ExpressTruckTax
704.234.6005

ExpressTruckTax Blog

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

How to Transfer Your 2290 to a New Truck?

0
Owner-Operator truck driver looking at buy a new vehicle and he will need to transfer his 2290 to his new truckWe have come across this particular question from our owner-operators and self-employed drivers on almost a daily basis. So here we will go in-depth on how to transfer your 2290 to a new truck.

How to Transfer Your 2290 to a New Truck?

When you replace your old vehicle, you will use Form 2290 to adjust the credits. You will report your new vehicle for a pro-rated tax period based on when you first used the vehicle. If you need to file a Form 2290 refund claim, you will use Form 8849 Schedule 6. This is to request a refund from the IRS. The IRS will mail you a refund check within 4 to 6 weeks once your claim is accepted.

2290 Tax Transfer Instructions:

1. E-file a new Form 2290
2. Claim a Credit Vehicle on that form
3. Receive your new Stamped Schedule 1 via email instantly

Step 1:

Login or create an account (it’s free!). If you’re new to ExpressTruckTax, quickly enter your name, business info, and EIN before you begin e-filing. Finally, click “Start New Return,” choose a Form 2290, and then enter your first-used month (the month in which you purchased the new vehicle).

Step 2:

Now to enter your taxable vehicle information (for the new truck). Input the VIN, gross weight, and select whether this is a logging vehicle.

Step 3:


Owner-Operator driving his new truck after transferring his 2290 from his old truck
Enter Credit Vehicle details. Click "+ Add a Credit Vehicle," enter the VIN & gross weight, then enter details of the “loss event.” Enter the date on which the vehicle was sold, lost, or destroyed. You will also upload any required evidence, like a bill of sale, or police statement.

Input your payment method, and then hit 'transmit.'

The IRS will have reviewed your return, and if accepted you will receive your new stamped Schedule 1 via email. 


Bonus Round: More Ways to Save!

If your previous truck was sold, stolen, or destroyed, and you are choosing not to replace it, then you can still get a prorated refund of the HVUT tax you paid! The procedure is different from the “transfer” process. To claim a prorated refund, you will need to e-file a Form 8849.


If your business name or EIN has changed, then you can also get a prorated refund for the taxes paid under the previous name/EIN. E-file a new Form 2290 for all vehicles under this new name or EIN. Then e-file a Form 8849 under the old name/EIN to receive your HUVT tax refund.




E-File IRS Form 2290




Read More »

Thursday, May 17, 2018

What You Need to Know About EINs And 2290 Form 2018

0
New owner operator getting his trucking business EIN number
Attention all truckers! The Heavy Vehicle Use Tax season is barreling at us at full speed! No use trying to jump out of the way. Your only option to avoid being run over by the IRS is to file your HVUT 2290 before the deadline. Here is what you need to know about EINs and 2290 Form 2018.

What You Need to Know About EINs And 2290 Form 2018

Before we get into pre-filing or filing your IRS Form 2290, let's go over a critical piece of information you will need to have. As an owner-operator, you are required to have an employer identification number, or more commonly known as an EIN. It is used by the IRS to identify your trucking business. EINs are assigned to companies operating in the United States to identify them for tax reporting purposes.

What is an EIN Number?

Your trucking business’s EIN will be a string of nine digits, similar to your Social Security Number, but they can be easily distinguished because of their format (EIN: 12-3456789 SSN:123-456-789). Although this number is labeled as identification for “employers,” your trucking business is still required to have one. 

An EIN number can also be referred to as a Federal Tax Identification Number or Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN Number).

What is the Use of an EIN Number?

You will use an EIN or Tax Identification Number on trucking licenses, permits, and tax returns, as well as any other forms or applications that require you to file under your trucking business’s IRS number. You will also need an EIN to open a trucking business bank account. I highly suggest this so you can keep your personal and business account separate.





How do I Apply for an EIN?

If you are transitioning from a company driver to an Owner-Operator, applying for an EIN number is a relatively simple process. It will take you less than 10 minutes to request your EIN number from the IRS website for free. If you prefer to apply via FAX, phone, or mail, you will need to read the IRS guidelines because restrictions do apply.


However, once you apply, please keep in mind, it will take approximately two weeks for it to be active in the IRS database.

Your EIN Number is a unique code that never expires. However, you may need a new EIN if you declare bankruptcy, take on new partners, or if you purchase or inherit another existing business.

IRS Form 2290 And Your EIN Number

When it comes to the information on your IRS Form 2290 such as your business name and address, it will need to match what the IRS has on file, or it could be rejected. You can see if your information matches what the IRS has on file by contacting the IRS directly. IRS Customer Service Phone Number: (800)829-4933

How to Pre-File 2290 Online?

Why wait when you can go ahead and knock out your 2290 Form 2018 today? Go ahead and file 2290 online with ExpressTruckTax now. Simply follow our step-by-step filing guide to complete your IRS 2290 Form instantly. As a result, your IRS Form 2290 will be transmitted directly to the IRS and you will get your Stamped Schedule 1 when the IRS starts accepting returns on July 1st.

If you are currently on the run and don’t have the time to go online to file, you can file over the phone with our sister product, TSNAmerica. Give them a call and an outstanding US-based representative will file your 2290 Form 2018 for you! No need to pay when you pre-file just be sure to do so before August 31st.




Pre-File Today And Be Set Until July 2019!





Read More »

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

For IRS Form 2290 Is my Rig an Agricultural Vehicle?

