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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

2290 Filing for CPAs

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2290 Filing for CPAs
2290 Filing for CPAs
We spend a lot of time conversing with truckers around these parts, but we’re overlooking a key audience of filers out there.

That’s right, to all of our accountant friends out there - we don’t mean to ignore you. So this post is for you!

If you’re a CPA who needs to file form 2290 online, read ahead!

Understanding Taxable Vehicles


Most CPA's know this, but if you’re new to the game, let’s touch up on taxable vehicles.

A taxable highway motor vehicle includes any self-propelled vehicle with a gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more designed to carry a load over public highways, whether or not also designed to perform other functions.

Examples of these heavy highway vehicles include trucks, truck tractors, and buses.

Some vehicles, like logging and agricultural trucks, have a different set of rules. ExpressTruckTax walks you through all those road bumps, though.

Welcome to the TruckZone


If you’re a CPA, you’re probably not filing for a single truck. With the TruckZone, you can manage all of your vehicles in one place.

As you add vehicles, we store them in the TruckZone. The next time you go to file IRS 2290s, you can easily retrieve the trucks and drivers. You can even search by truck or unit number, driver, VIN, month filed, and even by the date the Schedule 1 was received.

The ExpressTruckTax Truck Zone can upload hundreds even thousands of trucks at one time.

If you need to file multiple Form 2290 returns, we’ve broken down the steps to e-file multiple 2290 forms.

If you have any issues with bulk uploading or transmitting, please contact our customer support experts at 704.234.6005.


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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Oops! It’s Time to File a VIN Correction

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VIN Correction
File VIN Correction
We hear it all the time—you decided to get things done fast this year, so you e-file Form 2290 early. But once your stamped Schedule 1 comes in, you see that your VIN is way off. What can you do? Well, the easy answer is e-file a VIN correction!

Added Tax From Increase in Taxable Gross Weight


If your vehicle’s taxable gross weight increases during the period, and your vehicle falls in a new tax category, you need to file an amendment. We let you file for amendments with the same easy-to-use system you filed your 2290 with.

Suspended Vehicles Exceeding the Mileage use Limit


If a suspended vehicle exceeds the mileage use limit, they need to file form 2290 amendment. The mileage use limit for a heavy vehicle on public highways is 5,000 miles or less (7,500 miles or less for agricultural vehicles). The mileage use limit applies to the total mileage a vehicle is on the road during a period, regardless of the number of owners.

VIN Correction

If you made a mistake on a VIN when you filed Form 2290, you need to file a Form 2290 VIN correction. You can only file a VIN correction for taxable (or) suspended vehicles, and not for credit vehicles or for prior year suspended vehicles. The wrong VIN must have been paid for in the original form 2290, or the IRS will penalize you while still requiring the actual tax.

Don’t forget, we offer FREE 2290 VIN corrections for any filer who e-filed their 2290 return with us here at ExpressTruckTax!

If you didn't e-file your 2290 with us, but you still need to e-file a VIN correction, have no fear! You still have a chance, you just have to pay a small fee.



So when you need to e-file form 2290 VIN corrections, head over to ExpressTruckTax and we’ll make sure you’re taken care of.


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Friday, July 22, 2016

E-Sign Form 8453-EX - ExpressTruckTax Feature Spotlight

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E-Sign Form 8453-EX
E-Sign Form 8453-EX - Feature Spotlight
Around these parts, we do what we do to make things easier for truckers. Which in our case, usually means helping truckers understand and e-file Form 2290 - just because that’s our expertise.

But some truck drivers and carriers are unaware that we actually support a few other tax forms and features, too. One of these being Form 8453-EX.

What is Form 8453-EX, you ask? Also known as the "Excise Tax Declaration for an IRS e-File Return", the 8453-EX is a declaration by a taxpayer to authenticate an electronic Form 2290 and authorize an intermediate service provider to transmit their return using a third-party transmitter.

Basically, if somebody else files your taxes on your behalf, you need to file this form.

A taxpayer e-filing directly through ExpressTruckTax doesn't have to file an 8453-EX, though. But if you’re an accountant or other service provider filing on behalf of a trucker, an 8453-EX has to be signed to authorize the transmission.

What Is the E-Sign Feature?


This feature is beneficial to both truckers and accountants alike. With the e-signing feature for Form 8453-EX, CPA's can get instant permission to e-file for their client as a third party!

