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Friday, December 29, 2017

Prepare For The 4th Quarter IFTA Deadline

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Congratulations on another year behind the wheel. 2017 has been a crazy year for truckers with the ELD mandate. Plus, when hurricane Harvey and Irma struck truckers were greatly needed to provide relief for those affected by the storms.

There’s no telling what 2018 will have in store for you as you keep on truckin’. We’re sure you’re taking the time to think of the perfect resolution to start the year fresh. One way to do that involves getting started on the 4th quarter IFTA deadline that’s coming up on January 31.

Prepare For The 4th Quarter IFTA Deadline


Your 4th quarter IFTA return is due in about a month so we’re here to help you prepare for the deadline. If you need a little refreshing, IFTA is the International Fuel Tax Agreement put in place by the 48 contiguous United States and 10 Canadian provinces.

It was created in order to simplify the reporting of fuel used by qualifying motor vehicles that travel between at least two or more jurisdictions. The collected taxes are redistributed among the jurisdictions.

Your vehicle qualifies for IFTA reporting if it:
  • Has two axles and a gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,000 pounds 
  • Has two axles and a registered gross weight exceeding 26,000 pounds 
  • Has three or more axles regardless of weight 
  • Or has a combination weight exceeding 26,000 pounds. 
In order to comply with IFTA, you will apply for your IFTA license with your base jurisdiction or home state and keep it in your cab at all times. You will also receive two IFTA decals that you will need to keep on your driver’s side door at all times. Plus, you will need to complete your IFTA return four times a year.

You will need to provide the following information to complete your IFTA return:
  • Total miles traveled per jurisdiction 
  • Total gallons of fuel consumed per jurisdiction 
  • Total tax paid gallons of fuel purchased per jurisdiction 
  • And the current tax rate per jurisdiction. 
If you fail to complete your IFTA return you will have some penalties to face and they aren’t cheap. If you fail to file by the deadline you will face a penalty of $50 or 10% of the total amount due, depending on which amount is higher.
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Then you will face a monthly fee of .4167% of the tax due until you fully pay the amount you owe. States also reserve the right to impose their own penalties and revoke your IFTA license, which would park you!

Check out ExpressIFTA


But you don’t have to worry. ExpressTruckTax has a sister named ExpressIFTA that makes IFTA reporting incredibly easy online. You can track all of the totals you need to complete your return in one convenient location!

Plus, you can import all of your information all at once with the bulk upload feature and import all of your information at once. Also, you can import all of your mileage information directly from your GPS.

Best of all, all of your totals will be automatically calculated in a quarterly IFTA report that can be downloaded, printed, emailed, and used to instantly complete your IFTA return! It’s the fastest and most hassle-free way to handle IFTA.
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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Improve Your Trucking Business In 2018

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ExpressTruckTax makes it easy to e-file HVUT Form 2290
New year new you right? That’s usually how New Year’s resolutions go. You can pick the usual things, like deciding to finally get in shape and maybe eat right. Or you can take 2018 to the next level by improving your trucking business.

It’s a great time to sit down and review the books to see how you can take steps to create a more profitable year in 2018. By taking a step back to put new plans and procedures in place you could really make a difference for yourself and all of your employees.

Improve Your Trucking Business In 2018


Improve Driver Health

As we mentioned above, it’s extremely common for people to vow to get in shape for the new year. You can help your drivers do this by providing them with workout equipment in their rigs. Things like push up handles and resistant straps go a long way, without taking up a lot of space.

You can also get them basic fitness trackers to show them how much they move. This could motivate your drivers to become more active. Don’t forget to cover nutrition, by providing them with the facts on how unhealthy fast food options are and by letting them know what protein packed foods they should be looking for.

Cut Costs
Go over the books to see where your business is losing money so you can figure out where to save. The number one trucking expense is fuel, so train your drivers on how to be more fuel efficient. They can do this by avoiding stop and go traffic, slowly accelerating, by coming to smooth stops, and more.

You can also save by cutting lodging expenses by sleeping in your rig. All you have to do is make it a little more comfortable for a great night of sleep. Also, by your snacks in bulk to save money by not having to buy your favorite items with marked up prices every time you get hungry.

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Retain Drivers

The high turnover rate among drivers can devastate your business. How can you accept loads if you’re constantly searching for new people to drive your trucks? Keep your seats filled by offering better benefits.

Work with your drivers to offer the healthcare coverage that they need. Also, be sure to offer good rewards and incentives for doing a good job and sticking with your company. Maybe offer them prizes for continuously being safe drivers. Plus, you could provide upward mobility and educate them about the industry so they grow as drivers.

Prepare For Tax Season

Tax season is right around the corner. If you miss an important deadline you will find yourself with expensive penalties and fines. Be sure to use ExpressTruckTax to file your 2290 online by your deadline.

Also, you have a lot of employee tax deadlines coming up. You need to file Form W-2, any Form 1099-MISCs, and Form 941 by January 31! Check out how our sister company TaxBandits can help you quickly and easily file by the deadline.

If you need any assistance with Form 2290 give the dedicated, US-based ExpressTruckTax team a call at 704.234.6005. We’re also available via live chat and offer 24/7 email support at support@ExpressTruckTax.com.
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Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas Trucking Nation

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ExpressTruckTax thanks truckers who spend Christmas OTR

What in the world? It’s Christmas already! Time really does start to fly as we get older. We hope you’re able to celebrate the holidays with your loved ones because you’ve really earned it. Truckers are responsible for making the holiday season possible as they deliver loads across the nation during the busiest time of year for trucking.

Whether you were the driver delivering Christmas trees so families could decorate their homes or the driver with a load full of Christmas flavored peeps, thank you for all of your hard work! If you can’t make it home for Christmas, don't feel blue. Check out how to have a happy holiday.

Christmas OTR


Bring a Buddy

You don’t have to spend the day by yourself. Your spouse and kids should have some time off, so take them on a special road trip during their holiday break. They will love seeing Christmas decorations all across the country. You can also take your pup along if the people in your life are busy. Just make sure your carrier allows pets.

Eat!

Christmas is one of the few days of the year where people can shamelessly eat what they want. Throw out your calorie plan and order the glorious feast that you want. It doesn’t matter if you sit down to eat or it’s your favorite fast food option, enjoy it. You can also bring your favorite holiday treats along in your rig.

Be Talkative

You don’t have to spend Christmas quietly talking to yourself. Reach out to your friends and family by calling them. You can also use a program like Skype to video call them or to watch your kids open what Santa brought them. Also, other truckers are out and about so you can talk to them. No one loves talking like truckers do.
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Watch Something Meaningful

We know you have Netflix or Hulu set up in your rig, so use it to watch one of your favorite holiday movies. Maybe your family will be watching the same thing at home. Or you can take the time to distract yourself with a new, cool show.

