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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Today Is the Last Day to E File HVUT Form 2290!

Today Is the Last Day to E File HVUT Form 2290!
Today Is the Last Day to E File HVUT Form 2290!
Well, today is the day to file tax Form 2290. Our online e-filing program is primed and ready to go—and our dedicated customer support staff are standing by, ready to answer your questions.

Still unsure if you want to e-file Form 2290 for 2016-2017? We put together a list of the 8 steps required to e-file (and therefore get your stamped Schedule 1).

Trust us, you want to follow these steps and e-file before the Form 2290 due date passes. I mean, you don’t want to get hit with penalties, do you?

Step 1: Sign in / Create Your Account

First of all, creating an account is always free! We never charge you to create your account, and you don’t have to pay until you transmit your return. We’ll even let you create sub-accounts for employees, accountants, or anybody else

Step 2: Enter Your Business Information

At this point, you need to enter your business information. This includes your name and your Employer Information Number (EIN), which you need to make sure you know.

Step 3: Choose Your Tax Year and First Used Month

At step 3, you enter your tax year and first used month for the vehicle(s) you are filing for.

The tax year you’ll be filing for (for this deadline) will be 2016-2017!

Step 4: Enter Your Vehicle Information

After that, you need to enter your vehicle identification number (VIN) and the taxable gross weight of the vehicle(s) you are filing for.

If you need to, you can select if your vehicle is used for any special purposes, such as for agricultural use or logging.

Note: Logging doesn’t mean you use e-logs or any other type of mileage logging system.

Step 5: IRS Payment Options

There are several payment options for you to select when you e-file IRS HVUT Form 2290. We suggest that you make sure you’re familiar with the IRS payment options available, including:

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

Step 6: Summary and Audit Check

Before we transmit your 2290, we’ll check over your form to make sure it’s clear of any basic filing errors.

We can’t guarantee that you won’t be audited, but we can do our best to make sure nothing looks funky before we transmit!

Step 7: Transmit Your Return to the IRS

At this point, your return is ready to be transmitted to the IRS. Simply add your electronic signature and voila! We can transmit, and you’re done with Form 2290 Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return for the year!

Step 8: Receive Your Stamped Schedule 1

Want to know the best part? Shortly after you file, you’ll get your 2290 Schedule 1. That’s not bad!

Note: You can e-file 2290 directly from the ExpressTruckTax App?

As always, the team here at ExpressTruckTax will be here to help and support you through the e-filing process. Give us a call at 704.234.6005 if you have any questions!

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

So You Need to Make a Correction After You E-Filed Form 2290?

Making Corrections to Form 2290 After E-Filed
Making Corrections to Form 2290
As we near the heavy vehicle use tax Form 2290 deadline, it’s worth remembering that we do our best to make sure you’re covered throughout the year.

We offer Form 2290 Amendments for both our filers, as well as any filers who didn’t file with us.

Free VIN Corrections

When you file form 2290 online for 2016-2017, it’s not unheard of to rush through the process and find yourself a few months later in a sticky situation.

For example, if you realize your vehicle identification number was entered wrong during the deadline.

Instead of freaking out, head back to ExpressTruckTax and file a free VIN correction!

And if you didn’t file with us, no worries - it’s just a small fee!

Taxable Gross Weight Increase

After you file your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax return Form 2290, your vehicle’s taxable gross weight might increase.

If it does, simply login to ExpressTruckTax and e-file a 2290 Amendment for a taxable gross weight increase!

Mileage Exceeded

If a suspended vehicle exceeds the mileage limit, you need to e-file a 2290 Amendment. With a mileage exceeded, you can have us calculate and pay the excess tax for the year. All you need to do is e-file a truck tax Form 2290 Amendment for Mileage Exceeded.

So as we approach the 2290 truck tax due date, have no fear - we’ll be here to help you when you need to e-file a 2290 correction!

