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Monday, August 13, 2018

Roaring Good Time at The Bandit Series Race

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This past weekend the ExpressTruckTax team attended the Bandit Big Rig Series race at the Hickory Motor Speedway. We have to tell you that it far exceeded our expectations! In addition to the nail-biting races we got to see fireworks, see some awesome customized rigs, and meet some of our hard-working clients. Here are some pictures of the race we just had to share.


Click here for the Bandit Series 2018 Event Schedule. Trust us, you don’t wanna miss out!

 
Roaring Time at The Bandit Series Race
Hickory Motor Speedway at the Bandit Series Race August 11th, 2018


Having a blast handing out flyers and koozies before the race!
Having a blast handing out flyers and koozies before the race!

The Bandit Series even had a blow-up bounce house for the kids.
The Bandit Series even had a blow-up bounce house for the kids.



The green flag drops at Hickory Motor Speedway
The green flag drops at Hickory Motor Speedway

Victory lane with race champion Ricky Rude of the #14
Victory lane with race champion Ricky Rude of the #14



(Top Row left to right: Bryan Hinson (Transportation Product Manager), Ariel Black (yours truly, Content Marketing Manager/PR Coordinator), Meredith Dotson (Business Development Manager), Andreas Hollmers (Client Relations), Amber Tabb (ExpressAmber Personality/ Director of Transportation Products), and Little Express Team Members (Cuteness Coordinators)
(Top Row left to right: Bryan Hinson (Transportation Product Manager), Ariel Black (Yours Truly, Content Marketing Manager/PR Coordinator), Meredith Dotson (Business Development Manager), Andreas Hollmers (Client Relations), Amber Tabb (ExpressAmber Personality/ Director of Transportation Products), and Little Express Team Members (Cuteness Coordinators)


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Friday, August 10, 2018

You Can Catch Us At The Bandit Race This Weekend

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You Can Catch Us At The Bandit Race This Weekend
On Saturday, August 11th, 2018 the ExpressTruckTax team will be attending the Bandit Big Rig Series at the Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina. This series has brought big rig tractor trailer racing back to the short track. If you find yourself at the race please be sure to stop by and meet us!

About The Bandit Big Rig Series

The Minimizer Bandit Big Rig Series brings a day-long racing entertainment experience to trucking professionals, their families, and trucking enthusiasts alike. Since their inaugural season in 2017 with an Eastern Division, the series has continued to focus on delivering an affordable racing opportunity to local speedways.

The trucks are kept basic and simple, which limits costs and increases accessibility, The Minimizer Bandit Big Rig Series does whatever it takes to maximize competition and deliver an exciting product with world-class trucks & drivers.

Meet The ExpressTruckTax Team
If you are in attendance be sure to tweet us as #ETTGoesRacing or tag us on Facebook!


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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

What Happens When You Don't File Your IRS Form 2290?

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What Happens When You Don't File Your IRS Form 2290?
Your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) IRS Form 2290 is due this month! This means you are officially running out of time to file by the August 31st deadline. If you fail to file and/or pay your owed HVUT tax amount you will wind up with severe IRS penalties and interest. Here is what happens when you don’t file your IRS Form 2290.

What is IRS Form 2290 in Trucking?

Before we go in-depth on what happens when you don’t file IRS Form 2290 let’s quickly review what is required.

If you own and operate a heavy use vehicle with a gross weight of 55,000 lbs or more, then you are required to file IRS Form 2290. Gross weight means the weight of your truck when it is fully equipped for service. This includes the body and accessories that are a normal part of your hauls. Your gross weight does not include yourself or any specialized equipment that is typically not used.

You will need to file HVUT Form 2290 and pay any taxes owed to receive your stamped Schedule 1.

What is a Stamped Schedule 1?

Your stamped Schedule 1 is proof of payment for your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax. Without this proof of payment, you will be unable to renew your tags at the DMV or renew your registration for IFTA, IRP, or UCR.

Once the IRS receives and approves your HVUT Form 2290, you will receive your stamped Schedule 1. When you e-file Form 2290, the IRS stamps it with a digital watermark. This digital Schedule 1 is your official proof of payment and will be accepted by the DOT, DMV, and other federal authorities.

It is always a good idea to keep a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 in your glovebox, especially if you are crossing international borders (Canada and Mexico). Border patrol will check that you have a current stamped Schedule 1 before allowing you back into the United States.

What Happens If You File Your IRS Form 2290 Late/Not At All?

What Happens When You Don't File Your IRS Form 2290?If your form is late or you fail to file at all, you will face a penalty of 4.5% of the total amount of HVUT you owe. This amount will accrue on a monthly basis for up to five months. Plus, if you fail to make a HVUT payment by the deadline you’ll face a monthly fee of 0.5%. On top of all of that, you will face an additional interest charge of .54%. These penalties will make the amount you owe skyrocket!