Be Positive
Don’t spend the day feeling down. Remember that your hard work will pay off. You’ve probably rescheduled your holiday celebration to happen when you get home, so think about how happy your family will be once you arrive!

Happy Holidays From ExpressTruckTax


Again, thank you for all that you do from ExpressTruckTax. Even if you can’t make it home for the holidays, be sure to take the time to celebrate your favorite holiday traditions with your loved ones when you make it back.
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Friday, December 22, 2017

The Ultimate Trucker Gifts

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ExpressTruckTax wishes truck drivers a merry Christmas
Y’all Christmas is only a few days away, so you better finish up your shopping before you run out of time. Make a list, and check it twice, then remember to get the trucker in your life something meaningful even if they’ve been naughty or nice.

December is one of the busiest times a year for truckers as they drive all over the nation delivering presents to make Christmas possible! The driver in your life deserves a relaxing break to celebrate the holidays with you and their loved ones, so get them something great. Check out our list of the perfect trucking gifts for both the male and lady truckers.

The Best Trucking Gifts


1. Hands-Free Devices

We know you want to check up on the trucker in your life when they are on the road, but holding phones and other devices can be really distracting. Consider getting them a wireless headset so they can talk to you, hands-free. You could also get them a dash mount for their phone and wireless headphones.

2. Warm Gear

Winter is here and many states have experienced snow. Even Atlanta got a good dump! Your trucker will be up early in the morning and late at night doing pre-trip inspections in the cold. Make sure they can stay warm with utility gloves and a nice hat or coat.

Also, it’s cold OTR. Make sure they stay warm in the cab once they park with a space heater or electric blanket. The blanket doesn’t even have a lot of space because they’re available in throw sizes.

3. Coffee

Trucking is exhausting, your driver needs coffee to get moving and keep moving. Help them out by giving them the gift of instant coffee in their rig with a portable coffee maker. Also, get them a heavy duty thermos like a YETI one to keep their coffee warm for hours. Some truckers would like a mug the size of a gallon and you can also get ones with your photo on them for their favorite sports team.

4. T-Shirts

Truckers like to ride in comfort and style, that means they don’t need just any t-shirt but cool ones to flaunt at the truck stop. You can get trucking shirts with funny sayings like, “I just dropped a load.” You can also get them shirts for their favorite trucking shows like Ice Road Truckers or for awesome truck shops like Jack’s Chrome Shop.

5. Gift Cards or Cash 

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Harper, the famous trucking corgi. 
You can give the trucker in your life the ability to pamper themselves by allowing them to shop for themselves. With a gift card or cash, they will be able to get excited and go shop for what they really want. We know truckers are always wanting something cool from Wal-Mart or new tools from the hardware store.

6. Don’t Forget Their Pets

Many drivers take furry pals along on the road and they are more than best friends forever. They’re partners in trucking adventures. If your trucker has a dog, cat, bird or more, include them. Get them a new bone, catnip toy, sweater, bed, blanket, etc. Items that keep the pet entertained are best. The possibilities are endless and your trucker will really enjoy seeing their spoiled buddy included in the holiday festivities.

Happy Holidays From ExpressTruckTax


Here at ExpressTruckTax, we seriously appreciate all the hard work you do all year long to deliver essential needs all across the nation. We hope you get the chance to relax this holiday season with your loved ones. While your holiday is filled with classic traditions and laughs we hope the perfect trucking gift is included.

Please tell us what you want for Christmas in the comment section below and visit ExpresstruckTax for more trucking blogs.
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Monday, December 18, 2017

Today Is The ELD Compliance Deadline

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Guess what day it is! You wife’s birthday? Well maybe. Your anniversary? If it is then we hope you’re prepared...But, actually, it’s the ELD compliance deadline day. We hope you have ELDs installed in your trucks or you could have some penalties to face.

While some truckers consider the ELD mandate to be positive, many drivers feel negatively towards it. Some drivers even said they would quit if the ELD mandate took place. However, all we can do today is wait see how it will affect the trucking industry.

Today Is The ELD Compliance Deadline


If you don’t have an ELD device yet, you might wanna go ahead and order one as soon as possible, even though there is a major shortage affecting the nation. Amil Freight has a great ELD/AOBRD device with instructional demos to teach you how to use it.

Now, you don’t need to worry if you don’t have an ELD today because the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has given you a bit of time to comply with the mandate with their out-of-service-criteria (OOSC).

Under this criteria you have until April 1, 2018 to have an ELD device installed before you will be placed out of service. But this doesn’t mean you can get by without having an ELD until then.

Beginning today, December 18, roadside personal and inspectors will start checking vehicles for ELDS and reserve the right to issue expensive citations if you don’t have one. You could get away with a warning or you could get ticketed. It will all depend on who pulls you over and how lucky you are today.

Also, if you have a grandfathered AOBRD or automatic onboard recording device that was installed before today then you have until December 16, 2019 to switch to an ELD device. So, lucky you, enjoy your extra time.

ExpressTruckTax notes ELD benefits for truckers
ELDs are here today leaving us with two options. We can quit or look at the positives and we’re choosing to look at the positives because ELDs actually have some pretty good benefits. For example, they will reduce paperwork.

As a trucker with an ELD, you can say goodbye to your paper logbook because your ELD will automatically record your miles traveled per jurisdiction. You won’t have to record your odometer reading every time you cross a state line or manually record your trips by hand. Also, this information will make it easier to complete your IFTA return.

Then back at the office you and your secretary won’t have to spend hours processing and entering this information into a computer for HOS compliance because it will all be stored in one convenient location online.

Your dispatcher will also be able to track your rig live! This will allow them to provide instantly check calls, find a shop nearby if you break down, provide more accurate ETAs without distracting you, and more.

Do You Have Your ELD?


We hope you already have your ELD, but if you don’t you have a few months to get one before you will be placed out of service. Please let us know how this compliance deadline is affecting you and share your thoughts about the ELD mandate in the comment section below. Visit ExpressTruckTax for more trucking blogs.
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Friday, December 15, 2017

Wreaths Across America Depends On Truckers

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ExpressTruckTax supports truckers and veterans
Happy Holidays trucking nation. Hanukkah has started and Christmas is almost here. We hope you’re making the most out of the season by spending time with your loved ones and enjoying your favorite holiday traditions.

While shopping for your favorite people and crafting the perfect gift list for yourself, we know that you’re also taking the time to think of others. One major way truckers can give back to the community is to assist with Wreaths Across America.

