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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Get The Office Scoop From The Real Experts of Form 2290

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Real ExpertsThe Real Experts of Form 2290 have no problem giving you the inside scoop of what takes place in the office. They also have no problem telling you about their REAL lives. Meet the team that is making sure you and thousands of others are getting top of the line support.

Scroll down to see what the Real EXperts are up to this season!

AMBER

Amber loves Disney. Some may even say she is a fanatic, but around the office we call it passion. That same passion Amber has when it comes to all things Disney is what she expresses when assisting our loyal customers, year after year. This is what makes Amber one of our EXpert vets.

ANDREW

When Andrew isn’t weirdly, spending time convincing new team members he can lick his own elbow,  he is convincing truckers to “just e-file it”. What makes Andrew an EXpert is his commitment to making e-filing your 2290 a lot easier than this unique, but yet oddly-impressive, party trick of his. 😝


ARIEL

At night, Ariel is a wizard costume designer, but her powers don’t stop there. She is our in-house oracle that foresees your future Google search and is the reason you are seeing our social media ads after telling your spouse you need to file your 2290…


Shhh.. She’s listening.  


BRYAN

The 2290 renewal period is a beast, and “Trucker B.”, as he is notoriously known as, expects this year to be the best one yet! As a Form 2290 vet, “Trucker B.” is ready to conquer the beast without breaking a sweat. 😅
That is what we call, skill!


ELENA

Even though Elena is a blue belt in Tae Kwon Do and can break a wooden board on a fly, her true talent is remembering specifics about our clients. She is excited to chat with our longtime clients, who she refers to as a family.


HANNAH

Hannah’s colorful vocabulary isn’t the only way she chooses to EXpress herself. Her eclectic taste in music will have her reciting Biggie lyrics one moment and serenading to the likes of Fleetwood Mac the next. She is just as excited to experience the hype of the 2290 season as she was when she heard Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” for the first time.


LEAH

Since the age of 8, Leah has been dominating thousands of dirt tracks all by herself! 💪
This year Leah is throwing on a jersey, (well an ExpressTruckTax shirt), and joining a team of EXperts to tackle thousands of Form 2290’s!


MEREDITH

When Meredith isn’t enthusiastically keeping truckers up to date on how to save time and money, she is keeping her coffee cup full to the rim. What makes Meredith an EXpert is her commitment to helping truckers with tons on their plate.


MISSAEL

Missael is a Carolinian, by way of Mexico, and with true southern spirit is determined to show some of the vets why he deserves a spot amongst the elites. This may be his first season, but he is geared up for what lies ahead.


RYAN

Like any world traveler, Ryan knows it all and has seen it all, this goes for Form 2290 as well. Ryan is thrilled to partner with a team of like-minded individuals to handle what is thrown ExpressTruckTax’s way. The busiest and craziest time of the year is no big deal to our office globetrotter.


TAYLOR

Taylor is a self-taught DIY carpenter from the University of Pinterest. When she isn’t building her next masterpiece, she is building you the most convenient online experience. From floral backdrops to Form 2290 blog post, her hands can create them both.   






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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should File With ExpressTruckTax

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ExpressTruckTax offers online filing for truckers who have a vehicle with more than 55,000 pounds in gross weight. Users have the opportunity to score additional benefits by filing prior to the start date of Form 2290 filing. Listed are ways that ExpressTruckTax can be beneficial to you.

1. Right Your Wrongs: By filing earlier you can avoid costly mistakes. Filing with expressTruckTax gives users a chance to amend the return in case it is rejected due to mistakes. Free VIN corrections is offered to lead to a smoother and cheaper filing process.

2. Error Check: Prior to submission of your Form 2290 there is an instant error check ran to look for any errors located that may cause for rejection from the IRS.

3. One Stop Shop: With ExpressTruckTax you can make filing easier from here on out. The copy feature allows for you to copy the previous year’s return with a click. You are also able to auto generate a Form 8849 if you are in need of one for the filing period. 

4. Never Miss A Deadline: It is too easy to forget deadlines, but ExpressTruckTax sends reminders of important dates to those who opt in for the Express Package during the filing process. This is a service ExpressTruckTax is pleased to offer to avoid clients from facing hefty late fees and additional penalties.

5. Quick And Easy: ExpressTruckTax makes sure you receive your Stamped Schedule 1 within minutes. This eliminates the hassle of waiting to renew your vehicle at the registration office. 

6. Short Wait Time: Avoid the struggle of long lines over the phone and in the office. When you pre file you lessen the chance of having to listen to hold music. As the deadline approaches hold times can get longer and longer, you can beat the rush easily when you choose to file early. 

7. Paper Free: With ExpressTruckTax you can ditch the pin and paper. The guided Form 2290 online filing process makes the ExpressTruckTax method the easiest way to file.

8. Multiple Ways To Pay: There’s no difference between what the IRS accepts and the methods of payment TSNAmerica accepts. You can now use EFTPS, Direct Debit, Check or Money Order.

9. Client Support: Although the process of filing is quick and easy, the ExpressTruckTax support team is available to answer any questions you may have regarding your Form 2290 via phone or email.

10. Top Security: Filing with ExpressTruckTax is a secure process. Your information will be protected by the latest data encryption. As an IRS-Authorized e-filing provider you can trust that your information is secure at all times.



Call ExpressTruckTax at (704) 234 6005 to reach a support team member and learn how to file your Form 2290 online this season.

TIP: Take the time to have the following items on hand to make filing as quick and easy as possible.