0
For IRS Form 2290 Is my Rig an Agricultural Vehicle?One question we often run into is “What is an agricultural vehicle for IRS Form 2290?” That is because when you file IRS Form 2290, you are asked to indicate whether your taxable vehicle is used for agricultural purposes.


For IRS Form 2290 Is my Rig an Agricultural Vehicle?

Depending on your vehicle type and how you use it, the tax rates and filing requirements vary. This is just one reason why it’s so important to categorize your taxable vehicle correctly when filing your HVUT Form 2290.

We recently discussed the different requirements for logging vehicles, which are vehicles used solely for the transport of forested materials. Logging vehicles are taxed at a lower rate than typical heavy vehicles, so if you drive a logging truck, be sure to check “used for logging” to be taxed at the lower rate!

Another type of taxable vehicle with special requirements is the agricultural vehicle.


Agricultural Vehicles & Higher Mileage Limits

Vehicles typically required to file HVUT are those with a taxable gross weight over 55,000 lbs and that travel over 5,000 miles on public highways throughout the tax period.

BUT to give farmers a break, the IRS made the requirements a bit more lenient for vehicles used in agriculture. Agricultural vehicles, regardless of their weight, are allowed to drive up to 7,500 miles on public highways each year before having to pay any tax at all!

Just to clarify, this does not mean that you don’t have to file HVUT at all. If your gross vehicle weight is over 55,000 pounds, you must still file HVUT and receive a stamped Schedule 1. However, if your agricultural vehicle will drive fewer than 7,500 miles throughout the tax year, you will owe zero tax when you file! This is known as filing a Category W or a Suspended/Low Mileage Vehicle. 


Does My Vehicle Qualify as an Agricultural Vehicle?

To ensure that your vehicle qualifies as an “agricultural” vehicle according to IRS standards, here are the two requirements your vehicle must meet:

  • 1. The vehicle is used primarily for farming purposes throughout the tax year. But what does the IRS consider “primarily for farming purposes”? It’s actually quite simple. More than half of the vehicle’s total mileage for the year must be used for farming purposes. 

  • And 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. 

-AND-

  • 2. 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!!

To file as a suspended agriculture vehicle, skip the first “Taxable Vehicle” section of 2290, and instead enter your vehicle’s information under the “Low Mileage/Suspended Vehicle” section. And be sure you check the box “Used for Agriculture.” 



Exceeding the Mileage Limit


Occasionally, agriculture vehicles will be filed as Suspended (Category W) at the beginning of the tax period, but then exceed the 7,500-mile limit during the year.

If your vehicle goes over, you must file a Form 2290 Amendment for a Mileage Increase. The amendment is due by the end of the month following the month in which you exceeded the limit. This means that if you went over 7,500 in January, then the amendment must be filed by the last day of February.

When filing the mileage increase amendment, the IRS will prorate your HVUT for the remaining months of the tax year (which runs from July 1st to June 30th each year). This means that even though you will owe some tax, it will not be the full amount you would’ve owed if you had filed as a non-suspended vehicle initially. Hooray, for lower tax!


Year-Round Support For Farmers!

If anyone deserves a break, it’s farmers! That’s why we’re always here to assist you 24/7, 365. Pre-file today with ExpressTruckTax and be set until July 2019. Our e-filing process is the fastest and easiest way to receive your stamped Schedule 1.

If you have questions about pre-filing your HVUT 2290 contact our US-based support team via call, live chat, or 24/7 email support.




Pre-File Your HVUT Today!




Read More »

Thursday, May 10, 2018

How to Prepare For The CVSA Roadcheck 2018

0
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 31st annual International Roadcheck will be June 5-7, 2018. During this 72-hour period, CVSA-certified inspectors will inspect both you and your vehicle. A 37- point inspection might sound slightly intimidating, but if you have been making your pre and post trip inspections, you have nothing to worry about. Here is how to prepare for the CSA Roadcheck 2018.

How to Prepare For The CVSA Roadcheck 2018

CVSA inspectors will perform a 37-step inspection on you and your trucks during the inspection. You will need to provide your commercial driver’s license and motor carrier registration. The CVSA inspector will be checking the maintenance and condition of your vehicle, including braking system, fuel and exhaust, suspension, and windshield wipers. 

Braking System

Maintaining your brakes is essential for any vehicle, but the Roadcheck just drives this point home for truckers. You should constantly check your brakes for any damaged or missing parts, warning devices, leaks, and incorrect air pressure adjustment.

Cargo Securement

Roadcheck 2018 is all about safety. When you are hauling lads, making sure you have proper cargo securement is major. Check for improper tailboard security, damaged tie-down anchor points, unsecured end gates and rear doors, and faulty cargo securement devices.

Coupling Devices

When you're checking your truck, you will need to look at your coupling devices. Check the secured mounting for your fifth wheel, the spaces between plates, and any damaged parts that can make a locking mechanism faulty.

Tires and Wheel

Check your tires for proper inflation and tread groove depth. Make sure your wheels and rims do not have any cracks or damaged parts. Your hubs should have no damages, leaks, and must be aligned.





Suspension Check

Sometimes you expect a bumpy ride, but you do not want to have a rough haul. First, check for cracked, crooked, or missing springs. Also, watch out for loose shackles and u-bolts, unsecured spring hangers, and a misaligned or damaged front axle.

Hours-of-Service Compliance

Becuase of the Department of Transportation’s Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate this year’s focus will be hours-of-service compliance.



