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Friday, February 16, 2018

TAP App Is The Trucking Service You Need

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Hey 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.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

How to Avoid 2290 Rejections

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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 Form 2290 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.
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Friday, February 9, 2018

3 Proven Ways Lady Truckers Are Improving The Industry

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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.
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Friday, February 2, 2018

How To Master Backing That Trailer Up

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When it comes to trucking one of the most difficult things to master is backing up. It takes time and a lot of practice. Backing up incorrectly will also make you look like a rookie, or worse, like you REALLY don’t know what you’re doing.

In CDL school there’s not much pressure when it comes to backing up because you’re in a training vehicle with objects like rubber trash cans, so it’s not a big deal if you hit something. However, once you’re out in the real trucking world with the trailer you’re responsible for and other rigs and infrastructure that you could seriously damage, things get a little more intense. Take a deep breath and check out our tips on how to become a trucking master at backing up.

How To Master Backing That Trailer Up

What Not To Do

Don’t nose in at truck stops. It looks lazy or like you don’t know how to backup and sometimes leaves your trailer sticking out in the way. Plus, While the back of your trailer is out, it makes it easier thieves to come up and steal your cargo. Then it makes it more difficult to back out later because you can’t see what's coming and don’t have much room for the front of your rig.

Also, don’t treat any parking situation the same. Each spot is different with new obstacles to avoid. You won’t become an expert after only backing up a few times, but it will eventually get easier. Always take it slow and be aware of your surroundings.

Never take advice from someone who isn’t a trucker. People are quick to try to and help you park with hand gestures, but if that person doesn’t have their CDL you shouldn’t trust them. They don’t have the qualified experience to help.

What To Do

Look Around

Preview the area. Circle the truck stop to look for obstacles like trash cans and trees to avoid. This may also help you find the easiest spot to get into and avoid debris like glass or nails. When in doubt, G.O.A.L (Get Out And Look) to get a better idea of what’s around you.

If you feel like it might be embarrassing to get out and look, it's not. It shows that you’re a responsible driver taking the time to not hit other trucks. Also, remember to hit your blinkers before you back up to make sure others are aware of your actions.

Focus

In your rig, become one with your truck. Clear your mind and get rid of any distractions, this includes silencing your phone and CB. All of your focus should be on backing up. Then take things nice and slow, you never want to pick up too much speed. Also, keep your foot on the brake so you’ll be prepared to stop if you need to.

Remember to use all of your mirrors, keep your eyes moving and don’t stick to one spot. Referring to painted lines to give you an idea of your angels also helps.

Think about your steering wheel. The top is the trailer, and the bottom is the truck, your trailer goes the opposite way of your steering wheel.

Research

Take the time to get good at parking by finding an empty lot and practicing. See how your movements affect your truck. You can also watch other drivers at the truck stop or go online. Truckers love vlogging these days and have a lot of how-to videos on YouTube.

You could also just ask for a few tips. There’s no harm in wanting to learn and experienced truckers like to talk and they like to help. It’s worth taking the time to see what a road veteran has to say.


You'll Be A Master In No Time!


Patience young trucking grasshopper. No one perfectly backs in on their first or even tenth try. Just keep calm, become one with your truck, and be aware of your surroundings. You’ll be able to back that thing up anywhere before you know it.

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