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Showing posts with label Federal Heavy Vehicle Use Tax. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Federal Heavy Vehicle Use Tax. Show all posts

Thursday, January 18, 2018

File These Employment Tax Returns For Your Drivers

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File Form 2290 with ExpressTruckTax
It can seem like your taxes never end. From your HVUT Form 2290 to filing  IFTA four times a year, your IRP return, and more. There’s always a deadline to prepare for, and missing it could result in major penalties.

Then on top of your truck taxes, you have to file for your trucking business employees by the January 31 deadline! You need to file Form W-2, Form 1099-MISC and issue copies to each of your recipients by this deadline. Luckily, this can all be quickly accomplished with the help of our sister product, TaxBandits.

File Wage Returns For Your Drivers


Form 1099-MISC

Form 1099-MISC is used to report payments or miscellaneous income made by trucking businesses for services performed by people such as independent contractors or contract workers, who are not treated as employees.

You must file Form 1099-MISC for your independent contractors if you paid them $600 or more in wages during the tax year. It reports the amount they were paid and how much of their income had taxes withheld, so they need this form to complete their personal income tax returns.

Form W-2

Form W-2 must be filed electronically with the Social Security Administration and issued to each of your employees on an annual basis for all of your workers who you paid $600 or more to in wages during the tax year.

ExpresstruckTax suggests filing employment returns with TaxBandits
This form is basically a report that lists all of the compensations and income that you offered your employees during the year with income, Medicare, and social security taxes withheld. Your employees need this information to complete their personal income tax returns.

E-Filing With TaxBandits

TaxBandits is the market leading e-filing solution for business owners and accountants. By streamlining the e-filing process online they make it incredibly quick and easy to complete your returns in a matter of minutes.

Simply create your account to get started and follow the step-by-step e-filing guide that explains exactly where to enter the information that’s required to complete your form and transmit it directly to the IRS. This fast, cost-effective process will save you tons of time and money.

Plus, TaxBandits even offers multiple, innovative e-filing features that make the entire process incredibly convenient. For example, use the bulk upload feature to save time by uploading all of your employee information at once.

Also, forget the hassle of having to go to the post office. Just use our postal mailing feature to have us print hard copies of your returns and mail them to your recipients for you.

IFTA Is Coming


Your 4th Quarter IFTA return is also due on January 31, and you don’t want to miss that deadline! Be sure to check out ExpressTruckTax’s other sister, ExpressIFTA to quickly import all of your IFTA data to record it in one location online. ExpressIFTA even accepts ELD data to make the reporting process even easier.

All of your IFTA calculations will automatically be calculated in an easy to read IFTA report that contains all of the totals needed to complete your return. Your IFTA report can be downloaded, printed, and emailed to go wherever it needs to.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

An Owner Operator's Guide to 2290s

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An Owner Operator's Guide to 2290s
An Owner Operator's Guide to 2290s
We know that truck drivers have plenty of headaches to deal with. Whether it’s crazed four-wheeler driving through inclement weather or just the hassle of making ends meet, there’s always something adding stress to your world.

We know that some of these might seem unavoidable, but we’ve built our company around making your life easier. Over the last few years, we’ve dedicated ourselves to simplifying heavy vehicle use taxes, and providing an affordable and intuitive way for truckers like you to e-file their 2290s.

We’ve taken that one step further! Let’s talk about how all you Owner Operators can e-file your Form 2290s with the ExpressTruckTax mobile app.

All About the ExpressTruckTax App


Available for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, the ExpressTruckTax App is the easiest way you can take care of your heavy vehicle use tax without accessing a computer.

Best of all? It’s free to download and create an account! You can’t beat that.

Let’s look at some of the cool things you can do with the ExpressTruckTax App:

First, e-filing Form 2290 is easy and can be done in just a few short steps.




You can also correct and resubmit rejected returns, free of charge.




Plus, you’ll save time by getting your Stamped Schedule 1 in your email!



Customer Support From People Like You


The best thing about ExpressTruckTax, it doesn’t matter if you’re using our app or the website, you can always contact us if you have any questions! Our dedicated support team is located in downtown Rock Hill, South Carolina, meaning you’ll always be able to talk to someone just like you.

After all, you have enough frustrations as an Owner Operator. The last thing you want is your call for help ending up in another country, with someone who has no knowledge of your issue!