  • Business name & address
  • EIN (Employer Identification Number)
  • VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)
  • Gross Taxable Weight 
  • Authorized Signatory Details 

If you’re interested in filing earlier you can now begin filing with ExpressTruckTax's sister company, Truck Services of North America (TSNAmerica). Just because you are filing earlier, doesn’t mean you are required to pay any earlier than you normally would. There is also no extra charge applied for filing earlier, making the TSNAmerica filing service a top rated value. File as early as today and have up to three months to save before paying your taxes.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

#TruckTechTuesday: Cell Phone Signal Boosters

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We all know how much you depend on your cell phones these days, Trucking Nation. From communicating with dispatchers, to getting GPS information, including up-to-the-minute traffic reports, these little technological wonders are in many ways your lifelines.

So when you have trouble getting signal or your signal’s weak, it can seem like the end of the world. Leave it to the wizards of technology to come up with a solution for this problem: cell phone signal boosters.

Stay Connected with Cell Phone Signal Boosters

Another marvel of technology, cell phone signal boosters replicate the signal from surrounding cell phone towers, and amplify, or strengthen, that signal over a relatively small area, such as the cab of your truck. Your cell phone is then able to receive that replicated signal as if it were coming from a cell tower.

An important factor to consider when choosing a signal booster is the strength of the amplifier, because this will determine how well the booster replicates the cell phone signal. This is especially important in mobile situations such as a truck. Since the cell signal will vary wildly depending on location, the stronger the amplifier the better for truckers.

Cell phone signal boosters provide a simple solution to what can be a major inconvenience.

We Make Things Easier Too

Like signal boosters, ExpressTruckTax is another secret weapon you can't leave home without. Luckily, we're also as mobile as you are, as you can always e-file from your smartphone or tablet. Whether it's the ExpressTruckTax mobile app or the Form 2290 Tax Calculator app, you can count on us to make filing HVUT, and life, go a little smoother.


And speaking of helping you out, you can contact us whenever you have questions or concerns about ExpressTruckTax. Call us at 704.234.6005 or email us anytime at support@expresstrucktax.com. Our world-class support team is available to assist you in English or Spanish.

You can always tweet us on Twitter or post on our Facebook page. Let us know how ExpressTruckTax has made your life easier. Thank you, Trucking Nation, for making us the leading Truck Tax solution. You’re the reason we do what we do.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Why Use ExpressTruckTax?

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Happy Thursday, Trucking Nation! We tell you a lot about ExpressTruckTax, but why should you use it? Glad you asked! There are so many advantages to using ExpressTruckTax, we couldn’t possibly fit them all in one blog. But let us hit the high points for you.

First of all, we offer you convenience. Who wants to spend all that time manually figuring out what you owe the IRS? ExpressTruckTax is fast, much faster than your manual calculations. And our instant audit check will catch any major errors that could keep your return from being accepted.


Here are just some of the features you get with ExpressTruckTax.

Get Your Stamped Schedule 1 Quickly
When you e-file Form 2290 with us, you’ll receive your stamped Schedule 1 within minutes. So you won’t have to wait for the IRS to mail you a Schedule 1 by postal mail, and who knows how long that will take?

ExpressTruckTax Exclusive: Truck Zone
ExpressTruckTax features TruckZone, which gives you the ability to upload 1000’s of vehicles to your account, and to store them in one spot. So you don’t have to manually enter a whole fleet of trucks. You can just upload a spreadsheet containing all of your trucks and ExpressTruckTax will convert that into the data you need to file..

Free VIN Corrections!
We’re also the only Form 2290 e-filing service that allows you make free VIN corrections on 2290 returns filed with us. This feature allows you to easily correct any VIN error online. You won’t have to start a new return or pay any more money.

Ditch the Fax Machine: E-sign
And our e-sign feature allows tax professionals to have their clients sign their returns without having to use fax machines or postal mail. Clients are able to e-sign their returns sent to them from their preparer electronically.

Support You Can Trust: 24/7, 365
Most importantly, you get the support of our stellar team of tax experts who are ready to help you with your questions about filing your return. You can contact us anytime by email at support@expresstrucktax.com and over the phone from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at 704.234.6005.

Let us know how why you love e-filing with ExpressTruckTax on Twitter or Facebook. And don’t forget to let your family and friends know too. We grew our business through word of mouth. Help us to continue that tradition..
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

#WellnessWednesday: Cooking Appliances for Trucks

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Howdy, Trucking Nation! One of the toughest parts of being an OTR driver is mealtime. Staying healthy and spending wisely are perhaps the main challenges of eating on the road.

Luckily, there’s a perfect solution to these problems: cooking appliances for trucks. Twelve volt adapters and devices that run on them have made it possible to easily prepare food in your cab, and the benefits of doing so are innumerable!

So Many Choices!

Today there are a multitude of appliances used for cooking that run right off your truck’s cigarette lighter, including:
  • Refrigerators/Coolers
  • Microwaves
  • Slow Cookers
  • Ovens
  • Stoves
  • Grills
  • Blenders
With appliances such as these, you can turn your cab into a gourmet kitchen. In your mobile canteen, you can prepare stews, soups, pasta, canned vegetables, beans, rice, heat up all kinds of ready made meals, fry your favorite fried foods, keep your foods and beverages nice and cold, and even whip up a shake or a smoothie.

Save Your Wallet & Your Waistline!

As we already said, eating healthy on the road can be extremely challenging, and those roadside meals can add up dollar-wise very quickly. These appliances save the day.

Being able to prepare your food the way you want allows you to cook healthy meals, and brings a little bit of home to the road. You can cook lighter meals, so that the heavy feeling from eating greasy food at truck stop diners doesn’t slow you down.

And of course the financial advantages of skipping the diners and fast food joints are obvious.

And Save So Much Time!

ExpressTruckTax makes your life easier, too. Whether you need to prepare your Form 2290 for HVUT or your IFTA return, we’ve got you covered. We free you up to do the things you want to do, so that your quality of living is where you want it to be.


If you need help with any questions or concerns regarding ExpressTruckTax, you can contact our world-class support team based in Rock Hill, SC, by calling us at 704.234.6005 or emailing us any time at support@expresstrucktax.com.