Wreaths Across America


Wreaths Across America aims to remember and honor fallen U.S. veterans by placing a Christmas wreath on each veteran grave marker. This event takes place at the Arlington National Cemetery and many other locations across the nation.

Another purpose of this wreath laying event is to teach our nation's children about the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families to protect our freedoms. Also, because many truckers participate in this event, they engage in educational sessions for local students to learn about the trucking industry.
The Wreaths Across America non-profit organization was founded in 2007 and has spread across all 50 states, but largely depends on the help of truckers to transport and lay enough wreaths to honor fallen heroes.

On every third Saturday of December, National Wreaths Across America Day takes place with wreath-laying ceremonies across the nation. In 2016, over a million wreaths were delivered with over 300 trucks volunteering by carrying about 5,000 wreaths per vehicle.

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It takes about 60 trucks to deliver wreaths to Arlington alone and they drive from Maine to Virginia, creating the largest veterans parade in the world. This year National Wreaths Across America Day is on Saturday, December 16, and there are multiple ways you can help.

First of all, you can donate wreaths to honor the fallen men and women who sacrificed to defend our nation. Even by just donating one wreath to honor a grave helps Wreaths Across America complete their goal.

You can also donate your trucking services to help transport wreaths all over the country. There are over 1,200 locations participating. Wreaths Across America also needs volunteers to lay wreaths on graves during the event.

Those laying wreaths on veterans graves actually say the veteran’s name out loud and take a moment to thank them for their service as a way to honor their memory and keep it alive.

Even if you don’t donate your services, you can still show support by taking your family to the event. Many different ceremonies are scheduled throughout the day and the veterans parade is something you don’t want to miss.

If you’re too busy to attend National Wreaths Across America Day you can still help by attending the Wreath Retrieval/Clean-Up Day on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

Thank You Truckers And Veterans

ExpressTruckTax can never thank truckers and veterans enough. Thank you for your hard work and sacrifice. We hope you are able to take the time to head to a National Cemetery nearby to remember fallen heroes this Saturday.

Please share your thoughts on National Wreaths Across America Day in the comment section below.
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

File Form 2290 Before The IRS Blackout

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Instantly get your stamped Schedule 1 with ExpressTruckTax
You might be hearing this song on the radio that suggests it’s the most wonderful time of the year with season greetings a cheer. It could be because we’re in the middle of the holiday season, but don’t let all that distract you from filing your taxes!

If you need to file your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290 online by the end of this month then you might as well file now with the help of ExpressTruckTax, because Christmas and the IRS blackout are coming.

File Before The IRS Blackout


Every year the IRS takes a little break, like a nap. They take all of their servers offline for maintenance and repairs. That means you can’t submit your returns to the IRS during this time, but you will still be held accountable if your return is late.

The IRS blackout will begin on December 26th, 2017 and will end in the beginning of January 2018. Also, they won’t be open on Christmas. It’s best to go ahead and file now, while you have time. As it gets closer to the blackout date you will only get even busier and don’t want to risk forgetting about your HVUT Form 2290 or you will have penalties to face.

The IRS blackout also affects those who need to complete their IRP returns this month. Truckers in Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming need to complete their IRP return by December 31.

In order to complete your IRP return, you need to provide your stamped Schedule 1. As you probably already know, you get a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 by completing your HVUT Form 2290.

You can actually get your stamped Schedule 1 within 15 minutes of completing your HVUT Form 2290 by e-filing with ExpressTruckTax and e-filing with us is so easy that we can go over the instructions right here and now!

First, you create your free ExpressTruckTax account with your email address and personal password. Then you will enter your business name and EIN (Employer Identification Number). You need an EIN to complete your form and can apply for one with the IRS online.

Just keep in mind that it will take about 14 days to update in the IRS’s system and your form could get rejected during this time.

Get your stamped Schedule 1 within 15 minutes with ExpressTruckTax
Then you will enter tax year and first used month. The current tax year began on July 1, 2017, and will end on June 30, 2018. Your first used month is literally the first month that you use your truck on the road during the tax year.

Next, you will enter the vehicle information such as the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) and taxable gross weight. This is also where you will enter if your vehicle was used for any special purposes, such as logging.

After that pay the IRS the amount of HVUT you owe through direct debit, EFTPS, check or money order. Then we will perform an internal audit check on your form to catch any basic errors and you can review your information.

Then once you’re ready, pay for your form and transmit it directly to the IRS! Soon you will receive your stamped Schedule 1 via email!

We’re Here To Help


If you have any questions about your 2290 then please contact the incredible, US-based ExpressTruckTax support team! We will gladly assist you. Give us a call Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM at 704.234.6005. We also offer live chat and 24/7 email support and support@ExpressTruckTax.com.
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A New Tax Filing Solution for Your Trucking Business

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ExpressTruckTax knows TaxBandits is the tax e-filing solution for small businesses

As a trucker, we know you have a lot of taxes to deal with. From your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290 to your IRP return, quarterly IFTA return, and more. That’s why we aim to make things easier by providing you with a quick and easy way to instantly file your Form 2290 online.

However, then we thought, why stop at Form 2290? You have more tax returns to file and they should all be fast and simple to complete online, especially if you run a trucking business. That’s why we are proud to announce our new tax solution, TaxBandits.

We Launched TaxBandits


TaxBandits is our newest program that was specifically designed to help small businesses steal back their time by providing them with a quick and easy e-filing solution for multiple returns.

All you have to do is follow our interview style e-filing process that’s full of instructions and helpful tips along the way. We’ve also gotten rid of unnecessary steps to make filing your forms and transmitting them directly to the IRS even faster.

TaxBandits currently offers W-2 Forms, the Form 990 Series (Form 990-N, 990-EZ, 990, 990-PF), the Form 94x Series, ACA Forms, the Form 1099 Series, and Extension Forms, so you can file for your small business or nonprofit, and even get more time to file if needed.

Plus, TaxBandits has a number of outstanding e-filing features to make the entire process super convenient. For example, you can use the bulk upload feature to instantly upload all of your information at once!

Also, you can use our postal mailing feature to have us mail hard copies of your forms to each of your recipients.

Check out the free “Vendor Payments & How to Stay Compliant” Webinar today, Tuesday, December 12th at 2 PM EST to learn more about Form 1099-MISC. Register here!

Contact TaxBandits


If you need any assistance, the amazing, US-based TaxBandits support team is here to help. Give us a call Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST at 704.684.4751. We also offer live chat and 24/7 email support at support@TaxBandits.com.
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Monday, December 11, 2017

California Wildfire Relief Suspends Hours Of Service

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The nation always needs truckers. You deliver essential goods like food and medicine across the nation.Without your hard work and determination, the economy could collapse. However, in certain times of emergency, we need you more than ever.

