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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

E-File 2290s at the Right Price!

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E-File 2290s at the Right Price!
E-File 2290s at the Right Price!
2290 - seems like the magic number everyone has been talking about since last month, the month before that, this month, and next month.

But a 2290 is something that as a trucker–whether you’re a greenhorn or an experienced road warrior - you should know.

And no, “2290” isn't code for a rest stop or a crazy four-wheeler switching lanes every ten seconds. It’s a number - by that we mean a tax form - designated by the glorious moguls of the IRS to name the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax that all truckers have to pay each year.

When it comes to filing and paying this tax, there are a lot of options out there.
  • You could stand in a long line at the IRS office, only to get turned away when you don’t have all of the information you need. 
  • You could fill out the form yourself and then mail it, along with your money, to the IRS. 
  • Or, you could use the most-trusted e-file provider of 2290s, ExpressTruckTax, and never have to leave the comfort of your home or truck. 

We’ve been in the business long enough to have seen just about every type of problem you might experience when filing your 2290.

But we’re not just a place to complete and transmit your return, we also offer a whole heck of a lot of features too.

Check ‘em out!

ExpressTruckTax Features


First off, getting started with ExpressTruckTax is completely free. That’s right...FREE! All you need to do is create an account (or use the one you created last year) and then click file.

There’s no complicated programs to download or forms to print off—everything is done right from your phone, computer, or tablet.

You also have the option of using these other great features that come along in your account:

  • Complete e-filing of your 2290
  • Stamped Schedule 1 within minutes—sent by fax or email
  • E-filing Form 2290 amendments
  • 2290 VIN corrections
  • Unlimited submissions for rejected Form 2290s
  • Instant tax audit
  • Text notifications
  • Instant proof of payment notification
  • A friendly USA-based support anytime you need it


The Price


Don’t pay the price of trusting anyone else to file your 2290 for you.

Don’t pay the price when you are late getting your 2290 to the IRS.

Don’t pay anyone else to do the job for you when you can use ExpressTruckTax.

Trust me. ExpressTruckTax is the right price to pay for all of your 2290 needs. And we’ll be here year after year to help you.

After all, it’s truckers that keeps America running. ExpressTruckTax is here to keep you on the road.

Log in or create an account now with ExpressTruckTax and get to filing your 2290 before the madness at the IRS office sets in. Just visit ExpressTruckTax.com.

Related Blog: IRS Form 2290 Payment Methods


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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

IRS Form 2290 Payment Methods

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IRS Form 2290 Payment Methods
IRS Form 2290 Payment Methods
You can pay for your taxes with 3 different payment methods, but unfortunately, credit card and debit card are not an option.

However, you can pay your ExpressTruckTax Filing Fee with credit (or) debit. But that’s it!

So how can you pay for Form 2290?

Direct Debit or Electronic Funds Withdrawal (EFW):


If you go with EFW for payment, the IRS will initiate an electronic funds withdrawal (direct debit) from your bank, using bank details that you provide.

Of course, you want to make sure that you have enough funds in your account to cover the taxes due.

EFTPS (Electronic Federal Tax Payment System):


Here’s the tricky one - the IRS accepts payments via EFTPS, as well. You need to schedule the EFTPS payment on your own and you are responsible for timely payment of the taxes.

Now, this option isn’t for everybody and most single truck filers won’t have this as an option. To find out more, visit the EFTPS website or call 1-800-555-4477.

For Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) payments to be on time, you must initiate the transaction at least 1 business day before the date the payment is due.

Check (or) Money Order:


You can also send your payment by check or money order, but not by cash. When you pay by check or money order, you need to print the completed payment voucher - 2290-V, page 5 of the completed form 2290.

Make your payment payable to the United States Treasury, and then write your name, address, EIN, "IRS Form 2290" and the date (as entered in Box 3) on your payment. Detach the voucher 2290-V and send it with your payment.

If you have filed electronically, don’t send IRS Form 2290 and Schedule 1 with the payment voucher. Don’t staple your payment to the voucher or IRS Form 2290, either.