We want you to keep improving your lives, Trucking Nation. Join us on Twitter and Facebook with your stories about how you’re doing this. And if you’re not an ExpressTruckTax customer yet, we’d love to have you join our family. We do the tax-related things you don’t want to do so that you can do the things you really want to do!

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

ExpressTruckTax Salutes our Trucking Veterans on Veterans Day

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Today, November 11th, marks the day we celebrate all our nation’s veterans, past and present. We here at ExpressTruckTax acknowledge the great debt we all owe to our veterans for their honorable service, and that our great nation would not exist without their courage and dedication.

Why Veterans Make Great Truckers

These attributes, in addition to the high-quality training and experience veterans acquire during active duty, translate into a skill set well-suited to the trucking industry. Discipline, initiative, planning, and even experience driving big rigs are all valuable assets vets bring to the table when it comes to trucking.

Thank You Trucking Veterans

So we want to extend a special thank you to all you members of the Trucking Nation who are also veterans. You’ve served us twice, and continue to serve every day. Not only have you secured our freedom, you’ve kept the goods we all need every day within easy reach. You keep our country moving. And you continue to sacrifice for us each time you’re on the road, working long hours, living in your rigs, and being away from family and friends. There’s no way we can thank you enough.


Here’s a little gift from all of us here at ExpressTruckTax to every one of our veterans out there:




So here’s to all our vets, those who are still with us, and those we’ve lost. You have our respect and awe.

We’re here at ExpressTruckTax, available to take your calls and to chat with you, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please feel free to share any questions or concerns you may have. And we’re always available via email at support@expresstrucktax.com. Support is available in both English and Spanish.

If you’re not a vet, make sure you thank one today. And if you're a trucker vet, share your story and pictures of your rig! Just Tweet us @ExpressTruckTax using #RigWhiteAndBlue, and we'll share your story with the Trucking Nation!

And to all our veterans: you have our eternal gratitude. Thanks, vets!
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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Don't Be Spooked, October 31st Is upon Us

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Hello there, Trucking Nation! With October 31st coming up, it can seem like a double whammy with Halloween and the IFTA 3rd quarter filing deadline all happening on the same day. We here at ExpressTruckTax can take some of that fear away from you with this friendly reminder to make sure you’ve got your IFTA return filed by the 31st. (Sorry, you’ll have to deal with the Halloween scariness on your own.)

ExpressTruckTax to the Rescue

If you’ve waited until the last minute to file, we’ve got you covered. All you’ve got to do is log in to ExpressIFTA using your ExpressTruckTax account login details. All your information will already be filled out for you. Just follow the simple directions, and you’re all set! Then you’ll be free to dedicate your time to pumpkins, costumes, parties, and all those tricks and treats.


Notification Services Feature

And speaking of reminders, we’ve also got you covered with our Notification Services. It provides you with alerts to let you know when your Form 2290 has been accepted by the IRS, and even the status of your payment. 

You can receive these alerts one of four ways:
  • Text- You’ll receive SMS alerts about the status of your return and payments.
  • Fax- We’ll send your stamped Schedule 1 to you, your carrier, or anyone else you would like.
  • Postal Mail- Your stamped Schedule 1 will be mailed to you. This can be especially useful when you’re on the road and don’t have access to a printer.
  • Our Chrome Browser Extension- You can receive notifications about the status of your return on your computer desktop by downloading our Chrome Browser Extension. It’s available from the Chrome Web Store.
No more wondering when your return is going to be received, no more holding your breath until your payment clears. No more waking up in the middle of the night with that nagging dread that you’ve left something undone. (We can’t help you if you hear something under your bed. Or in your closet. No, seriously. What was that?) 

And best of all, our users automatically get a free email notification as soon as their return is accepted by the IRS containing the stamped Schedule 1.


We’re Here for You

If you have any questions or need any help with any aspect of ExpressTruckTax, (you’ll have to get your mom or dad to help you with the scary stuff) we’re available over the phone at 704.234.6005 and through web chat. Our U.S.-based support team is also available via email any day at support@expresstrucktax.com. We always love to get your comments, especially on Facebook and Twitter. And as always, don’t forget to let your friends and family know about us. Your word of mouth is more valuable than any advertising.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

#WellnessWednesday: Managing Stress on the Road

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Driving a truck can be among the most stressful jobs out there. Being responsible for up to 80,000 pounds of metal moving at speeds of 70 MPH or above places severe demands on your brain for attention, and produces rigorous tension in your body. Then there are other drivers, deadlines, (including tax-filing deadlines) adverse weather conditions, and the grueling number of hours on the road. It’s no wonder you truckers are constantly feeling enormous amounts of pressure and stress!

But did you know that stress actually triggers a number of health problems? Problems such as headaches, upset stomach, heartburn, high blood pressure, chest pains, and difficulty sleeping can all come from stress. Untreated stress can also contribute to diabetes, heart problems, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression and anxiety. And believe it or not, 75 to 90 percent of all visits to the doctor are for stress-related illnesses.

Since stress is so prevalent in the trucking industry, and its effects so serious, one of the best things you can do for yourself as a trucker is to learn techniques for dealing with stress. Here are some great methods you can use to ease your stress and make each day on the road more peaceful.

  • Exercise. This is perhaps the most effective method for dealing with stress. The movement of exercise can release the pent-up energy that stress can cause. It may be difficult to find the time and a place to exercise while on the road, but even a 15 or 20 minute walk will do wonders towards relieving your driving stress.

  • Healthy Diet. Another difficult thing to manage while driving long distances is your diet. There aren’t a host of opportunities for healthy eating at most truck stops, but a healthy diet is a crucial factor in controlling your stress level. It boosts your immune system, making you more resistant to the effects of stress. Eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of water are two important ways to maintain a healthy diet.