If you don’t file by the deadline or fail to file at all, then you won’t have a copy of your stamped Schedule 1, which serves as proof of payment. You need your stamped Schedule 1 in order to register new vehicles and to renew your tags with the DMV. Without it, you’ll be operating illegally . . . just imagine the hassle of getting pulled over and trying to explain expired tags! Plus, your registration may be suspended.

Now if you forget to file your HVUT, don’t panic. You may not be penalized if you can show reasonable cause for filing late, or why your payment is late. Simply file as soon as you can and attach an explanation for filing late to your return. The IRS will then either accept or reject your explanation as a reasonable cause. There are also penalties for filing fraudulent or false returns.

Form 2290 Filing Made Easy With ExpressTruckTax

Now that you know what to expect if you file or pay after the Form 2290 due date we are sure you will avoid it. Thankfully there is a super easy solution. ExpressTruckTax provides you a quick and convenient e-filing process for hassle-free Form 2290 filing.

If you have any questions, ExpressTruckTax is here for you every step of the way. We have a dedicated ExpressTruckTax US support team ready to help you! We promise never to stick you with a robot or automated call system. Give us a call at 704.234.6005 or send us an email at support@expresstructax.om for 24-hour support in both English and Spanish.

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Looking for an even easier way to file? Our sister product, TSNAmerica, is a full -service 2290 filing solution. The process is straightforward and will take less than 5 minutes. Simply give them your information over the phone, and they will file your IRS Form 2290 on your behalf. Once they have submitted your information to the IRS, you will receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email. Their outstanding bilingual team supports filing in both English and Spanish.


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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Today is the 2nd Quarter IFTA Deadline

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Truck back on the road after filing their IFTA Fuel Tax Report
Yup, that’s right. Today, July 31st, is the 2nd quarter IFTA deadline. You will need to complete your IFTA return by midnight or you will have some major penalties to face. If this deadline snuck up on you and you’re wondering how you’ll ever make the deadline, don’t worry! We have your IFTA fuel tax solution.

ExpressTruckTax can easily handle all of your IFTA reporting needs online. You can quickly generate your IFTA report and use it to complete your return. Plus, we’re here to go over all the IFTA basics so you’ll be up to speed.

Today is the 2nd Quarter IFTA Deadline

Before we drive headlong into today’s IFTA reporting deadline, let’s review the basics of what you need to know.

What is IFTA?

If you are asking yourself “What is IFTA?” then you are in worse shape than I expected. But don’t worry, I got you. The International Fuel Tax Agreement, or IFTA, quarterly fuel tax report allows you to travel in all participating member jurisdictions with a single fuel tax license. To operate in two or more jurisdictions, you are required to have an IFTA sticker and license.

You receive your IFTA stickers and license through you base jurisdiction which is your home state or where your vehicle is registered. Your IFTA license needs to be renewed annually in December. When you hold an IFTA license, you are required to file an IFTA quarterly fuel tax report that shows and calculated how much fuel tax you owe (or are credited) to remain compliant.

In short, IFTA is used to report and determine the net tax refund that’s due and to redistribute taxes from collecting states to due states. This agreement is between the lower 48 United States and 10 Canadian provinces, this regulation was put into place to simplify fuel reporting by those who use qualified motor vehicles.


Your vehicle qualifies for IFTA reporting if:
  • Has two axles and a gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,00 pounds
  • Has two axles and a registered gross weight exceeding 26,000 pounds
  • Has three or more axles regardless of weight
  • Or has a combined weight exceeding 26,000 pounds

To complete your IFTA report you need to provide the following information:
  • The total miles traveled per jurisdiction
  • The total gallons of fuel consumed per jurisdiction
  • The total tax paid gallons of fuel purchased per jurisdiction, and 
  • The current tax rate per jurisdiction 

File Your IFTA Fuel Tax Report

ExpressTruckTax makes it easy to import all of your IFTA information online in one convenient location. Use your IFTA reports to automatically calculate all of your IFTA totals with 100% accuracy.

Your IFTA fuel tax rates will be generated in an easy-to-read quarterly IFTA report that contains everything you need to complete your return. Instantly print, download, or email your information at any time.

Today is the deadline for filing IFTA!! If you fail to file before midnight today you could be looking at major penalties.





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Thursday, July 26, 2018

This Free IFTA Tax Calculator Will Blow Your Mind

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Owner operator back on the road after filing his IFTA fuel taxI don’t know about you, but it feels like we just filed and paid the IFTA fuel tax. Oh, how the time flies! Because unfortunately, the next IFTA deadline is right around the corner.Your second quarter IFTA report is due Tuesday, July 31st! If you need to file your federal fuel tax report you have come to the right place–– here’s how we can help. 
 