Send the payment and voucher 2290-V to:

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



Just to reiterate, you cannot pay for your 2290 taxes with a credit or debit card! We accept the payment only for the filing fee.

If you have any questions about payment methods, reach out to our awesome support team at ExpressTruckTax by phone at 704.234.6005.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What's the Deal with the Stamped Schedule 1?

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Stamped Schedule 1
Stamped Schedule 1
When you e-file heavy vehicle use tax, you get your 2290 stamped schedule 1.

But what’s the deal with the stamped schedule 1? We’ll break it down for you.

What is the Stamped Schedule 1?


To put it frankly, the stamped schedule 1 is your Proof of Payment!

If you file by paper with the IRS, you can expect to receive your stamped Schedule 1 within 6 weeks after they receive your form 2290.

How You Get Your Stamped Schedule 1

Once the IRS receives and checks your return with their database, you receive your stamped schedule 1. Your schedule 1 will show an IRS e-file watermark with the date the return was received and processed. Your schedule 1 will be accepted by all DOT’s, DMV’s, and other federal authorities.

We can also send updates about your schedule 1 via text and fax - and we can even notify your company or carrier! ExpressTruckTax automatically emails your stamped schedule 1 to you.

Understanding the Stamped Schedule 1:

First off, how do you know if your stamped Schedule 1 is authentic? Well, the IRS digital e-file watermark tells you everything you need to know!. You can always contact our customer support team if you have questions, though!

When you e-file IRS form 2290, the IRS stamps it with a digital watermark. This digital schedule 1 is your official proof of payment, and all DMV locations are required to accept this document.

Of course, if you have any questions about e-filing and receiving your stamped schedule 1, contact our US-based customer service squad!


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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Advantages of E-Filing Heavy Vehicle Taxes

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Advantages of IRS E File HVUT
Advantages of E-Filing Heavy Vehicle Taxes
Are you ready to e-file form 2290 - better known as your 2290?

Well, you better be because tax season is here and you need to get that stamped Schedule 1 before the IRS madness sets in.

So what are you waiting for? E-file your 2290 with ExpressTruckTax and get your stamped schedule 1 on July 1st.

You heard it right!

When you e-file with us we’ll be sure that you get all of your needed forms to (and from) the IRS before the rush.

And besides, wouldn't it be great to not have to worry about your IRS 2290 until next July?

Get Started!

Worried that completing your 2290 might be difficult? Don’t be!

ExpressTruckTax is here to guide you step-by-step through the filing process so you can get your stamped Schedule 1 and get back on the road.

Ready to get started? If you don’t previously have an ExpressTruckTax account, register with us. Already have an account? Just sign in!

Get E-Filing!


Now that you’re all signed in, let’s get to filing your Form 2290!

ExpressTruckTax will walk you through the process of completing your form, and we’ll check to make sure it’s accurate before sending it off to the IRS.

So quit waiting around! E-file your 2290 with ExpressTruckTax today and forget worrying about it until next July.

Need any assistance give the experts at ExpressTruckTax a call, send them a quick chat or an email. They’d be glad to help!

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What are the Requirements for IRS Form 2290?

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Requirements for IRS Form 2290 E File
Requirements for IRS Form 2290 E File
It’s almost truck tax time, Trucking Nation.

Which means you need to know the requirements to e-file IRS Form 2290.

Don’t worry, we have you covered. You simply need your taxable vehicle information, employer ID numbers, and the correct vehicle identification numbers.

Taxable Vehicle Information


What makes a taxable vehicle… taxable? A highway motor vehicle includes any self-propelled vehicle designed to carry a load over public highways and roadways, and can be designed for additional functions, as well.

A vehicle consists of a chassis and body, but excludes the load. No matter what the vehicle is designed for — whether it's a highway passenger transportation vehicle or a designed special kind of cargo, there will need to be a 2290 filed for it.

Employer ID Numbers


An Employer Identification Number (EIN), also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, is used to identify a business entity. Generally, businesses need an EIN.

