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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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