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Friday, August 26, 2016

The Countdown Is On! It's Almost Form 2290 HVUT Deadline Day

The Countdown Is On! It's Almost Form 2290 Deadline Day
The Countdown Is On! It's Almost Form 2290 Deadline Day
We know it's all we've talked about for a while, but the HVUT deadline is kind of a big deal around ExpressTruckTax offices.

Instead of wasting your time, we're going to just hit the highlights in this post! The deadline is coming!

The Due Date

Well, we’re almost there. Just a few days until we hit the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290 deadline.

So just a reminder once again, the 2290 truck tax due date is August 31st, 2016!

There's Still Time!

Thankfully, you still have time to e-file truck tax form 2290.

When you go to e-file form 2290 online for 2016-2017, make sure you have access to all of your important records.

If you’re a little unsure about how to file, watch this video:

If you’re going to e-file using our mobile app, here’s what you need to know:

Most importantly, know that we’re here to answer your questions about e-filing Heavy Vehicle Use Tax return Form 2290. If you have any issues e-filing this next week, reach out to us by email at or by phone at 704.234.6005.

Related Blog: The Due Date Cometh: August 31 is the 2290 Tax Deadline

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

3 Reasons Why Your IRS Form 2290 Was Rejected

3 Reasons Why Your IRS Form 2290 Was Rejected
3 Reasons why your IRS Form 2290 was Rejected
Thousands of truckers across the country are getting ready to e-file their Heavy Vehicle Use Tax return Form 2290, hoping to just press transmit and be done with it all.

But what happens when you e-file truck tax Form 2290 only to find out it was later REJECTED by the IRS? The last thing you want to find out is about a rejected 2290 on the truck tax due date!

Thankfully, when you e-file with ExpressTruckTax, you get unlimited re-filing for rejected returns.

Today, we’re going to examine why your 2290 may be rejected.

Rejected Because of EIN

Sometimes, filers will find that their Employer Identification Number is the source of their rejection.

This can sometimes happen if the EIN that you entered doesn’t match the EIN the IRS has on record.

If that’s the case, you need to contact the IRS directly to find out what information they have in their system.

If you have a brand new EIN, it will take on average about 10 business days for the EIN to register in the IRS system for you to e-file.

If you try to e-file your 2290 the same day that you receive your EIN, it will be rejected and the reason will be the "EIN does not match business name".

After your new EIN is registered in the IRS system, you can simply re-transmit your 2290 return (for free) and it should be accepted as long as there aren’t any more errors.

Rejected Because of Duplicate Filing

Your 2290 can only be accepted by the IRS one time. If you receive this particular rejection, it means your 2290 has already been filed and confirmed by the IRS.

The good part about this rejection, is that it requires no fix because your return has already been filed!

Rejected for Routing Issues

If you face a Routing Transit Number Rejection, it has to do with your payment. If you paid using the Electronic Funds Withdrawal (EFW) option, a bank routing number is required.

If the wrong information was entered for your routing number, your 2290 will be rejected. You can correct the routing and re-transmit to the IRS and should receive confirmation of acceptance in only a few minutes.

Note: If you entered the incorrect routing number or bank account number and the return is accepted, it is up to you to contact the IRS to resolve the issue. For best practices, always double check your numbers before transmitting your return to the IRS.

Hopefully, you’ll have a good experience e-filing Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290. The deadline is fast approaching, so be ready!

Note: The deadline to e-file Form 2290 online for 2016-2017 is August 31.

If you have any questions about rejected returns, you can reach our customer support experts at 704.234.6005.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Due Date Cometh: August 31 is the 2290 Tax Deadline

Due Date to File Form 2290 is August 31
Due Date to File Form 2290 is August 31
With the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290 deadline approaching, we decided to break down some of the Form 2290 basics.

First of all, let’s reiterate the 2290 truck tax due date.

The Deadline for Form 2290

The IRS HVUT Form 2290 due date (or) deadline for the 2016-2017 tax year is August 31st, 2016.

When you need to file form 2290 online for 2016-2017, you also need to know your First Used Month.

The First Used Month of Vehicle

The First Used Month is the first month that the vehicle is used in a tax year.

