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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Have You Received an IRS Letter About Non-Payment?

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Have You Received an IRS Letter About Non-Payment?
Don’t fret just yet! The IRS does this every year (we haven’t figured out why yet). If you filed close to the IRS Form 2290 deadline, there’s a good chance you’ve received one of these lovely letters from the IRS stating you never paid your 2290 tax.

Our best guess is that the IRS systems don’t communicate information all that well, especially when the volume of returns is so high. What we do know is this happens every year, and historically the IRS will send you a follow-up letter in a couple of weeks telling you the first letter was sent in error. So before you panic or throw this letter away, please double check to be sure the full tax amount was paid:

Why Would The IRS Send me a Letter?

It is likely an error on their end, but you always want to make sure. Before you panic or brush off the notice take the following steps:
Have You Received an IRS Letter About Non-Payment?1. Check how you chose to pay the IRS. (EFW, EFTPS, Credit/Debit, Or check/money order)

2. If you chose Electronic Funds Withdrawal (EFW) check your bank statement to verify the funds were successfully drafted from your account. If they were, you should be in the clear! Wait for a follow-up letter. However, if the amount has not been removed, we encourage you to contact us. There could have been an error when entering your account information.

3. If you chose to pay the tax with a debit or credit card make sure you did make that payment separately. (Note: This payment would’ve been made outside ExpressTruckTax after you completed your filing) If you didn’t realize this or forgot to pay, you can pay through Official Payments.

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If you have any questions or concerns, contact us at 704-234-6005. We are always happy to help!

If you still need to file your Form 2290 click here. It is wise to file as soon as possible even if you can’t make the full IRS payment.



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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

So Your IRS Form 2290 Was Rejected. What's Next?

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So Your IRS Form 2290 Was Rejected. What's Next?
Your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) IRS Form 2290 due date was Friday, August 31st. Yup, that's right; it was last Friday. This means you are on the clock and you need to file Form 2290 fast to avoid higher penalties and interest. Remember, if you filed before the deadline and it was rejected you are still subject to penalties until you file a corrected form.

Why 2290 Forms Are Commonly Rejected

So why wait? Go ahead and use ExpressTruckTax to quickly and conveniently knock out your IRS Form 2290 today. As a bonus, use the following tips about why 2290 forms are commonly rejected to get yours accepted the first time.

EIN Problems

You need an EIN or Employer Identification Number to complete your IRS Form 2290. There’s no way around it. If you use your SSN (Social Security Number) in place of your EIN when you file Form 2290, it will be rejected instantly.

Duplicated IRS Form 2290

Your rig’s VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) can only be filed for once during the HVUT tax period. Duplicates will be rejected, so make sure that you’re filing for the current tax period which runs from July 1st, 2018 to June 30th, 2019. If you accidentally filed for the previous tax period then that could be why your form is considered a duplicate.

You also need to make sure that you enter your VIN correctly. If it’s one character off, then your form could get rejected. If your form is rejected for this reason don’t panic, you can quickly and easily file free VIN corrections with ExpressTruckTax.

RTN Errors

You can pay the amount of HVUT you owe to the IRS through direct debit or electronic funds withdrawal, and that process involves providing your bank account number and RTN (Routing Transfer Number).

If you enter this information with as little as one character off, the IRS will not be able to debit the funds, and your form will be rejected. This is also the case if you do not have enough funds in your account to cover the full amount.

Enter your information, which can be found on one of your checks, correctly. If your form is rejected for an incorrect RTN or insufficient funds you will need to edit your form and retransmit it or choose a different payment method.


Current IRS Penalties And Interest

So Your IRS Form 2290 Was Rejected. What's Next?If you have failed to file your Form 2290 or a corrected amendment you are facing a penalty of 4.5 % of the total tax amount due. Your penalty will increase on a monthly basis for up to five months. Plus, if you failed to make your HVUT payment will also need to pay a .5% penalty per month until it is paid in full.

More importantly, you are driving with an expired Schedule 1. You need your stamped Schedule 1 to register new vehicles and to renew your tags with the DMV. Without it, you are operating illegally.

Form 2290 Filing Made Easy

If you still need to file Form 2290 click the link below to get started. ExpressTruckTax provides you a quick and convenient e-filing process for hassle-free Form 2290 filing.

If you have any questions, our dedicated bilingual support team is here for you every step of the way. We promise never to stick you with a robot or automated call system. Shocking I know! We discovered people want to talk to a real person when they call a company.

You can also send us an email at support@expresstrucktax.com for 24-hour support in both English and Spanish.


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Friday, August 31, 2018

Warning! Today is The IRS Form 2290 Due Date

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Warning! Today is The IRS Form 2290 Due Date
Did you notice that alarm going off in the back of your mind? That’s totally normal, don’t worry about it. It simply means that the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290 deadline is here.

……..Wait, What?!......

Yup, that’s right! Today, August 31st is your IRS Form 2290 Due Date

If this news has caught you off guard I highly suggest you get a move on–– and fast! Today is the last day you can file without facing severe IRS 2290 penalties.

So, take a deep breath, relax, and sign up for your free ExpressTruckTax account. Knock out your Form 2290 online filing and receive your stamped Schedule 1 in a matter of minutes. Our 2290 filing process is quick and easy, so you don’t need to panic or feel the need to rush. Go ahead and file right now so you can get back to focusing on the road.

The HVUT Form 2290 Deadline Is Here

You need to file your Form 2290 online today or you could be subject to major penalties. For example, the penalty for failing to file by the deadline is 4.5% of the total tax due, assessed on a monthly basis for up to five months. If you file late and fail to make an HVUT payment by the deadline you’ll also face a monthly fee of .5% of the total tax you owe. Plus, an additional interest charge of .54% will also accrue.



