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Showing posts with label 2290 Form 2018. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2290 Form 2018. Show all posts

Thursday, May 17, 2018

What You Need to Know About EINs And 2290 Form 2018

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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.




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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

For IRS Form 2290 Is my Rig an Agricultural Vehicle?

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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. 

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  • 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.




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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

What Is A Logging Vehicle For IRS Form 2290?

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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.

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  • 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!




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Thursday, May 3, 2018

10 Things Truckers Need To Know About IRS Form 2290

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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.”

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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.




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