If you have a new vehicle, the first used month is the first month that the vehicle is used in a year.

You need to file your HVUT Form 2290 a month after the first used month. If you bought the truck in February and started using it then, you would need to file your HVUT by the end of March.

Taxation Year

In order to understand how to file your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax return Form 2290, you need to comprehend how the HVUT tax year works.

If you have owned your truck for multiple years, July counts as your first used month for subsequent years after the first purchased year.

So when you go to e-file truck tax Form 2290, knowing the little details of your tax filing will make all the difference.

E-filing on the go? Check out the ExpressTruckTax mobile app!

Unsure about your First Used Month still? Contact our expert support team at ExpressTruckTax by calling 704.234.6005.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Are There Penalties If I Don't File Form 2290 HVUT?

Are There Penalties For Not Filing HVUT Form 2290?
Are There Penalties For Not Filing HVUT Form 2290
The Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290 deadline is approaching.

Have no fear, though. You still have plenty of time to file. But what happens if you miss the 2290 truck tax due date?

You may face some penalties if you don’t file Form 2290 online for 2016-2017.

About HVUT Form 2290

The Heavy Vehicle Use Tax is a tax form that is required to be filed by truckers in order to help with the maintenance and upkeep of public roads and highways.

Once a trucker files their Form 2290, they will receive a stamped Schedule 1 which serves as a proof of payment for your taxes.

Why Should You File Form 2290?

You don’t want to get parked, so you need to keep your tax forms up to date!

While tax forms can be irritating, by complying with the tax code you stay on the road, allowing you to earn yourself a living. Can’t argue with that.

The HVUT Penalties for Not Filing and Late Filing

What are the HVUT penalties if you don’t e-file truck tax Form 2290?

The penalty for failing to file IRS HVUT Form 2290 by August 31st is equal to 4.5 percent of the total tax due, assessed on a monthly basis up to five months.

Late filers not making an HVUT payment also face an additional monthly penalty equal to 0.5 percent of total tax due.

There are additional interest charges of 0.54 percent per month that accrue as well.

The 2290 Truck Tax Due Date

The due date for 2016-2017 Heavy Vehicle Use Taxes is August 31st.

How Can We Help?

With live, local customer support offered from our offices in Rock Hill, South Carolina, you know you have a real person ready to answer your questions. Plus, we offer 24/7 email support that you can always seek out in a pinch.

Avoid the deadline and e-file today!

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Monday, August 22, 2016

ExpressTruckTax Mobile App: E-File Form 2290 on the Road

E-File Form 2290 from the Road
ExpressTruckTax Form 2290 Mobile App
As we go into the final stretch with truck taxes, we want to remind you about the ExpressTruckTax mobile app.

We believe it’s one of the easiest ways you can file form 2290 online for 2016-2017.

All About the ExpressTruckTax App

If you didn’t know, we offer a mobile app for both iOS and Android. As a truck driver, you’re always on the go. Why not be able to access a saved copy of your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290 and stamped Schedule 1 - anytime, anywhere.

Key Features of the App

What can you do with the ExpressTruckTax mobile app? Not only can you e-file truck tax Form 2290, you can do everything that you can do on the ExpressTruckTax website, and more!

With the ExpressTruckTax app, you can:
  • Automatically calculate your tax amount
  • Correct and resubmit any rejected returns for FREE
  • Add and manage multiple businesses and EIN’s with one account
  • Save time by using the prepaid return credits for 2290 filing fees
  • Take advantage of bulk pricing and unlimited filing options

Benefits of E-Filing with the ExpressTruckTax App

First of all, the app is free to download. You won’t have to pay until you e-file your 2290 form.

Secondly, you can take it anywhere. And we mean that! With the app in hand, you have the power to e-file whether you’re at home or on the road.

Best of all? You can receive a push notification once the IRS accepts your return! No more wondering!

When Is the 2290 Form Deadline Due Date?

The Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290 deadline is August 31st, 2016.