When the two major hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit the country with full force we desperately needed truckers to deliver relief items to those in need. We also needed truckers to haul debris away. Now with the wildfires ravaging southern California truckers are needed again.

California Wildfire Relief


Over 350 firefighters have been hard at work attempting to contain a wildfire raging across southern California. As of Wednesday night, the fire was about 5% contained and has ravaged over 60,000 acres in Ventura County and over 150 acres in Bel Air so far. The smoke from the fire can actually be seen from space.

Los Angeles is under threat due to this fire and thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate their homes so far. With the Santa Ana wind gusts between 70 to 80 mph spreading the fire there is no telling how far the fire will spread, even though firefighters are desperately trying to make progress towards controlling it.

Governor Jerry Brown has issued a state of emergency for Ventura County, which has suspended hours of service regulations for certain drivers. Those who aid in the relief effort by removing debris caused by the fire and those helping with the recovery effort will be able to operate under suspended hours of service.

Although, please note that if you’re helping with the recovery effort that there may be a few challenges to face. Evacuations are causing areas to fill with traffic that you will have to navigate through as people have to leave their homes.
 
Along with evacuations, there are a number of road closures making trucking routes extremely difficult. Parts of California Highway 150, California Highway 33, Freeway 405, and more are closed. Truckers trying to deliver their loads on time during the strict holiday season have been quite frustrated.

Be sure to have a map of the area available if you need to reroute and have your radio on to listen for evacuation notices. You will also want a backup, hand crank radio in the event of an emergency.

Other emergency items that will be good to have include extra water for yourself and to give out to those in need, along with nonperishable snacks. Take extra clothes, an extra phone battery, and safety tools.

Know that once you deliver a load to a relief area or go somewhere to pick up debris there might be a lot of waiting time involved. People may not know where they need to send you next. Also, don’t push your limits. Be safe and do not head into danger. You do not want to lose your rig or life in this fire.

Thank You For Helping


ExpressTruckTax would like to take a moment to thank you for all of your hard work. You make Christmas possible and take the time to deliver tons of important supplies all across the nation. You even step up to provide relief during times of emergency.

Please share your thoughts about the wildfire relief efforts in the comment section below and visit ExpressTruckTax for more trucking blogs.
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Don't Let Your HVUT 2290 Form Get Rejected

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ExpressTruckTax knows you need an EIN to file Form 2290
Whenever your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax is due you definitely want to get it in by the deadline to avoid penalties. However, part of making the deadline in time is correctly filing, so your form isn’t rejected.

If your Form 2290 is rejected it’s up to you to file corrections and resubmit it to the IRS by the deadline! If you wait too close to the deadline to file then you might not have time to correct it! So, let's get your form accepted the first time around. Check out why Form 2290s get rejected so you can avoid making the same mistake.

Why Form 2290s Are Rejected


You Need An EIN To File

You are required to provide an EIN (Employer Identification Number) on your 2290 Form to complete it. An EIN is used to identify your business, so it’s different from your social security number (SSN), which is used to identify you as a person.

You can’t use your SSN in place of your EIN on your Form 2290 or it will instantly be rejected. If you do not have an EIN you can apply for one with the IRS online for free. Just keep in mind that when you apply you will instantly receive your EIN, but it takes at least 2 weeks to become updated in the IRS’s system and your form may get rejected during that time.

Your EIN Needs To Match

The IRS will be checking to see if your information on your Form 2290 matches what the IRS has on file. They will be taking an extra close look to make sure that your EIN matches your business name. If this information doesn’t match then your form could be rejected.

Before you file your Form 2290 you can call the IRS at 1-888-829-4933 to make sure your information matches what they have on file.

Duplicates Are Rejected

During each HVUT period, each VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) can only be filed for once. Make sure you carefully enter your VIN on your form so it’s error free. If it matches another VIN by mistake your form will be rejected. If you enter the incorrect VIN, don’t worry. You can quickly correct it for free with ExpressTruckTax.
Easily file and correct HVUT Form 2290 with ExpressTruckTax

Also, make sure that you aren’t filing for the previous tax period because that would make your form a duplicate. The current HVUT tax period runs from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018.

The IRS Needs Their Money

Unfortunately, when filing Form 2290 you have to pay the amount of HVUT you owe to the IRS. When e-filing you can pay the IRS through direct debit or electronic funds withdrawal. In order to do so, you must provide your bank account number and routing transfer number (RTN).

If you enter these numbers incorrectly, with even just one number off, the IRS will not be able to retrieve funds from your account and your Form 2290 will be rejected. This information can be found on one of your checks.

Your form will also be rejected if your account doesn’t have enough funds to cover the amount you owe. If your form is rejected due to having the wrong RTN you can edit your form. If you have insufficient funds in your account you can choose a different payment method.

ExpressTruckTax Can Help


After quickly and easily e-filing your HVUT Form 2290 with ExpressTruckTax, you will be notified via email if your form has been rejected. You can then use our step-by-step instructions to edit your form and retransmit it to the IRS as many times as necessary. Plus, our outstanding, US-based support team is also standing by to help.
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Friday, December 1, 2017

Are You Joining Monday's Anti-ELD Media Blitz?

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Part of the appeal of being a trucker is the freedom of the open road. Unlike other professionals, truckers are one with their rigs without a boss breathing down their neck 24/7. Heck, most even say they were born free and chose to be a trucker.

ExpressTruckTax asks if you are going the anti-ELD protest
Now many feel that with the upcoming ELD mandate that the freedom that trucking provides will be trampled upon. It’s viewed as a major violation of trucker’s rights and many have taken steps to protest it with no results so far. However, now truckers all across the nation are taking to the streets for a major anti-ELD protest on Monday, December 4th.

Monday's Anti-ELD Protest


In order to attract the public’s attention to their cause, many truckers are taking to the streets to raise awareness about the impending ELD mandate coming on December 18th. The protest will begin at 9 A.M. local time and over 40 locations are planning to participate so far.

To find out where the ELD protest will be near your state, head to the ‘Monday Information’ group on Facebook. Many truckers in the group are organizing protests in their state, providing more information, and are even helping each other out with protest signs and online flyers.

A few of the protest locations include Bill’s Truck Stop in Linwood, NC, Shoemakers Ambest Truck Stop in Lincoln NE, 116th N. 7th St, Richmond, VA, and many more. Simply post in the group to ask where you can find a rally near you.

This protest is a part of the major ELD media blitz that’s been occurring online for quite some time now. Many protesters have been on Twitter with the ELD or ME campaign to gain attention for their cause. Many tweets and memes have been directed at Trump.

