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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Top 3 Trucking Lessons To Get From The Big Screen

ExpressTruckTax Big ScreenThe big screen has taught us plenty of life lessons since the creation of film. We’ve rambled through a collection of trucking films and compared summaries and comedic tag-lines to give you our top 3 trucking lessons from some pretty iconic cinematographic work. We encourage you to watch these films if you haven’t already, or re-watch them to freshen up on the lessons they provide.

Big Rigs On The Big Screen

Snitch (2013)

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Benjamin Bratt, and a 2009 Freightliner Coronado, this film captures the essence of fatherhood. Johnson, an owner of a successful transportation company tries to free his innocent son, who is facing 10 years in prison after being set up by an acquaintance. As a businessman and father with past regrets of being neglectful, he stops at no end to free his son. Risking his successful business credibility, as an informant, to smuggle narcotics across the border and even manipulate and expose one of the biggest kingpins. In this film Johnson proves himself to be one tough trucker.

Fun Fact: This film is based on the true story of James Settembrino who worked as an informant to lower his son's sentence.

What you can learn: The success of the transportation company owned by Johnson’s character was created by his determination to cater to his family. This determination eventually led to neglect of his families needs and ends with divorce. The transportation industry can be demanding, but don’t lose sight of the bigger picture.

Warning: Beware Of Dog

Black Dog (1998)

Jack Crews, played by Patrick Swayze is a trucker convicted of vehicular manslaughter after losing control and hitting a stranded motorist. Desperate to find work after being released he is tricked into hauling a load of illegal firearms. He later finds out that his wife and child are in danger if he fails to deliver the goods on time. To truckers, it comes as no surprise that Crews finds himself facing the ‘black dog’ during his long-haul, a term used to describe visions caused by fatigue.

Fun Fact: Patrick Swayze went through the entire process to receive his Class A CDL for the film.

What you can learn: There are different variations of the black dog legend, an omen to truckers that a fatal crash is coming. No matter what variation it is you believe, we can all agree that a delivery made on time is not worth more than life. If you feel as though you have seen this mystery K-9, take the precaution to get off the road and let dispatchers know that you are too tired to continue on your route. 


The little guy

Don't Discredit The Little Guy

High Ballin’ (1978)

We don’t believe this list could actually exist without at least one 70’s trucking film. Where else did that cool CB lingo come from? 

King Carroll is the boss of one of the biggest trucking companies in the area. He uses his money and undermining tactics to run small independent truckers, like Duke Boykin, out of business. Duke is one of the many independent truckers tired of the monopoly plaguing the industry and has decided he has had enough. Out of fear other independent truckers in the industry let Duke take on Carroll alone. It isn’t until he finds an ally in his good friend, Rane and fellow female trucker, Pickup that he gets some back up to take down Carroll.

Fun Fact: 41 years later the Triple T Truck Stop featured in the film is still in business.

What you can learn: Don’t let big players in the trucking industry bully you. Big companies were considered the ‘little guy’ before, stay passionate and persevere. Other people will see your fight and want to help. The key is to never stop fighting for what you believe in.



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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Save Money And Protect Your Cargo With These Methods

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Save Money And Protect Your Cargo With These Methods
It is reported that less than 20 percent of stolen cargo is ever recovered, making cargo theft one of the most expensive incidents drivers can face when on the road. On average it is a problem that cost anywhere between $15 to $30 billion.

Crime and theft specialist, Scott Cornell notes that in recent years cargo thieves are more likely to target mixed retail loads or less-than-truckload shipments because of their definitions of being less secure than larger truckloads.

Improving load security can be easy if you have an inside perspective on how thieves choose their targets and methods behind their madness. There are several cargo theft tactics from straight cargo theft to cyber-attack methods.