Warning! Today is The IRS Form 2290 Due DateThat’s why it’s super important to file by the deadline. When you file with the #1 trusted name in the trucking industry, ExpressTruckTax, you will get a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email within minutes of filing. You can also choose to have it faxed or mailed to you.

Your stamped Schedule 1 serves as your proof of HVUT payment, so you really need it. Plus, it’s required by the DMV to register new heavy vehicles and to renew your tags. Without it, you won’t be legally operating your truck!

Enough chit chat, you know you have to file, so here’s how you do it. Sign up for your free ExpressTruckTax account and follow our easy step-by-step instructions to complete your 2290.

If you’re out on the road, you don’t need to find a computer or an IRS office to file. Simply download the ExpressTruckTax mobile app on your smartphone or tablet. This way you can file from any location from the comfort of your own cab.

Start My Form 2290 Filing Today!


The Easiest Way to File Form 2290

Looking for an even easier way to file? Our sister product, TSNAmerica, is a full-service 2290 filing solution. The process is straightforward and will take less than 5 minutes. Simply give them your information over the phone, and they will file your IRS Form 2290 on your behalf. Once they have submitted your information to the IRS, you will receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email. Their outstanding bilingual team supports filing in both English and Spanish.

TSNAmerica: 803.386.0320




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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

File Your HVUT Form 2290 Now And Pay Later

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File Your HVUT Form 2290 Now And Pay Later

Whoa, it’s time to get moving! Your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290 is due Friday, August 31st at midnight. The deadline is here! That means you’re literally running out of time to file without facing major penalties.

We know this puts you in quite a state of urgency, but stay calm. You can file Form 2290 in a matter of minutes with ExpressTruckTax. Here is why you should file your HVUT Form 2290 now even if you can’t pay your truck taxes.

Why You Should File Form 2290 Now

If you file Form 2290 late, you will have to face a steep penalty of 4.5% of your total tax amount. However, if you pay your truck tax after the deadline, it is a less severe penalty of .5%. We highly encourage you to go ahead and file your Form 2290 now even if you can not make all or partial payment.


File Form 2290 today and choose check or money order to pay later.

If you don’t file by the deadline, you will not receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1. Since your previous Schedule 1 expired in June, you will be placed out of service, if it is not renewed. You need your stamped Schedule 1 to renew your tags with the DMV.

Form 2290 Filing Made Easy With ExpressTruckTax

ExpressTruckTax provides you a quick and convenient e-filing process for hassle-free Form 2290 filing. To file Form 2290 and pay later simply select the check or money order option when prompted. When you are able to make your truck tax payment you can mail it directly to the IRS.

Trust us it is in your best interest to at least file Form 2290 by the August 31st deadline. Imagine the hassle of getting pulled over and trying to explain expired tags. If you are placed out of service it will be even harder to make your truck tax payment. 

Start My Form 2290 Filing Today!



Looking for an even easier way to file? Our sister product, TSNAmerica, is a full-service 2290 filing solution. The process is straightforward and will take less than 5 minutes. Simply give them your information over the phone, and they will file your IRS Form 2290 on your behalf. Once they have submitted your information to the IRS, you will receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email. Their outstanding bilingual team supports filing in both English and Spanish.


TSNAmerica: 803.386.0320



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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Highway (Vehicle Use Tax) To Hell: A 2290 Horror Story

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Guest blog by Victoria Lurie of ExpressTruckTax in partnership with Chad Boblett, the founder of Boblett Brothers LLC and Rate Per Mile Masters Facebook Group.

As a former Marine Chad Boblett doesn’t spook easy, but when he was attempting to file his very first Form 2290 for his very first truck, the prospect of what could go wrong weighed on him pretty heavily.

“My brain was swollen with all the new stuff that I needed to figure out,” Boblett says now, musing on how easy it all comes seven years later. But at the time Boblett was a ball of nerves and some serious unanswered questions.

His 2290 nightmare began when the dealership gave him marching orders to head to the IRS to pay his HVUT before he could get his plates. Seemed simple enough; there was an IRS office right there in Lexington, KY, and Boblett brightened at the chance to talk one-on-one with a human being who could help him sort things out.

What he got instead was a window and a wait time.

His human interaction wound up being a woman stationed behind a pane of glass facing a tiny waiting area, and the extent of her help was a curt “Take a number, take a seat, and fill out the paper” hissed at him through a small window. A mountainous security guard eyed Boblett as he grabbed an IRS Form 2290 from a display and took a seat. Real inviting place.

Boblett had barely gotten his clipboard settled when the questions started to swirl in his brain. One of the first things the 2290 wanted to know was “what is the weight of your tractor?” Boblett stared at it. Was that with fuel? Without? Before the 600-pound APU was added or after? Boblett went to go ask the attendant for clarification –– this was for the IRS, after all. Answers mattered.

They just mattered to Boblett more than they mattered to the attendant, who spat out a helpful “Our job is not to tell you how to fill it out. We’re just here to collect the form and process it.”

That didn’t sit with him too well. “I’m a very black-and-white person,” says Boblett. “The thing I got in trouble for most in school was asking too many questions. I question until I have a full understanding.” And understanding what he was up against was going to be crucial in dealing with the federal government.

“I don’t want to be looking at a DOT officer and go ‘well I put 20,000 pounds down because that was my best guess!’ I’m not gonna lie to nobody. It’s the IRS! If I mess it up, this is my livelihood.”

The questions in Boblett’s brain swirled harder, a swarm of bees hellbent on getting an answer. Boblett’s usually good at getting the information he needs. “I would be an awesome reporter,” he says now. “People love to give me vague answers, but I just keep asking until I get one. You can scoot around it, but you’re going to give me an answer.”