  • Sleep. Getting adequate, restful sleep can do wonders for your stress level. If you’re getting enough exercise, you’re probably already sleeping well. Making sure you get plenty of restorative sleep keeps your mind in optimal condition, and will leave you better equipped to deal with whatever stress you may encounter during the day, and eliminate the unneeded stress that comes from not being well rested.

Other methods of managing stress include meditation, breathing techniques, and using smart strategies to eliminate any unneeded stress from your daily routine and activities.

We don’t have to tell you how stressful it is out there for you, Trucking Nation. But we can help you keep your unnecessary tension to a minimum, and using the above strategies will help you deal with the unavoidable pressures of the road.

As always, we’re here to answer any questions you may have about using ExpressTruckTax. You can call us Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 704.234.6005, and email us any time at support@expresstrucktax.com. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and to let your family and friends know about ExpressTruckTax and the helpful tips you get from this blog!

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Monday, October 12, 2015

ExpressTruckTax is #TruckingForACure

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as most of you know. Since 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives, there are few of us who aren’t touched and affected by this terrible disease.

Personally, I lost a high school friend to breast cancer this October 4th. Most of us here at ExpressTruckTax have been directly affected by losses from breast cancer, and it’s no wonder because breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death among women. Luckily, awareness and support have been building in recent years to find a cure.

We here at ExpressTruckTax are committed to helping find a cure for breast cancer. Although more and more activities and efforts on the part of finding a cure are taking place around the calendar year, October is the time to focus intensely on raising awareness, as well as funds, towards finding that cure.

United Materials, a concrete company in North Tonawanda, New York, is one member of the Trucking Nation who has stepped up and is making a difference in the fight. Not only has the company committed to raise money to fund research and help those affected, it’s also increased awareness by getting its pink concrete truck out on the road for everyone to see. Remember, pink is the adopted color for breast cancer awareness. Since the pink ribbon is the easily recognizable symbol of the fight for a cure, the pink United Materials concrete truck has a prominent pink ribbon on its side.

With the slogan “Our Commitment to the Cure is Concrete,” United Materials demonstrates its dedication to help find a cure and aid those families affected by breast cancer. The Western New York concrete company states that its pink concrete truck’s purpose is “to honor all survivors of breast cancer throughout the Niagara Region.”

Over 500 man hours were donated last year by United Materials’ more than 100 employees towards fundraising and awareness events in Western New York. Their pink concrete truck and employees have shown up to throw support behind their “Commitment to the Cure.”

This pink truck is just one example of how the hard-working members of the Trucking Nation can and are making a difference. There are countless pink trucks out on the roads, and their numbers are increasing every day. ExpressTruckTax is grateful for all your contributions and efforts to raise awareness of the need to find a cure for breast cancer. Keep it up, Trucking Nation, by joining the ExpressTruckTax team in raising awareness via social media!

Use #TruckingForACure and let us know your reason

for joining the fight against breast cancer!


As always, we’re here to help you and answer any questions you may have about ExpressTruckTax. You can call us at 704.234.6005 or email us any time at support@expresstrucktax.com.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

The Countdown is On: Getting Your EIN

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The Heavy Vehicle Use Tax season is drawing to a close, Trucking Nation! There’s only a few more days before the deadline and you need to have all your trucks in a row so you can e-file with ease.

The first thing you need in order to e-file your HVUT is your EIN. EIN stands for for Employer Identification Number and it is imperative that you have one before you file.

With only 4 days left to get your 2290s e-filed, it is past time to register for an EIN. Especially since it takes the IRS up to 10 business days for your EIN to become active. Before that your EIN will be rejected by any e-filing system and you will be unable to submit your Form 2290.

While there isn’t enough time for you to get your EIN and still e-file on time, you need to request one right away. Because no matter what you need to e-file! And the sooner you request one, the smaller the penalties.

In order to request your EIN, you can do it one of three ways.
  • You can go directly to the IRS website and request your EIN online
  • You can or call their EIN hotline at 1.800.829.4933, and request your EIN over the phone.
  • Or you can request your EIN through fax or postal mail.

If you don’t have time to get you EIN, or none of those options appeal to you. We have people who can take the reins and do it for you. Not to mention, they’re secure and affordable!

With our friends at Truck Services of North America, you can get your EIN without ever having to lift a finger. Since they specialize in permits, registrations, and helping truckers e-file for just about anything. Just give them a call at 803.386.0320 or email them at support@tsnamerica.com to get started.

If you’ve misplaced your EIN, we can help with that as well!

  1. If you’ve e-filed with us before, your EIN is stored in your account! Just login and view your business details, or a previously filed return and voila, you have your EIN.
  2. If you haven’t e-filed with us before, you can check with the bank or local/state institution you’ve applied for a license with. Both should have your EIN on record.
  3. Or you can always call the IRS hotline at 1.800.829.4933, and they’ll give you the EIN directly over the phone after verifying your identity. 

But whatever you do, don’t wait! You need to request your EIN right away and before it’s too late for you to e-file on time. Don’t pay the IRS more than you have to!

If you need any help with the EIN or e-filing your 2290s, then our dedicated support legends are here for you. Just give them a call at 704.234.6005 or send them an email at support@expresstrucktax.com for 24/hour support in English and Spanish. And they’ll help you e-file in a flash!

With only 4 days left you don’t have time to delay, so e-file today!


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Thursday, August 27, 2015

How to E-file Safely & Securely

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When doing your taxes, security should be the first thing on your mind. And while ExpressTruckTax offers a safe, secure solution in order to e-file your taxes, you should be sure to go the extra mile to keep your own information secure.

ExpressTruckTax is and always will be secure, but to make sure you’re using our product to it’s fullest, here are some tips and tricks on how to be safe when e-filing.