Types of Cargo Theft

Having an idea of what kind of theft is taking place and what signs associated with each is great training to know how to combat them in effective ways. Things such as high tech security, and law enforcement training has changed our society and has aided in thieves getting smarter a lot more creative in how they proceed with an attack. Cargo theft has been around since stagecoaches were present and without sounding like a Debbie Downer it might get worse before it gets better. This is why it is important for truckers to stay up-to-date and extremely aware of new methods.

Straight Cargo Theft

Straight cargo theft can happen anywhere cargo can be left unattended. Truck stops, parking lots, and roadside parking areas are the most targeted. A great way to combat this tactic would be investing in high-security rear door locks.

Strategic Cargo Theft

Strategic cargo theft is constantly evolving. They are often performed with the use of unconventional methods. Identity theft, fictitious pickups, forged documents, fraudulent carriers and brokering scams all fall in line with strategic cargo theft. A solution to help in the event of scams such as these is to do your research on the appointed contact, make sure everything matches up. Always confirm positive identification at pickups and drop-offs.

Other Effective Ways To Combat Cargo Theft

Strategic Theft: Save Money And Protect Your Cargo With These Methods
When it comes to protecting your fleet it is suggested that you develop a layered approach. With a layered approach, there are step by step methods and ‘in case’ tactics put into place if security technology happens to fail. Regular procedure training should be done to ensure that the knowledge on new theft methods is made aware of participating parties. The two main factors that can change theft outcomes are aware drivers and top-notch security for either of the two methods discussed previously.



Aware Drivers

Become aware of ‘hot spots,’ during your route. By studying your route beforehand you will have a greater understanding of the areas that would be considered safe stopping points for you and the cargo.

Upgraded Technology

By having the most up to date features, things such as vehicle immobilization can help in incidents where trucks are stolen along with the cargo, this feature causes the truck to become stationary and brings the heist to a halt. Most theft occurs because of thieves awareness of outdated or nonfunctional security during the transportation of goods, so having a system that is not common will put your cargo on the ‘do not attempt’ list.


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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Out With The OLD And In With The ELD

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Out With The OLD And In With The ELDSince 2017, the ELD mandate has been in effect. In December 2017 fleet owner’s with Automatic On-Board Recording Devices (AOBRDs) installed were given an extension to make the switch from AOBRDs to ELDs up until December 2019. With the new year in full swing the December 16, 2019 expiration date is quickly approaching.

At the 2019 Omnitracs annual user conference, head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Ray Martinez, urged drivers and company representatives to “prepare for this transition, if you have not done so already.”

The most strategic way to avoid procrastination when choosing an ELD is being in the know of what major differences stand between AOBRDs and ELDs.

Key Differences Between AOBRDs and ELDs

For many in the transportation business, the most proposed question that has been asked is, “why?”. The main reason behind the switch is to ensure companies are following the hours-of-service (HOS) law, which controls how much a driver can work in a day, aimed at preventing accidents and harassment of drivers. If someone has yet to make the switch from an AOBRD to a compliant ELD and are waiting to the last minute, the following differences in the two devices may be incentives to make the switch earlier.

Recording Metrics: AOBRDs does a lot of basic recording such as; location, date and time, mileage, engine hours and drive times, as well as duty status. ELDs record the same metrics plus information on the driver/user, motor carrier and vehicle including; log in and log out, engine on and off and also malfunctions.

Locations: When it comes to location AOBRDs allows users to record the change of location during each change of duty status and can be entered manually. With ELDs the location is automatically recorded every 60 minutes, whenever the engine is on or off when there is a change in duty status at the beginning and end of yard moves.

Edit History: AOBRDs record who makes edits and when and does not readily display edit history. ELDs require annotations when edits are made, with automatic events they can not be changed - only annotated and it readily displays edit history to DOT inspectors.

Driving Time: The driving time can only be edited when attributed to the wrong driver with AOBRDs and with ELDs that time cannot be edited.

Benefits of Making the Switch

The most recognizable benefit of the switch from AOBRDs to ELDs is compliance, but outside of ensuring that the trucking industry steers clear of harassment complaints the FMCSA wants to make the job of transporters a lot easier.