This Free IFTA Tax Calculator Will Blow Your Mind

So you're looking for a free IFTA Tax calculator? You might find some labeled as “free” but are they?

Well, one of our goals at ExpressTruckTax is to take the hassle out of filing your taxes. One of the many ways we achieve this is by providing you with a completely free IFTA mileage calculator app. Download the app to your smartphone or tablet and calculate your IFTA fuel tax in a matter of seconds, no matter where you are.

IFTA Mileage Calculator Instructions:

1. Select your Base Jurisdiction
2. Select your IFTA Quarter & Fuel Type
3. Enter the Miles Traveled & Fuel Purchased per state

Now you can sit back and relax as the IFTA tax calculator app handles all of the complicated federal fuel tax calculators for you. Your total miles, gallons, and miles per gallon will be displayed along with the amount of IFTA fuel tax you owe.

You can then email this IFTA tax report to yourself or any recipients by entering any email address and clicking send.

How to File Your IFTA Fuel Tax?


professional truck driver can get back on the road and calculate his IFTA fuel tax using ExpressTruckTax free IFTA tax calculator
ExpressTruckTax not only helps you file your HVUT Form 2290, but also your IFTA return. Our IFTA online filing solution is full of innovative features that help you complete your return. All you have to do to get started is create your free account, and you only pay when you transmit your IFTA return.

If you need any assistance along the way, our dedicated ExpressTruckTax US-based support team is available via phone, live chat, and email.








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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

How to Save Time by Filing Form 2290 Online With ExpressTruckTax

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How to Save Time by Filing Form 2290 Online With ExpressTruckTax
The IRS is now accepting your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax or IRS Form 2290 returns! And when you file Form 2290 with ExpressTruckTax, you will receive your stamped Schedule 1 in just a matter of minutes, saving you both time and money. 

Filing Form 2290 Online With ExpressTruckTax

Instead of having to wait in a long line at an IRS office, you can quickly e-file Form 2290 online. Plus, the e-filing process is incredibly easy. All you have to do is follow the step-by-step guide to complete your Form 2290 in just a few minutes and transmit it directly to the IRS.

ExpressTruckTax even gives you helpful hints and tips along the way to ensure you fully understand each section. If you filed with ExpressTruckTax previously, you can copy your information from a previously accepted return to your current one. This way you don’t have to spend time re-entering your information.

With the bulk upload feature, you can quickly upload all of your business and vehicle(s) information at once. This helps those with multiple vehicles save time because they won’t have to enter their trucks individually. Use the ExpressTruckTax excel template or upload your information using your own template.

You don’t even need a computer to file. Download the ExpressTruckTax App to file from any location at any time.

Need Help Filing Form 2290 Online With ExpressTruckTax?

Follow ExpressTruckTax’s easy step-by-step filing process online or call our sister product, TSNAmerica, to file over the phone in less than 10 minutes. Complete your IRS Form 2290, transmit directly to the IRS, and receive your stamped Schedule 1! Our dedicated ExpressTruckTax US-based support team is available via phone, live chat, and email.




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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

What You Need to Know About the Upcoming Road Inspections

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What You Need to Know About the Upcoming Road Inspections
Well, you survived the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 31st 72-hour annual International Roadcheck congratulations. So you are done until next year, right? Sorry folks, that's not the cause, and the next CVSA truck inspection is closer than you think. Here is what you need to know about the upcoming road inspections.

What You Need to Know About the Upcoming Road Inspections


Operation Safe Driver Week
July 15-21, 2018

First up is the Operation Safe Driver Week brought to you by the CVSA in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This annual truck inspection was created to help reduce the number of deaths, crashes, and injuries involving heavy use vehicles. CVSA enforcement officers will not only be cracking down on commercial vehicles but also passenger vehicles with unsafe driving behaviors around CMV’s.

The CVSA has reported that driver behavior is the leading cause of accidents. The “Large Truck Crash Causation Study” from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) shows that dangerous driver behaviors cause 88 percent of large truck crashes and 94 percent of passenger vehicles crashes.

Authorized enforcement personnel will be targeting the following during Operation Safe Driver Week:

  • Distracted driving
  • Texting
  • Traffic violations 
  • Seat belt usage 
  • Speeding

Last year 39,000 citations and warnings were issued to drivers during the Operation Safe Driver Week.



Brake Safety Week
September 16-22, 2018


As part of the CVSA’s Brake Safety Week set for September 16-22, 2018, certified enforcement personnel will conduct roadside inspections. During this time heavy highway use vehicles with critical brake violations will be identified and placed out of service. Maintaining a functioning braking system is vital for any driver but most definitely for Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliances. However, if you are maintaining your braking system and performing your routine pre/post trip inspections, you should be fine.

