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Showing posts with label IFTA. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Are You Caught Up With Your Truck Taxes?

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Truck driving during the fall, when taxes like 3rd quarter IFTA and IRS 941 are due.
Being a trucker isn’t easy. It seems like everyone on the road thinks you’re in their way, and yet the demand for delivered goods just keeps increasing.

On top of that, you have some serious bookkeeping to maintain.

Luckily for you, there are online software solutions like ExpressTruckTax to help take the paperwork off your plate.

Here are some yearly and quarterly truck taxes you need to be aware of in order to avoid penalties and interest.

Watch out for these truck taxes:

IFTA Fuel Tax

The IFTA fuel tax is a quarterly tax used to collect and distribute fuel tax revenue between jurisdictions.

IFTA simplifies truck taxes by allowing you to travel in all participating member jurisdictions with a single fuel tax license.

You’ll need to file report your IFTA tax to your base jurisdiction 4 times a year.

Here are the IFTA fuel tax deadlines you need to be aware of



Quarter
Period
Due Date
1st
January - March
April 30
2nd
April - June
July 31
3rd
July - September
October 31
4th
October - December
January 31

Notice that the 3rd quarter IFTA deadline is approaching soon on Halloween!

Use ExpressIFTA, an online IFTA reporting software, to track all of your fuel records and generate your quarterly IFTA fuel tax reports online. 

IRS Form 2290

Form 2290 is due annually, so you only need to worry about it once a year.

It’s coupled with the Heavy Use Vehicle Tax, which is the 2290 tax amount you must pay in addition to filing Form 2290.

Hopefully, this one doesn’t need to even be on your radar for months. It was due September 3, 2019. (Normally, Form 2290 is due August 31, but that date fell on a weekend).

If, however, your Form 2290 was rejected, or if you still have not filed IRS Form 2290 for 2019-20, you’ll need to do so right away. IRS penalties and interest for this tax are not forgiving, and they only increase with time.

Online filing takes less than 10 minutes, so there’s really no reason to endure hefty penalties.

Trucking down the highway, up to date on truck taxs like IFTA fuel tax and Form 941.

If you put off filing your 2290 tax form due to your inability to afford the 2290 tax, it’s important to note that the penalty for filing your Form 2290 but failing to pay your 2290 tax is substantially lower than failing to file and pay.

In addition to avoiding penalties, it is necessary to file your 2290 tax form each year in order to receive your stamped Schedule 1, which is required for operation.

Use ExpressTruckTax, the industry’s leading IRS-authorized e-file provider, to file IRS Form 2290 in minutes from anywhere on your phone, tablet, or computer. Never even set foot in an IRS office during one of the busiest truck tax seasons.

941 Taxes

Form 941 is relevant if you own and operate a trucking business with employees, as it is used to report employment taxes and calculate the employer’s portion of Social Security and Medicare tax.

941 taxes are quarterly, meaning they’re due 4 times a year:


Quarter
Period
Due Date
1st
January - March
April 30
2nd
April - June
July 31
3rd
July - September
October 31
4th
October - December
January 31


As you can see, the 3rd quarter 941 Form 2019 deadline is coming up. Make sure you know whether or not you need to file 941 taxes. Unsure if you need to file? Read more here.

If you do need to file IRS Form 941, you’ll want to check out TaxBandits. Forget the paperwork, simply file 941 taxes online in a few minutes. Plus their interview style e-filing process and automatic error checks ensure success.

Keep up with your truck taxes! You don’t need to be spending unnecessary money on penalties and fees. Check out ExpressTruckTax, ExpressIFTA, and TaxBandits today. You’ll be glad you did.



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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Things You Need To Know: HVUT, Highway Tax 2290, and IFTA Tax

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Truck tax deadlines are approaching and truckers must stay on top of HVUT, Form 2290, and IFTA tax filing.
With every deadline comes more confusion.

You might think, “What are all these forms and payments, and why am I constantly dealing with them?”

Understanding HVUT, highway tax 2290, and IFTA tax will prepare you to file quickly each year and keep you from making filing mistakes.

Knowing the differences will also give you an idea of if you need to file, and when to file.

HVUT

HVUT, or Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, is a tax on heavy vehicles used to fund highway maintenance.

You must pay Heavy Highway Use Tax if your truck has a gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more and is driven on public highways over 5,000 miles per year. Gross weight is weight when fully equipped for service.