“Although the electronic logging device (ELD) rule that went into effect on Dec. 18, 2017, does not change any of the underlying hours-of-service rules or exceptions, the ELD mandate placed a spotlight on hours-of-service compliance,” said Capt. Turner. “We thought this year would be a perfect opportunity to focus on the importance of the hours-of-service regulations.”


What Happens if I Fail The Roadcheck Inspection?

If the CVSA does find significant violations, you or your vehicle may be placed out-of-service. Meaning you will not be able to operate your vehicle until the violation(s) are corrected.

Moving Forward

Since we are talking about proactivity you can start pre-filing HVUT Form 2290 here at ExpressTruckTax or file over the phone with our sister product, TSNAmerica.

When you pre-file your HVUT 2290 your return will be at the very top of the stack when the IRS begins processing returns on July 1. This means you will get your Stamp Schedule 1 before anyone else. After that, you are good to go until July of 2019! And when you pre-file your HVUT 2290 you have more time to amend your return if it is rejected or if there are any mistakes.

Are you ready for Roadcheck 2017? What do you do for your pre-trip inspections? Let us know on Facebook or in the comments below.


Pre-File Today!

Read More »

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

What Is A Logging Vehicle For IRS Form 2290?

0
One question we often run into is "What is a logging vehicle for IRS Form 2290?" That is because when you file IRS Form 2290, you are asked to indicate whether your taxable vehicle is used for logging.

What is a Logging Vehicle For IRS Form 2290?

You might confuse the term “logging vehicle” with electronic logging devices. For Form 2290, however, logging vehicles are used to… well… haul logs. As in wood or other products from the forest.

How you classify your truck is essential because you can receive a reduced tax rate.

Check to see if your logging vehicle fits the IRS criteria to ensure you are paying the correct tax:

  • Your truck is exclusively used to transport material harvest from a forested site, Or your vehicle is used exclusively to transport harvested materials from one forested site to another forested site. If your vehicle 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.

So, your vehicle should be registered as a logging vehicle, and it must be used to transport harvested forest materials only - but what does the IRS consider “harvested material”?


According to the IRS guideline, 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.

If your vehicle fits these guidelines, then be sure to check the box “Used for Logging” when completing your HVUT Form 2290 to reap the rewards of a lower tax rate!

If you have questions about the status of your taxable vehicle, ask our team of experts. They know all of the IRS guidelines for logging, agriculture, exempt, suspended vehicles, and more! They are here to steer yours in the right direction!




Pre-File IRS Form 2290





Read More »

Thursday, May 3, 2018

10 Things Truckers Need To Know About IRS Form 2290

0
IRS Form 2290 pre-filing season is officially here and the regular filing season is on the horizon. So to help get you ready here are the ten things truckers need to know about IRS Form 2290.

Time and time again truckers filing their 2290 online tend to ask the same questions and make the same mistakes when it comes to their heavy vehicle use taxes. So let’s go over them, so they are fresh in your mind when you pre-file or e-file later this year.


1. Is my vehicle subject to the HVUT/Form 2290?

You are subject to HVUT/Form 2290 if you are registering a vehicle in your name as an owner-operator or self-employed driver, it weighs more than 55,000 pounds, and you are using it on public roads. The Heavy Vehicle Use Tax applies to both interstate and intrastate drivers.

2. If I am based in Canada or Mexico, does the HVUT apply?

Yes, if you drive your vehicle in the United States. You will need to file a 2290 Form 2018 and pay any owed taxes. You will also need to carry proof of tax compliance when entering the U.S. as well.

3. When is Form 2290 due in 2018?

IRS Form 2290 returns are due on the last day of the month following your vehicle’s first month of use during the reporting period. That means if your vehicle was on the road last July (2017) the deadline for filing is August 31, 2018.

If your vehicle goes into service during the reporting period, you will need to file an additional Form 2290, Schedule 1, and pay the tax amount. For example, if you purchased a vehicle in November 2018, you are required to put the vehicle in your name making its first month of use December. In this case, you will need to file an additional Form 2290, Schedule 1, and pay owed taxes on or before December 31, 2019. This is a partial year filing and will be a reduced tax amount.


4. Can I suspend my Heavy Vehicle Use Tax?

You can apply for a suspension of the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax if you expect to drive your vehicle less than 5,000 miles during the year (7,500 miles for agricultural vehicles).

However, you are still required to file IRS Form 2290 even though you do not have a tax payment. If you do end up driving more than expected, you must file an amendment to your original 2290 and pay taxes.

5. Am I required to file my 2290 Form online?

Only if you have 25 or more qualified vehicles. If you do, the IRS does not require you to file 2290 online. However, the IRS highly encourages all taxpayers to file and pay online with an IRS-authorized e-file provider, like ExpressTruckTax. Hint hint…..

6. How can I claim a credit?


Trucker starting his 2290 pre-filing with TSNAmerica Now is the time for you to claim any credits you earned last year. The credits can be claimed using a couple of different methods.

If you ended up driving your vehicle less than 5,00 miles (or 7,500 for agricultural vehicles) you can claim a credit. Or if your vehicle was stolen or destroyed last year, you can claim a credit. For more information, I would visit the IRS website for the full list of situations. 

7. Can I claim a refund on my IRS Form 2290?

Yes, if your credit exceeds your taxes owed on your 2018-2019 filing, you will need to file a refund. This can be done by filing IRS Form 8849, Claim for Refund Excise Taxes.