CVSA certified inspectors will conduct a standard Level I 37 point inspection that includes you and your vehicle. The brake inspection of the inspection will consist of the following:

  • Identifying loose or missing parts
  • Air or hydraulic fluid leaks
  • Defective rotor conditions
  • Measurement of pushrod travel
  • Mismatched air chamber sizes across axles
  • Air reservoir integrity and mounting
  • Worn linens
  • Pads
  • Drums or rotors
  • Brake-system warning devices
  • Also, any other brake components

In 12 jurisdictions you will be using performance-based brake testing (PBBT) equipment to test your vehicle's braking efficiency. For more information on this inspection visit the CVSA website.

2290 Tax Due Date

What You Need to Know About the Upcoming Road InspectionsNot really an inspection, but definitely a point of concern is the impending Form 2290 filing deadline. However, thankfully at ExpressTruckTax, we make filing your IRS Form 2290 quick and easy. Spend less than 10 minutes following our user-friendly step-by-step filing guide to complete and transmit your IRS Form 2290 to the IRS and receive your stamped Schedule 1 in just a matter of minutes.

Need some help? Our 100% US-based bilingual support team is available to answer all of your questions via live chat, phone, and email.



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Monday, July 16, 2018

What You Need To Order on Amazon Prime Day

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Amazon Prime Day is your chance to stock up on trucking supplies Amazon Prime Day starts today! This 36-hour sale will feature more than 1 million of the hottest deals. This is the perfect opportunity to stock up on truck driving essentials you need while on the road. Here is what you need to order on Amazon Prime Day. Being a professional truck driver means you spend the majority of your time in your truck. Here are some deals you need to take advantage of to make your ride more enjoyable. 

What You Need To Order on Amazon Prime Day

For flatbed drivers or freight haulers, preparing your truck for a haul is essential for keeping yourself safe and comfortable during the journey. Whether you are an over the road driver or regional, your truck should be equipped with everything you will need. Now is the perfect opportunity to save some money and have everything you need before setting out with free two-day shipping.

Personal Apparel

Polarized Sunglasses
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Compact Folding Reading Glasses
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Personal Hygiene Products

Beard Grooming & Trimming Kit
https://amzn.to/2Lm0CMY

Black Shower Bag
https://amzn.to/2mnpn0w

Disposable Razors
https://amzn.to/2mlM0lF

Comfort Products

Humidifier
https://amzn.to/2LkELFv

Durable Seat Protector
https://amzn.to/2JsCzKC

Microplush Heating Pad
https://amzn.to/2LdJRGU

Memory Foam Pillow
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Air Circulator Fan
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Food And Meal Prep

Food Storage Containers
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Protein Shaker Bottle
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Stainless Steel Water Bottle
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Portable Cooktop Burner
https://amzn.to/2zISKnj

Multi-Functional Programmable Pressure/Slow Cooker
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Trucker Organization

Car Garbage Can
https://amzn.to/2JrOlER

Cordless Hand Vacuum
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Truck Basket Organizer
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Cloth Organizer
https://amzn.to/2NmZ6Ld

Antibacterial Hand Wipes
https://amzn.to/2NgBqYP

Travel Buddy Accessories

Soft Doggie Chews
https://amzn.to/2zLwTvy

Painless Electric Pet Nail Trimmer
https://amzn.to/2LaCMHf

Pet Front Seat Cover
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Dry Dog Food
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Odor-Free Dog Treats
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Heavy Duty Retractable Dog Leash
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Pet Brush and Lint Remover
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Emergency Gear


Amazon Prime Day 2018 is your opportunity to stock up before your next haulSwiss Safe First Aid Kit
https://amzn.to/2LoGmue

Tactical Flashlight
https://amzn.to/2urAXMq

CAT LED Pocket Work Light
https://amzn.to/2LnrITR

Portable Repair Kit
https://amzn.to/2NhoSAi

Technology For The Road

Bluetooth Earpiece
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Smart Mini Projector
https://amzn.to/2LjPQd8


These amazing deals will only last for approximately 36-hours so it is important to act fast! But remember you won’t have much room in your truck, so make sure you are packing light and whatever you buy is compact. Safe travels!



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Friday, July 13, 2018

See What's Happening at the Truckers Jamboree

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Truck driver and rig at the trucker jamboree

The 39th annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree is officially underway at the Iowa 80 Truck Stop. They are featuring a truck beauty contest, live concerts, trucker Olympic games, and so much more! If you aren’t able to attend the Truckers Jamboree, we completely understand (we are in the same boat), so to help you feel a part of the fun, we are sharing what’s happening at the Truckers Jamboree!

Here are a few photos and videos of the trucks and event happening at the show:
















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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Are Y'all Going to The I-80 Trucker Jamboree?