Low IFTA Audit Risk

The new ELD technology is driver-friendly when it comes to automatically calculating IFTA reports. The process of filing IFTA reports at the end of each quarter can be burdensome, and the overload of stress can cause human error. With this feature, the risk of facing an IFTA audit is reduced significantly.

Safety Improvement

By notifying drivers and management of malfunction issues and even identifying unsafe driving behaviors, ELDs do a great job at protecting all drivers on the road. According to FMCSA, ELDs help prevents roughly 562 injuries each year. 

Lower Insurance Rates

Because of the increase in safety ELDs provide, insurance companies are happy to offer lower
insurance premiums to ELD users. By ensuring drivers stick to HOS regulations ELDs are eliminating the main cause of driver fatigue, which is reported to be at fault for 86% of truck-passenger crashes.

Safer Roads + Fewer Accidents = Lower Truck Insurance 

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Get The Most Out Of Your 2019 MATS Experience

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Louisville, Kentucky's George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge It is that time of year again, when the largest annual heavy-duty trucking industry event makes its way to Louisville, Kentucky. This years MATS is taking place Thursday, March 28 - Saturday, March 30. With an event as large as MATS, you should always come prepared with your own tentative agenda to help your trip run smoothly. Here are a few tips to consider for your 2019 MATS experience.

ExpressAmber

If you’re familiar with ExpressAmber, you know that she tackles all truck industry news on her Youtube channel, and this year's MATS event is no different. Since attending MATS for about 6 years she and her team have a pretty good handle on one of the truck industries largest events.

With a buzzing atmosphere and leading truck industry innovators all around, Amber and Bryan advise all attendees to take full advantage of the networking taking place all in one area. Amber and her team have learned to prepare months in advance to secure potential partnerships and make the voyage to Louisville, Kentucky well worth it. By networking throughout the year the team develops a strategy on spending their time wisely at trucking events.

Research Exhibitors

There are over 1,000 exhibitors from 47 states who have already registered for this years event. It is very easy to overlook a booth if you aren’t sure where to look. The MATS website has a great feature that allows for you to search for exhibitors in the 2019 exhibitor directory. Look for your favorite product and companies by name to see if they’ll be attending.

(ExpressAmber MATS Tip: Don’t avoid the FMCSA booth. Visiting the FMCSA booth at MATS is your chance to express your concerns about new rules and regulations, outside of blog and vlog rants. Who knows, they just might listen.)

Experience Louisville

Take time to get away from the convention center and tour the city. Some people may consider this a work trip, but all work doesn't have to be anti fun. Louisville has a lot to offer from the Louisville Slugger Museum to the Muhammad Ali Center. There is rich history that awaits to be explored. If your schedule doesn't allow for you to explore, consider coming a day earlier or staying a day late to enjoy the Louisville experience outside of MATS. Research unique and top rated restaurants that will make you feel like the tourist you truly are.

Show Your Badge

Louisville offers the Show Us Your Badge program, it offers discounts throughout the city to conference attendees. Discounts range from restaurants, attractions and retail shops, all designed to give visitors a special guest experience.

Participating locations

Food 

Hard Rock Cafe
Patrick O’Shea’s
Tavern On Fourth
Buckhead Mountain Grill
Morton’s, The Steakhouse
Brasserie Provence
Pizza Bar

Attractions

Belle of Louisville Boat Tour
The Caravan Comedy Club
Bluegrass Karting & Events

Retail

Messie Shop
5-0-Lou
Peace Of The Earth

Network & Promote Yourself

When having fun, don’t lose sight of your goal. There are so many opportunities at MATS and all attendees have the right to explore them. Being on the road for majority of the year can damper human interaction leaving the forerunners of the industry to solely rely on social media to network.