Heavy Highway Use Tax is an annual tax. The HVUT deadline is the same as the 2290 highway use tax form deadline. HVUT is also known as HVUT 2290 because of its connection with Form 2290, which we’ll talk about next.

Highway Tax 2290

Highway Tax 2290, or simply Form 2290, is the form used to pay your HVUT amount.

Form 2290 is also used to calculate the Heavy Highway Use Tax amount you owe, determine your truck’s category, claim an exemption or credit, and more.

Highway Tax 2290 proves why the HVUT 2290 amount you’re paying is what you’re paying.

You need an EIN to file 2290 Highway Use Tax Form. The deadline is the same as the HVUT 2290 deadline. File Highway Tax 2290 Form and pay HVUT 2290 by the end of the month after your first use month.

IFTA Tax

The IFTA tax is not related to HVUT 2290 and Highway Tax 2290 Form. IFTA, or International Fuel Tax Agreement, ensures that each state/province is paid the correct IFTA fuel tax.

IFTA fuel tax becomes important when vehicles travel frequently across state borders. If trucks fill up in one state and immediately cross to the next, the state they’re driving in is losing out.

With IFTA reporting, truckers track miles in each state.

You need to pay IFTA fuel tax quarterly if your vehicle has 2 axles and a gross vehicle weight or registered gross weight > 26,000 pounds, has a combined weight of 26,000 pounds or has 3 or more axles regardless of weight.

Here are the deadlines:




Quarter Periods
IFTA Quarterly Tax Return Period
Due Dates
1st Quarter
January - March
April 30 
2nd Quarter
April - June
July 31
3rd Quarter
July - September
October 31
4th Quarter
October - December
January 31


How To Keep Up With Truck Taxes

The best way to pay these taxes is online. Cutting out paperwork saves time, and filing online allows you to keep a record of your previous filings.

Using a service that offers all of these forms in the same place is ideal.

With ExpressTruckTax, you can do it all. IFTA reporting, highway tax 2290, and HVUT are all in one place for your convenience.

Save time with bulk upload, free VIN corrections, multi-user access, and more features

Plus, our mobile app allows you to file whenever and wherever. Filing taxes has never been easier.

Don’t forget! Your HVUT 2290 deadline is approaching!

Your IRS Form 2290 and HVUT payment are due September 3rd, 2019.

File Form 2290 today to avoid IRS penalties.








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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Yikes, I Missed The IFTA Filing Deadline. Now What?

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By now you’ve probably realized that the 2nd quarter IFTA filing deadline was yesterday, July 31st.

Crap.

Let's be honest, who even knew there were 31 days in July anyway?

Don’t sweat it - missing the IFTA due date happens every IFTA filing quarter to tons of people.

Here’s what to do if you missed the 2nd quarter IFTA filing deadline.

Yikes, I Missed The IFTA Filing Deadline. Now What?

Understand The Penalties

The penalty for missing the IFTA filing deadline is $50 or 10% of your total tax, whichever is higher.

On top of that, you’ll be charged .4167% interest on your total tax monthly until the fuel tax is paid.

In addition, and here’s the real kicker, your base jurisdiction reserves the right to revoke your IFTA license.

Sounds terrible right? Well here’s the good news.

Avoid Those Penalties

You don’t need to go through all of that.

The penalties worsen the longer you wait to file your IFTA tax. Since the IFTA due date was yesterday, if you file your IFTA fuel tax today, the only fee you’ll pay is $50 or 10% of your tax.

Plus, in some cases, if you file immediately after the deadline, you can get your IFTA filing in before anyone even realizes it’s late and potentially avoid the basic fee.

Also, first-time IFTA due date offenders will probably not have their license revoked, especially if they can rectify the situation quickly.

Here’s a summary of what I’m saying - You need to file now!

You’ve realized your mistake and you have taxes on your mind, so what are you waiting for?

Knock out your IFTA fuel tax now before this gets out of hand.

File Your IFTA Fuel Tax Fast

You need a quick IFTA reporting solution, but don’t worry, we have a suggestion!

ExpressTruckTax has everything you could possibly need to file your IFTA fuel tax.

We’ll generate your IFTA report and take care of all the calculations for you, including total miles, gallons, miles per gallon, and IFTA tax amount.

We have all the tools you need to simplify the process, including bulk upload and a free IFTA tax calculator!

IFTA reporting doesn’t get any simpler.

Missing the IFTA due date happens, but excessive penalties don’t have to.







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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Hurry! Tomorrow is the IFTA Filing Deadline!