8. What do I need to register my vehicle?

Proof of your HVUT payment is required before you register your vehicles. You will not be registered unless you can provide your stamped Schedule 1.

9. How do I pay 2990 online?

When you file 2290 online with ExpressTruckTax, you can pay via the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), or by check/money order.

10. Where can I find more information about IRS Form 2290?

You can check out our blog page for more information concerning pre-filing and the upcoming 2290 season. Check out our FAQ page which answers more questions you might have about Form 2290. Or you can find more information via the IRS publication “Instructions for Form 2290.”

We Got Your Back

We understand that we are coming up on a very stressful time for the trucking industry, but we will be there every step of the way. We will continue to supply you with up-to-date information about the IRS Form 2290 deadline.

ExpressTruckTax is a trusted IRS-authorized e-file provider with a simplified step-by-step filing process. We also offer 24/7 support in both English and Spanish to answer any of your questions.




Read More »

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

What You Need To Know About The Denham Amendment 2018

0
FAA reauthorization 2018 just passed through the house and this is how it will effect the trucking industry
Thursday, April 26th the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) reauthorization 2018 bill passed through the House and included an amendment that will affect all within the trucking industry. The Denham-Cuellar-Costa Amendment simply know as the Denham Amendment has received very mixed reactions from those within the industry. Here is what you need to know about the Denham Amendment 2018. 


What You Need To Know About The Denham Amendment 2018

Backed by House representatives Jeff Denham (R-Cali), Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), and Jim Costa (D-Cali) will standardize meal and rest breaks for truckers. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) believe that the amendment will streamline interstate commerce by further federalizing the hours-of-service rules and regulations. However, on the other end of the spectrum, you have the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), they believe the Denham Amendment is a threat to drivers fair pay and breaks.


What Does The Denham Amendment Mean?

Before we get into the current industry fight, we will review the facts about the Denham Amendment and how it will affect you. In summary, the amendment will prevent an individual state from setting their own rules and regulations. All drivers will need to abide by the Department of Transportation’s (DOTs) hours-of-service by federal law.
Truckers will be impacted by the passing of the Denham Amendment Under the current federal hours-of-service regulations, drivers are required to take a 20-minute break after driving for eight hours. This means drivers can now work longer hours without taking breaks and without violating state laws.

For example, California requires a 10-minute break for every four hours driven and a 30-minute meal break for every five working hours. The new hours-of-service will be enforced using a mandated Electronic Logging Device (ELD).



ATA Vs. OOIDA

So what do both parties want regarding the Denham Amendment:

American Trucking Associations (ATA):
  • They want unified regulations that will not hamper interstate commerce.
  • With the Denham Amendment ATA believes productivity will rise since drivers can continue driving to meet shipment times.
  • This will cause less confusion when crossing into new jurisdictions.

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA):
  • They believe this will deter drivers from taking much-needed breaks, potentially causing accidents and a decrease in productivity.
  • Under the Denham Amendment drivers wages will be standardized as well because companies will not be required to meet state-imposed minimum wages. 


We want to hear from you! Let us know your thought on the Denham Amendment. Do you like that the hours-of-service will be standardized between state lines or do you believe it will negatively affect your pay/breaks?






Read More »

Monday, April 30, 2018

Today is the 1st Quarter IFTA Deadline

0
Yup, that’s right today, April 30th is the 1st 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.

Check out our awesome sister product, ExpressIFTA to 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 1st 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

Our sister product, ExpressIFTA, makes it easy to import all of your IFTA information online in one convenient location. Use your IFTA reports to automatically calculate all fo 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.



Start IFTA Report




Read More »

Thursday, April 26, 2018

What New Truckers Need To Know About IFTA Reporting

0
If you are new to the trucking industry let me just say congratulations on earning your CDL and completing your driving training. We completely understand that team driving is not the easiest thing to get through. However, you’re not completely out of the woods yet.

You still have a lot to learn about the road and that will only come from being behind the wheel. But, you will also need to learn how to manage all of the required trucking taxes. Everything from Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, your IRP, and of course your IFTA quarterly fuel tax report. To help you get started here is what new truckers need to know about IFTA reporting.


What New Truckers Need To Know About IFTA Reporting

IFTA, or the International Fuel Tax Agreement, is an arrangement between 48 of the United States and 10 Canadian provinces to report fuel use by motor carriers that operate in more than one jurisdiction (state). The IFTA fuel tax redistributes fuel taxes equally among the jurisdictions.

To show you filed your IFTA return and pay the taxes owed by the deadline you will be issued an IFTA license and IFTA stickers. The license should be kept in your truck at all times and the IFTA stickers are displayed under your driver’s side window.


Vehicle Qualifications For IFTA Reporting

Your vehicle qualifies for IFTA reporting if it travels between more than one jurisdiction and:
  • Has two axles and a gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,000 pounds
  • Has two axles and a registered weight exceeding 26,000 pounds
  • Has a combination weight exceeding 26,000 pounds
  • Has three or more axles regardless of weight

IFTA Quarterly Fuel Tax Report Requirements

You are required to complete an IFTA report four times a year and file with your base jurisdiction (home state). Your base jurisdiction is where your qualifying vehicles are required to be registered and where your information is available in the event of an IFTA audit.