Once you’ve finished the e-filing process for a client, our system will prompt you and your client to sign Form 8453-EX. This link directs your client to our e-sign site and allows them to sign the 8453-EX on any device. They can even e-sign it with their fingertip if they are using a tablet or a mobile device with a touchscreen.

Once they’ve e-signed (or rejected the form), it will return to the ExpressTruckTax system and you’ll be notified.

How Does E-Signing Help Me?


If you haven’t put it together yet, ExpressTruckTax offers a safe and secure way to get your clients to e-sign Form 8453-EX in seconds. Best of all, e-signing works on any device—computer, tablet, and mobile phone.

Plus, you get to avoid coordinating faxes on an old fax machine.



How Do I E-Sign Form 8453-EX?


When e-filing with ExpressTruckTax, all you need to do is click the link to email the electronic form to your client, and after they receive it, they can follow detailed instructions on how to complete the process on their end.


If you have any questions about e-signing 8453-EX, live chat with us over at ExpressTruckTax.com.



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Monday, July 18, 2016

ExpressTruckTax Feature Spotlight: Additional Users

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ExpressTruckTax Feature Spotlight: Additional Users
ExpressTruckTax Feature Spotlight: Additional Users
Sometimes you need more than one person manning your professional tax products, especially if you run a larger fleet and need to

Whether this is an office manager or an official accountant, you can invite any additional users to your ExpressTruckTax account with the multi-user access feature.

What Is Multi-User Access Feature?


Like we said, Multi-User Access allows you to have multiple users managing one account. With this feature, you simply click My Account from the Dashboard page, then find Manage Users, and click View.

After that, you just need to add the user’s name and contact information, including their email address. They will be emailed instructions on how to setup their sub-user account.

The newly created sub-user will be able to manage and view returns, create returns, and/or transmit returns to the IRS, depending on the permissions you set for them.

What Are the Advantages of the Additional User Feature?


Thanks to the permissions we have in ExpressTruckTax, you can segment responsibilities to your employees, share your Form 2290 online with other members of your company, and have an accountant review and transmit Form 2290 for you!

Instead of sharing passwords and logins, you can create a network of additional users to improve your fleet’s work-flow.

Best of all, you assign access type permissions as you create your additional users.

What Account Permissions Does ExpressTruckTax Offer?

  • View Only: This access type allows a sub-user to view your Form 2290 information, but they cannot edit or transmit.
  • Edit Only: This access type allows a sub-user to view and edit your Form 2290 information, but they cannot transmit it on your behalf.
  • Edit and Transmit: This access type allows a sub-user to view, edit, and transmit your Form 2290 information.




Related Blog Post: ExpressTruckTax Additional Users Feature

So don’t forget, when you need to e-file Form 2290 online, don’t just take it upon yourself—use your team and get things done with ease.

If you have any questions about creating additional user accounts, reach out to our awesome customer support squad at 704.234.6005! We’ll get you back to e-filing in no time!

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Friday, July 15, 2016

5 Simple Steps to File Form 2290

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5 Simple Steps to File Form 2290
5 Simple Steps to File Form 2290
As we keep rolling through truck tax season, we’ve had a few callers ask us to go through the e-filing system step-by-step.

So we’re gonna break things down real quick, and show you that you can e-file Form 2290 in 5 easy steps!

First Step - Login

The first step for any truck tax filer is to create their account—of course, if they’ve filed with us before, they can just sign in.

It’s easy, it only takes a moment, and it’s FREE. We won’t charge you a single cent for creating your account! You only pay once you’ve e-filed using our service, which won’t take too long, thankfully.

Second Step - Information

On your second step, you enter your business information. This includes your name and your Employer Information Number (EIN), which you need to make sure you know.

Pro Tip: Did you know you can e-file 2290 directly from the ExpressTruckTax App?

Third Step - Details

Now you need to enter your tax year and first used month for the vehicle(s) you are filing for. The tax year for IRS Form 2290 starts July 1 of each year and ends on June 30 of the following year.

You file Form 2290 based on the first used month of the vehicle. For example, if your vehicle was first used on public highways in September, you have until October 31 to file your 2290.

After that, enter your vehicle identification number (VIN) and the taxable gross weight of the vehicle you are filing for. You can also select if your vehicle is used for any special purposes, such as for agricultural use or logging.