For one weekend we encourage you to have face to face interactions with the representatives of companies you want to work with. Recruitment is a big piece of MATS, so don’t miss your opportunity to achieve a career goal.

Conference attendees enjoying a seminar
The seminars each year feature standout industry names, who are known for success. On any other day a direct answer from them may not be realistic, but during a live seminar your chances become a bit greater.

6 Can’t Miss Opportunities 

With an action packed weekend like MATS 2019 it’s hard to narrow down what events to attend and which ones can be replaced. We tried our best to pick our top 5, so we chose 6. This years MATS wouldn’t be one of the largest MATS to date without these amazing opportunities going on throughout the weekend.

  • PKY Truck Beauty Championship
         Thursday, March 28 - Saturday, 30 10AM - 6PM | Location: Lot J

  • Roadworks 25th Anniversary Celebration
         Thursday, March 28 3PM - 4PM | Booth # : 34105

          Thursday, March 28 12:30PM - 1:30PM | Location: B-104 

  • MATS Concert Sponsored by Mobil Delvac Featuring Michael Ray and Runaway June 
           Friday, March 29 7PM | Location: Freedom Hall - Kentucky Exposition Center

  • Red Eye Rendezvous 
          Thursday, March 28 - Saturday, 30 10AM - 6PM* | Booth # : 41064

  • Giveaway: My20 Trucker Pack 
          Thursday, March 28 1PM-5:30PM | Booth # : 62140
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Monday, February 11, 2019

How To Be A Healthy Trucker on the Road This Year

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How To Be A Healthy Trucker on the Road This Year
 Any trucker knows that life on the road can take its toll and truck driver health is an ever-growing concern. The strains of the job mean truck drivers often have more health problems than the average joe. Cramped working conditions, lack of quality food and exercise, exposure to dangerous materials, and the effects of stress are just a few of the lifestyle’s hazards.

We know you probably have enough to worry about without the added pressure of keeping up with the typical New Year's’ Resolutions, but even taking small steps every day to improve your health can be critical in the long run.

Whether you’re a driver, a trucking business owner, or just someone who wants to get healthier, we at ExpressTruckTax encourage you to check out these tips for a healthier 2019!

Improve Your Sleep Quality

Getting enough sleep in your daily routine is crucial to your overall well being. One good way to get enough rest is to set a sleep schedule for yourself and your best to stick with it. While getting enough sleep can make you feel happier and healthier overall, a continued lack of sleep can lead an increased risk of heart & kidney disease, high blood pressure & strokes, diabetes, and depression. I can definitely be a challenge when managing your fleet or trying to meet deadlines on the road, but you should always try to get about 8 hours a night.

Many truck drivers suffer from sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia, and more. To avoid these issues, limit your consumption of stimulants and choose a natural sleep aid if necessary.


Eat Healthier Foods

One of the hardest things for many people in the trucking industry to do is make healthy eating choices. The lifestyle lends itself perfectly to quick and convenient food choices, but not necessarily the healthiest ones. When fast food restaurants are so cheap and readily available, it's easy to make poor food choices, but eating healthy road trip snacks on your route isn’t as hard as sounds!

One of the best strategies for eating well is to plan ahead. Purchase your snacks from a grocery store or produce stand before hitting the road where it will be harder to find something decent. Fruits, veggies, nuts, and protein bars are all great snacks that can keep you full on the road, which can help you eat smaller portions for lunch and dinner.

Of course, it’s not always that easy. If you don’t have any healthy snacks and not enough time for something ideal, try to choose from the healthiest options available. These days even most fast food restaurants serve healthier options such as salads and grilled proteins. Healthy meals for truck drivers aren’t as hard to find as you’d think! Just remember - eating when you’re hungry is healthy, just be sure to make healthy choices and not overdo it.