To complete your IFTA fuel tax return you will need to report:
    • The total miles traveled per jurisdiction including taxable and nontaxable, IFTA and non-IFTA, and trip permit miles
    • The total gallons of fuel consumed in each jurisdiction including taxable and nontaxable, IFTA, and trip permit miles
    • The number of gallons of fuel purchased per jurisdiction
    • The tax paid on each gallon of fuel purchased per jurisdiction
    • And the current tax rate per jurisdiction

File With The Best IFTA Software Available

If all of this information is slightly headache-inducing we totally understand. Which is why our sister product, ExpressIFTA makes IFTA reporting simple. Their IFTA software for reporting includes innovative features that let you upload your IFTA fuel tax information at your own pace. Upload your trip information as you go or all at once with each quick entry screen. You can even upload your miles from your fuel card.

Don’t worry about handling any complicated calculation yourself, because ExpressIFTA will automatically calculate IFTA fuel tax rates for you. And all of your information will be kept in an easy-to-read report that can be easily printed and used to complete your return.



File Your IFTA Return



Read More »

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

What You Need To Know About IFTA Reporting 2018

0
truck driver can get on down the road now that he has filed his quarterly 2290 report
If you are a new owner-operator, we welcome you to the wonderful world of IFTA. You have probably heard through the grapevine that IFTA filing is...well... difficult and usually involves some expressive expletives. But it's really not that bad when you know where to go. Here is what you need to know about IFTA reporting 2018.

What You Need To Know About IFTA Reporting 2018

Before we dive into the filing your IFTA reporting, let’s go over some of the basics.

IFTA Fuel Tax Basics

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 member jurisdictions, you are required to have an IFTA sticker and license.

You receive your IFTA license through your base jurisdiction and you are given an IFTA sticker to put on your truck. 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 calculates how much fuel tax you owe (or are credited) to remain compliant.

Your vehicle qualifies for IFTA reporting if it:

  • 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


Filing Your IFTA Fuel Tax Form

Trucker is back on the road after filing his IFTA report with ExpressTruckTaxYour first quarter IFTA return is due in six days! Thankfully ExpressTruckTax has a sister product 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 at once with the bulk upload feature Also, you can import all of your mileage information directly from your GPS.

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

File Your IFTA Report Now



Read More »

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

How To Cruise Your Way Through Tax Day 2018

0
Truck Driver Cruising Through Tax Day 2018
Tax Day 2018 is finally here! Today is the 2017 income tax filing deadline and, we want to make sure you have everything you need to avoid IRS penalties and interest.

Need more time to file? We have the solution to your last-minute tax filing crisis... 2018 tax extension Form 4868.

Here is the secret to cruising your way through tax day 2018.

How To Cruise Your Way Through Tax Day 2018

Whether you are still gathering your tax information or totally forgot today was Tax Day 2018, the IRS will automatically grant you an automatic six-month extension to file with Income Tax Extension Form 4868.

Tax Extension Deadline 2018

File tax extension 2018 Form 4868 for any of the following forms:

Form 1040, Form 1040A, Form 1040-EZ, Form 1040NR, Form 1040NR-EZ, Form 1040-PR or 1040-SS.

Once your income tax extension is approved by the IRS, you will have until October 15th, 2018 to file your income tax return penalty-free. Sa-weet!

Reasons To File A Tax Extension

Last-minute tax filing is never a good thing. The top three reasons to file a tax extension include:

1) You Will Make Mistakes
2) Refunds & Credits Will Be Missed
3) Tax Extensions Are So Easy

If you fail to file your income tax return you will face IRS penalties and will find Uncle Sam knocking on your truck door first thing in the morning 🤷🏽.

Do yourself a favor and file for an income tax extension today with our sister product, ExpressExtension.

How To Apply For Tax Extension Form

Filing Income Tax Extension Form 4868 with ExpressExtension literally takes minutes and will extend your 2018 tax deadline date.

Create your free ExpressExtension account and click "Create Personal Tax Extension" from your account Dashboard. If you owe taxes, you will need to estimate your total income tax payment for the filing year. You can use your prior year tax situation as a reference, but give the most accurate approximation as possible.

When you have everything ready, our step-by-step instructions will help you file your tax extension online in minutes, and we will do the rest, so you cruise your way through Tax Day 2018!

Read More »

Friday, April 13, 2018

How to Get More Time to File Your 2017 Tax Return

0

Spring is here, making it a little more interesting to drive with major storms hitting the road. Some areas have been hit by severe storms, tornadoes, and even snow! However, the intense weather is not the only scary thing that comes with spring, because it is also tax time! Make sure you are up to date on the upcoming personal and truck tax deadlines.

How to Get More Time to File Your 2017 Tax Return

Typically, Tax Day is April 15th, but this year it falls on Sunday and Monday is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in Washington, D.C. The Official Tax Day Deadline is April 17th, 2018.





Need More Time To File?

The IRS is far more forgiving about doling out additional time than you might expect when it comes to the 2018 personal tax deadline. Filing an income tax extension is easier than you might think, especially if you e-file a tax extension online. You can file tax extension Form 4868 for an automatic six-month extension to submit your federal income tax return without penalties.

If you submit your application to the IRS by midnight on April 17, 2018, you will receive an additional six months to file your tax return without incurring IRS penalties.

However, while Form 4868 does give you an extension of time to file income returns, it does not extend the time to pay. If you are unable to make your tax payment, you will need to pay penalties and interest, It is recommended that you pay as much of the owed taxes as possible to lower your penalty cost.

What You Need to File a Federal Income Tax Extension

Assuming you file on time, you will automatically receive six months to file your return to the IRS, and you will not be subject to late-filing penalties. You will have until October 15th, 2018 to file your tax return. 