You can reach us Monday through Friday, 9am to 6pm, ready to help you if the need arises.

If you’ve e-filed with ExpressTruckTax, you know the service and customer support we offer. If you haven’t, click the link below to start e-filing your 2290s with the ExpressTruckTax app!


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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Today Is the Last Day to E File HVUT Form 2290!

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Today Is the Last Day to E File HVUT Form 2290!
Today Is the Last Day to E File HVUT Form 2290!
Well, today is the day to file tax Form 2290. Our online e-filing program is primed and ready to go—and our dedicated customer support staff are standing by, ready to answer your questions.

Still unsure if you want to e-file Form 2290 for 2016-2017? We put together a list of the 8 steps required to e-file (and therefore get your stamped Schedule 1).

Trust us, you want to follow these steps and e-file before the Form 2290 due date passes. I mean, you don’t want to get hit with penalties, do you?

Step 1: Sign in / Create Your Account


First of all, creating an account is always free! We never charge you to create your account, and you don’t have to pay until you transmit your return. We’ll even let you create sub-accounts for employees, accountants, or anybody else

Step 2: Enter Your Business Information


At this point, you need to enter your business information. This includes your name and your Employer Information Number (EIN), which you need to make sure you know.

Step 3: Choose Your Tax Year and First Used Month


At step 3, you enter your tax year and first used month for the vehicle(s) you are filing for.

The tax year you’ll be filing for (for this deadline) will be 2016-2017!

Step 4: Enter Your Vehicle Information


After that, you need to enter your vehicle identification number (VIN) and the taxable gross weight of the vehicle(s) you are filing for.

If you need to, you can select if your vehicle is used for any special purposes, such as for agricultural use or logging.

Note: Logging doesn’t mean you use e-logs or any other type of mileage logging system.

Step 5: IRS Payment Options


There are several payment options for you to select when you e-file IRS HVUT Form 2290. We suggest that you make sure you’re familiar with the IRS payment options available, including:

  • Direct Debit or Electronic Funds Withdrawal
  • Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS)
  • Check or Money Order

Step 6: Summary and Audit Check


Before we transmit your 2290, we’ll check over your form to make sure it’s clear of any basic filing errors.

We can’t guarantee that you won’t be audited, but we can do our best to make sure nothing looks funky before we transmit!

Step 7: Transmit Your Return to the IRS


At this point, your return is ready to be transmitted to the IRS. Simply add your electronic signature and voila! We can transmit, and you’re done with Form 2290 Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return for the year!

Step 8: Receive Your Stamped Schedule 1


Want to know the best part? Shortly after you file, you’ll get your 2290 Schedule 1. That’s not bad!

Note: You can e-file 2290 directly from the ExpressTruckTax App?

As always, the team here at ExpressTruckTax will be here to help and support you through the e-filing process. Give us a call at 704.234.6005 if you have any questions!



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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Due Date Cometh: August 31 is the 2290 Tax Deadline

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Due Date to File Form 2290 is August 31
Due Date to File Form 2290 is August 31
With the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290 deadline approaching, we decided to break down some of the Form 2290 basics.

First of all, let’s reiterate the 2290 truck tax due date.

The Deadline for Form 2290


The IRS HVUT Form 2290 due date (or) deadline for the 2016-2017 tax year is August 31st, 2016.

When you need to file form 2290 online for 2016-2017, you also need to know your First Used Month.

The First Used Month of Vehicle

The First Used Month is the first month that the vehicle is used in a tax year.

If you have a new vehicle, the first used month is the first month that the vehicle is used in a year.

You need to file your HVUT Form 2290 a month after the first used month. If you bought the truck in February and started using it then, you would need to file your HVUT by the end of March.

Taxation Year


In order to understand how to file your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax return Form 2290, you need to comprehend how the HVUT tax year works.

If you have owned your truck for multiple years, July counts as your first used month for subsequent years after the first purchased year.

So when you go to e-file truck tax Form 2290, knowing the little details of your tax filing will make all the difference.

E-filing on the go? Check out the ExpressTruckTax mobile app!

Unsure about your First Used Month still? Contact our expert support team at ExpressTruckTax by calling 704.234.6005.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Deadline Approaches - Have You Filed IRS Form 2290?