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In case it still hasn’t hit you, we’ll say it again: 

Tomorrow, July 31st, is the 2nd quarter IFTA
filing deadline!

It’s important to file your IFTA tax return by midnight to avoid major penalties.

Did Form 2290 filing distract you from the IFTA filing deadline? 

Don’t stress! There’s still a way to file your IFTA tax return in time.

ExpressTruckTax handles all of your IFTA reporting needs online. 

With amazing features like our free IFTA tax calculator, you can generate your IFTA tax report quickly and use it to file your IFTA tax return.


Here’s everything you need to know in order to file by the IFTA filing deadline.

Hurry! Tomorrow is the IFTA Filing Deadline!

Do You Need To File IFTA Fuel Tax?

If you operate in two or more jurisdictions, you must have an IFTA sticker and license.

You are also required to file a quarterly IFTA fuel tax report calculating how much fuel tax you owe (or are credited).

IFTA reporting is necessary because, while state fuel tax would typically cover mileage traveled in a certain state, truckers frequently cross state borders. Therefore, where they purchase fuel isn’t always an accurate depiction of where they’re using it.

You’re required to participate in IFTA reporting if your vehicle has 2 axles and a gross vehicle weight or combined weight over 26,000 pounds, has 2 axles and a registered gross weight over 26,000 pounds or has 3 or more axles regardless of weight.

What Information Do You Need?

To complete your IFTA tax return, you’ll need the following information:

-  Total miles traveled per jurisdiction
-  Total gallons of fuel consumed per jurisdiction
-  Total tax paid/gallons of fuel purchased per jurisdiction
-  Current tax rate per jurisdiction

Calculating this information is easy with our free IFTA tax calculator.

All you have to do is select your base jurisdiction, choose the IFTA fuel tax quarter & fuel type, and enter miles traveled/fuel purchased for each state.

We’ll do the rest!

How to Complete Your IFTA Tax Return

ExpressTruckTax makes generating your IFTA tax report before the IFTA deadline simple. Plus, with our free IFTA tax calculator, you’ll get all of your IFTA filing totals with 100% accuracy.

We’ll generate an easy-to-read quarterly IFTA
tax report containing everything you need to complete your return before the IFTA deadline. Print, download, or email your information at any time!

Use our IFTA tax tools to help make your IFTA filing process simpler and quicker with ExpressTruckTax, so that you can meet the IFTA deadline.






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Thursday, July 25, 2019

IFTA Fuel Tax Penalties That Will Make You Want to File Now

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The IFTA fuel tax deadline is right around the corner!

Don't wait any longer - Failing to file IFTA by the end of the month will lead to a serious headache.

The fuel tax isn’t something you can just avoid. Ignoring it will simply make IFTA filing even more expensive than it originally was.

This is a quarterly tax, so stay on top of deadlines. The 2nd quarter deadline is July 31st.

With the Form 2290 deadline right behind this one, you might be tempted to procrastinate, but we’ll help you knock it out!

Here’s what happens if you miss the deadline.

IFTA Fuel Tax Penalties That Will Make You Want to File Now

Late Fuel Tax Filing

You are responsible for filing your IFTA tax return on time.

If you don’t, you’ll face a fee of $50 or 10% of your tax, whichever is higher.

On top of that, you’ll be charged interest for each month that your IFTA fuel tax goes un-filed, and you’ll have to pay this interest for every jurisdiction you owe money to.

Why Should You File?

If heavy penalties aren’t enough motivation to file, consider this.

Ultimately, if your IFTA tax return is never filed and your fuel tax remains unpaid, your license will be revoked.

You need to file an IFTA tax return if your vehicle:

-  Has 2 axles and a gross vehicle weight or registered gross weight > 26,000 pounds
-  Has 3 or more axles regardless of weight
-  Has a combined weight > 26,000 pounds

How To Avoid IFTA Fuel Tax Penalties

IFTA filing is simple. There should be no reason for you to miss the fuel tax deadline.

ExpressTruckTax offers a service for IFTA form generation online in one convenient location.

We will generate your IFTA fuel tax rates for you in an easy-to-read quarterly IFTA report with everything you need to complete your return.

You can print, download, or email this information at any time.

Plus, with features like bulk & GPS data upload, pre-auditing, a free IFTA Tax Calculator, and US-based customer support, you’ll be done with your fuel tax in no time.







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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

This Awesome Free IFTA Calculator is a Lifesaver

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Okay, don’t freak out. I’m just going to say it:

Your 2nd Quarter IFTA tax return is due in a week: July 31st

The good news is that you still have time to file!

