Whether you’ve filed already or not, if you didn’t make your payment to the IRS before the deadline you will be required to pay a late payment penalty.

The penalty for late payment of taxes is an additional 5% of the total tax amount for each month the payment is late. Along with the 5% of the total tax amount added, the IRS will also charge .54% interest monthly on the total outstanding balance.

Late Filing:

This is the less severe of the two penalties, and is also more easily avoided. If you have not filed your 2290 at all, get a move on! The IRS charges an additional 4.5% of the total tax amount due that is added to your total every month for up to five months.

Not to mention, if you are driving around without a valid and current Schedule 1, you can face much more serious penalties. Many states that catch drivers without the proper tax paperwork will actually suspend the driver’s license or tags; don’t let that be you!

How Can I Limit These Fees?


The easy answer is to go to ExpressTruckTax.com and get filed today! It only take a few minutes, and the longer you wait, the more you’ll have to pay.

If you want to get filed but don’t have the money to pay the tax fees right now, there are some alternative options to limit the fees you owe. Even if you don’t have the money to pay the taxes, you can still get filed today, and then select check/money order as your payment method. This will keep you from having to pay the late filing penalty, and then you can just send in your check/money order as soon as possible. 

So as you can see, the penalties for not filing or paying on time can get quite costly if you continue to wait, especially if you have a large tax amount owed. So please take our advice and get filed and paid today! We don’t want you to have to give the IRS and more of your hard-earned money. If you have any questions about 2290 late fees or about getting your 2290 filed, just give us a call at 704.234.6005, or email us at support@expresstrucktax.com.

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