Stay Hydrated

Dehydration is the cause of many different health problems. Your body doesn’t tell your brain that its thirsty until you're already technically in a state of dehydration. When you’re on the road, always keep a bottle with you to sip throughout the day - this will ensure that you’re never dehydrated. Making sure that you’re getting enough water makes you feel better both physically and mentally, help with calories control, prevent fatigue, and improve kidney function! Literally every biological process in your body requires water as fuel, so give it as much as you can!


Sun Health

Due to the stress that hours of staring at the road and exposure to the sun can do to your eyes, keeping a pair of sunglasses in your truck can do wonders. A good pair of sunglasses can help protect your eyes from cataracts, vision loss and keep you from needing to squint. And always apply sunscreen for those longer hauls! Unless you have heavily-tinted windows, you’ll be exposed to ultraviolet rays that can burn and lead to more extreme skin problems if you aren’t careful. 


Get More Exercise

It can be difficult for anyone to fit regular exercise into their schedule at first, let alone those who are stuck on the road or managing a trucking business. But the key to getting enough exercise is figuring out how much or how little works for you. Staying healthy doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym and “working out”. It should be enjoyable and match your abilities. It’s easier than you think to find 10-20 minutes a day to take a walk or do some light stretching on your next stop. And after hours on the road, you’ll be even more glad that you did!


Manage Stress on the Road

How To Be A Healthy Trucker on the Road This Year
Being out on the road for even just a few days away from friends or family can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness, which can then lead to feelings of depression. And while it’s easy enough to stay connected these days with smartphones and social media applications like Skype and Facetime (when you’re not driving), there are some even more interactive ways to stay connected on the road.

Using that smartphone to share photos and stories of your travels is a great way to stay close to your family and friends on the road. If you have children, you can tell them where you’re going and have them look up interesting facts about the places. When you get home, set aside some time to ask them what they learned and then share the photos and stories from your trip there. It will be a great and unique learning experience for them and a memorable bonding experience for you both. And if you’re married, get a book for your spouse and the audiobook version for yourself. When you connect on the phone or social media, you can discuss it together.

Stay Positive!

Don’t give up! Set some realistic goals for yourself that you think you can actually stick with. As an owner operator, you know that good things take time. You’re already on the way to a healthier you just by reading this article! Just stay persistent - At ExpressTruckTax, we’re with you every mile of the road and every step of the way.


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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Today is the Tax Deadline for Businesses!

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Today is Your 1099-Misc Due Date!

Today is the January 31 tax deadline! Are you ready to file before midnight?

If you trucking business hires 1099-MISC contractors or W-2 employees you have hours remaining to file. Tonight’s the deadline for employers to provide w2 & 1099 recipient copies. This also goes for any IRS Form 940 or IRS Form 941 you may have.

Failing to file by the January 31 tax deadline, means serious penalties for you, and your trucking business as a whole!

But don’t worry you still have time!! Check out TruckLogics’s sister product, Taxbandits before it’s too late!

TaxBandits makes it easy for your company to beat the January 31 tax deadline. They offer an easy e-filing solution that helps you file all your tax forms at once!

Why waste the little time you have left to file on hold with IRS customer service when TaxBandits can meet all your filling needs in minutes! They also have 24/7 US-Based customer support if you need further assistance meeting the January 31 tax deadline!

The midnight deadline to file W-2 with IRS officials is only a few hours away!

Don’t forget that along with the 1099-Misc due date, it’s also the 4th Quarter IFTA due date! Visit ExpressIFTA today to beat the deadline!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

How to File Your Trucker 2018 1099-Misc for the IRS Deadline

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Make Sure Your Trucking Business is Tax Compliant!

Only Hours Left to File!

  How to File Your Trucker 2018 1099-Misc for the IRS Deadline
Tomorrow, January 31st is the deadline for your IRS Form 1099, IRS Form W-2, and IRS Form 940 or 941! As a trucking business owner, you have to make sure your employee, contractor, and subcontractor tax forms are filed by the deadline.

We understand that filing your employee and contractor forms can be confusing during tax season. Which is why ExpressTruckTax has parented its sister product, Taxbandits to provide you with all the tools you’ll need to file by tomorrow night’s deadline!

