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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Pre-File Heavy Highway Use Tax for 2016-17 with our Mobile App

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Pre-File Your 2290 from Mobile App
Pre-File HVUT 2290 from Mobile App

Mobile Filing


Have you met the ExpressTruckTax mobile app? It’s the fastest and easiest way to stay out on the road and e-file Form 2290! The app is available for both iOS and Android, and can even alert you that your return was accepted with a push notification. Check out the ExpressTruckTax Mobile app today!

How Easy is E-Filing Form 2290?


In order to e-file form 2290, you need to follow these four steps. Be warned - they’re super easy.


E Filing Form 2290
E Filing Form 2290

  1. Create your account. 
  2. Enter your business and truck information. 
  3. Transmit to the IRS. 
  4. Get your stamped Schedule 1 (it’s your proof of payment).
Whoever said it was difficult to e-file your heavy vehicle use taxes?

What’s up with the Stamped Schedule 1?


When you e-file your 2290 with ExpressTruckTax, the IRS receives your payment and checks your return with their database.

After they receive your 2290, the Schedule 1 will display an IRS e-file watermark with the date the return was received and processed. This will be accepted by all DOT’s, DMV’s, and other federal authorities.

ExpressTruckTax automatically emails your stamped Schedule 1 after the IRS accepts your 2290. We can also send you updates via text and fax–plus we can even notify your company/carrier.

Pre-File 2290 with ExpressTruckTax


How does pre-filing work? Pre-filing works the same way regular e-filing does, except you pre-file your 2290 a whole month early. That means you can e-file for the upcoming tax year in June! That's a whole month early!

Plus when you pre-file pre-file IRS Form 2290 now, you can still pay later! Pre-filing allows you to find out how much you owe so you can start saving money, then pay your taxes by August 31. Budgeting is awesome.



So don’t put off e-filing your IRS 2290! Instead, let’s work together to pre-file HVUT Form 2290.

Related Blog: Pre-File Your 2290 Now!


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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

3 Steps to Pre-File Your 2290 Today

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

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


Let’s take a look:


Step 1: Set up Your Account


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


Add Bussiness Details



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


business details and your EIN number.



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





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


pre-filing



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


choose to pre-file for the 2016-17



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


Step 2: Enter Your Vehicle Details


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


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


Enter Your Vehicle Details



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


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

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

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


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


Step 3: Select Your Payment Account

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

Select Your Payment & Transmit



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


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


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


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


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


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

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Pre-File Your 2290 Now!

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

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

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

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

It’s Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Time

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

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

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

What is Pre-Filing?


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

Should I Pre-File Form 2290? Why?


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

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

Happy pre-filing, Trucking Nation!

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Set up Your ExpressTruckTax Account & Start Pre-filing Today!

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With pre-filing season in full swing, hopefully you’re already thinking about e-filing your heavy vehicle use taxes with ExpressTruckTax. 

But before you begin your e-filing journey, the first step, if you have never filed with us before, is to create a new account. Now, the idea of creating any sort of account that centers around tax software probably sounds a little scary, but with us, the whole process is truly simple!

The Pre-Game


Before you begin creating your account, there are a few things you need in order to get started:

  • A computer, tablet, or smartphone
  • An internet connection
  • Your business name and address
  • Employer Identification Number
  • Vehicle Identification Number
  • Your Gross Vehicle Weight
Then, once you have the necessary documentation and equipment, you’re ready to get started. So head on over to the New User section on ExpressTruckTax and create your free account!


Creating Your Account


Enter your name, phone number, email address, and a password of your choosing. Then select whether you would like to see the site in English or Spanish.

  • Pro Tip #1: If you would like to make account creation even faster, simply choose to login with your Facebook or Google+ account. To do this, just click on the corresponding Facebook or Google+ icon at the top of the login page and choose to allow ExpressTruckTax to have access to your account.