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The Deadline Approaches - Have You Filed IRS Form 2290?
The Deadline Approaches - Have You Filed IRS Form 2290?
Has there been a buzzing in the back of your ear? Do you feel like you forgot something, but can’t remember what?

Well, we hope you didn’t forget that the heavy vehicle use tax deadline is approaching!

This is your first of numerous reminders to let you know, it’s deadline time!

When is the Form 2290 Deadline?


The Form 2290 due date for 2016-2017 is August 31st. That’s a Wednesday—mark it on your calendar.

How Can I File IRS Form 2290?


Well, if you are looking to avoid pen and paper filing, you need to e-file IRS Form 2290. If you’ve e-filed with us before, you know how easy it is. If you’ve never e-filed a 2290 before, we’ll run you through your options.


  • Option 1: Head to the ExpressTruckTax website on your computer, create an account from the web, enter your business details, enter your vehicle information, and within a few clicks you’ll be done.
  • Option 2: Use your mobile browser or download our app, create an account from your mobile device, enter your business details, enter your vehicle information, and within a few clicks you’ll be done.


But have no fear, e-filers. With our easy to use interview-style software and dedicated customer support, you should have no problems this truck tax filing season!

So as the deadline approaches, you need to ask yourself—Are you ready to e-file Form 2290?


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Friday, July 22, 2016

E-Sign Form 8453-EX - ExpressTruckTax Feature Spotlight

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E-Sign Form 8453-EX
E-Sign Form 8453-EX - Feature Spotlight
Around these parts, we do what we do to make things easier for truckers. Which in our case, usually means helping truckers understand and e-file Form 2290 - just because that’s our expertise.

But some truck drivers and carriers are unaware that we actually support a few other tax forms and features, too. One of these being Form 8453-EX.

What is Form 8453-EX, you ask? Also known as the "Excise Tax Declaration for an IRS e-File Return", the 8453-EX is a declaration by a taxpayer to authenticate an electronic Form 2290 and authorize an intermediate service provider to transmit their return using a third-party transmitter.

Basically, if somebody else files your taxes on your behalf, you need to file this form.

A taxpayer e-filing directly through ExpressTruckTax doesn't have to file an 8453-EX, though. But if you’re an accountant or other service provider filing on behalf of a trucker, an 8453-EX has to be signed to authorize the transmission.

What Is the E-Sign Feature?


This feature is beneficial to both truckers and accountants alike. With the e-signing feature for Form 8453-EX, CPA's can get instant permission to e-file for their client as a third party!

Once you’ve finished the e-filing process for a client, our system will prompt you and your client to sign Form 8453-EX. This link directs your client to our e-sign site and allows them to sign the 8453-EX on any device. They can even e-sign it with their fingertip if they are using a tablet or a mobile device with a touchscreen.

Once they’ve e-signed (or rejected the form), it will return to the ExpressTruckTax system and you’ll be notified.

How Does E-Signing Help Me?


If you haven’t put it together yet, ExpressTruckTax offers a safe and secure way to get your clients to e-sign Form 8453-EX in seconds. Best of all, e-signing works on any device—computer, tablet, and mobile phone.

Plus, you get to avoid coordinating faxes on an old fax machine.



How Do I E-Sign Form 8453-EX?


When e-filing with ExpressTruckTax, all you need to do is click the link to email the electronic form to your client, and after they receive it, they can follow detailed instructions on how to complete the process on their end.


If you have any questions about e-signing 8453-EX, live chat with us over at ExpressTruckTax.com.



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Friday, July 15, 2016

5 Simple Steps to File Form 2290

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5 Simple Steps to File Form 2290
5 Simple Steps to File Form 2290
As we keep rolling through truck tax season, we’ve had a few callers ask us to go through the e-filing system step-by-step.

So we’re gonna break things down real quick, and show you that you can e-file Form 2290 in 5 easy steps!

First Step - Login

The first step for any truck tax filer is to create their account—of course, if they’ve filed with us before, they can just sign in.

It’s easy, it only takes a moment, and it’s FREE. We won’t charge you a single cent for creating your account! You only pay once you’ve e-filed using our service, which won’t take too long, thankfully.

Second Step - Information

On your second step, you enter your business information. This includes your name and your Employer Information Number (EIN), which you need to make sure you know.