That is... you have time if you take advantage of online services and tools for IFTA filing.

One of the most important time-saving online tools is the free IFTA calculator offered by ExpressTruckTax.

All you need to do is download the free IFTA calculator to your smartphone or tablet and your IFTA tax amount will be calculated for you!


This Awesome Free IFTA Calculator is a Lifesaver

How To Use Our Free Fuel Tax Calculator


Using the free IFTA calculator is incredibly simple. Just follow these 3 steps:

Once you’ve entered this information, the free fuel tax calculator will do the rest.

Our free IFTA calculator will display your total miles, gallons, miles per gallon, and, most importantly, the amount of IFTA tax you owe.

From there, you can email this IFTA tax report generated by your free online IFTA calculator to yourself or any other recipient simply by entering email addresses and selecting “send”.

IFTA Filing Made Simple

Filing your IFTA tax return takes more than a great IFTA calculator, though. That’s why ExpressTruckTax offers a full-service solution.

With innovative features, easy-to-use software, and interview-style questions, you’ll be done with your IFTA filing in no time.

Start a free account and find out for yourself! If you have questions or need assistance, please contact our US-based support team via phone, chat, or email.





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Thursday, December 20, 2018

What You Need to Know About Form 1099-MISC For Independent Contractors

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What You Need to Know About Form 1099-MISC For Independent Contractors
Before you clock out for the holidays here is a reminder to file W-2s and 1099 Forms by the January 31st deadline!

Don’t get swept up in the hustle and bustle and forget to file Form 1099-MISC for your independent contractors. Don’t worry, you don’t need an expensive accountant and this solution won’t waste hours of your time. Visit our sister product TaxBandits to e-file and pay any owed taxes on time with their quick, easy, and secure step-by-step filing process. They provide filers with built-in error checks, bulk upload data, experienced US-based customer support, and so much more.

Here is what you need to know to file 1099-MISC Forms today!

Form 1099-MISC: Independent Contractors

Form 1099-MISC is used to report payments for services performed for a trucking business by people not treated as its employees, like subcontractors or independent contractors. The purpose of this form is to report miscellaneous income.

Employers must file Form 1099-MISC for non-employee compensation equaling $600 or more during the tax period. Your independent contractors will use this information to complete their income tax returns. Also, you are required to issue copies of Form 1099-MISC to your independent contractors by January 31.

Information Required To Complete Form 1099-MISC

What You Need to Know About Form 1099-MISC For Independent ContractorsLuckily it’s easy to complete Form 1099-MISC as long as you have your business records on hand. As a business, you’re considered the payer, and you will need to provide your business name, EIN (Employer Identification Code), and address.

Your independent contractor is your recipient, and you will need their name, EIN or social security number, and address. If you don’t have this information already, you can request their information through a W-9. The W-9 process takes roughly 60 seconds using TaxBandits and only requires the driver’s valid email address.

Then you will need federal details such as the number of miscellaneous incomes you provided to the recipient with the amount of federal tax withheld. You will also provide state details such as the state income, payer state number, and state tax withheld.

Filing Form 1099-MISC With TaxBandits

You can complete Form 1099-MISC in a matter of minutes with TaxBandits. All you have to do is create your free account and follow the interview style e-filing process. Helpful tips along the way to explain what information is required to complete your form and where it needs to be entered.

Plus, they offer exclusive e-filing features to make the entire process super convenient. For example, you can save time by using the bulk-upload feature to import all of your independent contractor information at once.

Also, forget about heading to the post office! Simply use the postal mailing feature to have TaxBandits print and mail hard copies of Form 1099-MISC to each of your recipients.

If you need any assistance while e-filing 1099-MISC, the 100% US-based TaxBandits support team is standing by to help.

E-File Form 1099-MISC



Don’t Forget About IFTA

Your 4th Quarter IFTA Return is also due on January 31, so head to ExpressIFTA to easily record all of the calculations you need to complete your return online. ExpressIFTA will even import your ELD data to make IFTA reporting even easier.

At the end of the quarter, all of your information will be totaled up in a quarterly IFTA report that you can download, print, email, and use to complete your IFTA return instantly! Get started with ExpressIFTA to take the hassle out of fuel tax reporting now!


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Monday, April 30, 2018

Today is the 1st Quarter IFTA Deadline

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Yup, that’s right today, April 30th is the 1st quarter IFTA deadline. You will need to complete your IFTA return by midnight or you will have some major penalties to face. If this deadline snuck up on you and you’re wondering how you’ll ever make the deadline, don’t worry! We have your IFTA fuel tax solution.