Highway (Vehicle Use Tax) To Hell: A 2290 Horror StoryAnd so he braced himself and headed back to the window. Seeing Boblett for the third time was not the charm, and the woman grew rude. And, well, Boblett got a little to-the-point. “If you’re rude to me, you’re not gonna get Nice Chad, you’re gonna get Marine Chad.”

The lady behind the window screamed for the security guard, having deemed a Marine with questions to be a major threat. The security guard hulked over Boblett and pointed to the door. “You need to leave.” Boblett left, with his 2290 and more questions than ever, among them why on earth 2290s needed to be guarded so heavily.

Boblett then took to the internet, and even went back to the dealership to ask some questions. He filled out the Form 2290 to the best of his ability, changed his clothes, threw on a hat, and went right back to the IRS office where they processed his form without issue...or security interference.

This entire ordeal replayed in Boblett’s mind when he first heard of ExpressTruckTax. He was on the road at the time, so he relayed what he’d found to his wife, who was quick to call back and tell him it was done. His 2290 was in. “You were able to figure it out that fast?!” No questions...no attendants...no disguises..?

Boblett was gobsmacked. “That is so much damn easier than going to the IRS office.” Boblett says he’d happily pay $10 never to deal with the IRS office again. “Hell, I’d pay $20. Screw driving all the way across town and dealing with lines and rude people. Just go online to ETT and save yourself the hassle. It’s just total common sense.”

In addition to sparing people the DMV-like tedium, Bobblet says he enjoys ETT’s immediacy. You could still paper-file, “but why would you want that on your to-do list? If I’m not doing it right, I want to know. I don’t want to call the IRS every week because [my stamped Schedule 1] didn’t come in.”

In an effort to save others from repeating his ordeal, Boblett decided to partner with ExpressTruckTax and spread the word. E-file your Form 2290 through Boblett’s Rate Per Mile Masters portal and stop sweating about your Schedule 1. But do it fast – the Form 2290 deadline is August 31st.

You no longer have time to languish in line at the IRS or at the post office. E-file today and get it all done before the deadline. If you have any questions, ExpressTruckTax can help. Having questions is only human. Getting answers shouldn’t be a hassle.


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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Complete IRS Form 2290 Instructions For Easy E-Filing

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Complete IRS Form 2290 Instructions For Easy E-Filing
You are running out of time to file your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) 2290 returns! Thankfully, when you complete your Filing Form 2290 online with ExpressTruckTax, you will receive your stamped Schedule 1 in just a matter minutes!

Don’t wait to file your heavy highway use tax; complete your Form 2290 for 2018 today! ExpressTruckTax offers an easy-to-use filing process making Form 2290 filing easier than ever before. Here is how you can get started.

There is the essential information you will need to file your 2290 tax:
  • Business Name & Address
  • EIN (Employer Identification Number)
  • VIN (Vehicle Identification Number 
  • Gross Taxable Weight
  • Authorized signatory details

If you are going to pay the IRS via direct debit, be sure to have your routing and account number ready. With ExpressTruckTax your can also pay 2290 with a credit or debit card starting this tax season.

Please Keep in Mind: You have to have an EIN for Form 2290 filing online. You can not use your SSN (Social Security Number). If you need to apply for an EIN, click here. Once you apply, you will need to wait up to 10 business days for it to become active in the IRS system.

Step-by-Step Guide to Filing Form 2290 For 2018


Step 1:
Using your email address and password, you will need to create a free ExpressTruckTax account.

Step 2:
When you are ready to start the Form 2290 online filing process with ExpressTruckTax, you will click the orange ‘Start New Return’ button and enter the basic information for your trucking business (Name, address, and EIN).

Step 3:
You will enter your tax year and your vehicle’s first used month. ExpressTruckTax Form 2290 filing is based on your vehicle’s first used month and is due the last day of the month following when it is was first used.

Your current Schedule 1 for the 2017-2018 season expired on June 30th, 2018. You will need to file with ExpressTruckTax before the 2290 due date to ensure the IRS accepts your information.

Step 4:
Enter your vehicle information including the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and taxable gross weight. You will need to select if your vehicle was explicitly used for logging or agricultural purposes. If so, you will be granted a break on your taxes or possibly even be exempt. However, you will still need to file to receive your stamped Schedule 1. You will also need to indicate if your vehicle is suspended.


Complete IRS Form 2290 Instructions For Easy E-Filing
Step 5:
ExpressTruckTax will then calculate the tax amount you owe the IRS. Once you have this amount you can then pick from one of the following payment options: Pay 2290 with the credit card, debit card, direct debit, electronic funds withdrawal, EFTPS, check, or money order.

Step 6:
ExpressTruckTax will then give you the ability to review all your information and make any corrections. Our system will perform an instant internal audit to ensure error-free filing; however, we highly suggest that you double-check your VIN number at this time...

Step 7:
Once any and all corrections have been made, you will then transmit your form directly to the IRS. eJust enter a 5-digit code of your choice at the bottom of your form to electronically sign and transmit.

Step 8:
Sit back and relax! You will receive your stamped Schedule 1 in minutes, and you will be set until 2019.








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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

What Happens When You Don't File Your IRS Form 2290?

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What Happens When You Don't File Your IRS Form 2290?
Your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) IRS Form 2290 is due this month! This means you are officially running out of time to file by the August 31st deadline. If you fail to file and/or pay your owed HVUT tax amount you will wind up with severe IRS penalties and interest. Here is what happens when you don’t file your IRS Form 2290.

What is IRS Form 2290 in Trucking?