To file for a tax return extension, you will need:
  • Your name and address
    • Spouse’s name if filing jointly)
  • Your Social Security Number (SSN
    • Spouse’s SSN if filing jointly
  • Estimated total tax liability for the 2017 tax year
  • Totally 2017 tax withholding and tax payments
  • Estimated tax payment owed to the IRS (If any)

How Do I Apply For An Income Tax Extension?

You can e-file Form 4868 with our sister product ExpressExtension. They will transmit your forms directly to the IRS so you can rest easy knowing you have an additional six months to file your federal income taxes. File today and receive an automatic six-month extension of time to file your personal tax return.

Once you have filed Form 4868 with the IRS, you will get a confirmation email within 48 hours notifying you that your extension was accepted by the IRS.



File Your Federal Income Tax Extension Today!



Read More »

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

What You Need to Know About The ELD Exemptions

0

FMCSA Director Hears ELD Concerns at MATS

Trucking community concerned about the ELD mandate and ELD exemptions
During the Mid-America Trucking Show, commonly known as MATS 2018, federal regulators faced off against a standing-room-only crowd of owner-operators and other trucking veterans from across the nation.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Director of Enforcement and Compliance, Joseph DeLorenzo, hosted a seminar during the first day of MATS; here is what happened and what you need to know about the ELD Exemptions.

What You Need to Know About The ELD Exemptions

Since the Electronic Logging Devices Mandate (ELDs) back in December, there has been growing concern among the trucking community. From older truck exemptions to confusion over the agricultural exemption this hour-long seminar covered more than just type of ELD compliance.

Older Truck Exemption

Joseph DeLorenzo faced off against a standing-room-only crowd lead my trucking veterans across the nation. This first wave of questions centered around the older truck exemption to which DeLorenzo stated that all pre-2000 engines are exempt. And this ELD exemption applies to all pre-2000 engines whether it came with the vehicle or if it was a replacement.

However, this exemption does not apply if the pre-2000 engines are rebuilt to a certain extent and should be relabeled. If you undergo a roadside inspection, the officer will check the engine tag to determine if your truck is exempt.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has been issued guidance on this matter according to DeLorenzo.

ELD AG Exemption

Is all transportation of agricultural commodities exempt? This is a more difficult question that owner-operators and self-employed drivers put to DeLorenzo. To sum up his response, the federal definition is the rule of thumb regardless of the state definition of agriculture.

According to the federal government, ELD Ag exemption is considered the transportation of bees, livestock, unprocessed fruits, and vegetables. The exclusivity of the federal definition of agricultural commodities leaves several drivers concerned considering the ELD mandate.


Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate

What should owner-operators and self-employed drivers know about ELD exemptions Under the ELD exemption, you do not have to comply with new regulations if you do not exceed 150-miles more than eight times in a 30-day period. Once you extend past this, you have 11 hours of driving time and 14 hours of off-duty time.

The 90-day waiver for federally defined agricultural commodities pushes the pause button on the ELD mandate. If you are transporting agricultural commodities as defined by the federal government, you will be covered under the ELD AG Exemption no matter how many time you exceed the 150-mile distance.

ELD Deadline

As drivers, you should already be aware that the deadline for complying with the ELD mandate is April 1st. If you are found without an electronic logging device, you will be cited and most likely ticketed if you cannot prove exemption.

After the April 1st ELD deadline, you will be put out of service for 10 hours and then allowed to complete your run. However, you are required to install an ELD immediately before your next route. If you are later found without an ELD, you will receive an out-of-service violation under the ELD mandate.

We want to hear from you! Let us know your thoughts on the ELD mandate.
Read More »

Friday, March 23, 2018

Are You Ready for the Upcoming UCR Deadline?

0

ExpressTruckTax has some excellent news for the trucking industry! After nearly a 90-day delay, you are now able to complete your annual Unified Carrier Registration process for 2018.

Unified Carrier Registration, or UCR, requires that drivers and companies who operate a commercial motor vehicle for interstate or international commerce, register their business with the state and pay an annual fee based on the size of the fleet.

Luckily, the UCR fees for this year have been reduced by 9.1%; it doesn’t get much better than that!

You can expect that UCR fees will increase slightly for 2019. However, they will still be 4.6% lower than the fees you paid in 2017.

If you’re a broker, private carrier, or freight forwarder, you are required to register and pay also.

Why The Delay for UCR?


UCR’s usually are available on October 1 and close on December 31; however, this year was a different story due to legal questions centered around a proposal that was issued last September by the Department of Transportation (DOT).

The proposal sparked a lawsuit to be filed by the Small Business in Transportation Coalition against the UCR Board. To make a long story short, the coalition claimed that the UCR Board violated federal open meetings laws for the new fee structure and 2018 registration period to be discussed.

The court was in agreement that the UCR Board failed to provide the proper notice to the public about the meetings but decided to keep the decisions that were made by the board, but what does this mean for you?!

When Do I Need To Register & Pay My UCR Fees?

Great question! You have until April 5 to register and pay your annual fees UCR for 2018.

Here’s what you’ll have to pay this year and next for UCR:



Where Can I Register & Pay UCR Fees?

You can register, process, and pay for your Unified Carrier Registration, or UCR, fees in one place at Official UCR Board Certified Registration website.

April 5th will be here before you know it, so take a moment and handle your UCR requirements today while you still have time!
Read More »

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Was January Your First Used Month? Time to File Your 2290

0
Today is the deadline for Form 2290
When did you first use your heavy vehicle during the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) period? If it was in January, then it is time to file Form 2290!