Never Share Your Password


As a general rule of the internet, you shouldn’t share your password to anything with anyone. Giving someone access to private, personal information about your truck, your finances, and your taxes is a big no-no. So you should always keep your password to yourself.

If you need help, or have someone to file for you, make certain it’s someone you trust. Even then, your password should be your own. That’s why we have CPA accounts, so if you have an accountant who files for you, they can do so from their account

Never download files from unknown sources


If you don’t know the source, don’t download it! Downloading things from unknown sources puts you at risk. No matter what it is! Always make sure you’re on the right website, or you could risk getting a malware infection, and nobody wants that.

Since ExpressTruckTax uses secure servers and are McAfee Hackerproof, there’s never a risk when you e-file with us. And downloading documents from our website is secure too! So you never have to worry about a thing.

Reach our tax experts for instant assistance


If you need any assistance, or you’re having trouble with anything related to e-filing with us, we’ve got support! Our dedicated support team is here all year long to help you access files, access your account, and get ready for the new tax season. All you have to do is give them a call!

Staying safe online isn’t always easy, but with ExpressTruckTax, we promise to protect your information on our secure, hacker-proof servers. More info here.

If you need any help with the e-filing process, our dedicated support legends are here for you. All you have to do is give them a call at 704.234.6005 or send them an email at support@expresstrucktax.com for 24/hour support in English and Spanish.

And remember, Trucking Nation, you only have 5 days left to e-file your HVUT without penalties!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

#WellnessWednesday: Making Better Fast Food Choices on the Road

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From McDonald’s to Starbucks, consuming fast food is a way of life when you’re on the road. Especially if you’re pressed for time, eating at a restaurant that offers speedy service may be your only way to have three meals a day. 


But if you’re trying to eat healthy, having to eat fast food can seem like a nightmare. Especially when you consider how many health risks the trucking industry faces each year, because truckers consume tons of fast food on-the-go. 


But there are healthier options out there for you. And they can even help you avoid things like diabetes and high blood pressure.  All you have to do is eat right.  

At first finding healthier options at a fast food restaurant may sound like a myth, but there are several sandwiches, salads, and even tacos you can eat from various fast food menus and still be healthy! No matter what your favorite fast food restaurant is. 


Here are 6 healthier options for truckers and travelers alike. So you can get your fast food fix without the excess calories.









No matter where you go, if you order the grilled option, chances are it’s a lot healthier than fried. Many places also offer salads with grilled chicken, but with the sandwiches, you get a less bulky and much more portable option for when you’re on the road. Not to mention there's the added benefit of the bread filling you up much faster than you would get with a salad.  









With junior in the name it may sound small, but no matter where you go it’s definitely filling. In fact, junior cheeseburgers are a much better option compared to their giant counterparts. And you don’t feel overfull afterwards.  Just make sure you're not adding too many extras to your burger, and lose the fries.  Those can often be another 500+ calories you don't need.









Who says bacon can’t be healthy? Yes, you should definitely avoid any sandwich that has bacon with numerous beef patties, but a nice small bacon cheeseburger can definitely help you get that bacon fix.  And you don't have to feel guilty about it!  Just be sure to check the calories on your bacon cheeseburger before you decide.  But most fast food places have one for under 400 calories.

  






There's nothing healthier than a good old fashioned black coffee. There’s less calories, no sugar, and so much more of that much needed caffeine. So get your coffee fix the old fashioned way with a nice big cup o’joe.  You can also consider unsweetened hot tea for a zero calorie solution to getting caffeinated








Generally, the Americano only goes from 5-30 calories. Plus it’s a great source of caffeine and it tastes great. And if you’re not a big fan of drinking it black, adding a splash of nonfat milk will only increase the calories by 40, making this one of the healthiest options you can order. Other than black coffee, of course.









These crunchy chicken tacos are not only delicious, they’re also nutritious! And most of the time they only have a few calories, and we're talking 200 and less. You have to make sure to watch your sodium intake though, South Western cuisine can be a little heavy handed with the salt.









There are some foods you should always, always avoid eating when you go to a fast food restaurant. These foods are filled with more calories than you need, and while it might seem like a good idea at first, you’ll regret it later.

So you should also avoid fried sides and sugary menu items such as:
  • French Fries
  • Onion Rings
  • Any Dessert
  • Milkshakes
  • Soda

You should also avoid famous menu items at any fast food restaurant, because chances are that’ll be bad for you as well. And be wary of condiments. Adding extra can significantly increase the calories of your meal. So make sure you always know what you’re eating before you eat it. And pay attention to calories!

Got some tips for how to stay healthy on the road? Or maybe you just want to share some highlights from your own wellness journey. Drop us a line on Facebook or Twitter! We love hearing from you, Trucking Nation!

And remember you only have 6 days left to e-file your HVUT to avoid penalties!  

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Don't Get Rejected: Simple E-filing Mistakes to Avoid

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Mistakes happen, especially on your taxes. But if you don’t take the time to learn from them, you’re doomed to repeat the same mistakes all over again.


And with just 8 days left to e-file before the deadline, you don’t have much room for error. That’s where we come in! Don’t get rejected, avoid these simple e-filing mistakes and make sure that the IRS will accept your return. 



1. Incorrect EIN or VIN

The number one mistake you want to avoid is mixing up some numbers or letters in your EIN, or VIN. Now we know these numbers can be long, and sometimes hard to remember, but you should always check, double check, and triple check to make sure you’ve got it down correctly. 



And you should also make sure you register you EIN right away! It takes the IRS up to two weeks in order to make your EIN active. So if you don’t have one yet, unfortunately it’s too late to get it and still e-file on time.

2. Computation Errors

Tax math can be complicated, but we’ve got an app for that! Not to mention, our automated system automatically calculates what you owe based on a few simple questions about your business and your vehicle. Don’t waste your time doing complicated tax math when we could do all the work for you.