Instead of pushing off the 2290 truck tax due date, download our app and e-file today!

That’s just over a week away. E-file now!

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Deadline Approaches - Have You Filed IRS Form 2290?

The Deadline Approaches - Have You Filed IRS Form 2290?
The Deadline Approaches - Have You Filed IRS Form 2290?
Has there been a buzzing in the back of your ear? Do you feel like you forgot something, but can’t remember what?

Well, we hope you didn’t forget that the heavy vehicle use tax deadline is approaching!

This is your first of numerous reminders to let you know, it’s deadline time!

When is the Form 2290 Deadline?

The Form 2290 due date for 2016-2017 is August 31st. That’s a Wednesday—mark it on your calendar.

How Can I File IRS Form 2290?

Well, if you are looking to avoid pen and paper filing, you need to e-file IRS Form 2290. If you’ve e-filed with us before, you know how easy it is. If you’ve never e-filed a 2290 before, we’ll run you through your options.

  • Option 1: Head to the ExpressTruckTax website on your computer, create an account from the web, enter your business details, enter your vehicle information, and within a few clicks you’ll be done.
  • Option 2: Use your mobile browser or download our app, create an account from your mobile device, enter your business details, enter your vehicle information, and within a few clicks you’ll be done.

But have no fear, e-filers. With our easy to use interview-style software and dedicated customer support, you should have no problems this truck tax filing season!

So as the deadline approaches, you need to ask yourself—Are you ready to e-file Form 2290?

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

File HVUT Error Free with ExpressTruckTax


File HVUT Error Free with ExpressTruckTax
File HVUT Error Free with ExpressTruckTax
If there’s one thing we know about tax time, it’s how stressful it can be. With deadlines everywhere, it almost feels like you’re racing the clock to get everything done.

Which is why we also know, plenty of filers out there make mistakes. Sometimes it's the wrong vehicle identification number (VIN), which can go unnoticed until it’s too late.

Of course, sometimes you file and think everything is fine, only to find out your return has been rejected.

So what should you do? Well, at ExpressTruckTax, we make sure that our e-filing customers have a few safety lines in the IRS Form 2290 game.

Free VIN Corrections:

This is pretty straightforward - we have implemented a system that allows our current year e-filers to come back and file a FREE VIN correction. That’s right, free! Trust us, it’s a lot better than correcting your VIN at an IRS office.

If you didn’t file Form 2290, but you need to file a correction, it’s only a small fee using our system. Don’t make that mistake twice!

We also offer Form 2290 Amendments for increase in vehicle weight and suspended vehicles exceeding their mileage.

Audit Check BEFORE Filing

One of the most important features we offer at ExpressTruckTax is an audit check before you transmit Form 2290. Now, this “audit check” inspects your return for any major errors that can keep your return from being accepted.

By reviewing your errors before we transmit, you won’t have your return rejected right off the bat.

Free Re-Filing for Rejected Returns

Alright, so you messed up something BIG and it snick through the cracks. Don’t freak out—you can re-file any rejected returns with ExpressTruckTax.

Not bad, eh?

So when you go to e-file your HVUT IRS Form 2290 - are you gonna go with some run of the mill e-filer, or the premier e-filing solution?

The choice is clear if you ask us!

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Feature Spotlight: Form 2290 Tax Calculator

Form 2290 Tax Calculator
Form 2290 Tax Calculator
We love to brag about our features around here at ExpressTruckTax - why? Well, because they’re the best in the business!

We’ve talked to you about bulk uploading and additional users already, but what do you know about our form 2290 tax calculator?

What Do I Need for the Form 2290 Tax Calculator?

You basically need the same overall information that you would need to e-file - except simplified.

Armed with the following knowledge, you will be able to calculate what you’ll need to file for HVUT Form 2290 return in seconds!

Form 2290 Tax Calculator Requirements:

  • First used month
  • Weight category
  • Taxable vehicle count
  • Logging vehicle count
  • Optional email address

How Does the Tax Calculator Help?