Before we go in-depth on what happens when you don’t file IRS Form 2290 let’s quickly review what is required.

If you own and operate a heavy use vehicle with a gross weight of 55,000 lbs or more, then you are required to file IRS Form 2290. Gross weight means the weight of your truck when it is fully equipped for service. This includes the body and accessories that are a normal part of your hauls. Your gross weight does not include yourself or any specialized equipment that is typically not used.

You will need to file HVUT Form 2290 and pay any taxes owed to receive your stamped Schedule 1.

What is a Stamped Schedule 1?

Your stamped Schedule 1 is proof of payment for your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax. Without this proof of payment, you will be unable to renew your tags at the DMV or renew your registration for IFTA, IRP, or UCR.

Once the IRS receives and approves your HVUT Form 2290, you will receive your stamped Schedule 1. When you e-file Form 2290, the IRS stamps it with a digital watermark. This digital Schedule 1 is your official proof of payment and will be accepted by the DOT, DMV, and other federal authorities.

It is always a good idea to keep a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 in your glovebox, especially if you are crossing international borders (Canada and Mexico). Border patrol will check that you have a current stamped Schedule 1 before allowing you back into the United States.

What Happens If You File Your IRS Form 2290 Late/Not At All?

What Happens When You Don't File Your IRS Form 2290?If your form is late or you fail to file at all, you will face a penalty of 4.5% of the total amount of HVUT you owe. This amount will accrue on a monthly basis for up to five months. Plus, if you fail to make a HVUT payment by the deadline you’ll face a monthly fee of 0.5%. On top of all of that, you will face an additional interest charge of .54%. These penalties will make the amount you owe skyrocket!

If you don’t file by the deadline or fail to file at all, then you won’t have a copy of your stamped Schedule 1, which serves as proof of payment. You need your stamped Schedule 1 in order to register new vehicles and to renew your tags with the DMV. Without it, you’ll be operating illegally . . . just imagine the hassle of getting pulled over and trying to explain expired tags! Plus, your registration may be suspended.

Now if you forget to file your HVUT, don’t panic. You may not be penalized if you can show reasonable cause for filing late, or why your payment is late. Simply file as soon as you can and attach an explanation for filing late to your return. The IRS will then either accept or reject your explanation as a reasonable cause. There are also penalties for filing fraudulent or false returns.

Form 2290 Filing Made Easy With ExpressTruckTax

Now that you know what to expect if you file or pay after the Form 2290 due date we are sure you will avoid it. Thankfully there is a super easy solution. ExpressTruckTax provides you a quick and convenient e-filing process for hassle-free Form 2290 filing.

If you have any questions, ExpressTruckTax is here for you every step of the way. We have a dedicated ExpressTruckTax US support team ready to help you! We promise never to stick you with a robot or automated call system. Give us a call at 704.234.6005 or send us an email at support@expresstructax.om for 24-hour support in both English and Spanish.

Start My Form 2290 Filing Today!


Looking for an even easier way to file? Our sister product, TSNAmerica, is a full -service 2290 filing solution. The process is straightforward and will take less than 5 minutes. Simply give them your information over the phone, and they will file your IRS Form 2290 on your behalf. Once they have submitted your information to the IRS, you will receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email. Their outstanding bilingual team supports filing in both English and Spanish.


TSNAmerica: 803.386.0320






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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

How to Save Time by Filing Form 2290 Online With ExpressTruckTax

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How to Save Time by Filing Form 2290 Online With ExpressTruckTax
The IRS is now accepting your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax or IRS Form 2290 returns! And when you file Form 2290 with ExpressTruckTax, you will receive your stamped Schedule 1 in just a matter of minutes, saving you both time and money. 

Filing Form 2290 Online With ExpressTruckTax

Instead of having to wait in a long line at an IRS office, you can quickly e-file Form 2290 online. Plus, the e-filing process is incredibly easy. All you have to do is follow the step-by-step guide to complete your Form 2290 in just a few minutes and transmit it directly to the IRS.

ExpressTruckTax even gives you helpful hints and tips along the way to ensure you fully understand each section. If you filed with ExpressTruckTax previously, you can copy your information from a previously accepted return to your current one. This way you don’t have to spend time re-entering your information.

With the bulk upload feature, you can quickly upload all of your business and vehicle(s) information at once. This helps those with multiple vehicles save time because they won’t have to enter their trucks individually. Use the ExpressTruckTax excel template or upload your information using your own template.

You don’t even need a computer to file. Download the ExpressTruckTax App to file from any location at any time.

Need Help Filing Form 2290 Online With ExpressTruckTax?

Follow ExpressTruckTax’s easy step-by-step filing process online or call our sister product, TSNAmerica, to file over the phone in less than 10 minutes. Complete your IRS Form 2290, transmit directly to the IRS, and receive your stamped Schedule 1! Our dedicated ExpressTruckTax US-based support team is available via phone, live chat, and email.




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Monday, July 2, 2018

How to Get Your Stamped Schedule 1 in Minutes

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How to Get Your Stamped Schedule 1 in MinutesIt’s official! The IRS is now accepting your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) 2290 returns! But do you know what that means here at ExpressTruckTax? When you complete your Form 2290 filing with ExpressTruckTax, you will receive your stamped Schedule 1 in just a matter minutes!

Why wait to file your heavy highway use tax when you can complete your Form 2290 for 2018 today? ExpressTruckTax offers an easy-to-use filing process making Form 2290 filing easier than ever before. Here is how you can get started.