Check out our awesome sister product, ExpressIFTA to easily handle all of your IFTA reporting needs online. You can quickly generate your IFTA report and use it to complete your return. Plus, we’re here to go over all the IFTA basics so you’ll be up to speed.

Today is the 1st Quarter IFTA Deadline

Before we drive headlong into today’s IFTA reporting deadline, let’s review the basics of what you need to know.

What is IFTA?

If you are asking yourself “What is IFTA?” then you are in worse shape than I expected. But don’t worry I got you. The International Fuel Tax Agreement, or IFTA, quarterly fuel tax report allows you to travel in all participating member jurisdictions with a single fuel tax license. To operate in two or more jurisdictions, you are required to have an IFTA sticker and license.

You receive your IFTA stickers and license through you base jurisdiction which is your home state or where your vehicle is registered. Your IFTA license needs to be renewed annually in December. When you hold an IFTA license, you are required to file an IFTA quarterly fuel tax report that shows and calculated how much fuel tax you owe (or are credited) to remain compliant.

In short, IFTA is used to report and determine the net tax refund that’s due and to redistribute taxes from collecting states to due states. This agreement is between the lower 48 United States and 10 Canadian provinces, this regulation was put into place to simplify fuel reporting by those who use qualified motor vehicles.


Your vehicle qualifies for IFTA reporting if:
  • Has two axles and a gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,00 pounds
  • Has two axles and a registered gross weight exceeding 26,000 pounds
  • Has three or more axles regardless of weight
  • Or has a combined weight exceeding 26,000 pounds

To complete your IFTA report you need to provide the following information:
  • The total miles traveled per jurisdiction
  • The total gallons of fuel consumed per jurisdiction
  • The total tax paid gallons of fuel purchased per jurisdiction, and 
  • The current tax rate per jurisdiction 

File Your IFTA Fuel Tax Report

Our sister product, ExpressIFTA, makes it easy to import all of your IFTA information online in one convenient location. Use your IFTA reports to automatically calculate all fo your IFTA totals with 100% accuracy.

Your IFTA fuel tax rates will be generated in an easy-to-read quarterly IFTA report that contains everything you need to complete your return. Instantly print, download, or email your information at any time.

Today is the deadline for filing IFTA!! If you fail to file before midnight today you could be looking at major penalties.



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Thursday, April 26, 2018

What New Truckers Need To Know About IFTA Reporting

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If you are new to the trucking industry let me just say congratulations on earning your CDL and completing your driving training. We completely understand that team driving is not the easiest thing to get through. However, you’re not completely out of the woods yet.

You still have a lot to learn about the road and that will only come from being behind the wheel. But, you will also need to learn how to manage all of the required trucking taxes. Everything from Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, your IRP, and of course your IFTA quarterly fuel tax report. To help you get started here is what new truckers need to know about IFTA reporting.


What New Truckers Need To Know About IFTA Reporting

IFTA, or the International Fuel Tax Agreement, is an arrangement between 48 of the United States and 10 Canadian provinces to report fuel use by motor carriers that operate in more than one jurisdiction (state). The IFTA fuel tax redistributes fuel taxes equally among the jurisdictions.

To show you filed your IFTA return and pay the taxes owed by the deadline you will be issued an IFTA license and IFTA stickers. The license should be kept in your truck at all times and the IFTA stickers are displayed under your driver’s side window.


Vehicle Qualifications For IFTA Reporting

Your vehicle qualifies for IFTA reporting if it travels between more than one jurisdiction and:
  • Has two axles and a gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,000 pounds
  • Has two axles and a registered weight exceeding 26,000 pounds
  • Has a combination weight exceeding 26,000 pounds
  • Has three or more axles regardless of weight

IFTA Quarterly Fuel Tax Report Requirements

You are required to complete an IFTA report four times a year and file with your base jurisdiction (home state). Your base jurisdiction is where your qualifying vehicles are required to be registered and where your information is available in the event of an IFTA audit.