Pro Tip: Did you know you can e-file 2290 directly from the ExpressTruckTax App?

Third Step - Details

Now you need to enter your tax year and first used month for the vehicle(s) you are filing for. The tax year for IRS Form 2290 starts July 1 of each year and ends on June 30 of the following year.

You file Form 2290 based on the first used month of the vehicle. For example, if your vehicle was first used on public highways in September, you have until October 31 to file your 2290.

After that, enter your vehicle identification number (VIN) and the taxable gross weight of the vehicle you are filing for. You can also select if your vehicle is used for any special purposes, such as for agricultural use or logging.

Fourth Step - Payment

As we calculate the taxes on your 2290, make sure you’re familiar with the IRS payment options available to pay the IRS for your HVUT, including:

  • Direct Debit or Electronic Funds Withdrawal
  • Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS)
  • Check or Money Order

Fifth Step - Transmit

Before we transmit, we’ll check over your form to make sure it’s clear of any basic errors. On your end, double check the summary to be sure that your business and vehicle information are correct. Once your payment information has been entered, your return is ready to be transmitted to the IRS. Simply add your electronic signature and transmit!



Secret Final Step - Celebrate

A few moments after you file, you’ll get your 2290 Schedule 1. With that in hand, you can go out and celebrate. If you have some vacation time, that is. If not, at least you’ll be roadworthy!

If you have any questions about filing your excise taxes, please reach out to us and let us know! Our dedicated customer service team is waiting by the phones and checking their inbox, ready to help you!

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

5 Ways to Get Help E-Filing Your 2290

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5 Ways to Get Help E-Filing Your 2290
5 Ways to Get Help E-Filing Your 2290
There’s no escaping it—taxes are difficult. We know it, you know it, your carrier knows it.

But what would you say if we knew a group that doesn't mind truck taxes. In fact, they spend their day helping truckers e-file their truck taxes!

Sounds ridiculous right? Well, it’s not! Here at ExpressTruckTax, our support experts dedicate their days to answering your e-filing questions. Really, there’s someone available to direct you in the right direction throughout the entire day.

How do we do this? By providing 5 avenues of contact, we've made it possible for you to get help for any 2290 questions you may come across.

Call Us on the Phone

Throughout the year, we keep our specialists ready to answer your calls from 9 am to 6 pm. During 2290 peak season, you can probably find someone ready to answer your calls even earlier, and even later.

We do this so that we match your schedule as best as possible!

Best of all, you’ll always talk to a friendly voice located in downtown Rock Hill, South Carolina. There’s something about outsourcing your questions to a call center across the world that just doesn't sit right with us.

So give us a call at 704.234.6005!

Send Us an Email

Of course, the thought may strike you to e-file your 2290 in the middle of the night. Stranger things have happened!

When you’re sitting up in your sleeper cab, wondering how you can claim a suspended vehicle credit, you know it’s too late to call us.

So you can just send us an email at support@expresstrucktax.com, and we’ll get you a response as soon as possible.

Chat With Us

Maybe you just have a small question, nothing you want to get wrapped up in a conversation about.

There’s a simple solution for that, too.

You can just send us a quick chat via the expresstrucktax website.

In fact, you just gotta click 'chat with us', and the chat window will walk you through the rest.

Find Us on Facebook

Sometimes it feels like everybody has Facebook. Not only will you find your friends, but you’ll find kids, grandmothers, heck - even dogs. But most importantly, you’ll find companies like ExpressTruckTax doing what they can from Facebook.

Now, you’re free to comment on our posts with your issues, but you can also send us a message via Facebook as well.

If you have sensitive information you need to share with us, send us a message on Facebook and we will follow up with instructions for a secure, fast, and easy communication.

Hashtag It on Twitter

Sometimes it’s easier to just blast out a tweet. Sure, half the time we’re tweeting about stuff like cats and Taco Tuesday, but Twitter is actually one of the best places to reach a customer representative.

If you have any issues e-filing, send us a tweet at @ExpressTruckTax containing the hashtags #ETTSupport or #ExpressTruckTax, and we’ll get your issue squared away.

So, instead of pulling your hair out over confusing tax forms, try these 5 channels to reach the experts at ExpressTruckTax!