Before we start the ExpressTruckTax Form 2290 filing process, you will need some essential information.
  • Business Name & Address
  • EIN (Employer Identification Number)
  • VIN (Vehicle Identification Number 
  • Gross Taxable Weight
  • Authorized signatory details

If you are going to pay the IRS via direct debit, be sure to have your routing and account number ready. With ExpressTruckTax your can also pay 2290 with credit card or debit starting this tax season.

Please Keep in Mind: You have to have an EIN for Form 2290 filing online. You can not use your SSN (Social Security Number). If you need to apply for an EIN, click here. Once you apply, you will need to wait up to 10 business days for it to become active in the IRS system.

How to File IRS Form 2290?

Step 1:

Using your email address and password, you will need to create a free ExpressTruckTax account.

Step 2:

When you are ready to start the Form 2290 filing process with ExpressTruckTax, you will click the orange ‘Start New Return’ button and enter the basic information for your trucking business (Name, address, and EIN).

Step 3:

You will enter your tax year and your vehicle’s first used month. ExpressTruckTax Form 2290 filing is based on your vehicles first used month and is due the last day of the month following when it is was first used.

For example: If you first used your vehicle in July, your IRS Form 2290 will be due August 31, 2018. The current tax period runs from July 1st, 2018 until June 30th, 2019. Your current schedule 1 for the 2017-2018 season expired on June 30th, 2018. You will need to file with ExpressTruckTax before the 2290 due date to ensure your information is accepted by the IRS.

Step 4:


How to Get Your Stamped Schedule 1 in Minutes
Enter your vehicle information including the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and taxable gross weight. You will need to select if your vehicle was used specifically for logging or agricultural purposes. If so you will be granted a break on your taxes or be exempt. However, you will still need to file to receive your stamped Schedule 1. You will also need to indicate if your vehicle is suspended.



Step 5:

ExpressTruckTax will then calculate the tax amount you owe the IRS. Once you have this amount you can then pick from one of the following payment options: Pay 2290 with credit card, debit, direct debit, electronic funds withdrawal, EFTPS, check, or money order.

Step 6:

ExpressTruckTax will then give you the ability to review all your information and make any corrections. Our system will perform an instant internal audit to ensure error-free filing; however, we highly suggest that you double check your VIN number at this time as it is the number one reason for HVUT rejection.

Step 7:

Once any and all corrections have been made, you will then transmit your form directly to the IRS. You will enter a 5-digit code of your choice at the bottom of your form to electronically sign and transmit.

Step 8:

Sit back and relax! You will receive your stamped Schedule 1 in just a matter of minutes, and you will be set until 2019. 

File Your Heavy Use Tax Over the Phone

If you are looking for a full-service solution contact the sister product of ExpressTruckTax, TSNAmerica. Their outstanding bilingual support team will file Form 2290 on your behalf over the phone. The process is straightforward and will take less than 5 minutes. Give them your information and they will do the work for you. Once they have submitted your information to the IRS, you will receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email.

TSNAmerica: 803.386.0320


Need Help Filing HVUT 2290 Online With ExpressTruckTax?

Our dedicated ExpressTruckTax support team is available via phone, live chat, and email. These US-based representatives are HVUT experts and will take the time to answer all of our questions and will even walk you through the entire filing process.




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Thursday, June 28, 2018

You Need to Know About Vehicle Type For Form 2290 Filing

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You Need to Know About Vehicle Type For Form 2290 FilingWith the Form 2290 due date coming up fast, ExpressTruckTax is here to help with tips about the filing process, and where you can save money. We don’t want you paying more than you have to. Today we are looking at the different vehicle types for Form 2290 filing. Some vehicle types are subject to lower tax rates, credits, or could exempt you from the heavy use tax altogether. 

Before we get into the different 2290 vehicle types you can file with ExpressTruckTax, let’s review who must file the heavy use tax. If you own and operate a heavy vehicle 55,000 Ibs or more in gross weight, you are required to receive a stamped Schedule 1 after Form 2290 filing. Your gross weight is the total weight of your vehicle unloaded. However, this will include any equipment or accessories you typically use on a haul.

Vehicles that qualify for the heavy highway use tax include any self-propelled vehicles that are designed to carry loads on public highways, regardless of their possible other functions. An example of other functions could consist of carrying special goods/supplies, passengers, or permanently mounted equipment.

Logging Vehicle

You might confuse the term “logging vehicle’ with an ELD, however, for Form 2290 filing purposes these vehicles are used to … well... haul logs. So if your vehicle is used to haul wood or other products from the forest, it could classify, and this is important because you can receive a reduced tax rate.

Ensure you are paying the correct tax amount by checking the IRS criteria for logging vehicles:
Your truck is exclusively used to transport material harvested from a forested site, or your vehicle is used solely to transport harvested materials from one forested location to another forested place. If your truck runs between forested sites, it can use public highways in between those sites and still be considered a logging vehicle.

AND

Your vehicle is registered in your base state (or any other state in which it is required to be registered) as a highway motor vehicle used exclusively for the transport of harvested materials from a forested site. Although the truck must be registered as a “logging vehicle” in your state, no special tag or license plate is required to identify the vehicle as a logging vehicle.

Harvested Material:
According to the IRS guidelines, harvested products can include any raw timber taken from a forest, OR any timber that has been processed on the forested site for commercial processes, meaning the timber has already been sawed into lumber, chipped, or milled in some way.

Agricultural Vehicles

Vehicles typically required to file the road tax 2290 are those with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 Ibs and travel over 5,000 miles on public highways through the current tax period. However, to give farmers and suppliers a break, the IRS requirements are slightly more lenient for vehicles used to transport agricultural products. Those vehicles that qualify regardless of their weight are allowed to drive up to 7,500 miles on public highways each tax period before having to pay the heavy highway use tax.