You need an EIN to file Form 2290. You can apply online to receive your EIN. If the customer has recently applied and received EIN from the IRS, it takes about 15 days to get into the e-file system. If you e-file your 2290 during this period, the IRS will reject the filing.

Correct Vehicle Identification Numbers


Another important requirement for Form 2290 is your vehicle identification number. Your VIN identifies the individual truck you are e-filing your HVUT 2290 for.

Unfortunately, the VIN is a string of numbers and letters—which means plenty of people get them wrong come tax time! Hey, we can’t blame you.

The good news is, we offer FREE Form 2290 VIN corrections!

When it comes time to e-file, you know that ExpressTruckTax is here for you! We’re ready to help you with our safe, secure software, user friendly features, and our dedicated, US-based customer support team.

Related Blog: 5 Ways to Get Help E-Filing Your 2290


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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Pre-File Heavy Highway Use Tax for 2016-17 with our Mobile App

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Pre-File Your 2290 from Mobile App
Pre-File HVUT 2290 from Mobile App

Mobile Filing


Have you met the ExpressTruckTax mobile app? It’s the fastest and easiest way to stay out on the road and e-file Form 2290! The app is available for both iOS and Android, and can even alert you that your return was accepted with a push notification. Check out the ExpressTruckTax Mobile app today!

How Easy is E-Filing Form 2290?


In order to e-file form 2290, you need to follow these four steps. Be warned - they’re super easy.


E Filing Form 2290
E Filing Form 2290

  1. Create your account. 
  2. Enter your business and truck information. 
  3. Transmit to the IRS. 
  4. Get your stamped Schedule 1 (it’s your proof of payment).
Whoever said it was difficult to e-file your heavy vehicle use taxes?

What’s up with the Stamped Schedule 1?


When you e-file your 2290 with ExpressTruckTax, the IRS receives your payment and checks your return with their database.

After they receive your 2290, the Schedule 1 will display an IRS e-file watermark with the date the return was received and processed. This will be accepted by all DOT’s, DMV’s, and other federal authorities.

ExpressTruckTax automatically emails your stamped Schedule 1 after the IRS accepts your 2290. We can also send you updates via text and fax–plus we can even notify your company/carrier.

Pre-File 2290 with ExpressTruckTax


How does pre-filing work? Pre-filing works the same way regular e-filing does, except you pre-file your 2290 a whole month early. That means you can e-file for the upcoming tax year in June! That's a whole month early!

Plus when you pre-file pre-file IRS Form 2290 now, you can still pay later! Pre-filing allows you to find out how much you owe so you can start saving money, then pay your taxes by August 31. Budgeting is awesome.



So don’t put off e-filing your IRS 2290! Instead, let’s work together to pre-file HVUT Form 2290.

Related Blog: Pre-File Your 2290 Now!


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ExpressTruckTax Additional Users Feature

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ExpressTruckTax Additional Users Feature
ExpressTruckTax Additional Users Feature
Exciting news! ExpressTruckTax now allows account holders the option to share their account with others - with the proper permission, of course.

With this multi-user access, you can e-file your Form 2290 (with the help of others) quickly and easily.

Want to learn a little bit more about our new additional users feature? Well strap in!

E-File your Form 2290


With this new additional users feature, you (as the account holder) can share the burden of completing your Form 2290 with someone else.

But don’t worry, you still have the power to set permissions and levels of access for how your additional user can edit, view, and transmit their 2290 returns.

And besides, with this help, you can get a 2290 stamped Schedule 1 faster than you think.

So Here’s How It Works!


When you send a user an invite, they’ll receive a temporary username and password. (They can change this after they've signed in for the first time.)

Then, based on the level of access you gave them, the user will be able to view business details and the existing IRS Form 2290, create and edit the forms, and file IRS Form 2290 to the IRS.

And with pre-filing season in full swing, now’s the best time to pre-file 2290 with ExpressTruckTax.

So what are you waiting for? Take advantage of the new additional user feature now and get to e-filing your 2290s.


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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Understanding High Blood Pressure

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Understanding High Blood Pressure
Understanding Blood Pressure
When you’re a truck driver, there are plenty of things you need to watch out for. Dangerous four wheelers. Coercive dispatchers. Unsavory characters at a rest stop.