Fourth Step - Payment

As we calculate the taxes on your 2290, make sure you’re familiar with the IRS payment options available to pay the IRS for your HVUT, including:

  • Direct Debit or Electronic Funds Withdrawal
  • Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS)
  • Check or Money Order

Fifth Step - Transmit

Before we transmit, we’ll check over your form to make sure it’s clear of any basic errors. On your end, double check the summary to be sure that your business and vehicle information are correct. Once your payment information has been entered, your return is ready to be transmitted to the IRS. Simply add your electronic signature and transmit!



Secret Final Step - Celebrate

A few moments after you file, you’ll get your 2290 Schedule 1. With that in hand, you can go out and celebrate. If you have some vacation time, that is. If not, at least you’ll be roadworthy!

If you have any questions about filing your excise taxes, please reach out to us and let us know! Our dedicated customer service team is waiting by the phones and checking their inbox, ready to help you!

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

5 Ways to Get Help E-Filing Your 2290

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5 Ways to Get Help E-Filing Your 2290
5 Ways to Get Help E-Filing Your 2290
There’s no escaping it—taxes are difficult. We know it, you know it, your carrier knows it.

But what would you say if we knew a group that doesn't mind truck taxes. In fact, they spend their day helping truckers e-file their truck taxes!

Sounds ridiculous right? Well, it’s not! Here at ExpressTruckTax, our support experts dedicate their days to answering your e-filing questions. Really, there’s someone available to direct you in the right direction throughout the entire day.

How do we do this? By providing 5 avenues of contact, we've made it possible for you to get help for any 2290 questions you may come across.

Call Us on the Phone

Throughout the year, we keep our specialists ready to answer your calls from 9 am to 6 pm. During 2290 peak season, you can probably find someone ready to answer your calls even earlier, and even later.

We do this so that we match your schedule as best as possible!

Best of all, you’ll always talk to a friendly voice located in downtown Rock Hill, South Carolina. There’s something about outsourcing your questions to a call center across the world that just doesn't sit right with us.

So give us a call at 704.234.6005!

Send Us an Email

Of course, the thought may strike you to e-file your 2290 in the middle of the night. Stranger things have happened!

When you’re sitting up in your sleeper cab, wondering how you can claim a suspended vehicle credit, you know it’s too late to call us.

So you can just send us an email at support@expresstrucktax.com, and we’ll get you a response as soon as possible.

Chat With Us

Maybe you just have a small question, nothing you want to get wrapped up in a conversation about.

There’s a simple solution for that, too.

You can just send us a quick chat via the expresstrucktax website.

In fact, you just gotta click 'chat with us', and the chat window will walk you through the rest.

Find Us on Facebook

Sometimes it feels like everybody has Facebook. Not only will you find your friends, but you’ll find kids, grandmothers, heck - even dogs. But most importantly, you’ll find companies like ExpressTruckTax doing what they can from Facebook.

Now, you’re free to comment on our posts with your issues, but you can also send us a message via Facebook as well.

If you have sensitive information you need to share with us, send us a message on Facebook and we will follow up with instructions for a secure, fast, and easy communication.

Hashtag It on Twitter

Sometimes it’s easier to just blast out a tweet. Sure, half the time we’re tweeting about stuff like cats and Taco Tuesday, but Twitter is actually one of the best places to reach a customer representative.

If you have any issues e-filing, send us a tweet at @ExpressTruckTax containing the hashtags #ETTSupport or #ExpressTruckTax, and we’ll get your issue squared away.

So, instead of pulling your hair out over confusing tax forms, try these 5 channels to reach the experts at ExpressTruckTax!

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Friday, July 8, 2016

What to Do if Your Form 2290 Tax Return is Rejected by the IRS?

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What to Do If Your Form 2290 Return is Rejected by the IRS?
What to Do If Your Form 2290 Return is Rejected by the IRS?

So you were very proactive this year, and you decided to go ahead and e-file irs form 2290.

But then you discover, your 2290 tax return has been rejected by the IRS. So what does that mean for you?

Basically, you need to keep filing until you get things right.

Thankfully, we here at ExpressTruckTax believe in unlimited retransmissions for rejected returns.

Now we've heard some people would rather just not file their 2290s than bother with re-transmissions - but that doesn't make any sense.

What are the Penalties for Failing to File Form 2290?

Basically, you’re going to get hit with a bunch of financial costs if you fail to, or are late, paying
Form 2290. HVUT penalties can range from 4.5 percent of total tax due, assessed on a monthly basis up to five months to an additional monthly penalty equal to 0.5 percent of total tax due for late filers.

Additional interest charges of 0.54 percent per month accrue as well.

Do I Need to E-File Tax Form 2290?