3. Incorrect Filing Status or Filing Year

Sometimes dates and mileage can be tricky, but make sure you know your vehicle well enough to know how to file, and what year to file for. 



Your filing status has a lot to do with your vehicle’s mileage. For instance, if you know you’ve travelled under the 5,000 mile limit (7,500 for agricultural vehicles), you should file your vehicle as suspended. 



Then you need to make sure you’re selecting the correct year to file for. If you’re filing for the most recent tax year, you’ll select the 2015-16 tax year. We actually select it for you as you move through our program, to make things easier for you. So you only have to select a different filing year if you’re filing for a previous tax season.






4. Incorrect First-Used Month

While this error won’t necessarily get your return rejected, it will cause some issues when it comes time to get your new tags.

The HVUT tax year begins July 1st, which means for all renewals the first-used month is automatically July—even if you’re filing in August. The only time you would choose a later month is if you purchased your Heavy Vehicle after the beginning of the HVUT tax year. For example, if you purchased a new truck in September, that becomes your first-used month.

5. Duplicate Vehicle Information

You don’t want to enter in a single vehicle more than once. This mistake could cost you, literally! If you do accidentally enter your vehicle twice, you can easily remedy the situation by selecting the “remove” button located next to the duplicate vehicle.

So be vigilant, Trucking Nation, make sure you’re checking those returns twice, and thrice if you need to. Avoid errors at all costs, especially these common ones!

But if you find yourself unsure or if you have any questions, we’re here for you! We have a dedicated, year-round support team to help you succeed. So give them a call at 704.234.6005, or send them an email at support@expresstrucktax.com for 24/hour support in English and Spanish!

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Benefits of E-filing Form 2290 Anywhere With our Mobile App

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E-Filing your Heavy Vehicle Use Taxes can be a hassle, but with the ExpressTruckTax smartphone and tablet apps, you can e-file your 2290s with ease.

As leaders in the e-filing industry, we know how to treat our e-filers right. And with HVUT season ending in less than 10 days, we’ve got your back!


All you have to do is download the ExpressTruckTax app from the App Store or Google Play Store, and you can reap the endless benefits of e-filing anywhere! Plus we’ve still got the best value in the industry at just $9.90 for a single truck filing.

So prepare to be amazed, Trucking Nation, because the endless benefits are app can offer you will change the way you e-file your Heavy Vehicle Use Taxes.

So join the e-filing revolution and take a look at just a few of the amazing benefits you can expect when you e-file with ExpressTruckTax.










2290 Tax Calculator App: With this specialized calculator app for iPhone and Android, you’ll never have to make another HVUT tax calculation. Our tax calculator will do all the work for you! In fact, you can find out exactly how much you owe in less than 5 minutes, and before you e-file. 

RigMinders App: RigMinders is a specialized reminder app just for truckers! RigMinders can remind you about trucking industry deadlines (like HVUT and IFTA) for your own truck, or a whole fleet. You can also program in personal deadlines, and maintenance appointments. It’s available for both iPhone and Android.








The Support Legends: Our dedicated support legends will be there for you every step of the way. In fact, they’re even here in the HVUT off season! And they’ll be ready to answer all of your tax questions at the drop of a hat, from right here in Rock Hill, SC. So be prepared for some legendary phone support, 24/hour email support, and chat support in both English and Spanish.

E-file Anywhere: With our app you can e-file anywhere. From in the cab of your truck, to your mechanic’s waiting room. Just follow three simple steps, and you’ll be done in 20 minutes or less! Then you can get your Stamped Schedule 1 and get back to your life.

Convenient Payment Methods: The IRS does not accept credit or debit cards for tax payments, but we do offer three easy ways to pay. You can pay through Direct Debit, EFTPS, or Check or Money Order.

Instant Audit: Before you securely transmit your return to the IRS, our automated system will scan it for errors. Just one more thing to make sure you e-file successfully!

Notifications: We have a 4 notification system when it comes to your truck taxes. Gone are the days of waiting on the edge of your seat to make sure your return has been accepted, and that you’ve gotten your Stamped Schedule 1.

Now we can send you a notification through email, text, fax, or all of the above. And we can even fax your Stamped Schedule 1 to anyone who needs it! Whether it’s your carrier, home office, or your spouse. And last, but not least, we can still send your Stamped Schedule 1 by postal mail if prefer to have a paper copy.








Automatic Stamped Schedule 1: You can get your Stamped Schedule 1 by e-mail automatically! All it takes is less than 10 minutes IRS to get your return, accept it, and send you a proof-of-filing. Then you can renew your registration, and you’re all done!

Retrieve Docs: You can retrieve important tax documents from your ExpressTruckTax dashboard at any time. You can even re-download, and reprint your Stamped Schedule 1 if you ever misplace it or need another copy.

You can do all this and more when you e-file from your smartphone with the ExpressTruckTax app. And if you need any help along the way, our dedicated support legends are here for you. All you have to do is give them a call at 704.234.6005 or send them an email at support@expresstrucktax.com for 24/hour support in English and Spanish.

And don’t forget, you have less than 10 days to e-file before the deadline. Don’t pay the IRS more than you have to! E-file now to avoid paying penalties.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

#Wellness Wednesday: Taste the Rainbow

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Managing your health on the road takes a lot of dedication and hard work, but the reward is definitely worth it.

Having to remember everything you can and shouldn’t eat may seem like a nightmare in the beginning, but always remember that it’s a safe bet to stick to fresh food, especially when it comes to snacking.

While fresh food and being on the road don’t seem to get along very well, choosing a variety of fruits and vegetables from the produce section will help you out in the long run. Plus fruits and vegetables are resilient, and can be kept unrefrigerated for a number of days.