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Walcott Trucker Jamboree is the largest truckstop in the world
We know that you all have been working hard this summer, putting those extra miles down hard, but if you find yourself passing through good ole Iowa then it’s time to take a load off at the I-80 Trucker Jamboree! You are literally moving America forward every day on the road, so it is time for a well-deserved break. Come celebrate with dozens of customized rigs and hundreds of fellow American truckers at the “World’s Largest Truckstop.” So why wouldn’t you go to the I-80 Trucker Jamboree?

Are Y'all Going to The I-80 Trucker Jamboree?

The 39th annual Walcott Trucker Jamboree starts today Thursday, July 12, 2018, at the Iowa 80 TruckStop, interstate 80 Exit 284, in Walcott, Iowa. Come and enjoy free concerts, fireworks, and of course everything trucking. This three-day event will also include a Super Truck Beauty Contest, an Iowa pork chop cookout, an antique truck display, more than 175 exhibits, two fireworks shows, and a Trucker Olympics.

This event goes all the way back to 1979 and is still going strong as a great place to celebrate the American trucker and learn about the trucking industry. While this event is a good time and an educational experience, at the end of the day, it is a way to thank you (the truckers of America) for all that you do to keep America moving forward.

If you find yourself elsewhere in the country and can’t make it, you should still put the Iowa 80 Truckstop on your list of places to visit. It is not only the largest truck stop in the world, it practically has everything a trucker on the road could ask for. They even have a Dogomat open 24 hours a day where you can get your travel buddy groomed and ready to hit the road. You can also get a haircut, go to the dentist, watch a movie, and so much more all from this one truck stop.

I-80 Trucker Jamboree Parking and Admission

Classic truck at the I-80 Trucker JamboreeI have some fantastic news truckers! Parking and admission is FREE at the I-80 Trucker Jamboree! There will be tons of exhibition for you to visit and learn about what they do for the trucking industry. Relax in the evening with free country music concerts performed by Logan Mize, Dani Lynn Howe, and Grammy winners The Kentucky Headhunters!

However, when you hop back in the saddle on Sunday don’t forget your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax is hurtling at us at full speed. You can complete your Form 2290 filing with the 100% US-based industry leader, ExpressTruckTax. All you have to do is spend less than 10 minutes following our simple step-by-step filing guide to transmit your forms directly to the IRS and receive your stamped Schedule 1 in minutes!

Need some help? Our 100% US-based bilingual support team is available to answer all of your questions via live chat, phone, and email.


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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

How to Stay Cool And Survive Summer Trucking

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How to Stay Cool And Survive Summer Trucking
We are sure that you are very well aware that summer is here in full force. Whether you have recently received your CDL license or are a seasoned veteran, you will want to take precautions as the summer continues to heat up. We know you are putting in a lot of hours on the road, maybe even in areas with record-breaking high temperatures. Even though you are in your vehicle, you still face the risk of sunburn, skin cancer, overheating, and even heat stroke. Summer means a whole new set of issues for those in the trucking industry so to help here is how to stay cool and survive summer trucking.

How to Stay Cool And Survive Summer Trucking

Sitting in a hot cab all day long can be brutal and even dangerous to your health. Follow these tips to beat the summer heat while driving your trucking business to new levels.
 

Stay Hydrated

It is easy to forget to drink water while on the road, however, it is critical to stay adequately hydrated particularly during these next two months. Keeping a few bottles of water within reach while driving will serves as a constant reminder and make it practical for you to drink water throughout your drive. Also, it is worth mentioning that sodas and other carbonated drinks are no substitution for drinking water. The sugar and caffeine in sodas will dehydrate you and will not replace the fluids you are losing while you sweat.

Check Your Tires Constantly

The chances of tire blowouts increase dramatically during the summer months because of the high temperatures. What you can do to try and prevent this is to check that your tires are adequately inflated each time you stop for a required break or when you are pulling out in the morning. Under-inflated tires are more likely to blowout, so it is essential to be prepared.

Check Traffic Reports

Families, teenagers, and college students are all hitting the road during summer vacation, so it is crucial that you stay on the lookout during all hours of the day. You should remain alert and cautious while on the road this season. Heavier traffic means more danger for truck drivers, so you will want to check the traffic report and be aware of your surroundings.

Check Your Brakes

Hot summer temperatures can lead to brakes fading or even losing friction when brake components can’t absorb any additional heat. Always be sure to check your brakes to make sure they are functioning correctly before leaving on your next haul. It is recommended that you bring spare brake pads before leaving home. This will not only potentially save you but also some money because you won’t have to pay the service center. 

Protect Yourself From The Sun

Spending several hours a day driving means you will have a lot of sun exposure on your left side. Don’t believe that just because you are in your cab that you are protected from the sun. While the sun is shining through your window, it is still a serious health risk that can lead to sunburns and even skin cancer. We recommend you wear a long sleeve shirt, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses as much as possible while on the road.