After you register, you will be prompted to watch a quick orientation video (or if you’re just too eager to get started, you can skip it–it’s up to you). All you have to do is click the green “Begin” button, and your journey is underway!


Entering Your Business Details


But you’re not done yet! Now you need to enter your business details into your account. That’s where all the pre-game information comes in!

  • The first thing you need to do to get started is choose your business type from the dropdown menu. Select from LLC, corporation, sole proprietorship, etc. 

  • Then enter your legal business name exactly as the IRS has it stored on record. If the business name doesn’t match the EIN on record then the IRS will reject your return.

  • Next enter your “doing business as” name or DBA. This only needs to be entered if the name you’re doing business as is different than the name the IRS has on file for your business. 

Now, here’s the big one! The EIN. The Employer Identification Number is required by the IRS in order to file your heavy vehicle use tax. You EIN takes at least 10 business days to become active. So if you have a new EIN, it is imperative that you wait at least 10 business days from the date it was issued before filing your excise tax or your return will be rejected.

  • Pro Tip #2: If you don’t have an EIN, you need to register for one as soon as possible! To register for your EIN, you can use the IRS website or call the IRS hotline at 1.800.829.4933. Or you can call our friends at Truck Services of North America and have someone file for you. 

After the EIN, all that’s left is to enter your business address and the information of the signing authority. The signing authority is the name of the person filing for your business. Whether it’s your CEO, bookkeeper, spouse, or a CPA, you must enter the individual’s name and title there.

Then that’s it! You’ve created your account, successfully ending your account creation journey. Now you’re ready to start e-filing (or pre-filing)! And that process is easy too.


If you need any help setting up your account, or e-filing (and pre-filing) with us, we’ve got a whole team of dedicated e-filing experts ready to assist you 24/7 from our headquarters in Rock Hill, SC! So give them a call at 704.234.6005 or email them at support@expresstrucktax.com for support in English and Spanish!

And don’t forget! Everyone who pre-files with us during the month of June is entered into our Swag Bag Give-Away. You could win all sorts of ExpressTruckTax goodies AND a $50 Gift Card!


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Monday, June 8, 2015

How to Pre-file Form 2290 with ExpressTruckTax

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Have you heard the great news, Trucking Nation!? 

ExpressTruckTax is offering pre-filing for the 2015-16 tax year during the month of June! That’s right, all month long you can pre-file your HVUT renewal at no additional cost. 

In fact, it actually costs less if you use promo code PREFILE. Plus, you’ll be entered to win our Swag Bag with a $50 gift card! All you need to do is pre-file to enter!

And best of all, pre-filing with us is the same as e-filing for any other tax year, and just as easy! You’ll just follow the same three easy steps to e-filing success!

Let’s have a look!


Step 1: Account Setup


The first thing you need to do is login to your account, or if you’ve never registered with us before, create a new account by simply entering your email address and a password of your choosing. Once you’ve done that, you need to enter your business details and your EIN number.




The next part is where it gets a little different. After you’ve entered your details and have chosen to begin a new Form 2290, you will be prompted on the next screen to select advance filing or to file for the current tax year.




To pre-file, select “Choose Advance Filing” and continue onto the next screen. Here, choose to file for the new tax year and select the first use month of your vehicle.




Then, just hit next and it’s on to step two!


Step 2: Enter Vehicle Details


The next step is adding all of your heavy vehicle information. If you’re a returning user, just select the trucks you’d like to file for from Truck Zone! All of your information is stored there and ready to be added to your return.

If you’re a new user, you can input the vehicle details one-by-one (which still doesn’t take long), or you can upload your VIN and more from a CSV file, which is the fastest way to do it if you have multiple trucks.



Also remember that there are three different types of vehicles you can add. Just be sure to enter them on the appropriate screen.