ExpresstruckTax notes that the anti-ELD protest is family friendly
The December 4th anti-ELD protest is noted as a family-friendly event. Truckers are encouraged to bring their kids. Santa will even be making appearances at some of the locations and taking photos with rigs is encouraged.

The purpose of this is to educate people on the importance of truckers and so they can learn about the role in their lives. This will also give drivers a chance to share how they feel ELDs will negatively affect them.

This protest is also to support the H.R. 3283 ELD mandate delay bill introduced by Texas Representative, Brian Babin. If the bill was enacted it would give truckers two extra years to comply with the mandate by pushing the deadline back to December 19th.

Also, in attempt to stop or delay the mandate Brian Babin asked Trump halt the ELD mandate by executive order. He specifically asked for the mandate to be delayed until April 1, 2018, as that’s when the CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) will begin enforcing their out-of-service criteria.

What Are Your Thoughts On The Anti-ELD Media Blitz?


We want your feedback. Will you be joining fellow truckers on December 4th to protest ELDs and over-regulation? Or do you think ELDs will financially benefit the trucking industry and make it a safer place? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below and visit ExpressTruckTax for more trucking blogs.
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Is Your HVUT Form 2290 Due This Month?

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ExpressTruckTax explains the HVUT Form 2290 Deadline
As a trucker, you probably know that you have truck taxes to pay. From IRP, IFTA, Heavy Vehicle Use Taxes, and more. You probably also already know that if you miss a deadline you will have hefty penalties to face.

Here at ExpressTruckTax, we don’t want you to get penalized and we understand that your HVUT 2290 deadline can be confusing since it’s based on your first used month. That’s why we're here to clear things up with the proper HVUT Form 2290 facts. These facts will make you a truck tax expert like all of the incredibly skilled members on our support team.

HVUT 2290 Reminders 


1. Your HUVT Form 2290 is due based on your first used month.

This ultimately means that your Form 2290 is due based on the month that you first use your truck. This is true for all drivers. They do not have to file Form 2290 until the last day of the month after the month that they first use their heavy vehicle on public highways.

For example, if you first use your truck in October then your Form 2290 is due by November 30. If you first use your truck in March then your Form 2290 is due by April 30. Therefore your 2290 can be due in a completely different month from when your friend’s is due.

It’s important to note that the deadline is based on the first used month during the tax period which runs from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. The current HVUT Form 2290 tax period began on July 1, 2017 and will end on June 30.

Because most truckers first use their heavy vehicles in July, the first month of the tax period, most HVUT Form 2290s are due on August 31.

2. You could save money based on your vehicle type.

It’s true, some vehicles are subject to lower tax rates than others depending on what you drive. The different vehicle types include:

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Agricultural: These are highway motor vehicles that are used or expected to be used for farming purposes primarily. They must be registered as agricultural vehicles and count as suspended or credit vehicles when used for less than 7,500 miles during the tax period.

Logging: Logging vehicles are used exclusively for hauling timber from or around harvested forest sites. They have to be registered as logging vehicles with your state and are subject to lower tax rates.

Suspended Vehicles: Suspended vehicles are vehicles that are expected to travel less than 5,000 miles during the tax period. (7,500 for agricultural vehicles). They’re also known as credit vehicles. Other examples of credit vehicles include vehicles that were lost, stolen, sold, or destroyed.

3. E-Filing With ExpressTruckTax is Best

We have streamlined the e-filing process to be quick and simple, no matter what month your HVUT Form 2290 is due. Our step-by-step e-filing guide will help you instantly complete your form and transmit it directly to the IRS. Then within about 15 minutes, you’ll receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email.

Plus, our outstanding, US-based ExpressTruckTax support team is full of truck tax experts who are ready to assist you every step of the way. Give us a call Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST at 704.234.6005, reach us via live chat, or take advantage of our 24/7 email support at support@ExpressTruckTax.com.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tesla Announces The Fully Electric Semi Truck

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ExpressTruckTax reports on the Tesla Semi Truck Unveiling
Even during this busy holiday season major changes and new technology are coming to the trucking industry. It’s hard to keep up, even with live updates. The ELD mandate is right around the corner unless it gets a last-minute delay, LTL truckloads and less OTR hours are becoming more popular, and autonomous semis are embarking on highway tests.

What a crazy time to be in the trucking industry! One major thing that we had to report is the unveiling of Elon Musk’s new Tesla electric semi-truck, along with its specs and a few concerns drivers have about it.

The All Electric Tesla Semi Truck


After a long anticipated wait, Elon Musk introduced an electric semi into the electric vehicle world by revealing the all-electric class 8 tractor. This provides a new way to look at heavy commercial vehicles.

The Tesla semi is a day cab, that's full battery powered. A single charge has a range of 500 miles while traveling at highway speeds at 80,000 pounds. Now you may be thinking 500 miles isn’t enough, but with regional trucking routes are generally less than 250 miles.

Also, Elon Musk suggests that you can charge your Tesla truck at the loading dock while your freight is unloaded. Also, Tesla plans to build charging stations across the nations to allow truckers a chance to pull in. However, there's no word on how long adding charges to existing infrastructure will take. It’s also good to note that charging can be quickly done during a 30-minute rest break and shouldn’t be a time-consuming concern.

The truck was actually designed like a bullet to have optimal aerodynamics to save power and totally scraps the combustion engine. It’s powered by a battery that’s under the cab floor and is propelled by four electric motors and also has regenerative braking. The motors are positioned at each wheel end on the drive axles. It also has an electric drivetrain which is guaranteed to last a million miles.

The weight of the truck was not revealed, and some people worry about its power. Will it be able to haul freight through mountainous areas? Well, apparently while pulling 80,000 pounds it can reach 60 mph in about 20 seconds. It can also maintain 65 mph while going up a 5% grade when diesel trucks maintain about 45 mph.
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Tesla vehicles may be notorious for being expensive, but this truck is not a ‘luxury vehicle’. It’s actually designed for cost-effective savings and is projected to run 20% cheaper per mile than diesel trucks. They will also require less maintenance.

Plus, with independent motors on each wheel, the truck can automatically adjust its torque to greatly reduce the risk of jack-knifing, which can be a trucker’s worst nightmare.

The Tesla Semi also comes with a few bells and whistles as it has two touchscreen displays that include the speedometer, heating and cooling controls, and video display for blind spots. The driver’s seat is also in the center of the cab to provide extreme visibility. The vehicle will also integrate with a fleet’s management system for routing support, scheduling, and tracking to provide live check calls.

What Do You Think About The Tesla Semi?