Before we jump into it let’s review some tax filing basics. 

The Fleet Management Guide to the 2018 1099-Misc Form, W-2, & More


Knowing which tax forms you are required to file and how to submit them on time is important for you as a business owner, your employees, subcontractors, and anyone else you paid during the previous tax season. However, depending on the circumstances, they may each need different or even multiple forms to file.

Let’s take a look at the basic forms and when you’ll need them:

IRS Form W-2 is for reporting your full employees’ wages and other compensation.

IRS Form 1099-MISC is for reporting payments made to freelance drivers, leased owner-operators, or other contracted workers in your trucking fleet. Don’t forget, this also applies to any subcontractors in your fleet as well.

IRS Form 941 is for reporting employment taxes for those who own and operate a business with employees, including adjustments for tips, sick pay, and any overpayment or underpayments made during the tax season. Like your IFTA report, IRS Form 941 is a quarterly Federal Tax Return and must be filed accordingly.

IRS Form 940 is an annual federal tax report form used for documenting and paying unemployment taxes. The form calculates the employer's federal unemployment tax liability, adjusts for any state unemployment taxes paid, and calculates any due unemployment taxes from there. IRS Form 940 also compares unemployment tax due for the year to the taxes already paid. 

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  How to File Your Trucker 2018 1099-Misc for the IRS Deadline
While all of this seems like a lot to take care of in such a short time, TaxBandits makes it easy!

TaxBandits takes the headache of filing business tax forms by offering a simplified e-filing solution that helps you to e-file multiple tax forms for your trucking business at once. That means you and your fleet can get back on the road and to doing to what you do best!

Don't forget, depending on the scope and nature of your fleet, you may need to file one or more of these forms by the deadline tomorrow! Also, don’t forget to file your 4th Quarter IFTA report with your base jurisdiction!



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Thursday, January 24, 2019

What You Need to Know About The W-2 and 1099 Tax Form Deadline!

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January 31st is right around the corner! You have to make sure your 2018 W-2 and 1099-MISC Forms are ready to file by the IRS deadline.

If your trucking business has employees, you will need to report their wages and tax withheld on IRS Form W-2. Operators using freelance or contracted workers must report all payments using IRS Form 1099-MISC. Many trucking companies get confused about the difference between the W-2 Form and 1099 Tax form. Knowing these differences is critical for trucking business owners. Any mistakes you make could result in IRS fines and extra work for you.

IRS Form 1099 MISC - What You Need to Know

The IRS Form 1099-MISC is used to report miscellaneous payments made during the calendar year. You'll need to use it for individuals who are not considered employees, such as an independent contractor or subcontractors.

You will need to file Form 1099-MISC if any of the following applies. Note there are also certain incomes you must report as well.

• $600 or more in services, lodging, and other income expenses.
• Each worker you’ve withheld federal income tax from under the backup withholding rules.
• Paid $10 or more in royalties or broker payments instead of tax-exempt interest dividends.
• All gross proceeds to attorneys and other legal consultants.
• Any direct sales of consumer products resulting in an income of $5,000 or more made anywhere that isn’t a permanent retail establishment.

Expenses NOT reported on IRS Form 1099-MISC include:

• All non-reportable payments made to corporations, excluding attorneys and legal consultants. They must receive a Form 1099 - MISC regardless of their corporate status.
• Payments made to foreign governments or tax-exempt organizations in the United States, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions.
• Income paid to official employees (This is where the From W-2 comes in).

IRS Form W-2 - What You Need to Know

First of all, what is a W-2? IRS Form W-2 is an annual statement that you must file with the SSA and issue recipient copies to employees. You, the employer, will then use these to report salaries and other payments made during the previous tax year. You will also need to file Form W-2 for each official employee with the SSA (Social Security Administration). This is very important considering your employees use this form to file their personal tax returns. On their recipient copies they will find wages earned, taxes withheld, and additional information needed to complete their yearly tax returns.