To complete your IFTA fuel tax return you will need to report:
    • The total miles traveled per jurisdiction including taxable and nontaxable, IFTA and non-IFTA, and trip permit miles
    • The total gallons of fuel consumed in each jurisdiction including taxable and nontaxable, IFTA, and trip permit miles
    • The number of gallons of fuel purchased per jurisdiction
    • The tax paid on each gallon of fuel purchased per jurisdiction
    • And the current tax rate per jurisdiction

File With The Best IFTA Software Available

If all of this information is slightly headache-inducing we totally understand. Which is why our sister product, ExpressIFTA makes IFTA reporting simple. Their IFTA software for reporting includes innovative features that let you upload your IFTA fuel tax information at your own pace. Upload your trip information as you go or all at once with each quick entry screen. You can even upload your miles from your fuel card.

Don’t worry about handling any complicated calculation yourself, because ExpressIFTA will automatically calculate IFTA fuel tax rates for you. And all of your information will be kept in an easy-to-read report that can be easily printed and used to complete your return.



File Your IFTA Return



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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

What You Need To Know About IFTA Reporting 2019

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truck driver can get on down the road now that he has filed his quarterly 2290 report
If you are a new owner-operator, we welcome you to the wonderful world of IFTA. You have probably heard through the grapevine that IFTA filing is...well... difficult and usually involves some expressive expletives. But it's really not that bad when you know where to go. Here is what you need to know about IFTA reporting 2019.

What You Need To Know About IFTA Reporting 2019

Before we dive into the filing your IFTA reporting, let’s go over some of the basics.

IFTA Fuel Tax Basics

The International Fuel Tax Agreement, or IFTA, quarterly fuel tax report allows you to travel in all participating member jurisdictions with a single fuel tax license. To operate in two or more member jurisdictions, you are required to have an IFTA sticker and license.

You receive your IFTA license through your base jurisdiction and you are given an IFTA sticker to put on your truck. Your IFTA license needs to be renewed annually in December. When you hold an IFTA license, you are required to file an IFTA quarterly fuel tax report that calculates how much fuel tax you owe (or are credited) to remain compliant.

Your vehicle qualifies for IFTA reporting if it:

  • Has two axles and a gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,00 pounds
  • Has two axles and a registered gross weight exceeding 26,000 pounds
  • Has three or more axles regardless of weight
  • Or has a combined weight exceeding 26,000 pounds


Filing Your IFTA Fuel Tax Form

Trucker is back on the road after filing his IFTA report with ExpressTruckTaxYour first quarter IFTA return is due April 30th! Thankfully ExpressTruckTax has a sister product named ExpressIFTA that makes IFTA reporting incredibly easy online. You can track all of the totals you need to complete your return in one convenient location!

Plus, you can import all of your information at once with the bulk upload feature Also, you can import all of your mileage information directly from your GPS.

Best of all your totals will be automatically calculated in an IFTA quarterly fuel tax report that can be downloaded, printed, emailed, and used to complete your IFTA return instantly. It’s the fastest and most hassle-free way to handle IFTA.

File Your IFTA Report Now



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Friday, January 19, 2018

Your Trucking Guide To IRP Reporting

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ExpressTruckTax makes Form 2290 easy
When it comes to truck taxes there are multiple forms to file and tons of deadlines. We know that you’re familiar with your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290, and you regularly file your quarterly IFTA return, but what about your IRP return?

Your IRP return is actually pretty closely related to your HVUT return, and IFTA report, because you need your Schedule 1 to complete your IRP return, and you also need to track your mileage per jurisdiction. This may seem overwhelming, but we’re here to help clear everything up.

The Trucking Guide To IRP Reporting


First of all, IRP is the International Registration Plan and it’s a reciprocal agreement that authorizes proportional registration among the 48 contiguous United States and 10 Canadian provinces.

This agreement provides apportioned payments based off of the total distance operated in each jurisdiction (state). That means the operator of the vehicle must report the number of miles traveled per jurisdiction on an annual basis and pay the amount of taxes they owe to their base jurisdiction (home state).

IRP Requirements

You are responsible for completing your IRP return if you operate a heavy vehicle that operates in more than one jurisdiction and it:

  • Weighs more than 26,000 pounds
  • Has three or more axles, regardless of weight, or
  • Is a power unit and trailer with a gross vehicle weight higher than 26,000 pounds.
To first receive your IRP license you must register with your base jurisdiction. Then you will receive your IRP license, which should be carried in your cab at all times. You will also have a specially marked license plate.

Then each year you will need to file your IRP return to renew your tags and to continue legally operating in multiple jurisdictions. Your IRP return deadline is based on the expiration date on your license plate.

In order to complete your return, you need to list the mileage traveled per jurisdiction during the year. Your mileage can be recorded with the same online program you use for your IFTA report, like ExpressIFTA.