But what exactly should you choose to begin your wellness journey? Well, Trucking Nation, it’s time for you to Taste the Rainbow.










Red fruits and vegetables are filled with antioxidants to help your body detox. The darker the red, the higher the antioxidant. Though, that goes for any dark colored fruit or vegetable.

Red Peppers - These peppers are red bell peppers, not to be confused with spicy red peppers that could do some serious harm your tastebuds. They’re great for snacking, and they’re filled with nutrients. Not to mention they’re a great healthy replacement for french fries. Red peppers can keep for 2 days unrefrigerated.

Baby tomatoes - Not only are baby tomatoes sweet, they’re also healthy! They keep for 2 days without being refrigerated, and they can replace other unhealthy snacks like tater tots.

Red Delicious Apples - An apple a day keeps the doctor away! And with apples, especially ones of the red delicious varieties, you get a crisp, sweet snack that will fill you up. Apples can keep for 2-4 weeks without being refrigerated.








Orange fruits are high in vitamin C and vitamin K, both of which are required for a good immune system, to fight off scurvy, and have healthy eyes to see the road.

Oranges - Oranges can keep for 2-3 weeks without being refrigerated. And they’re filled with vitamins to keep you healthy on the road. Plus, they offer a much needed boost to stay awake naturally, without having to drink energy drinks.

Orange peppers - Much like their red counterpart, orange peppers are also filled with antioxidants, but they have a light fruity taste. And the crunch and freshness will have you disowning chips in no time at all. They keep for 2 days without refrigeration.

Carrots - Carrots are filled the vitamin K, which is good for your hair, skin, and fingernails. Plus, they’re super healthy, and they taste great. If you’re not a fan of the harsh crunch of carrots you can drink carrot juice, which is just as good and super tasty. Carrots can last 2 days without refrigeration, and carrot juice only needs to be refrigerated after opening.








Yellow fruits and vegetables are sweet, sour, and mostly tropical. They also contain enzymes that can reduce the risk of severe illness, as well as help lower cholesterol.

Yellow peppers - These peppers are very similar to orange peppers with the same light fruity taste. Sliced, they pack a crunch that will have you coming back for more. Any type of colorful bell peppers can be the best snack when you’re on the road. They keep for 2 days unrefrigerated.

Bananas - Bananas are filled with vitamin B6 and potassium that can help you stay awake, and prevent painful cramping. Plus, they’re filled with fiber and vitamin C! Bananas are basically a pre-packaged super delicious superfruit. They can also last 2-7 days without being refrigerated.









Cucumbers - Cucumbers are filled with antioxidants and vitamin K to help your body detox, and keep your eyes, skin, and fingernails healthy. And if you slice them up with a little bit of salt, they’re just as good as potato chips. Cucumbers last 2 days without refrigeration. If you’ve sliced them, they will expire the same day.

Avocado - Avocados are a miracle fruit. Filled with fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin K, they’re super healthy for you, and they’re very filling. And with a consistency similar to ice cream, you can eat them with a spoon right out of the skin. Avocados last 3-4 days without refrigeration.








There are technically no blue or indigo fruits, even blueberries are considered purple. Which is why we’ve lumped the last three colors in the health rainbow together to give you some amazing antioxidant packed berries that make great snacks.

Blueberries - These tiny little berries are packed with antioxidants and vitamin K with little to no calories at all. And they taste great! Anything that can make you feel good and taste great at the same time is definitely worth a try. Blueberries last for 2-3 days without being refrigerated.

Blackberries - Blackberries are filled with vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. As a dark berry, they taste sweet, and contain a lot of much-needed nutrients. They last for 2-3 days unrefrigerated before expiring.

Grapes - Grapes have a low GI value, and can help with better insulin regulation, and blood sugar balance. Not to mention they improve skin health, heart health, and can aid people who are on calorie-restricted diets, or people who crave sugar but cannot have it. Grapes can last 3-5 days unrefrigerated.

You can still buy whole grain sandwiches, cheese, and pepperoni sticks, but when it comes to snacking you should definitely stay fresh and keep to the rainbow.

Got some tips for how to stay healthy on the road? Or maybe you just want to share some highlights from your own wellness journey. Drop us a line on Facebook or Twitter! We love hearing from you, Trucking Nation!

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Perks for Owner-Operators

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ExpressTruckTax PartnersRunning a trucking business isn’t easy, especially during tax time, but here at ExpressTruckTax, we’ve got you covered!

We work very closely with some amazing owner-operator based associations as well as one-on-one with several fantastic trucking companies. Navigating a trucking business around HVUT season might seem like a nightmare, but with the perks we offer to owner-operators, we can turn that nightmare into a dream come true.

We’ve partnered with Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), America’s Independent Trucker’s Association (AITA), National Minority Trucking Association (NMTA), and South Carolina Trucking Association (SCTA) and even more amazing associations in order to make e-filing for truck taxes so much easier.

And we’re succeeding in helping tons of truckers and owner-operators file their Heavy Vehicle Use Taxes, and get their Stamped Schedule 1 in minutes!

Here are just a few of the ways we help our Owner-Operators succeed during the HVUT season. If you’re a member of one of these associations, what are you waiting for? It’s time to start reaping the benefits.

  • Customized E-filing Portals
    • Our owner-operators enjoy a customized ExpressTruckTax portal on their company websites where they can e-file with ease.
  • Never Lose Another Day of Work for HVUT
    • When you e-file with ExpressTruckTax, or your personalized tax portal, you can do it directly from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. You don’t have to wait in line at the IRS office, or worry about making an appointment just to file. 
  • Educational Materials about Taxes
    • Figuring out how to file HVUT can be tough. That’s why ExpressTruckTax provides our partners with some much needed materials to educate their owner-operators and members on how to correctly file their taxes and stay current with IRS regulations.
  • 24/7 Free Support
    • We’re there for our you for 24/7, no matter what! We can address problems anytime of day (or night) and get them handled quickly and professionally.
  • Free Automatic E-mail with Stamped Schedule 1
    • As soon as you e-file, you’ll get your Stamped Schedule 1 e-mailed to you automatically! You can also select other options to receive your Stamped Schedule 1 by fax, postal mail, or you can download it directly from your truck tax dashboard.