However, this does not exempt any vehicles from Form 2290 filing. If your vehicle's gross weight exceeds 55,000 Ibs, you will still need to receive a stamped Schedule 1 Form 2290.

Ensure you are paying the correct tax amount by checking the IRS criteria for agricultural vehicles:
The vehicle is used primarily for farming purposes throughout the tax year. However, what does the IRS consider “primarily for farming purposes”? It’s quite simple. More than half of the vehicle’s total mileage for the year must be used for farming purposes. Also, a farming purpose, according to the IRS, is any activity that contributes to the conduct of a farm. This can include activities such as transporting goods to and from a farm (goods like livestock, produce, animal feed, fertilizer, etc.), direct use in agricultural production, or just performing work around the farm like repairing fences, building irrigation ditches, clearing land, etc.

AND

The vehicle is registered as an agricultural vehicle in your state. Although your vehicle must be registered as such, no special license plates or tags marked “agriculture” are required to maintain your status as an agricultural vehicle. If your vehicle meets both of these requirements above, then you can file as an agricultural vehicle with a higher mileage limit.

If you file your agricultural vehicle as a Suspended (Category W) at the beginning of the tax period but then exceed the 7,500-mile limit, you will need to submit a Form 2290 Amendment for a Milage Increase. The Form 2290 Amendment is due by the end of the month following the month you exceeded the mileage limit. After filing the Amendment, the IRS will prorate your heavy highway use tax for the remaining months of the tax year. This means that even though you will owe some tax, it will not be for the full amount you would have owed.

Suspended Vehicles


You Need to Know About Vehicle Type For Form 2290 Filing
A suspended or credit vehicle is a highway motor vehicle that is expected to travel 5,000 miles or less (7,500 miles or less for agricultural vehicles) during the tax period. This mileage limit applies to the total amount of miles it’s driven on the road, regardless of the number of owners.

Other suspended or credited vehicles include those that were sold, destroyed, or stolen and they must all be reported on your 2290. If they exceed the mileage limit during the tax period, then you’ll owe HVUT for them.

When you e-file your IRS Form 2290 with ExpressTruckTax we will auto-generate Form 8849 so you can claim a refund or credit on the amount you paid to the IRS for these vehicles.

Exempt Vehicles

Vehicles that are exempt from the HVUT don’t need to be filed for, regardless of how many miles they travel. They’re 100% exempt from the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax! A few HVUT exempt vehicles include qualified blood collector vehicles, mobile machinery used for non-transportation purposes, heavy vehicles used by the federal government, and more.

When is The Form 2290 Due Date?

You must complete your Form 2290 filing by the last day of the month following the first use month during the current tax year. The typical trucking tax year is July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019. If your tax period stated in July of last year your Schedule 1 Form 2290 will be due on August 31st.

File Your 2290 Form 2018 Online

Now that you know how to save money based on your vehicle type it is time to File your 2290 Form 2018 online. Follow ExpressTruckTax’s easy step-by-step filing process online or call our sister product, TSNAmerica, to file over the phone in less than 10 minutes. Complete your IRS Form 2290, transmit directly to the IRS, and receive your stamped Schedule 1!




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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Your Last-Chance to Join The IGLOO® Cooler Giveaway

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Your Last-Chance to Join The IGLOO® Cooler Giveaway
Attention trucking nation! The IRS Form 2290 filing season is officially here at ExpressTruckTax, and we are ringing in the new tax year with a special giveaway. We understand that HVUT Form 2290 filing is not the highlight of your summer which is why we are adding a little extra incentive.

What better way to start off the summer than with an IGLOO® IMX Cooler. When you file your heavy use tax before July 1, 2018, you are automatically entered to win! Don’t miss your chance to be entered to win! Keep your drinks cold and snacks fresh while you’re on the road this summer.

On July 2, 2018, we will announce the winner via Facebook live! Don’t miss out. File your 2018 - 2019 IRS Form 2290 on/before 6/30/2018 to be automatically entered to win our IGLOO® IMX Cooler giveaway.

How to File IRS Form 2290?

Login or create a free ExpressTruckTax account
Enter your trucking and business details (EIN, VIN, etc.)
Verify your information and transmit your HVUT 2290 to the IRS
Receive your stamped Schedule 1 via email

It is that simple! File before July 1, 2018, and be entered to win a free hardshell cooler!

Information Needed to File Your Heavy Use Tax:

  1. Your employer identification number (EIN). You cannot use your social security number for Form 2290 filing. 
  2. Your vehicle identification number (VIN). 
  3. The taxable gross weight of your vehicle(s) to determine your category. 




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ExpressTruckTax Giveaway Terms & Conditions

The filing & payment to transmit a Form 2290 is necessary to enter to win.

By entering an ExpressTruckTax Giveaway (each, a “Sweepstakes”), you will be bound by these Terms & Conditions and you acknowledge that you satisfy all eligibility requirements. “ExpressTruckTax” means Span Enterprises LLC or any of its affiliates.

Eligibility. Open to individual legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who have an ExpressTruckTax account and are 18 years of age or the legal age of majority in their state of residence prior to the date of entry. Employees of ExpressTruckTax, its affiliates, and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate.

Prize(s) and Winner Selection Method. The Sponsor will award a prize to one or more individuals who file their 2018-19 Form 2290 on ExpressTruckTax.com between 6/1/2018-6/30/2018 Potential winner(s) will be selected at random from among all eligible entries received. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. If you are a winner, an e-mail notification will be sent to you.

You must have an ExpressTruckTax account and have filed a 2018-19 Form 2290 before June 30, 2018, in order to enter or receive a prize. Limit one entry per person and household using only one ExpressTruckTax.com account per Sweepstakes. Prize(s) will be fulfilled by the Sponsor. Prize(s) will be delivered by ExpressTruckTax.com.