Easily file HVUT Form 2290 online with ExpressTruckTax
ExpressIFTA makes it incredibly easy to import all of your information and track it in one convenient location online. You can use the bulk upload feature to import all of your information at once or import all of your data from your ELD device.

You also need a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 to complete your IRP return. You stamped Schedule 1 serves as proof of completing your HVUT Form 2290.

E-Filing Form 2290


You can actually easily file your truck tax from with ExpressTruckTax to instantly receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email.

All you have to do to get started is create your free account. Then you can follow our step-by-step instructions to quickly complete your form and transmit directly to the IRS. Then in about 15 minutes you'll get a copy of your stamped Schedule 1. This is the fastest and easiest way to complete your truck taxes.

Plus, if you need any assistance the live, US-based ExpressTruckTax team is standing by to help. Give us a call Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST at 704.234.6005. We also offer live chat and 24/7 email support at support@ExpressTruckTax.com.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

File Form 1099-MISC For Your Trucking Independent Contractors

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Well isn’t it just our luck that tax season has arrived smack in the middle of one of the worst trucking winters in history?! Now on top of tracking the forecast to maneuver around winter storms, you have to file employment taxes by the January 31 deadline!

During this busy time be sure not to forget about filing Form 1099-MISC for your independent contractors. Also, you don’t need to hire an expensive accountant or spend hours struggling with the form to file. Simply use the easy online tax e-filing solution, TaxBandits!

Form 1099-MISC


Form 1099-MISC is used to report payments for services performed for a trucking business by people not treated as its employees, like subcontractors or independent contractors. The purpose of this form is to report miscellaneous income.

Employers must file Form 1099-MISC for non-employees compensated $600 or more during the tax period. Your independent contractors will use this information to complete their personal income tax returns. Also, you are required to issue copies of Form 1099-MISC to your independent contractors by January 31.

Information Required To Complete Form 1099-MISC

Luckily it’s easy to complete Form 1099-MISC as long as you have your business records on hand. As a business, you’re considered the payee and you will need to provide your business name, EIN (Employer Identification Code), and address.

Your independent contractor is your recipient, and you will nee their name EIN or social security number, and address.

Then you will need federal details such as the number of miscellaneous incomes you provided to the recipient with the amount of federal tax withheld. You will also provide state details such as the state income, payer state number, and state tax withheld.

Filing Form 1099-MISC With TaxBandits

File Form 1099-MISC For Your Trucking Independent Contractors You can complete Form 1099-MISC in a matter of minutes with TaxBandits. All you have to do is create your free account and follow the interview style e-filing guide. Helpful information along the way explains what information is required to complete your form and where it needs to be entered.

Plus, they offer exclusive e-filing features to make the entire process super convenient. For example, you can save time by using the bulk upload feature to import all of your independent contractor information at once.

Also, forget about heading to the post office! Simply use the postal mailing feature to have TaxBandits print and mail hard copies of Form 1099-MISC to each of your recipients.

If you need any assistance while e-filing 1099-MISC, the 100% US-based TaxBandits support team is standing by to help.

Don’t Forget About IFTA


Your 4th Quarter IFTA Return is also due on January 31, so head to ExpressIFTA to easily record all of the calculations you need to complete your return online. ExpressIFTA will even import your ELD data to make IFTA reporting even easier.

At the end of the quarter, all of your information will be totaled up in a quarterly IFTA report that you can download, print, email, and use to instantly complete your IFTA return! Get started with ExpressIFTA to take the hassle out of fuel tax reporting now!



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Friday, December 29, 2017

Prepare For The 4th Quarter IFTA Deadline

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Congratulations on another year behind the wheel. 2017 has been a crazy year for truckers with the ELD mandate. Plus, when hurricane Harvey and Irma struck truckers were greatly needed to provide relief for those affected by the storms.

There’s no telling what 2018 will have in store for you as you keep on truckin’. We’re sure you’re taking the time to think of the perfect resolution to start the year fresh. One way to do that involves getting started on the 4th quarter IFTA deadline that’s coming up on January 31.

Prepare For The 4th Quarter IFTA Deadline


Your 4th quarter IFTA return is due in about a month so we’re here to help you prepare for the deadline. If you need a little refreshing, IFTA is the International Fuel Tax Agreement put in place by the 48 contiguous United States and 10 Canadian provinces.

It was created in order to simplify the reporting of fuel used by qualifying motor vehicles that travel between at least two or more jurisdictions. The collected taxes are redistributed among the jurisdictions.