Bring a Hardhat

How to Stay Cool And Survive Summer Trucking
Because of the warmer temperatures, more construction companies will be out working on the roads. You should always be careful when passing through construction zones and remember that the Get Over law is still in effect in every state. It is required by law that if you see an emergency vehicle or someone on the side of the road you must get over or slow down. Your rig is likely over 55,000 Ibs, and it does not stop on a dime, make sure to hit the breaks sooner rather than later.

Fines and other fees also skyrocket in construction areas, and likely officers are waiting to get someone. We don’t want it to be you.

Also, bring a brightly colored hardhat with you on the road. People are statistically more likely to take notice of you on the roadside if are wearing a hard hat. If by some unfortunate circumstance you find yourself on the side of the road, be sure to wear it.

Have a Great Safe Summer

While summer is hot and we like it, UV rays and high temperatures can do a number on our bodies! So remember to protect yourself while you are either hauling or enjoying a well-deserved vacation.

For more trucking tips and advice click here and be sure to share this blog with your fellow drivers!

If you have yet to file your HVUT Form 2290 click here to learn more! The Form 2290 due date is August 31st. Trust us you don’t want to be late and have to pay insane IRS penalties and fees.



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Thursday, July 5, 2018

What You Need to File Your IFTA Tax Return

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What You Need to File Your IFTA Tax ReturnThe Form 2290 filing season is officially upon us, and I am sure you are well aware of the impending deadline. However, while you are focused on your Form 2290 due date, don’t forget about the IFTA fuel tax due on July 31! So to help you get this tax filed quickly, here is what you need to file your IFTA tax return online in a matter of minutes.

What You Need to File Your IFTA Tax Return

  • Total miles traveled per jurisdiction
  • The total amount of fuel purchased per jurisdiction
  • The total amount of fuel consumed per jurisdiction
  • The current tax rate per jurisdiction
  • The amount of tax paid per gallon of fuel per jurisdiction


Steps to E-File Your IFTA Quarterly Return

  1. Create ExpressTruckTax Account
  2. Enter Business Details
  3. Indicated Base Jurisdiction
  4. Enter Vehicle Details
  5. Miles & Fuel Records
  6. Generate Your IFTA Report
  7. File With Your Base Jurisdiction

When is the IFTA Due Date?

Your April through June second quarter fuel taxes are due to the IRS by July 31, 2018.
Quarter Periods
Reporting Period
Due Dates
1st Quarter
January -March
April 30
2nd Quarter
April - June
July 31
3rd Quarter
July - September
October 31
4th Quarter
October - December
January 31

Looking For an IFTA Software?

What You Need to File Your IFTA Tax Return
Well, you have come to the right place, my friend. ExpressTruckTax's sister product ExpressIFTA is full of innovative features to help you complete your IFTA quarterly fuel tax report. All you have to do to get started is create your free account, enter your business information, specify your base jurisdiction, enter your vehicle details, list your miles and fuel records, and generate your IFTA quarterly fuel tax report.

Say goodbye to the days of complicated calculations. ExpressIFTA's software will accurately calculate your IFTA fuel tax rates and IFTA tax based on the information provided. Never worry about over or underpaying again.

Plus, their built-in diagnostic error audit can be run on your reports to catch any fundamental filing errors based on your estimated miles per gallon. It will recognize when miles traveled aren't between adjacent states, and if you purchased fuel in a state you have not traveled in.




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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

What You Need to Know About Traffic July 4th

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What You Need to Know About Traffic July 4thWith a growing economy and rising consumer confidence, you can expect more than a few four-wheelers on the road this holiday weekend. This Independence Day the AAA has estimated 41.9 million travelers until Sunday, July 8th. This number is up 0.7 percent from last year’s estimate and the highest number since 2007 since before the great recession. At ExpressTruckTax we want you to always be prepared. Here is what you need to know about traffic July 4th.

The AAA says that the worst congestion can be expected around metropolitan areas as holiday travels are combined with regular commuters during the weekdays.

“This Independence Day will be one for the record books, as more Americans take to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways than ever before,” Bill Sutherland, senior vice president of AAA Travel and Publishing, said in a statement from the company. “Confident consumers with additional disposable income will look to spend on travel this holiday, building on an already busy summer travel season.”


What You Need to Know About Traffic July 4thAt ExpressTruckTax we hope you will spend this Independence Day with your family and friends, however, if you find yourself out on the open road, we want to share our sincere appreciation. It is through the untiring resolve of those like yourself in the trucking community that we are able to celebrate. Your rigs brought us the fireworks, hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, charcoal, and grill that we all get to enjoy.

From the staff at ExpressTruckTax, we thank you for your dedication and determination in serving millions of Americans across the nation. ExpressTruckTax appreciates your continued efforts to keeping America moving. Happy Independence Day!