Each prize will be awarded “as is” and without warranty of any kind, express or implied (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose). If you win a prize, you may not transfer, assign, or redeem the prize for cash. ExpressTruckTax may substitute a prize with a prize of equal or greater value.

How to Enter. You will automatically be entered to win a prize upon the transmission of a 2018-19 Form 2290. If you do not wish to automatically be entered into the sweepstakes, you must notify us by email at support@expresstrucktax.com or call us at 704.234.6005. If you choose to promote your entry (including that you filed your Form 2290) via social media or other channels, you should disclose your connection to the Sweepstakes. For example, it may be sufficient to include a statement such as #ExpressTruckTaxGiveaway.

This giveaway is not associated with igloocoolers.com, Facebook.com, or Twitter.com.

Other Sweepstakes. Additional Terms. Sponsor, together with ExpressTruckTax, reserves the right to modify or cancel a Sweepstakes at any time. Sponsor and ExpressTruckTax and its affiliates are not responsible for: (a) lost, misdirected, late, or incomplete entries or for inaccurate entry information; (b) any operation or transmission error, theft, unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries; or (c) damage to any computer or device resulting from downloading Sweepstakes materials. Sponsor, together with ExpressTruckTax, may disqualify any individual found to be: (x) tampering with a Sweepstakes; (y) violating these Terms & Conditions; or (z) acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or with intent to threaten or harass any person. Incomplete and robotic, automatic, programmed or similar entries will be disqualified. The authorized subscriber of the account used to enter a Sweepstakes at the actual time of entry will be deemed to be the participant and must comply with these Terms & Conditions in the event of a dispute as to entries submitted by multiple users having the same e-mail account.

No greater than the number of prizes stated on the Sweepstakes Landing Page will be awarded. If any errors occur in the selection of a potential winner, or if more prizes are claimed than specified, Sponsor or ExpressTruckTax may award the prize(s) by random drawing from among all eligible claimants. All prizes made available for a Sweepstakes may not be awarded in the event Sponsor or ExpressTruckTax does not receive a sufficient number of qualified and eligible entries for an applicable Sweepstakes.

Miscellaneous. Each Sweepstakes is governed by the laws of the United States. By entering a Sweepstakes, you agree (for yourself and your heirs) that Sponsor, ExpressTruckTax, and each of their respective affiliates and agents, and any entity involved in any aspect of the Sweepstakes (all aforementioned parties are collective, the “Released Parties”) will have no liability, and will be held harmless from and against liability, loss, injury or damage to property or person, including death, and reasonable attorney’s fees and court costs, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by reason of the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of a prize or participation in the Sweepstakes, even if caused or contributed to by the negligence of any of the Released Parties.

You agree that Sponsor’s decisions related to each Sweepstakes and all distribution of prizes are final. Each winner agrees that, by participating in a Sweepstakes, Sponsor, ExpressTruckTax, and their respective affiliates may use the winner’s name in any manner and in any medium for its promotional purposes without additional compensation, including posting in a winner’s list, except where prohibited by law, and Sponsor, ExpressTruckTax, and their respective affiliates may be required to disclose the winner’s address to state regulatory authorities.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Form 2290 Filing Penalties You Need to Know

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Form 2290 Filing Penalties You Need to Know
The heavy highway use tax or Form 2290 due date is quickly approaching. Have no fear, you still have plenty of time for Form 2290 filing with ExpressTruckTax. But what happens if you miss the Form 2290 due date? Well, in short, you will have some major IRS penalties. Here are the Form 2290 filing penalties you need to know before the deadline and how to file with ExpressTruckTax.


Taxes can be confusing and often frustrating when trying to decipher IRS terminology, but if you miss your Form 2290 due date, the penalties will make the whole tax situation even worse. That is whyExpressTruckTax is here to help you with your Form 2290 filing.


Heavy Use Tax Penalties

If you can show reasonable cause for failing to file or paying on time, you may not be penalized. If you complete your Form 2290 filing with ExpressTruckTax after the deadline be sure to attach an explanation to your return to show reasonable cause. However, your explanation may or not be accepted by the IRS.

The penalty for failing to file your heavy use tax IRS Form 2290 by the August 31 deadline with ExpressTruckTax is equal to 4.5% of the total tax amount due, and the penalty will increase on a monthly basis for up to five months. The penalty for failing to pay your heavy highway use tax payment is .5% of your total tax amount. You will also face an additional interest charge of .54% per month. This penalty can make the amount you owe increase pretty quickly.

Form 2290 Filing Penalties You Need to Know
Depending on the state, your vehicle may be suspended until you can provide proof of HVUT payment. Your stamped Schedule 1 serves as your proof of payment, and you receive it after your Form 2290 filing. You need a stamped Schedule 1 to renew your tags and register new vehicles. Without it, you will be operating illegally. Trust me you don’t want to mess with that so it is important you file on time with ExpressTruckTax and receive your stamped Schedule 1. 






Form 2290 Filing Made Easy With ExpressTruckTax

Now that you know what to expect if you file or pay after the Form 2290 due date we are sure you will avoid it. Thankfully there is a super easy solution. ExpressTruckTax provides you a quick and convenient e-filing process for hassle-free Form 2290 filing.

If you have any questions, ExpressTruckTax is here for you every step of the way. We have a dedicated ExpressTruckTax US support team ready to help you! We promise never to stick you with a robot or automated call system. Give us a call at 704.234.6005 or send us an email at support@expresstructax.om for 24-hour support in both English and Spanish.



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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

7 Important Mistakes to Avoid When Filing Your Heavy Use Tax

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Attention all truckers! The Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) season is upon us!