Filing late or not filing at all can cost you and your business big time. If you don’t file Form W-2s by the deadline, you must pay a $30 fine for each. After 30 days, this penalty raises to $60 per form with a top fine of $500. That’s in addition to the pressure you will receive from your employees and contractors when they can’t file for their refunds.

If you do make a mistake, you can use a W-2 Correction Form W-2c. It would be best if you did this as soon as you discover a form error. You also need to send copies of your corrected W-2 Forms to each employee.

TaxBandits Can Help Your Trucking Business

Tax season isn’t fun for anyone, but it's even less fun to handle all alone. We specialize in filing 2290s, but our sister product TaxBandits is here for the rest of your trucking company’s tax filing needs!

With a step-by-step interview-style filing process and 100% US-based support, TaxBandits can help you file your IRS Form W-2 or IRS Form 1099 in a matter of moments. They even have print mailing options available to guarantee your recipient copies are received on time. Sign up for your free account today and only pay when you transmit!


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Friday, January 18, 2019

Trucking Subcontractors and Form 1099-MISC: What You Need to Know

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I W-2s and 1099 Forms ready to file for your trucking business?
t’s almost January 31st! Do you have all the

Fleet management can be a difficult task to take on alone. Many trucking companies use contractors, who can themselves hire a subcontractor. But did you know that as a trucking business owner you’ll need to file their tax forms too?

It can be easy to get swept up in the frenzy of tax season and forget to e-file 1099-MISC for your contractors and subcontractors. Luckily, TaxBandits can help you e-file your taxes on time with their quick and secure filing process. TaxBandits also features error checking, bulk data uploads, and experienced US-based customer support. They make completing your taxes a breeze whether you’re at home or on the road!

Here’s what you need to know about filing 1099-MISC Forms for your subcontractors!

Form 1099-MISC: Subcontractors

Some trucking company owners don’t realize they need to file taxes for their subcontractors. Employers must file Form 1099-MISC to report any non-employee compensation equaling $600 or more. Anyone not considered an official employee will need this form to report their miscellaneous income for the tax period.

For. And remember, you’re required to issue copies of Form 1099-MISC to your subcontractors by January 31st!

What You Need To File Form 1099 Online

With TaxBandits, it’s easier than ever to complete Form 1099-MISC no matter where you are! All you need is your business records for the tax season.


Your Information:
  • Business Name
  • Business Address
  • EIN (Employer Identification Number)
Independent Contractor Information:
  • EIN
  • Or Social Security Number
  • Address

You will also need to provide extra federal and state tax details. This includes all miscellaneous incomes you provided, the state income, payer state number, and state tax withheld.

If you don’t have your subcontractor’s information available, you can request it through a W-9 Form. Luckily, with TaxBandits the W-9 process only requires 60 seconds the subcontractor’s valid email address.



Filing Form 1099-MISC With TaxBandits

Filing your Form 1099-MISC can be a rocky experience, but TaxBandits makes it as smooth as the open road.

TaxBandits allows you to create a free account before beginning the e-filing process. The site also provides tips to explain what information you need to complete your form. You can also save time by using their bulk-upload feature.

TaxBandits can also save you from wasting time at the post office. Use their postal mailing feature to print and mail hard copies of the Form 1099-MISC to each of your subcontractors.





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Monday, December 31, 2018

Are You Ready for the Upcoming UCR Deadline?

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ExpressTruckTax has some excellent news for the trucking industry! You are now able to complete your annual Unified Carrier Registration process for 2019.


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.

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

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

Great question! You have until April 1 to register and pay your annual fees UCR for 2019.

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 the Official UCR Board Certified Registration website.

April 1st will be here before you know it, so take a moment and handle your UCR requirements today while you still have time!


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E-file your HVUT Form 2290 with ExpressTruckTax.