Do you want to hit the streets in this new electric semi truck or do you want to stick to all muscle and diesel like traditional trucking? If you are interested in getting this truck it will be available in 2019.

Please share your thoughts about the Tesla electric semi truck in the comment section below and visit ExpressTruckTax.com for more trucking blogs.
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Friday, November 17, 2017

How To Combat The Driver Shortage

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There is a major driver shortage facing the trucking industry and with the upcoming ELD mandate a lot of truckers, including the road veterans who love their job may quit.

If the driver shortage grows at an even more rapid rate the nation could face economic disaster because truckers are the backbone of our economy. With a current driver shortage of 48,000 drivers that’s only increasing we hope carriers are doing something to combat the issue. We even have a few ideas on how they can do so.

Fighting The Driver Shortage


1. Make Trucking More Inviting To Women

Women are an untapped working resource in America. While 47% of women make up the workforce only 6% are in trucking. That’s an incredibly low number, even though statistically women are better drivers. They have a lower rate of getting into accidents and often benefit from lower insurance rates because of it.

One thing that might turn women away from the industry is its reputation for being super manly. For example, if the true road warriors get hurt, they don’t notice. They simply rub some dirt in it and go about their days. Trucking can seem so manly at times it may be intimidating.

That’s why there are groups like Women In Trucking that show off women drivers, advocate for them, and show ladies that they have what it takes to become awesome truckers. Use their example to bring more gender diversity to the industry.

2. Should the Industry Lower The CDL Age?


Currently, if you’re under 21 you can only get your CDL for intrastate trucking. That means you can only deliver loads within your state until you turn 21. This makes things tricky for young drivers because local jobs tend to go to older, more experienced drivers.

If a younger person wants to become a driver the 3-year gap of having to wait after high school could be extremely demotivating. Plus, they might find another career path while they’re waiting.

But is 18 too young? Some experienced drivers say that there is no way an 18-year-old can handle the trucking lifestyle, while others say, if they are serious and mature enough to handle it then they should be able to.

3. Improve Health Conditions

Depending on how you handle it, trucking can be an extremely unhealthy profession. Sometimes drivers don’t make enough pay to get healthier food options, so they spend what they can on unhealthy fast food options for every meal.

Also, if they drive too many hours and need to sleep, they don’t have any time to work out. Plus, most carriers don’t provide drivers with good health benefits, so they don’t even have the tools they need to check up on their health.

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Things like raising pay, reducing OTR hours, providing good health benefits, and providing health education could make a major difference. Obesity, heart conditions, and sleep apnea are only a few of the major health risks facing the industry.

Free health screenings, work out equipment in the cab, seminars about how to eat healthier on the road, and more could really improve trucker health and as a result, less people might be scared away from becoming a driver.

We Support Truckers


Our nation only functions because of the hard work that drivers do every single day and night. The growing shortage could cause a major economical disaster, but hopefully, carriers are getting prepared to combat it.

Please share your ideas about how to combat the shortage in the comment section below and visit ExpressTruckTax.com for more trucking blogs.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

You Filed Your 2290, But What About Your Form 990?

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ExpressTruckTax explains the Form 990 deadline
Hey trucking nation, we have an important reminder for nonprofit and tax exempt organizations. If you have a nonprofit like Truckers Against Trafficking or a religious group, educational group, group against harming children or animals, or more then your Form 990 deadline might be today!

The deadline changes based on when your organization's tax year ends, so we are here to go over the deadline. Also, if you need to file by tonight at midnight, don’t worry, you can complete your Form 990 in a matter of minutes with the help of our sister company, ExpressTaxFilings.

The Form 990 Deadline


First of all, Form 990 is the Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax. You are required to file this form annually in order to maintain your tax exempt status and comply with the IRS.

This form is used by government organizations to make sure that nonprofit organizations aren’t abusing their tax exempt status. It’s also used by the IRS to make nonprofit organization’s financial information available to the public.

The 990 deadline is on the 15th day of the 5th month after your tax year ends, so it can really fall on any month of the year. If your organization has a traditional calendar tax year that ends in December then your Form 990 is on May 15.

If your organization has a fiscal tax year, meaning it runs for 12 consecutive months and ends in any month but December, then your deadline will vary. For, example if your tax year ended in June then your Form 990 deadline is today, on November 15.

Also, back in May if your Form 990 was due, but you used Form 8868 to get an automatic 6-month extension on your form, then your time is up. You need to file by tonight at midnight.

How To File Form 990


Filing Form 990 with ExpressTaxFilings is just as easy as filing your Form 2290 with ExpressTruckTax. Simply follow the step-by-step guide to instantly complete your form and transmit it directly to the IRS.

Head to ExpressTaxFilings.com and create your free account with your email address and password to get started. Then you will select ‘Create New Form’ and choose the type of 990 Form you would like to file for your business.
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ExpressTaxFilings offers Form 990, Form 990-n (e-Postcard), Form 990-EZ, Form 990-PF, and Form 1120-POL, so you can file the correct form for your organization.


Next, you will be guided through instructions to help you enter the basic information about your organization and the tax year you’re filing for. After that, you will have a few more questions about your organization to answer, about its exempt status type, gross receipts, and more.

Then an internal audit check will check your form for any basic errors and you can review your information summary to make sure you entered all of your info incorrectly. Click ‘Edit’ to change to change anything. If all of your information is correct then pay for your form and transmit it to the IRS. It’s that easy.

Support Is Here For You


If you need any assistance while filing your Form 990, give the ExpressTruckTax support team a call at 704.234.6005 and we will connect you to the dedicated, US-based ExpressTaxFilings support team.

Or you can call the ExpressTaxFilings team directly Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST at 704.684.4751. They also offer live chat and 24/7 email support at support@ExpressTaxFilings.com
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Friday, November 10, 2017

What To Consider Before Getting A Trucking Pet

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ExpressTruckTax explains the responsibilities that come with trucking pets
The open road can be a lonely place. Somedays you might not see or talk to another person for hours. That’s what some truckers love about the job, but it can really bother others. In order to combat the loneliness of the road sometimes people turn to getting a trucking pet.

Nothing lights up the world like a fuzzy companion that’s happy to see you and excited to spend time with you, even on the road. However, with pets comes great responsibilities. Be prepared to handle all the tasks that come with getting a pet. Before you make up your mind on what to rescue we have a few things for you to consider.

Consider This Before Getting A Trucking Pet


First of all, when you get an animal consider the fact that they have to potty, so you will need to make sure that they have a place to go. That means either finding a safe place to let your dog out to go, which you will find yourself frequently doing with a puppy, or providing a place in your rig.