However, time and time again we tend to make the same mistakes when it comes to Form 2290 filing. So let’s go over the seven important mistakes to avoid when filing your heavy use tax.

1. Incorrect EIN

As an owner-operator, you are required to have an employer identification number (EIN) to file your heavy use tax. An EIN is assigned to companies operating in the United States to identify them for tax reporting purposes.

Your trucking business’s EIN will be a string of nine digits, similar to your Social Security Number, but they can be easily distinguished because of their format (EIN: 12-3456789 SSN: 123-456-789). Although this number is labeled as identification for “employers,” your trucking business is still required to have one for Form 2290 filing. If you use your SSN, your IRS Form 2290 will be rejected.

If you still need an EIN don’t worry, you can quickly apply for one over the phone with our sister product, TSNAmerica. It will take you less than 10 minutes to request your EIN! However, once you apply, please keep in mind it will take approximately two weeks for it to be active in the IRS database.

2. Incorrect VIN

Your Heavy Highway Use Tax will be rejected if your VIN or Vehicle Identification Number is wrong. Because VINs consist of 17 characters including both numbers and letters it can be really easy to mistype one or more of them.

So whip out those glasses to clearly read your VIN and remember to type slowly. Double check your VIN to make sure that it is correct. If you have gotten your VIN wrong in the past, you might want to triple check before sending it to the IRS.

Thankfully when you file your heavy use tax with ExpressTruckTax, you can correct your VIN and retransmit to the IRS for free.

3. Tax Calculation Errors

At ExpressTruckTax we understand that tax calculations can be hard; which is why our system automatically calculates your tax amount for you. So during the Form 2290 2018-19 season, you don’t have to worry about all the complicated tax math.

Plus, when you are ready to file your Heavy Highway Use Tax, you don’t have to worry about paying right then. Merely pay before the August 31st deadline to avoid any IRS penalties.

4. Incorrect Filing Status

If you know you will travel fewer than 5,000 miles on public highways during the upcoming tax year, then you should file your vehicle as suspended, This will save you both time and money, and if you ever exceed the mileage limit, you can always submit an Amendment through ExpressTruckTax.

5. Incorrect Tax Year

When you start your Form 2290 filing process be sure to select the correct year! You will want to file for the 2018-19 tax year. If you have any questions contact our US-based support team.

6. Duplicated Vehicle Information

You don’t need or want to enter a single vehicle more than once. However, if you accidentally enter the same vehicle’s information twice, you can remove it easily by clicking the “remove” button next to the duplicate vehicle.

7. Incorrect First-Used Month


If you make this mistake, your Heavy Highway Use Tax might not be rejected, but it will cause a problem when it comes time to get your new truck tags. The tax year for HVUT begins July 1st. This means the first-used month is automatically July even if you are filing in June or August. There is only one instance where you would choose a later month, and that is if your truck was purchased after the beginning of the tax year.

For example, if you purchase a new truck in September, then that would be the first-use month.

The Key to Correct Form 2290 Filing

So what does it all boil down to? Make sure you check, re-check, and triple check your taxes again before hitting submit.

If you have any questions, we are here for you every step of the way! We have a dedicated US support team ready to help you! We promise never to stick you with a robot or automated call system. Give us a call at 704.234.605 or send us an email at support@expresstrucktax.com for 24-hour support in English and Spanish.



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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

How to Transfer Your 2290 to a New Truck?

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Owner-Operator truck driver looking at buy a new vehicle and he will need to transfer his 2290 to his new truckWe have come across this particular question from our owner-operators and self-employed drivers on almost a daily basis. So here we will go in-depth on how to transfer your 2290 to a new truck.

How to Transfer Your 2290 to a New Truck?

When you replace your old vehicle, you will use Form 2290 to adjust the credits. You will report your new vehicle for a pro-rated tax period based on when you first used the vehicle. If you need to file a Form 2290 refund claim, you will use Form 8849 Schedule 6. This is to request a refund from the IRS. The IRS will mail you a refund check within 4 to 6 weeks once your claim is accepted.

2290 Tax Transfer Instructions:

1. E-file a new Form 2290
2. Claim a Credit Vehicle on that form
3. Receive your new Stamped Schedule 1 via email instantly

Step 1:

Login or create an account (it’s free!). If you’re new to ExpressTruckTax, quickly enter your name, business info, and EIN before you begin e-filing. Finally, click “Start New Return,” choose a Form 2290, and then enter your first-used month (the month in which you purchased the new vehicle).

Step 2:

Now to enter your taxable vehicle information (for the new truck). Input the VIN, gross weight, and select whether this is a logging vehicle.

Step 3:


Owner-Operator driving his new truck after transferring his 2290 from his old truck
Enter Credit Vehicle details. Click "+ Add a Credit Vehicle," enter the VIN & gross weight, then enter details of the “loss event.” Enter the date on which the vehicle was sold, lost, or destroyed. You will also upload any required evidence, like a bill of sale, or police statement.

Input your payment method, and then hit 'transmit.'

The IRS will have reviewed your return, and if accepted you will receive your new stamped Schedule 1 via email.


Bonus Round: More Ways to Save!

If your previous truck was sold, stolen, or destroyed, and you are choosing not to replace it, then you can still get a prorated refund of the HVUT tax you paid! The procedure is different from the “transfer” process. To claim a prorated refund, you will need to e-file a Form 8849.


If your business name or EIN has changed, then you can also get a prorated refund for the taxes paid under the previous name/EIN. E-file a new Form 2290 for all vehicles under this new name or EIN. Then e-file a Form 8849 under the old name/EIN to receive your HUVT tax refund.




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