  • Taxable VehiclesThese are vehicles that have exceeded the 5,000 mile limit (or 7,500 miles for agricultural vehicles) for the tax year. You owe taxes on these vehicles for the year. Also remember that if you drive a logging vehicle (a vehicle used to transport foresting materials) you are eligible for a tax discount!
  • Low Mileage or Suspended VehiclesThese are vehicles that have not exceeded the mileage limit for the tax year. These vehicles do not cost you in taxes, but still need to be filed for in order to get the Stamped Schedule 1.
  • Sold, Lost, or Destroyed Credit VehiclesThese are vehicles that you no longer have, but you are still required to file for them if they were used for any part of the tax year.
You can also enter vehicles that you have previously filed as suspended, and you can enter low mileage credits at the end of this step.


Step 3: Select Payment Method & Securely Transmit Your Return


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




In order to pay your taxes due, you can select one of three payment methods. The payment method you choose, determines when the IRS will accept your payment and take money out of your account.

When you select direct debit, the taxes you owe will come out of your account one or two days after the IRS processes your return on July 1. If you elect to pay by other means, like EFTPS or with a check or money order, you can schedule your payment for as late as August 31, the renewal due date.

Once you’ve decided what payment method to use, you will be taken to your account summary page. Here you can correct any errors you see or continue to submit your return. Plus, our Instant Audit feature will even check it for you to minimize the risk of your return being rejected by the IRS due to missing information.

Then all you need to do is select transmit to the IRS and voila! You’ve successfully pre-filed your Form 2290!

If you need any help throughout the e-filing process, we’re here for you! We have a dedicated, trained support team year round for that very reason. If you find yourself having some trouble, give us a call at 704.234.6005 or shoot us an email at support@expresstrucktax.com for 24/hour support in English or Spanish!

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Pre-filing for All: E-filing for 2015-16 Tax Year Now Available!

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Looks like the cat is out of the bag, Trucking Nation! And we’re happy to announce that we are offering pre-filing for everyone this HVUT renewal season!

Beginning right now, this very second, we are offering pre-filing for everyone who wants to get ahead of the game. Pre-filing now means you have an extra month to get your taxes done and get back to your life!



The Advantages are Endless


Now, you may be wondering what the benefits of pre-filing are, or how pre-filing affects you. Well, just like when you e-file with us normally, the benefits of pre-filing are endless!


Here’s what pre-filing can do for you:

  • Pre-filing gives you more time (a month’s worth!) to amend your return if it gets rejected or if you make a tiny mistake.

  • Even though you’re pre-filing, it doesn’t mean you have to pre-pay! And there’s no extra cost to pre-file with us either—still the best value in the industry.

  • You can still use the same 3 payment methods you’re used to: Direct Debit, EFTPS, and Check or Money Order. BUT if you schedule an EFTPS payment for the deadline on August 31st, or elect to pay by check or money order, then you won’t have to pay your taxes until the deadline day. That’s three whole months to save up your tax!

  • Your return will be at the very top of the stack when the IRS begins processing returns on July 1. This means you’ll get your Stamped Schedule 1 before anyone else too!

  • Then you can get back to your life! After you pre-file you don’t have to worry at all because we’ll take it from there. We will securely transmit your return to the IRS for you and then email you your Schedule 1.

And so much more! Pre-filing is a way for you to get your Form 2290 out of the way, fast. No muss, no fuss, just getting on with your life. Don’t believe me? Just have a look at Marvin & Larry!





1 Promocode, 2 Awesome Benefits


Here’s the next best thing about pre-filing. During the month of June we’re offering 10% off the filing fee when you use the promocode PREFILE at checkout!

And to top it all off, everyone who pre-files with us in the month of June is entered to win a Swag Bag, complete with a $50 gift card and a bunch of ExpressTruckTax goodies, or swag, as the kids are calling it these days!

If you find yourself with questions, we’re here for you! So give us a call at 704.234.6005, shoot us an email at support@expresstrucktax.com, or find us on chat on our website. We’ll provide you with all the help you need, day or night in English and in Spanish! Don’t be a Larry, pre-file with us today!

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