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Monday, July 2, 2018

How to Get Your Stamped Schedule 1 in Minutes

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How to Get Your Stamped Schedule 1 in MinutesIt’s official! The IRS is now accepting your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) 2290 returns! But do you know what that means here at ExpressTruckTax? When you complete your Form 2290 filing with ExpressTruckTax, you will receive your stamped Schedule 1 in just a matter minutes!

Why wait to file your heavy highway use tax when you can complete your Form 2290 for 2018 today? ExpressTruckTax offers an easy-to-use filing process making Form 2290 filing easier than ever before. Here is how you can get started.

Before we start the ExpressTruckTax Form 2290 filing process, you will need some essential information.
  • Business Name & Address
  • EIN (Employer Identification Number)
  • VIN (Vehicle Identification Number 
  • Gross Taxable Weight
  • Authorized signatory details

If you are going to pay the IRS via direct debit, be sure to have your routing and account number ready. With ExpressTruckTax your can also pay 2290 with credit card or debit starting this tax season.

Please Keep in Mind: You have to have an EIN for Form 2290 filing online. You can not use your SSN (Social Security Number). If you need to apply for an EIN, click here. Once you apply, you will need to wait up to 10 business days for it to become active in the IRS system.

How to File IRS Form 2290?

Step 1:

Using your email address and password, you will need to create a free ExpressTruckTax account.

Step 2:

When you are ready to start the Form 2290 filing process with ExpressTruckTax, you will click the orange ‘Start New Return’ button and enter the basic information for your trucking business (Name, address, and EIN).

Step 3:

You will enter your tax year and your vehicle’s first used month. ExpressTruckTax Form 2290 filing is based on your vehicles first used month and is due the last day of the month following when it is was first used.

For example: If you first used your vehicle in July, your IRS Form 2290 will be due August 31, 2018. The current tax period runs from July 1st, 2018 until June 30th, 2019. Your current schedule 1 for the 2017-2018 season expired on June 30th, 2018. You will need to file with ExpressTruckTax before the 2290 due date to ensure your information is accepted by the IRS.

Step 4:


How to Get Your Stamped Schedule 1 in Minutes
Enter your vehicle information including the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and taxable gross weight. You will need to select if your vehicle was used specifically for logging or agricultural purposes. If so you will be granted a break on your taxes or be exempt. However, you will still need to file to receive your stamped Schedule 1. You will also need to indicate if your vehicle is suspended.



Step 5:

ExpressTruckTax will then calculate the tax amount you owe the IRS. Once you have this amount you can then pick from one of the following payment options: Pay 2290 with credit card, debit, direct debit, electronic funds withdrawal, EFTPS, check, or money order.

Step 6:

ExpressTruckTax will then give you the ability to review all your information and make any corrections. Our system will perform an instant internal audit to ensure error-free filing; however, we highly suggest that you double check your VIN number at this time as it is the number one reason for HVUT rejection.

Step 7:

Once any and all corrections have been made, you will then transmit your form directly to the IRS. You will enter a 5-digit code of your choice at the bottom of your form to electronically sign and transmit.

Step 8:

Sit back and relax! You will receive your stamped Schedule 1 in just a matter of minutes, and you will be set until 2019. 

File Your Heavy Use Tax Over the Phone

If you are looking for a full-service solution contact the sister product of ExpressTruckTax, TSNAmerica. Their outstanding bilingual support team will file Form 2290 on your behalf over the phone. The process is straightforward and will take less than 5 minutes. Give them your information and they will do the work for you. Once they have submitted your information to the IRS, you will receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email.

TSNAmerica: 803.386.0320


Need Help Filing HVUT 2290 Online With ExpressTruckTax?

Our dedicated ExpressTruckTax support team is available via phone, live chat, and email. These US-based representatives are HVUT experts and will take the time to answer all of our questions and will even walk you through the entire filing process.




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Thursday, June 28, 2018

You Need to Know About Vehicle Type For Form 2290 Filing

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You Need to Know About Vehicle Type For Form 2290 FilingWith the Form 2290 due date coming up fast, ExpressTruckTax is here to help with tips about the filing process, and where you can save money. We don’t want you paying more than you have to. Today we are looking at the different vehicle types for Form 2290 filing. Some vehicle types are subject to lower tax rates, credits, or could exempt you from the heavy use tax altogether. 

Before we get into the different 2290 vehicle types you can file with ExpressTruckTax, let’s review who must file the heavy use tax. If you own and operate a heavy vehicle 55,000 Ibs or more in gross weight, you are required to receive a stamped Schedule 1 after Form 2290 filing. Your gross weight is the total weight of your vehicle unloaded. However, this will include any equipment or accessories you typically use on a haul.