If this deadline has caught you off guard no need to fear, ExpressTruckTax is here to help you complete your forms in just a matter of minutes. But we go a step further by providing you with important Form 2290 information so you can drive right on through your e-filing experience. Check out these top HVUT deadline tips from the tax experts at ExpressTruckTax.

Was January Your First Used Month? Time to File Your 2290

So why are there so many deadlines for Form 2290? Well, your deadline for Form 2290 is based the first month you've used your heavy vehicle on public highways during the current tax period. This is important because you don’t have to pay for the months your truck wasn’t on the road.

Unlike the fiscal year, the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax runs from July 1st to June 20th of the following year, and you need to file by the last day of the month following your first used month. So that means that if you first used your truck back in January, it is time to file…… or face penalties.

So other than the fear of penalties why is Form 2290 so important? Because the taxes collected are used to repair, maintain, and build public roads. Once you file, you will get a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 as proof of filing and paying your HVUT taxes. You will actually need this form to renew your tags and to complete your International Registration Plan (IRP) return.

Fear the HVUT Penalties

If you fail to file by midnight tonight and you are required to do so, you will face expensive penalties. If that doesn’t strike fear into your heart, I am sure this will. The penalty rate for failing to file is a minimum of 4.5 % of the total tax due. This amount will accrue on a monthly basis for up to five months.

Plus, if your HVUT payment is late or is not paid in full, you will owe an additional penalty of 0.5% of the total amount owed. Oh and yeah there is an additional penalty of .54% too.

But wait it gets worst: If you don’t file you will not receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1, which is required by the DMV to operate your vehicle legally. Don’t get stuck in the pits by this deadline but take a caution lap getting ahead over the competition with ExpressTruckTax.

 
Truck driving down the road at an alarming speed trying to file their Form 2290


Keep on Truckin’ With ExpressTruckTax

Our e-filing system is streamlined for fast and easy use so we can get you back on the road fast. No complex IRS jargon just straightforward interview style questions. If you get stuck in a rut, don't worry we will give you push no need to get out of the truck! Our dedicated team of tax experts standing by.

When you file with us, you will receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 in as little as 15 minutes via email.


Read More »

Friday, February 16, 2018

TAP App Is The Trucking Service You Need

0
TAP App, tax service app for truckersHey owner-operators, we're always working to find solutions to the issues that you face. That’s one of the reasons why we created ExpressTruckTax, the market-leading program that makes e-filing your HVUT 2290 Form fast and easy.


By partnering with groups like OOIDA and by working closely with drivers like yourself, we've been able to discover issues in the industry and we work hard to solve them. For example, truck drivers need a cost-effective bookkeeping and tax prep solution, that’s why we're proud to announce the new TAP App service provided by TruckLogics and Trucker Tax Service.

TAP App Is The Trucking Service You Need

The Problem

As a trucker working for a company, independently driving or leasing yourself, you have a lot of business records to keep up with. For example, you need to see your profit and losses, rate per mile, miles driven, and more. You also need this information for year-end tax reports.

How do you keep up with all this info? Do you scribble it all down in tons of notebooks to upload to your computer later? Do you have various different apps? Are you being charged hundreds of thousands for a subscription where your information is hard to access?

When trying to file a 1099 or your personal income tax return at the end of the year you don’t want to spend hours on the phone with customer support ‘specialists’ trying to get into your account.

The TAP App Solution

We’ve worked together with Trucker Tax Service to help owner operators find solutions to their tax filing needs and with our sister product, TruckLogics, which is why we’re proud to announce that they joined forces to create the new service, the TAP App.

By combining the top services offered by TruckLogics, the trucking business management program and Trucker Tax Service, the nationwide tax consultant to the OTR driver, an easy-to-use bookkeeping and tax preparing solution was born that will change the way you handle your daily operation.

With this app on your phone, tablet, or computer you can easily track your miles driven, revenue per mile, per diem, and much more from the palm of your hand. Plus, the app will generate monthly business reports like the profit and loss report for you to access at any time.

Per diem is the daily expense deduction drivers are allowed to take to offset the costs involved with spending a night on the road. On The Road drivers are entitled to 80% of the $63 Per Diem, which comes to $50.40 per day.

Not only will the TAP App accurately calculate your Per Diem, but they will simplify all your deductions because Truck Tax Service will use the information you enter to prepare and file your tax returns at no additional cost. That’s right, it’s free.

The TAP App is the easiest way to get the most deductions possible while getting your money back from the IRS faster. At only $75 for a month, the TAP App more than pays for itself.

Plus, this service is straightforward and easy to use. No frustration or confusion is involved. However, if you do have any questions, Truck Tax Service is providing live US-based support. Feel free to contact them with any questions that you may have.

Get Started With TAP App Now!


Trucking doesn’t have to be complicated, especially when we’re here to help. Check out the trucking solutions available from ExpressTruckTax to make filing your HVUT Form 2290 quick and easy, the TAP App service to simplify bookkeeping and tax preparation, and TruckLogics to make managing your trucking business online effortless.

Please share your favorite trucking services in the comment section below and visit ExpressTruckTax for more trucking blogs.
Read More »

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

How to Avoid 2290 Rejections

0
Prevent Form 2290 Rejections with ExpressTruckTax


Taxes can be confusing and frustrating, but if you miss your HVUT Form 2290, the penalties you will receive make the whole tax situation even worse. That’s why the ExpressTruckTax experts are here to help you correctly file your form.