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

New IRS 2290 for Tax Year 2016 - 2017

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New IRS 2290 for Tax Year 2016 - 2017
New IRS 2290 for Tax Year 2016 - 2017

You probably didn't realize that there’s a new IRS Form 2290, did you?

It’s OK, not much changed, however, you can only use this form to file your Form 2290 for the tax period beginning on July 1, 2016 and ending on June 30, 2017.

To learn more about this new form, check out the material provided by the IRS.

Click here to learn more about why Form 2290 has changed, and what it means for your filing.

And when you have that covered, you can go stand in line with your completed Form 2290.

But why waste your time trying to figure it out yourself when you have ExpressTruckTax on your side.

With our interview-style form completion, we’ll help you e-file—yes e-file—your Form 2290 with the IRS.

That means, no standing in line at the IRS office, no trying to figure out complicated tax jargon by yourself, and no wasting time off the road.



Create your free account with ExpressTruckTax and start e-filing your 2290, today!


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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What's the Deal with the Stamped Schedule 1?

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Stamped Schedule 1
Stamped Schedule 1
When you e-file heavy vehicle use tax, you get your 2290 stamped schedule 1.

But what’s the deal with the stamped schedule 1? We’ll break it down for you.

What is the Stamped Schedule 1?


To put it frankly, the stamped schedule 1 is your Proof of Payment!

If you file by paper with the IRS, you can expect to receive your stamped Schedule 1 within 6 weeks after they receive your form 2290.

How You Get Your Stamped Schedule 1

Once the IRS receives and checks your return with their database, you receive your stamped schedule 1. Your schedule 1 will show an IRS e-file watermark with the date the return was received and processed. Your schedule 1 will be accepted by all DOT’s, DMV’s, and other federal authorities.

We can also send updates about your schedule 1 via text and fax - and we can even notify your company or carrier! ExpressTruckTax automatically emails your stamped schedule 1 to you.

Understanding the Stamped Schedule 1:

First off, how do you know if your stamped Schedule 1 is authentic? Well, the IRS digital e-file watermark tells you everything you need to know!. You can always contact our customer support team if you have questions, though!

When you e-file IRS form 2290, the IRS stamps it with a digital watermark. This digital schedule 1 is your official proof of payment, and all DMV locations are required to accept this document.

Of course, if you have any questions about e-filing and receiving your stamped schedule 1, contact our US-based customer service squad!


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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

ExpressTruckTax Additional Users Feature

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ExpressTruckTax Additional Users Feature
ExpressTruckTax Additional Users Feature
Exciting news! ExpressTruckTax now allows account holders the option to share their account with others - with the proper permission, of course.

With this multi-user access, you can e-file your Form 2290 (with the help of others) quickly and easily.

Want to learn a little bit more about our new additional users feature? Well strap in!

E-File your Form 2290


With this new additional users feature, you (as the account holder) can share the burden of completing your Form 2290 with someone else.

But don’t worry, you still have the power to set permissions and levels of access for how your additional user can edit, view, and transmit their 2290 returns.

And besides, with this help, you can get a 2290 stamped Schedule 1 faster than you think.

So Here’s How It Works!


When you send a user an invite, they’ll receive a temporary username and password. (They can change this after they've signed in for the first time.)

Then, based on the level of access you gave them, the user will be able to view business details and the existing IRS Form 2290, create and edit the forms, and file IRS Form 2290 to the IRS.

And with pre-filing season in full swing, now’s the best time to pre-file 2290 with ExpressTruckTax.

So what are you waiting for? Take advantage of the new additional user feature now and get to e-filing your 2290s.


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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

3 Steps to Pre-File Your 2290 Today

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3 Steps to Pre-File Your 2290
3 Steps to Pre-File 2290 Today
Now that we’re in the pre-filing season, it’s time we break down how you can pre-file your HVUT renewal at no additional cost.

In fact, with promo code ETT10, it’ll actually cost you less! Best of all, pre-filing with us is virtually the same as e-filing for any other tax year.


Let’s take a look:


Step 1: Set up Your Account


The first step is logging in or creating your account, if you’ve yet to register, that is. If you need to register, use your email and choose a password - once you’ve done that, you need to click ADD on the business list on the right.


Add Bussiness Details



After that, add your business details and your EIN number.


business details and your EIN number.