Your vehicle qualifies for IFTA reporting if it:
  • Has two axles and a gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,000 pounds 
  • Has two axles and a registered gross weight exceeding 26,000 pounds 
  • Has three or more axles regardless of weight 
  • Or has a combination weight exceeding 26,000 pounds. 
In order to comply with IFTA, you will apply for your IFTA license with your base jurisdiction or home state and keep it in your cab at all times. You will also receive two IFTA decals that you will need to keep on your driver’s side door at all times. Plus, you will need to complete your IFTA return four times a year.

You will need to provide the following information to complete your IFTA return:
  • Total miles traveled per jurisdiction 
  • Total gallons of fuel consumed per jurisdiction 
  • Total tax paid gallons of fuel purchased per jurisdiction 
  • And the current tax rate per jurisdiction. 
If you fail to complete your IFTA return you will have some penalties to face and they aren’t cheap. If you fail to file by the deadline you will face a penalty of $50 or 10% of the total amount due, depending on which amount is higher.
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Then you will face a monthly fee of .4167% of the tax due until you fully pay the amount you owe. States also reserve the right to impose their own penalties and revoke your IFTA license, which would park you!

Check out ExpressIFTA


But you don’t have to worry. ExpressTruckTax has a sister named ExpressIFTA that makes IFTA reporting incredibly easy online. You can track all of the totals you need to complete your return in one convenient location!

Plus, you can import all of your information all at once with the bulk upload feature and import all of your information at once. Also, you can import all of your mileage information directly from your GPS.

Best of all, all of your totals will be automatically calculated in a quarterly IFTA report that can be downloaded, printed, emailed, and used to instantly complete your IFTA return! It’s the fastest and most hassle-free way to handle IFTA.
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The One Thing Truck Drivers Cannot Escape

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Taxes can be confusing. First of all, there are a ton of different returns to remember from income tax returns, IFTA returns, Heavy Vehicle Use Taxes (HVUT), and more. Second of all, each of these different returns have different due dates to remember.

The HVUT Form 2290 deadline can be especially tricky because it can be due at different times of the year. However, don’t let it grind your gears because we are here to go over the deadline so you will know exactly when to file.

Your Form 2290 Deadline


Alright, so the HVUT Form 2290 tax period runs from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. The current HVUT tax period began on July 1, 2017 and will end on June 30, 2018. This is important to know because the HUVT deadline is based on your vehicle's first use month.

Your first use month is the month that you first use your heavy vehicle on public highways during the tax period. Then your 2290 is due the last day of the month following the first use month.

Because most people first use their heavy vehicles in July at the beginning of the period their deadline is August 31st. However, if you don’t use your vehicle until October then your deadline will be on November 30.

See, no big deal, the deadline is easy! Just remember it’s due the last day of the month following your first used month. Now let’s see what other HVUT 2290 Form  topics we can tackle. 

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What Is A Taxable Heavy Vehicle?


You have to file Form 2290 for all of your taxable heavy vehicles, which are highway motor vehicles with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more. A highway motor vehicle is any vehicle that is self-propelled and designed to carry a load over public highways, regardless if they are also designed to perform other functions.

Examples of these vehicles include trucks, truck tractors, and buses. Usually, vans, pickup trucks, and panel trucks are not subject to the HVUT because they weight less than 55,000 pounds. 

What Are The HVUT Penalties?


If you fail to file Form 2290 by the deadline you will have penalties to face. The penalty for filing late is 4.5% of the total tax you owe and this amount will accrue on a monthly basis for up to five months.

Also, if you fail to make a payment by the deadline you will face an additional penalty of .5% of the total amount due. Plus, you will face an additional interest charge of .54% on a monthly basis as well. 

How Do I File HVUT Form 2290?


Well, that’s super easy. Head to ExpressTruckTax.com to create your free account then follow the step-by-step e-filing guide to complete your form in a matter of minutes. The instructions tell you what information is needed and where so you can transmit your form directly to the IRS in no time!

As a result of filing with ExpressTruckTax, you will receive your stamped Schedule 1 via email within 15 minutes of transmitting your Form 2290 to the IRS! You can also have your stamped Schedule 1 faxed or mailed wherever you need it to go and simply log in to your account at any time to access it.

Contact Us


If you need any HVUT assistance please don’t hesitate to contact the amazing, US-based ExpressTruckTax support team. We’re available Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST at 704.234.6005. We also offer live chat and 24/7 email support at support@ExpressTruckTax.com.
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