But don’t forget, some dangers lurk within! Dangers like high blood pressure, also known as hypertension.

What is Hypertension?


High blood pressure is a condition in which the blood pressure of the arteries is increased. Hypertension is defined as blood pressure above 140/90, but is severe if the pressure is greater than 180/120.

Because it lacks obvious symptoms at first, hypertension often goes unseen. It can cause heart disease and stroke if it goes untreated for a long time.

HBP and Truckers


Hypertension can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, strokes, eye damage, and atherosclerosis. If you’re a truck driver, all of these conditions can disqualify you from getting your CDL.

Not only can your health deteriorate, you can lose your job! It’s not worth the risk, we think.

Take time to learn more about hypertension with the American Heart Association.

Treatment and Prevention


So how can you prevent and treat high blood pressure?

First up, start eating a healthier diet with less salt and exercising regularly. If you already have hypertension, taking medications can help lower blood pressure.

Let’s break this down a bit:
  • Diet: With extended hours on the road, there are plenty of drivers who would rather pull into a fast food joint than go for the healthier alternative. Being high in sodium, fat, and calories, fast food raises your risk to hypertension. Try cooking your own food in your truck for healthier meals. 
  • Exercise: Yeah, we know. After driving for 11 hours straight, you don’t want to get out and jog. But if you can wake up with time before it's time to drive, you can at least start your day with a workout
  • Stress: Loneliness, traffic, accidents, finances, and sleep deprivation are all stress factors truckers have to contend with daily. When your stress levels go up, your blood pressure can go up. There are several ways you can reduce your stress, like hobbies and time management
Once they have hypertension, truckers will require medical certification to stay on the road. Your physical examination record will be electronically filed to the DOT and become a part of your driving record in the Commercial Driver’s License Information Systems (CDLIS). When we say hypertension is serious stuff, we mean it!

Let’s face it - truckers always have stress that can only make high blood pressure even worse. But if you’re looking to reduce some stress in your life, ExpressTruckTax has officially started pre-filing the IRS HVUT Form 2290! E-file now and get your tax filing over with, and then you’ll receive your stamped Schedule 1 come July 1st.

Better yet, use promo code ETT10 and save 10% on your filing fee!

If you want to share any hypertension tips (or) health success stories, reach out to us on Twitter today!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

3 Steps to Pre-File Your 2290 Today

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3 Steps to Pre-File Your 2290
3 Steps to Pre-File 2290 Today
Now that we’re in the pre-filing season, it’s time we break down how you can pre-file your HVUT renewal at no additional cost.

In fact, with promo code ETT10, it’ll actually cost you less! Best of all, pre-filing with us is virtually the same as e-filing for any other tax year.


Let’s take a look:


Step 1: Set up Your Account


The first step is logging in or creating your account, if you’ve yet to register, that is. If you need to register, use your email and choose a password - once you’ve done that, you need to click ADD on the business list on the right.


Add Bussiness Details



After that, add your business details and your EIN number.


business details and your EIN number.



Once your business is in the system, start a new return. You may need to proceed back to the dashboard in order to start it. Simply click START under the Form 2290 option and you’ll be taken to the next screen.





This is where things get a little different. After you’ve selected your new Form 2290, you will be asked on the next screen whether you’re pre-filing or filing for the current tax year.


pre-filing



Once you select start pre-filing, you will be able to choose to pre-file for the 2016-17 year and select the first used month of your vehicle.


choose to pre-file for the 2016-17



Hit next and we’ll keep moving on, then.


Step 2: Enter Your Vehicle Details


In the next step of the process, you need to add all of your heavy vehicle information. If you’re a returning user and you are filing for a previously used truck, just select the truck you’d like to file for from the Truck Zone. All of your information is stored there and ready to go!


If you’re a new user, you can enter your vehicle details individually, or you can bulk upload multiple trucks from a CSV file.


Enter Your Vehicle Details



Remember, there are 3 different types of vehicles that you can add.