Once your business is in the system, start a new return. You may need to proceed back to the dashboard in order to start it. Simply click START under the Form 2290 option and you’ll be taken to the next screen.





This is where things get a little different. After you’ve selected your new Form 2290, you will be asked on the next screen whether you’re pre-filing or filing for the current tax year.


pre-filing



Once you select start pre-filing, you will be able to choose to pre-file for the 2016-17 year and select the first used month of your vehicle.


choose to pre-file for the 2016-17



Hit next and we’ll keep moving on, then.


Step 2: Enter Your Vehicle Details


In the next step of the process, you need to add all of your heavy vehicle information. If you’re a returning user and you are filing for a previously used truck, just select the truck you’d like to file for from the Truck Zone. All of your information is stored there and ready to go!


If you’re a new user, you can enter your vehicle details individually, or you can bulk upload multiple trucks from a CSV file.


Enter Your Vehicle Details



Remember, there are 3 different types of vehicles that you can add.


  • Taxable Vehicles are vehicles that have exceeded the 5,000 mile limit (or 7,500 miles for agricultural vehicles) for the tax year. Don’t forget, if you drive a logging vehicle (a vehicle used to transport foresting materials) you are eligible for a tax discount!

  • Low Mileage or Suspended Vehicles are vehicles that have not exceeded the mileage limit for the tax year. These vehicles do not cost you in taxes, but still need to be filed for in order to get the stamped Schedule 1.

  • Sold, Lost, or Destroyed Credit Vehicles are vehicles that you no longer have, but you are still required to file for them if they were used for any part of the tax year.
You can also enter vehicles that you have previously filed as suspended, and you can enter low mileage credits at the end of this step.


Related Blog: How to E-File Form 2290 with a Credit Vehicle?


Step 3: Select Your Payment Account

Your final step for pre-filing is selecting your payment method and securely transmitting your return to the IRS. This step is a little bit different than when you e-file your regular tax year, since we will transmit the return for you when the IRS begins accepting them on July 1st.

Select Your Payment & Transmit



There are 3 payment methods for you to choose from, and these determine when the IRS will accept your payment and take money out of your account.


If you go with direct debit, the taxes you owe will come out of your account one or two days after the IRS processes your return on July 1. For EFTPS or a check/money order, you can schedule your payment for as late as August 31, the renewal due date.


Once you've decided what payment method to use, you will be taken to your account summary page. Here you can correct any errors you see and then continue to submit your return.


With our Instant Audit feature, we will even check your return for you to minimize the risk of being rejected by the IRS due to missing information.


Then you simply transmit! Yeah, that’s it. It’s that easy. Congratulations, you've successfully pre-filed your form 2290!


If you have any questions throughout your pre-filing experience, we’re here to help! Our dedicated support team can answer your questions at 704.234.6005 or by email at support@expresstrucktax.com.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Pre-File Your 2290 Now!

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Pre-File Your 2290 Now!
Pre-File Your 2290 Now!
Whether you’re a trucker or a trucking company, you know that HVUT season is rapidly approaching.

Of course, here at ExpressTruckTax, it's already begun. How’s that?

Easy - starting today, we’re offering pre-filing for the 2016-17 heavy vehicle use tax season. One month early!

So instead of waiting until the last moment to e-file your 2290s, pre-file now and get back to what you need to do - driving.

It’s Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Time

The HVUT season runs from July 1 through June 30 of the following year.

If you’re an owner operator, leasing company, trucking company, or any other business that owns heavy vehicles with a gross weight above 55,000 pounds traveling on public highways, you must file form 2290.

Usually, you can’t start filing until the tax period begins on July 1, but we’ve gone ahead and started pre-filing now.

What is Pre-Filing?


Pre-filing is the easiest way to e-file your taxes early. You can get ahead of the game by filing an entire month early. After you’re done pre-filing your return, ExpressTruckTax will hold onto it until July 1st—once the IRS starts accepting 2290s, yours will be at the top of the stack.

Should I Pre-File Form 2290? Why?