Vehicles that qualify for the heavy highway use tax include any self-propelled vehicles that are designed to carry loads on public highways, regardless of their possible other functions. An example of other functions could consist of carrying special goods/supplies, passengers, or permanently mounted equipment.

Logging Vehicle

You might confuse the term “logging vehicle’ with an ELD, however, for Form 2290 filing purposes these vehicles are used to … well... haul logs. So if your vehicle is used to haul wood or other products from the forest, it could classify, and this is important because you can receive a reduced tax rate.

Ensure you are paying the correct tax amount by checking the IRS criteria for logging vehicles:
Your truck is exclusively used to transport material harvested from a forested site, or your vehicle is used solely to transport harvested materials from one forested location to another forested place. If your truck runs between forested sites, it can use public highways in between those sites and still be considered a logging vehicle.

AND

Your vehicle is registered in your base state (or any other state in which it is required to be registered) as a highway motor vehicle used exclusively for the transport of harvested materials from a forested site. Although the truck must be registered as a “logging vehicle” in your state, no special tag or license plate is required to identify the vehicle as a logging vehicle.

Harvested Material:
According to the IRS guidelines, harvested products can include any raw timber taken from a forest, OR any timber that has been processed on the forested site for commercial processes, meaning the timber has already been sawed into lumber, chipped, or milled in some way.

Agricultural Vehicles

Vehicles typically required to file the road tax 2290 are those with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 Ibs and travel over 5,000 miles on public highways through the current tax period. However, to give farmers and suppliers a break, the IRS requirements are slightly more lenient for vehicles used to transport agricultural products. Those vehicles that qualify regardless of their weight are allowed to drive up to 7,500 miles on public highways each tax period before having to pay the heavy highway use tax.

However, this does not exempt any vehicles from Form 2290 filing. If your vehicle's gross weight exceeds 55,000 Ibs, you will still need to receive a stamped Schedule 1 Form 2290.

Ensure you are paying the correct tax amount by checking the IRS criteria for agricultural vehicles:
The vehicle is used primarily for farming purposes throughout the tax year. However, what does the IRS consider “primarily for farming purposes”? It’s quite simple. More than half of the vehicle’s total mileage for the year must be used for farming purposes. Also, a farming purpose, according to the IRS, is any activity that contributes to the conduct of a farm. This can include activities such as transporting goods to and from a farm (goods like livestock, produce, animal feed, fertilizer, etc.), direct use in agricultural production, or just performing work around the farm like repairing fences, building irrigation ditches, clearing land, etc.

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The vehicle is registered as an agricultural vehicle in your state. Although your vehicle must be registered as such, no special license plates or tags marked “agriculture” are required to maintain your status as an agricultural vehicle. If your vehicle meets both of these requirements above, then you can file as an agricultural vehicle with a higher mileage limit.

If you file your agricultural vehicle as a Suspended (Category W) at the beginning of the tax period but then exceed the 7,500-mile limit, you will need to submit a Form 2290 Amendment for a Milage Increase. The Form 2290 Amendment is due by the end of the month following the month you exceeded the mileage limit. After filing the Amendment, the IRS will prorate your heavy highway use tax for the remaining months of the tax year. This means that even though you will owe some tax, it will not be for the full amount you would have owed.

Suspended Vehicles


You Need to Know About Vehicle Type For Form 2290 Filing
A suspended or credit vehicle is a highway motor vehicle that is expected to travel 5,000 miles or less (7,500 miles or less for agricultural vehicles) during the tax period. This mileage limit applies to the total amount of miles it’s driven on the road, regardless of the number of owners.

Other suspended or credited vehicles include those that were sold, destroyed, or stolen and they must all be reported on your 2290. If they exceed the mileage limit during the tax period, then you’ll owe HVUT for them.

When you e-file your IRS Form 2290 with ExpressTruckTax we will auto-generate Form 8849 so you can claim a refund or credit on the amount you paid to the IRS for these vehicles.

Exempt Vehicles

Vehicles that are exempt from the HVUT don’t need to be filed for, regardless of how many miles they travel. They’re 100% exempt from the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax! A few HVUT exempt vehicles include qualified blood collector vehicles, mobile machinery used for non-transportation purposes, heavy vehicles used by the federal government, and more.

When is The Form 2290 Due Date?

You must complete your Form 2290 filing by the last day of the month following the first use month during the current tax year. The typical trucking tax year is July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019. If your tax period stated in July of last year your Schedule 1 Form 2290 will be due on August 31st.

File Your 2290 Form 2018 Online

Now that you know how to save money based on your vehicle type it is time to File your 2290 Form 2018 online. Follow ExpressTruckTax’s easy step-by-step filing process online or call our sister product, TSNAmerica, to file over the phone in less than 10 minutes. Complete your IRS Form 2290, transmit directly to the IRS, and receive your stamped Schedule 1!




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