  • Taxable Vehicles are vehicles that have exceeded the 5,000 mile limit (or 7,500 miles for agricultural vehicles) for the tax year. Don’t forget, if you drive a logging vehicle (a vehicle used to transport foresting materials) you are eligible for a tax discount!

  • Low Mileage or Suspended Vehicles are vehicles that have not exceeded the mileage limit for the tax year. These vehicles do not cost you in taxes, but still need to be filed for in order to get the stamped Schedule 1.

  • Sold, Lost, or Destroyed Credit Vehicles are vehicles that you no longer have, but you are still required to file for them if they were used for any part of the tax year.
You can also enter vehicles that you have previously filed as suspended, and you can enter low mileage credits at the end of this step.


Related Blog: How to E-File Form 2290 with a Credit Vehicle?


Step 3: Select Your Payment Account

Your final step for pre-filing is selecting your payment method and securely transmitting your return to the IRS. This step is a little bit different than when you e-file your regular tax year, since we will transmit the return for you when the IRS begins accepting them on July 1st.

Select Your Payment & Transmit



There are 3 payment methods for you to choose from, and these determine when the IRS will accept your payment and take money out of your account.


If you go with direct debit, the taxes you owe will come out of your account one or two days after the IRS processes your return on July 1. For EFTPS or a check/money order, you can schedule your payment for as late as August 31, the renewal due date.


Once you've decided what payment method to use, you will be taken to your account summary page. Here you can correct any errors you see and then continue to submit your return.


With our Instant Audit feature, we will even check your return for you to minimize the risk of being rejected by the IRS due to missing information.


Then you simply transmit! Yeah, that’s it. It’s that easy. Congratulations, you've successfully pre-filed your form 2290!


If you have any questions throughout your pre-filing experience, we’re here to help! Our dedicated support team can answer your questions at 704.234.6005 or by email at support@expresstrucktax.com.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Pre-File Your 2290 Now!

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Pre-File Your 2290 Now!
Pre-File Your 2290 Now!
Whether you’re a trucker or a trucking company, you know that HVUT season is rapidly approaching.

Of course, here at ExpressTruckTax, it's already begun. How’s that?

Easy - starting today, we’re offering pre-filing for the 2016-17 heavy vehicle use tax season. One month early!

So instead of waiting until the last moment to e-file your 2290s, pre-file now and get back to what you need to do - driving.

It’s Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Time

The HVUT season runs from July 1 through June 30 of the following year.

If you’re an owner operator, leasing company, trucking company, or any other business that owns heavy vehicles with a gross weight above 55,000 pounds traveling on public highways, you must file form 2290.

Usually, you can’t start filing until the tax period begins on July 1, but we’ve gone ahead and started pre-filing now.

What is Pre-Filing?


Pre-filing is the easiest way to e-file your taxes early. You can get ahead of the game by filing an entire month early. After you’re done pre-filing your return, ExpressTruckTax will hold onto it until July 1st—once the IRS starts accepting 2290s, yours will be at the top of the stack.

Should I Pre-File Form 2290? Why?


Even though the tax period hasn't started for the 2016-17 season, pre-filing starts now! With pre-filing, users get advantages they won’t get once the official season starts. They include:

  • Finishing your taxes early, leaving more time to focus on work and life
  • No additional cost to pre-file
  • When selecting the check (or) money order option, you will get until August 31st to pay the IRS, giving you almost 3 months to save for the amount of tax you owe
  • Your Form 2290 will be automatically transmitted to the IRS on July 1st, so you will receive your stamped schedule 1 in minutes once transmitted
  • If the return is rejected for any reason, you have plenty of time to re-submit it before August 31st, making it much easier to avoid late penalties
  • VIN corrections and retransmissions for rejected returns are FREE for anyone who e-files with ExpressTruckTax
  • Customer support is available via phone, live chat, and email, with 24/7 emergency email support
If you have any questions about pre-filing 2290, (or) have questions about the e-filing process, we’ll be here to help. Give us a call at 704.234.6005!

Happy pre-filing, Trucking Nation!

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