Even though the tax period hasn't started for the 2016-17 season, pre-filing starts now! With pre-filing, users get advantages they won’t get once the official season starts. They include:

  • Finishing your taxes early, leaving more time to focus on work and life
  • No additional cost to pre-file
  • When selecting the check (or) money order option, you will get until August 31st to pay the IRS, giving you almost 3 months to save for the amount of tax you owe
  • Your Form 2290 will be automatically transmitted to the IRS on July 1st, so you will receive your stamped schedule 1 in minutes once transmitted
  • If the return is rejected for any reason, you have plenty of time to re-submit it before August 31st, making it much easier to avoid late penalties
  • VIN corrections and retransmissions for rejected returns are FREE for anyone who e-files with ExpressTruckTax
  • Customer support is available via phone, live chat, and email, with 24/7 emergency email support
If you have any questions about pre-filing 2290, (or) have questions about the e-filing process, we’ll be here to help. Give us a call at 704.234.6005!

Happy pre-filing, Trucking Nation!

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Working Together in the Trucking Industry

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You hear of it all the time—truckers dealing with nightmare dispatchers, pushing them to their limits and making the job dangerous.

And from the dispatcher’s desk you’d probably hear a slew of bad trucker stories.

But we’re not here to point fingers!

We’re actually here to discuss communication between the many facets of the trucking industry.

Start from the Top


Truckers take the freight where it needs to go. Everybody knows that!

But business plans, shipment orders, and staffing requirements come from the top half of the industry. Sure, sometimes it's fun to dog on the suits in the offices, but they do play a vital role in the industry.

With support staff including managers, sales teams, dispatchers, communications professionals, and mechanics, truckers aren’t the only hats in the business.

But they sure are the most important! Much like an assembly line or a rowing team, everyone needs to play their part, but the truckers are your star athletes.

With the right people at the top watching out for drivers, we’ll be in a good spot as an industry.

People Are People


Sometimes it's easy for both sides of the industry to forget they’re dealing with people.

As a trucker, you KNOW you’re a person, but it's sometimes hard to get along with someone when your dispatcher sees you just as a number they’re tracking.

You represent a set of statistics, yes, but you’re still a person.

And you know more than anyone that electronic devices shooting out numbers can’t match up to human intuition.

On the flip side, the dispatchers, managers, and clients you deal with are also trying to do a job.

Just like you sometimes have a bad day, they do, too. And they also have to deal with all of their drivers’ bad days, too.

So above all else, make sure both sides use people skills and we can make working together a lot easier for the whole industry.

The Rig vs. The Office


You might know how we feel about offices already.

That job works for some, but it's a different ballgame altogether. An office is a field where employees need to work together, day to day.

There are lots of spoken and unspoken rules about how coworkers can act and speak to each other.

Yet as a trucker, you are more frank with your thoughts and feedback, like a warrior-poet strapped to 18 wheels of philosophy. You’ll share your thoughts with whoever you please!

This might come as a shock to anyone who is new to the industry, or has minimal contact with truckers on a daily basis.

That’s not your fault, by any means. But with a little understanding, both sides can communicate better.

Let's Work Together


But when it comes down to it, the best thing you can do as a driver, a dispatcher, or a manager is to keep the people in your industry on your good side.

A positive attitude, some kindness, and mutual respect will go far.

There are always going to be people who grind your gears, but with some honest effort and respect, there can be plenty of personal friendships and professional alliances you rely on in this job.

When it comes to working together, let us work with you on your HVUT 2290s this next truck tax season. If you have questions about filing Form 2290, reach out to our support experts at Support@ExpressTruckTax.com and by phone at 704.234.6005.

How do you think we can improve communication between players in the trucking industry?


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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Now THOSE Are Heavy Vehicles!

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Alright, we like to talk about heavy vehicles around here. That’s no surprise to anybody.

But there are a few REALLY BIG vehicles out there.


Sure, there are big vehicles like this.




But there are some other big vehicles out there, like triple trucks, customized rigs, and road trains.


Sounds hard to handle!

Double & Triple Trucks

Now every now and then, you might see a few double and triple trucks here in the states. You’re more likely to see the a Rocky Mountain double, a B-Train, or a triple trailer.


In the US, most rigs on public roads are limited to two trailers. Some states allow triple trailers, but that’s restricted to less populous states (Like Idaho and Montana).


Triples tend to get used for less-than-truckload freight hauled over long distances.






Custom Rigs

We do have some large trucks around here, like the Red Giant.