Our whole idea for the tax calculator is to help our customers know what they owe! With in depth pre-planning, any trucker can go into tax season knowing what they face.

Whether that means an owner-operator or a large carrier, foreseeing the taxable future just makes life easier.

Since we like to make things so easy, we’ve even made the Form 2290 Tax Calculator into a mobile app for iOS and Android devices!

How Does the Form 2290 Tax Calculator App Work?

It’s pretty simple - you just download the app, enter your vehicle weights and usage type, and then calculate!

So don’t waste any of your time this year! Instead, download the Form 2290 Tax Calculator App and get to planning your heavy vehicle taxes!

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Save Time & Bulk Upload Multiple 2290 Forms

Save Time & Bulk Upload Multiple 2290 Forms
One of the best things about the trucking industry is how diverse it is.

One trucker might be an owner-operator, the other might be a company man for a large fleet. Either way, they’re going to have to file Form 2290. Taxable vehicles include any highway motor vehicles that have a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more.

So that probably covers your entire fleet. But how can you file HVUT for all of your vehicles? The answer is simple: bulk uploading and ExpressTruckTax's TruckZone feature.

Why Should I Bulk Upload?

First of all, it’s easy. Instead of entering each record one-by-one, you fill out a spreadsheet and our program does the rest.

Here’s what you do:

  • Login to our system, download the official spreadsheet. 
  • Go field by field and enter the appropriate information in the right format. 
  • After the form is complete, head back to ExpressTruckTax and upload the file.
  • Our software will check for errors and make sure each field is correct. 
  • Note, if you already have your own spreadsheet use our smart upload. We will make sure fields match on our end, so that you don’t waste time making a new spreadsheet. 
  • Make sure everything looks right.
  • Pay and transmit!

Finally, once you get your fleet’s vehicles uploaded, your trucks will be saved year to year thanks to our TruckZone.

What Is TruckZone?

When you need to e-file Form 2290 for multiple vehicles, TruckZone is a lifesafer. Working as virtual fleet, TruckZone keeps all of your vehicles on record so you can access them at any time.

Let’s say you need to file HVUT for 10 trucks. This feature lets you create your own truck tax zone where you can select the 10 trucks which need an HUT filing. In a few minutes, you can e-file form 2290 for all 10, and receive 10 stamped Schedule 1’s in just minutes.

Related Blog: Bulk Uploading: HVUT for Fleets

With TruckZone and bulk uploading in your virtual tax toolbox, you’ll be the master of heavy vehicle use taxes!

If you have any questions about using TruckZone, give our customer support experts a call at 704.234.6005.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Get 10% Discount on Your Form 2290 Filings

Get 10% Discount on Your Form 2290 Filings
Get 10% Discount on Your Form 2290 Filings
Whoa boy - it’s that time of year, isn't it? And we don’t mean summer break, because we’re all still working!

We mean it’s time to e-file form 2290! Wait a second, you’re not e-filing? Well, trust us when we say it’s better than paper filing. And by adding our promo code, it’s even sweeter getting 10% off your filing fee.

E-File Form 2290

So why should you e-file? Since your 2290 is due every year, you should know that it’s a headache. But instead of letting it frustrate you, you just need to e-file this year!

You only have to wait a few minutes after filing your IRS Form 2290. Schedule 1 will arrive shortly after!

First of all, e-filing is fast. You’ll get your stamped Schedule 1 in a few minutes after your return is accepted by the IRS. You’ll also get access to our state-of-the-art features, like the TruckZone, where you can manage multiple trucks from one account.

We also offer multi-user access feature, allowing you to share tax filing responsibilities throughout your company, without ever sharing the same login credentials.

How Can I Save 10%?

It’s pretty simple, you only need to use our promo code: ETT10, and you’ll get a 10% discount from your e-filing fee.

You’ll still owe your full tax amount, but it never hurts to save some money on a filing fee!

So sign up today, and let’s get e-filing! If you have any questions about e-filing your IRS Form 2290, our customer support specialists are here to help!

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