And these are things nobody else is doing. But with us, our customers will always come first and get the best service and product available. It’s just that simple!

If you need any help e-filing your HVUT or using your personalized portal, don’t hesitate to ask our dedicated support legends. All you have to do is call them at 704.234.6005 or send them an email at support@expresstrucktax.com for 24/hour support in English and Spanish.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

No Longer Operating a Heavy Vehicle: A Guide to the Final Return

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If you’ve e-filed with us before, you may have noticed an option to select “Final Return” at the step where you enter your first-use-date and filing year. But what exactly does selecting “Final Return” mean?

In the past, selecting “final return” on your 2290 meant that you could no longer e-file your HVUT, but now the IRS wants you to select “Final Return” when you no longer have a vehicle to e-file for.

Whether your vehicle has been sold, stolen, or destroyed, if you no longer have a Heavy Vehicle to e-file for, you should choose “Final Return”. And in the event you find yourself with a new vehicle and able to file your HVUT again, all you have to do is e-file normally.

Where to Find “Final Return”


At the beginning of your return, after you enter your business information, and select your filing year, you’ll find an option to select “Final Return” at the bottom of the page.

Only select this option if you no longer have a vehicle to file for. If this is not your final return, simply file your return as normal.





Is It Any Different than Filing Normally?


Filing for your final return will be the same as filing from year to year, with the small difference of selecting “Final Return,” and adding a credit vehicle instead of a suspended or taxable vehicle.


Reporting Stolen, Sold, and Damaged Vehicles



When you file your return, there’s a whole section dedicated to credit vehicles. These are vehicles that were sold, traded in, lost, or destroyed during the tax year. If this is your final return, you’re only going to be entering a Credit Vehicle.

Once you get to the “Credit Vehicle” section of your return, simply add your vehicle information in the pop-up window. You will need to know your VIN, first-used month, gross-vehicle weight, and whether your vehicle was used for logging.

Then it’s time to indicate your “Loss Event.” These event reasons come in the form of a drop down menu and all you have to do is select the reason you no longer have your vehicle. Was it sold, destroyed, or stolen?

If the vehicle was sold, you will need the information of the person you sold it to in order to file your return. Then just add the date this event happened for that specific loss event, and move onto the next part of your return.

If you need any help with e-filing or have questions about when to select your final return, our dedicated support legends are here for you. Just give them a call at 704.234.6005 or send them an email at support@expresstrucktax.com for 24/hour support in both English and Spanish.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Countdown is On: Everything You Need to Know About Your Stamped Schedule 1

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Getting your Stamped Schedule 1 is important. This proves to the DMV and the IRS that you are up-to-date on your Heavy Vehicle Use Taxes, and you are now able to renew the registration on your heavy vehicle.

Getting a Stamped Schedule 1 when you e-file is easy, but maybe you find yourself with a few questions along the way. Such as:

  • How can you tell if you really got the right document? 
  • How do you get a Stamped Schedule 1? 
  • How do you get a new one if you lost your previous copy?

Well we’ve got you covered, Trucking Nation! Here’s everything you’ve ever wanted to know about your Stamped Schedule 1.

The first and most important thing you need to know about your Stamped Schedule 1 is that it comes with a handy-dandy IRS e-filing watermark.

This watermark will be located very faintly in the middle of your Schedule 1 along with the date the IRS accepted your return. It should look like this:

Without this stamp, your return is invalid.

How do I get my Stamped Schedule 1?


Now that you know what it looks like, you may be wondering how you go about getting a Stamped Schedule 1. Well, there are a number of ways for you to receive your proof of filing:

  • The first way you can get your Stamped Schedule 1 is right after you file. When you file with ExpressTruckTax, we will automatically send it to you via email.
  • If you don’t want to receive your Stamped Schedule 1 by email, and you would like to have a paper copy, we can arrange that for you. We offer postal mail delivery of your Form 2290 along with your Stamped Schedule 1. All you have to do is select the option to receive your Stamped Schedule 1 by postal mail.
  • Finally, you can choose to receive your Stamped Schedule 1 by fax, and you can also have it faxed to as many numbers as you’d like. That means you can fax one to yourself, one to your carrier, and one to virtually anyone who needs that information about your heavy vehicle. 

What Happens if I lose it?


  • In the case that you’ve lost, misplaced, or simply need another copy of your Stamped Schedule 1, retrieving it will be easy.
  • To retrieve another copy of your Stamped Schedule 1, all you have to do is login to your ExpressTruckTax account and you can view, and download your stamped Schedule 1 any time, right from your dashboard, for free!
  • And if you’ve already submitted your return, but you want to fax your Schedule 1 to yourself or someone else, that is also possible. And we can do it for free! All you have to do is head to your Dashboard, and enter the fax numbers of everyone you want to receive your Stamped Schedule 1. And that’s it!

E-filing for your HVUT is not only faster, but you essentially get endless copies of your Stamped Schedule 1, just in case there’s an accident or you misplace it anywhere. That way you can put your mind at ease and renew your vehicle registration with no problem. And when you e-file with ExpressTruckTax, all your information is secure, and the whole processes is easy, and fast!

If you need any help e-filing and getting your Stamped Schedule 1, our dedicated support legends are here for you! Just give them a call at 704.234.6005 during our new extended business hours from 8AM to 8PM EST. Or you can even send them an email at support@expresstrucktax.com for 24/hour support in English and Spanish.

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