When you e-file your 2290 with ExpressTruckTax, you receive your Schedule 1, which shows 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 the 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.

Your stamped Schedule 1 counts as your proof of payment.

What if you e-filed your tax form 2290 and then something changes—like your vehicle weight?

Just File a 2290 Amendment

When the information on the vehicle you filed for changes, the IRS wants you to file a Form 2290 Amendment. If you want to get that taken care of quickly, just e-file it with ExpressTruckTax. The choice is simple.

So don't skip out on your tax filing, just because you're frustrated. In fact, with unlimited retransmission—its all easy!




So if your 2290 is rejected this truck tax season, don’t worry! Instead, login to ExpressTruckTax, and we’ll take care of what we can.

See, it pays off to be proactive!

Related Blog: 7 Common E-Filing Mistakes to Avoid

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

New IRS 2290 for Tax Year 2016 - 2017

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New IRS 2290 for Tax Year 2016 - 2017
New IRS 2290 for Tax Year 2016 - 2017

You probably didn't realize that there’s a new IRS Form 2290, did you?

It’s OK, not much changed, however, you can only use this form to file your Form 2290 for the tax period beginning on July 1, 2016 and ending on June 30, 2017.

To learn more about this new form, check out the material provided by the IRS.

Click here to learn more about why Form 2290 has changed, and what it means for your filing.

And when you have that covered, you can go stand in line with your completed Form 2290.

But why waste your time trying to figure it out yourself when you have ExpressTruckTax on your side.

With our interview-style form completion, we’ll help you e-file—yes e-file—your Form 2290 with the IRS.

That means, no standing in line at the IRS office, no trying to figure out complicated tax jargon by yourself, and no wasting time off the road.



Create your free account with ExpressTruckTax and start e-filing your 2290, today!


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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Form 2290 Due Dates for the Tax Year 2016 - 2017

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Form 2290 Due Date
Form 2290 Due Date Reminder
So you've kept track of your paperwork and you’re now ready to file your Form 2290 with the IRS to get your stamped Schedule 1.

But why wait in that long line at the IRS office, deal with people giving you a hard time and miss out on payable hours driving when you don’t have to?

That’s right; there’s a completely easier way to do all of this - ExpressTruckTax.

ExpressTruckTax is designed to help keep you on the road and out of the IRS office.

We even provide you with valuable information, such as Form 2290 due date for this year, the Form 2290 due date 2016, and the Form 2290 due date for 2017.

Take look at our easy-to-understand chart that explains exactly when you should file and pay your taxes:

If, in this period, the vehicle is first used during
Then, file IRS Form 2290 and make your payment by *
July, 2016
August 31, 2016
August, 2016
September 30, 2016
September, 2016
October 31, 2016
October, 2016
November 30, 2016
November, 2016
January 3, 2017
December, 2016
January 31, 2017
January, 2017
February 28, 2017
February, 2017
March 31, 2017
March, 2017
May 1, 2017
April, 2017
May 31, 2017
May, 2017
June 30, 2017
June, 2017
July 31, 2017


So you decide - would you rather stand in line at the IRS office and in the comfort of your own truck?

We’ll be waiting at ExpressTruckTax.com to help you e-file your Form 2290 before your deadline.


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Friday, July 1, 2016

Welcome to the 2016 HVUT 2290 Season!

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2016 HVUT 2290 Season
Welcome to the 2016 HVUT 2290 Season!
Hooray - the HVUT Form 2290 filing season starts today!

Who’s excited? OK, I know, it’s a little much to get excited over taxes but when you use services like ExpressTruckTax there’s reason to celebrate.

Our interview-style format and friendly customer support representatives make it easy for your to e-file your Form 2290 to the IRS without ever having to leave the comfort of your own truck.

That’s right! Ditch the long lines at the IRS office and leave the complicated paperwork behind. ExpressTruckTax is the future of  HVUT Form 2290 e-filing

ExpressTruckTax Offers

When you make the right choice to use ExpressTruckTax you’ll get surprised at all of the great offers that come with it.

Don’t believe me? Take a look at all of these great features are included 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

So now that the season is officially here and you have a service ready to help you, let’s get to e-filing and receiving that stamped Schedule 1 before the rush hits.

Create your free account at ExpressTruckTax now and start e-filing your HVUT Form 2290 now so you can get back to doing more of what you love—keeping America running.

Visit  ExpressTruckTax.com to e-file your HVUT Form 2290 today!

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