Not only do you have to meet the HVUT Form 2290 deadline, which varies depending on your first use month, but you have to make sure your Form 2290 doesn’t get rejected. If it is rejected, then you’re responsible for correcting it by the deadline. So, here’s how to avoid Form 2290 Rejections.

How to Avoid 2290 Rejections


1. Get Your EIN Right

You need an EIN or Employer Identification Number to complete your HVUT Form 2290. You used to be able to use your Social Security Number in place of your EIN, but that’s no longer the case. If you enter your SSN in the EIN field on your HVUT Form 2290 then it will be rejected.

If you need to get an EIN you can apply for one online for free with the IRS. Just keep in mind that it may take up to 14 days for your EIN to become active in the IRS’s system and your form may be rejected during that time.

Also, your information needs to match what the IRS has on file. If your EIN doesn’t match for your business name or personal information then your form will be rejected. You can make sure your information matches what the IRS has on file by calling them.

2. Avoid VIN Mistakes
Entering a VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) incorrectly is actually the number one Form 2290 mistake. Take your time and carefully enter that 17 character alphanumeric code, then double check it. Make sure you aren’t mistaking 0s for Os!

However, if you need to correct your VIN, don’t panic. You can quickly and easily file FREE VIN corrections with ExpressTruckTax.

Also, each VIN can only be filed for once, so you’ll want to avoid filing a duplicate, as your form will be rejected. To avoid filing for a duplicate VIN number make sure you’re filing for the current tax period, not the previous one.

3. Pay the IRS


When you e-file Form 2290 you need to pay the amount of HVUT tax you owe to the IRS. You have a few different payment methods, for example, you can use direct debit, or electronic funds withdrawal.

With these payment methods, you will have to provide your bank account and routing number so the IRS can withdraw the amount of HVUT tax you owe. That means you need to enter your banking and routing number correctly. You also need to make sure you have enough funds to cover the amount you owe or your form will be rejected.
Quickly and easily e-file HVUT Form 2290 with ExpressTruckTax

The Form 2290 Due Date


Form 2290 is due based on your first used month during the tax period. It’s actually due the last day of the month following your first use month. The tax period runs from July 1 to June 30 of the following year.

Since most truckers first use their vehicle in July, August 31 is a major deadline day. However, if you didn’t use your vehicle until January then your HVUT Form 2290 is due by February 28!

If you need to file 2290 online this month don’t worry, you can quickly and easily instantly file with ExpressTruckTax. Simply contact our live, US-based support team if you need any assistance.
Read More »

Friday, February 9, 2018

3 Proven Ways Lady Truckers Are Improving The Industry

0
ExpressTruckTax respects lady truckers

Are you proud of a lady trucker in your life? Do you know a strong, dedicated woman who is in it for the long haul? ExpressTruckTax actually supports all lady truckers and we consider ourselves extremely lucky to see how they’re changing the industry.

More and more women are coming to the industry every day because the secret is out. Lady truckers are excellent drivers! They deserve the respect of road veterans because they’re putting in just as many miles.

Women Trucking Are Making A Major Impact

First of all, women in trucking are so great that they’re getting a second annual cruise. You can join the 2018 “Queen of the Road on the High Seas” cruise for 7 days. It will depart from the Port of New Orleans on May 20, 2018 and returns May 27.

You can actually nominate the lady trucker in your life for the 2018 Queen of the Road Award, which is a dignified recognition award for hardworking female truck drivers. The winners will be voted on online and announced during the cruise! Submit your nominee here!

Now if you’re wondering how lady truckers are changing the industry they’re actually making a ton of things happen!

1. Recruiting Methods Are Changing To Attract More Female Truckers

There is a huge driver shortage out there, with a huge turnover rate. As older truckers retire companies are having a hard time hiring new, reliable drivers. However, they’ve found that they can reach out to women, an untapped resource to fill more driver seats.

ExpressTruckTax Thanks Lady Drivers for their hard work
Trucking companies need ladies so they’re using more female-friendly techniques to attract them. Instead of using intimidating tactics for the previously dominated male industry they’re switching to warm and inviting techniques. A lot of companies are even offering women equal wages to men.

2. Time And Money Is Being Saved

Women are actually proving to be safer drivers than men. They have about a 25% lower accident cost in the industry than men. This means that they are saving more money for trucking companies.

Also, lady truckers provide are picking up training much faster than men. Something about driving big rigs just comes naturally, and trucking companies benefit by being able to put more qualified drivers on the road faster.

3. Quality Is Rising

Ladies in the trucking industry are extremely detailed. Their paperwork is on point with fewer mistakes and easier to read handwriting. Lady truckers seem a little more dependable when it comes to meeting deadlines on time, without work that seems messy or rushed.

Trucking women are also skilled in customer service. They are great at conversing and dissolving heated situations. They communicate in an effective, professional manner and tend to react with less anger than men do.

We Salute To Lady Truckers


The number of women trucking might be increasing, but in reality, women have been driving rigs for decades. Now there are many groups like Real Women in Trucking to give trucking ladies a real voice.

We’re proud of ladies brave enough to tackle the road in this challenging industry. Be sure to nominate the hard working lady truck for the Queen Of The Road!

Let us know your thoughts about women in trucking or personal experiences in the comment section below and don’t forget to visit ExpressTruckTax for more trucking blogs.
Read More »

ExpressTruckTax Blog

E-file your HVUT Form 2290 with ExpressTruckTax.