A one-of-a-kind, customized 1990 Diamond Reo, this truck dwarfs any rig beside it. The truck runs with two giant LED screens, which lets the owner-operators offer mobile advertising wherever the rig takes them.


[image ℅ of Overdrive Online]



Road Trains

Now, if we’re talking road trains—which are almost exactly what they sound like—you have some really big rigs. Instead of linked train cars on a rail, you have a half dozen trailers hitched together, towed by a single rig on a lonely highway.


The much longer road trains tend to dominate Australian and Argentinian roads.


In 2006, an Australian built Mack truck with 112 semi-trailers weighing in at 1,300 tons and reaching 4,836 ft 11 in long, pulled a load 328 feet to recapture the record for the longest road train (multiple loaded trailers) ever pulled with a single rig.


I’d hate to see the taxes on that setup!





As for your HVUT tax filing, we’re your one-stop shop for managing multiple vehicles.


Have you heard about TruckZone from ExpressTruckTax? It’s like a digital garage, allowing you to securely store your general vehicle and tax information in one organized, accessible location.


Once you have your entire fleet organized, you can e-file your HVUT 2290s for specific trucks with ease, and find a specific Schedule 1 or 2290 without digging through stacks of file folders and paper documents.


And with a deadline just a few months away, it’s best to get started now! If you have any questions about using TruckZone, give us a call at 704.234.6005.

What’s the biggest truck you’ve ever dealt with?



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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Bulk Uploading: HVUT for Fleets

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Just a quick update for our fleet managers out there! When you need to file HVUT for a fleet of vehicles, take advantage of our easy-to-use bulk upload feature.










Start by filling out First Used Month & Year, and then select Bulk Upload Using a File when you’re on the Taxable Vehicles tab.






The nice thing is, we provide an Excel template you can use to upload your data to our sites. Select Express Upload to continue.



Just follow these three steps! Download the template by following the “clicking here” link, fill out the saved file, and then upload the completed spreadsheet!




The excel template is easy to navigate, and has clear labels and drop down menus with itemized selections for your filing convenience.




If you make a filing error, our system will let you know! Click “View Upload Errors” to examine the errors. Once your errors are identified, simply fix the flawed entries in your downloaded spreadsheet and then re-upload the file by clicking “Bulk Upload using a File” again.




After that, you can view, file, and pay your HVUT taxes all at once! You have to admit, that’s way easier than doing each vehicle one-by-one.





While we think bulk uploading is easier, you may still run into a question we can answer for you. We’ll always be ready to help you by phone or email. Give us a call at 704.234.6005 if you need assistance!


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Monday, February 24, 2014

Reminder - Upcoming Form 2290 Deadline for Vehicles 1st Used in January

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The deadline to file your Form 2290 for any heavy vehicles first placed in use during the month of January is this Friday, February 28th. The HVUT, or the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax is mandatory for vehicles to file the IRS Form 2290 after the first use month. The quickest and easiest way to E-File the 2290 is through ExpressTruckTax.com

All you will need is some basic business information:
  • EIN - Employer Identification Number, also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, is used to identify a business entity.
  • VIN - Vehicle Identification Number of up to 17 characters
  • Gross Weight of the Vehicle - The gross weight of your vehicle is the weight of your truck + a loaded trailer.
Then you will transmit the return to the IRS and you will receive your Stamped Schedule 1 in just minutes! If you need assistance or have any questions, please go to ExpressTruckTax.com or contact our Express Tax Support Center in Rock HIll, SC at 704.234.6005 or email us at support@ExpressTruckTax.com. We have Spanish Support too!
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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

ExpressTruckTax Wishes You A Happy 2014!

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Our offices are closed today for New Year’s, but will resume normal business hours tomorrow, Thursday, January 2, 2014.

Happy New Year from all of us at ExpressTruckTax.
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Monday, December 30, 2013

ExpressTruckTax New Year’s Hours

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ExpressTruckTax hopes you had a very Merry Christmas!

Please note our New Year’s office hours:

Tuesday, December 31st-8am-3pm chat and email support
Wednesday, January 1st-Closed New Year’s Day-Happy New Year!
Thursday, January 2nd- Normal business hours resume

ExpressTruckTax thanks you for choosing us for your HVUT filing.  We wish you a very happy and safe New Year!
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