If you would like a cat secure their litter box. You don’t want it to go flying if you have to slam on the breaks. Also, keep in mind that you will need to scoop the litter once or twice a day or get some odor blockers. Some truckers swear by having birds as pets, which tend to go where they want unless you train them to go on command, which is actually possible.

Next, consider energy levels. Do you want a super energetic kitten that may pounce on you or an older, more relaxed cat? Can you handle an energetic dog breed like a German shepherd? Will you have time to pull over so they can run off some of their fuel?

Some people may think smaller dog breeds have less energy, but that's not always the case. Beagles and yorkies are smaller and very energetic. Low energy dog breeds include bulldogs, pugs, basset hounds, and more.

Also, animals come with pointy objects like claws and teeth. If you get a puppy you will have to protect your rig when they are teething. Anything looks like the perfect chew toy during that phase, but you can distract them with bones and toys. Also, if you fear a car might destroy your seats you can distract them by purchasing scratchers for them to use.

You will also need to plan ahead for your pets. You will need to take enough food and water for them during your trips, also you will have to make space for their beds and toys. Don’t forget their medicine if they need any. Plus, will you be able to stop during your trip to head to the vet if you need to?

If you have to leave your truck for a little while then you will need to leave it idling for your pet’s comfort or you will have to make sure that you can take your pet with you into a public location. Having a leash and a crate to carry your pet in will help them be more welcomed in public locations.

Last but not least, think about how a new pet would make you feel. If the idea of a pup wagging his tail on a daily basis or cat purring while you head to your destination makes your heart swell then what are you waiting for? Go ahead and head to the local shelter to find your perfect trucking pet.

Happy Trails With Waggin’ Tails


If you feel lonely on the road a pet is a great way to cheer up. There’s nothing like a companion on the road. We’ve heard excellent stories of truckers and their corgis, pugs, chihuahuas, cats, lizards, and even their spouses on the road!

Just be sure that your carrier actually allows pets and that you can handle the responsibilities that come with them.

If you have a trucking pet please share a pic and tell us all about him/her in the comment section below and visit ExpressTruckTax.com for more trucking blogs.
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The One Thing Truck Drivers Cannot Escape

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Taxes can be confusing. First of all, there are a ton of different returns to remember from income tax returns, IFTA returns, Heavy Vehicle Use Taxes (HVUT), and more. Second of all, each of these different returns have different due dates to remember.

The HVUT Form 2290 deadline can be especially tricky because it can be due at different times of the year. However, don’t let it grind your gears because we are here to go over the deadline so you will know exactly when to file.

Your Form 2290 Deadline


Alright, so the HVUT Form 2290 tax period runs from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. The current HVUT tax period began on July 1, 2017 and will end on June 30, 2018. This is important to know because the HUVT deadline is based on your vehicle's first use month.

Your first use month is the month that you first use your heavy vehicle on public highways during the tax period. Then your 2290 is due the last day of the month following the first use month.

Because most people first use their heavy vehicles in July at the beginning of the period their deadline is August 31st. However, if you don’t use your vehicle until October then your deadline will be on November 30.

See, no big deal, the deadline is easy! Just remember it’s due the last day of the month following your first used month. Now let’s see what other HVUT 2290 Form  topics we can tackle. 

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What Is A Taxable Heavy Vehicle?


You have to file Form 2290 for all of your taxable heavy vehicles, which are highway motor vehicles with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more. A highway motor vehicle is any vehicle that is self-propelled and designed to carry a load over public highways, regardless if they are also designed to perform other functions.

Examples of these vehicles include trucks, truck tractors, and buses. Usually, vans, pickup trucks, and panel trucks are not subject to the HVUT because they weight less than 55,000 pounds. 

What Are The HVUT Penalties?


If you fail to file Form 2290 by the deadline you will have penalties to face. The penalty for filing late is 4.5% of the total tax you owe and this amount will accrue on a monthly basis for up to five months.

Also, if you fail to make a payment by the deadline you will face an additional penalty of .5% of the total amount due. Plus, you will face an additional interest charge of .54% on a monthly basis as well. 

How Do I File HVUT Form 2290?


Well, that’s super easy. Head to ExpressTruckTax.com to create your free account then follow the step-by-step e-filing guide to complete your form in a matter of minutes. The instructions tell you what information is needed and where so you can transmit your form directly to the IRS in no time!

As a result of filing with ExpressTruckTax, you will receive your stamped Schedule 1 via email within 15 minutes of transmitting your Form 2290 to the IRS! You can also have your stamped Schedule 1 faxed or mailed wherever you need it to go and simply log in to your account at any time to access it.

Contact Us


If you need any HVUT assistance please don’t hesitate to contact the amazing, US-based ExpressTruckTax support team. We’re available Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST at 704.234.6005. We also offer live chat and 24/7 email support at support@ExpressTruckTax.com.
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Friday, November 3, 2017

Keep Your Holiday Cargo Safe with These Tips

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Happy November! We are officially cruising through the Holiday season and while we may be
excited for Thanksgiving and Christmas it’s important for truckers to realize that black Friday and a major retail boom is also on its way.

That means you may be hauling cargo that’s more enticing to thieves, so be sure to take measures to protect yourself from theft. But there’s no need to feel paranoid, it’s easy to increase your security by taking a few precautions.

How To Protect Your Cargo


1. Always Be Aware

No matter what you’re hauling, someone might want to take it. From a shipment of laptops to Q-Tips, if a thief thinks they can take it and sell it, then they will. Heck, sometimes they may just even want your truck.

Keep your wits about you and study your surroundings at all times, no matter what day it is or what time it is. Even though the highest rates of cargo theft happen on weekend nights, they can occur at any time, even in broad daylight.

If someone seems sketchy to you take note of what they look like and what they are wearing so you can accurately describe them to the police should you need to.

Remember that someone could be listening to you, so keep what you’re hauling to yourself. Never post it on social media for the world to see.

2. Put Yourself In Safe Surroundings


When you park your truck pick a well-populated area, and at night make sure you’re under lights. If you can, always be sure to park in range of security cameras. You can also back up against a wall or surface to block your trailer doors when you stop. Just be sure to back up extremely carefully to prevent damage.

If you aren’t sure if your terminal will have proper lighting, locked fencing, or security after hours you can call ahead and ask. If their security isn’t up to your standards then make arrangements to park in a safer location.

3. Plan Ahead

Think about your moves before you make them. Never just leave your truck unattended and idling, because that gives people more than enough time to jump in it and speed off. Keep your truck locked at all times, no matter if you’re inside or outside of it.
 
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Also, make sure the padlocks on your trailer doors are secure and look into purchasing vehicle locks like king pin locks, air brake valve locks, glad hand locks, or seals.

Try to minimize the time that your trailer will be sitting full of cargo. Try to make your delivery by the weekend. Make sure that your cargo will never sit in your lot for 24 hours because that gives a lot of thieves time to make a plan of action.

Check your route in advance to make sure it isn’t taking you through a bad part of town. Google maps is a good tool to use and look at

4. Hire The Right Team And Educate Them

Make sure you run background checks on your drivers, don’t just hire anyone. Then educate them on how to protect themselves and cargo to create a safety. For example, explain how it’s best to fill up before you pick up cargo to prevent thieves from following them for hours.

Be sure to track your drivers by placing GPS units on their rig or trailers. This way you will be aware of their location at all times and will be able to track the location of the vehicles if they are stolen.

Stay Safe


Rates of cargo theft increase during the holiday season but the risk actually occurs all year. People like to take whatever they can get their hands on, even if it seems boring and invaluable to you. You can keep your cargo safe by keeping your wits about you, making secure decisions in advance, and by staying in safe locations.

If you have any security tips please add them to the comment section below and visit ExpressTruckTax for more trucking blogs.
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Today Is The 3rd Quarter IFTA Deadline

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Hey trucking nation, we are here with an important reminder! Your 3rd quarter IFTA return is due today, October 31st, by midnight. If you fail to file by the deadline then you will have some expensive IFTA penalties to deal with.

However, you don’t need to scramble around looking for a way to generate your IFTA report or spend hours working on your calculations, because ExpressIFTA is here to help. ExpressIFTA is a proud sister product of ExpressTruckTax and offers the market-leading IFTA reporting solution online to take the hassle out of generating your quarterly report. Check out how easy it is!

IFTA Reporting With ExpressIFTA


All you have to do is log in to ExpressIFTA with your ExpressTruckTax account for free. If you don’t have an ExpressTruckTax account then you can create your free ExpressIFTA account with your email address and personal password.

Next you will enter your business information, including the name, address, and EIN (Employer Identification Number). You will also enter your base jurisdiction, which is the state where your vehicle is registered and your vehicle information, including the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number).

After that you will enter your fuel and mileage records at your own pace for the current quarter. You can enter your totals per trip to keep extremely detailed information or enter your information per trip with the quick entry feature.

Or you can even upload all your information at once with an Excel or CSV file by using the bulk upload feature. You can even upload all of your distance records directly from your GPS.

Best of all, ExpressIFTA allows you to report your totals according to your personal preferences. For example, you can enter your distance information by miles traveled or odometer readings.
 
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Also, you don’t have to worry about handling any complicated calculations yourself, because ExpressIFTA automatically does all of it for you. All of your IFTA totals will be calculated with 100% accuracy based on the information you enter. This way you will always know how much fuel tax you owe, and you’ll never over or underpay the amount.

When you’re done entering all of your information for the quarter ExpressIFTA an internal audit check will be performed to catch any basic errors. For example, if you stated that you traveled between two nonadjacent states.

Then you can pay and generate your quarterly IFTA report. This report is easy to read and will clearly display all of your IFTA calculations. You can print it, email it, and use it to instantly complete your return.

Also, because ExpressIFTA knows that you need to store your IFTA information for four years for auditing purposes, all of your information will be stored in your account per quarter. It can be accessed at any time.

Contact A Truck Tax Expert


If you need any assistance the outstanding, US-based ExpressTruckTax support team is here to help. Give us a call Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST at 704.234.6005. You can also reach us via live chat and take advantage of our 24/7 email support at support@ExpressTruckTax.com.
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Friday, October 27, 2017

The Halloween Dangers On Our Roads

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ExpressTruckTax warns truckers bout Halloween dangerous driving
Truckers, it’s Halloween weekend! You probably won’t see any ghosts unless you take some haunted routes. For example, you could check out South Carolina’s haunted crybaby bridge, which has personally scared the snot out of me a few times.

However, you could still run into some tricksters and ghouls causing trouble on the roads. Just like around any holiday, traffic will increase and the roads will become more dangerous. We want you to stay safe this Halloween, so we have a list of what to watch out for during your routes.

Halloween Danger On Our Roads


1. Drunk Drivers

Halloween has all of the vampires and goblins crawling out to dress up and drink for a good time. From house parties to bar crawls people will venture out all over and may not use their best judgment.

If you see a drunk driver on the road pull over and call 911. Report the car model and license plate number so the cops know what to look out for. If you stay on the road with them be sure to maintain a safe distance.

Signs of drunk driving include swerving, tailgating, sudden braking, drifting, driving without headlights on in the dark, driving in the wrong lane, and more.

2. Increased Law Enforcement

Extra drivers will be on the road and extra law enforcement officers will be out to catch speeders, drunk drivers, and more. We don’t know what your worst fear is, it could be spiders, maybe it's snakes, but explaining your speeding ticket to your wife might be a terrifying Halloween experience all on it’s own!

In order to avoid getting pulled over be on your best driving behavior. Don’t speed, tailgate, or sporadically change lanes. Also, if you go through a checkpoint things will go much quicker and more smoothly if you remain calm and polite.

3. Oh Deer, So Many Deer!
ExpressTruckTax explains how truckers can avoid hitting deer

We’re in rut season for deer, meaning more deer are out looking more mates. During this active time, they are hopping all over the place, including into the road. If you hit a deer or swerve around them and hit something else your truck could suffer thousands of dollars in damage. Also, you could become injured or lose your life.

Watch out for deer on the side of the road by keeping a lookout for shining eyes and slow down. If a deer is in the road, frozen in fear, flash your lights and honk your horn to snap it out of its trance. If a collision is unavoidable, don’t swerve or slam the breaks. Plow through it and assess the damage when you can come to a safe stop.

4. Tricksters

Many kids like to play pranks on Halloween. Including throwing rocks, pumpkins, and eggs at windshields. If you see any suspicious activity on overpasses report it immediately, because this activity is extremely dangerous.

Recently teens in Michigan were throwing rocks from an overpass and their prank turned deadly. A father of four was killed in traffic as a result. The teens were caught and will be tried for murder. Hopefully, other teens will learn from this example.

If your windshield is struck by an object remain calm. Don’t swerve or slam on the breaks, just gradually slow down and turn on your caution lights. Also, if you need to clean your windshield come to a safe stop in a safe area first.

Happy Halloween


We hope you enjoy this spooky holiday. We hope you get the chance to trick or treat with your kids, watch a scary movie, and eat your favorite Halloween treat. If you’re going to be out on the roads be sure to stay safe and drive alert with caution.

If you have any safety tips to add please share them in the comment section below. Also, visit ExpressTruckTax for more trucking blogs.
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