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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

GATS 2019 Trending Topics: AI in the World of Trucking

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Artificial intelligence is projected to play a big role in trucking in the future.
It’s no secret that AI is continuing to grow in today’s world.

With the rise of artificial intelligence comes the confusion and uncertainty that accompanies any unknown territory.


Because of that, this topic was a big focus for truck drivers at the Great American Trucking Show (GATS) this year.

If you couldn’t make GATS 2019, here’s what you missed regarding artificial intelligence in the world of trucking.

Artificial Intelligence and Trucking

GATS 2019

AI continues to be a big topic at GATS, with updates on how trucking technology will continue to affect American truck drivers.

Most of the fear surrounding AI comes with self-driving trucks, but those are still in their infancy.

More immediately, AI is making a positive impact on the trucking industry by increasing efficiency on the back end.


AI is also a great tool for decreasing error. Matt Bernstein, CEO of HubTran, points out, “Whenever you have manual processes, no matter how many checkers there are, there will be errors.”

Artificial intelligence plays a big role in reducing those errors for truck drivers.

GATS 2019 hosted a variety of different educational sessions addressing artificial intelligence, including a session titled “The Driver’s Role with Driverless Trucks”, featuring Pronto and Starsky Robotics.

Pronto brings to market safety systems designed for commercial trucking fleets.

Their Copilot products offer advanced adaptive cruise control, electronic steering and collision mitigation, and other innovative safety measures.

Starsky Robotics also works on autonomous strategies and has created technology that will handle the highway miles for commercial vehicles.



Trucking Technology

A report by MarketsandMarkets estimates that the AI market for transportation is projected to grow nearly 18% from 2017 - 2030.

With the rise of AI comes an increase in value for human skills.

GATS 2019 also focused on adding increased value and attention to things that are uniquely human.

As more jobs or activities become automated, people are freed from routine and predictable tasks.
As trucking grows, so will AI trucking technology.Instead, they are challenged to manage new technologies and exercise greater critical thinking skills on a regular basis.

The Great American Truck Show hosted educational sessions focusing on the importance of these skills as well.

Growing AI in the trucking industry means continuing to grow human skills.

These skills include communication, empathy, trust, and judgement.

Staying Ahead With Your Trucking Business

Trucking technology can be a huge advantage if we let it.

Whether you’re a leased operator, owner-operator, or fleet manager, make the decision to use trucking technology to your advantage with a business management software.

TruckLogics is a trucking management software with features for managing dispatches, tracking income & expenses, scheduling maintenance, sending invoices, and so much more.

Just like ExpressTruckTax takes the paperwork out of filing, our sister product TruckLogics is aimed at taking the paperwork out of trucking.

Trucking technology is a huge asset for saving time and money. Get started with a free 15-day trial today!













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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

A World Without Truckers? The Importance of Trucking in the US

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The American trucking industry plays a huge role in US economy.
In the United States, trucking is a $700 billion industry.

Surrounding this billion dollar industry is a billion dollar question: Where would we be without truckers?

Well, as consumers, we’d be without most of the things we rely on every day. America, as a whole, would struggle immensely.

In honor of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, let’s take a closer look at American trucking.

Without Trucks, America Loses

American Trucking

It’s no secret that our country is hugely dependent on truckers. The numbers prove this fact - truckers move 71% of America’s freight, and the trucking industry accounts for 6% of full-time jobs.

In 2017 alone, trucks transported 10.8 billion tons of freight across the country.

If long-haul truckers stopped driving, grocery stores would run out of food in just 3 days.

In addition, the average professional long-haul trucker logs more than 100,000 miles each year.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2019

Driver Appreciation Week is officially in full swing!

This year, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week takes place September 8-14, 2019.

Throughout the rest of the week, there will continue to be deals for truckers across the country.

Check out our latest blog to find the best National Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2019 deals, and tips for picking the perfect trucking gift.

Truckers take advantage of driver appreciation week 2019.
At ExpressTruckTax, we understand the amount of work truckers put into their careers, and the huge role they play in American economy.

This week is no different.

We’ll be here every week, whether it’s Driver Appreciation Week or not, to help you.


Today, we’ve got some tips for owner-operators, fleet managers, and leased operators and their trucking businesses.

Growing Your Trucking Business

Success in American trucking is tricky.

There are plenty of deadlines and regulations to remember. At ExpressTruckTax, we work daily to take the paperwork out of trucking.

The biggest trucking tip we can give you is to stay organized and up-to-date with your information and taxes.

Our sister product, TruckLogics, was created to help you do just that.

TruckLogics is a cloud-based trucking business management software designed to make trucking easy for you.

Owner-operators can manage their entire business in one place by tracking income & expenses, managing dispatches, scheduling maintenance, sending invoices, and more.

Leased operators can use TruckLogics to streamline recordkeeping by tracking income, running profit & loss reports, recording maintenance & trip details, and more.

Plus, truck drivers can outsource certain processes, thanks to the Multi-User Login feature.

No matter what part of the trucking industry you are in, TruckLogics is here to help you succeed.







In terms of meeting tax deadlines, make sure you’ve submitted your IRS Form 2290! If you missed the 2290 due date, you’ll still need to file.

File IRS 2290 ASAP to avoid further penalties. ExpressTruckTax is here to get you in and out in minutes.









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Thursday, March 24, 2016

It's Not Too Late! Claim Your Free Tickets to MATS

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Kentucky is one heck of a state! Between the horse racing, rolling fields of grass, and the bourbon trail—it really is something else. But there’s something even better that takes place in Louisville, Kentucky.

Every year, truckers, fleet owners, and other transportation professionals unite in Louisville for the Mid-America Trucking Show.

We're Going to the Mid-America Trucking Show

For 45 years, the Mid-America Trucking Show has brought professionals from all over the nation to Louisville, Kentucky.

More importantly, the ExpressTruckTax crew will be headed to the Mid-America Trucking Show soon!

That’s right, your favorite HVUT e-filing group will be hanging out, giving out gifts, and networking with our current and future customers!

When Will We Be at MATS?

You can find us at Booth 66121 from March 31st-April 2nd, 2016.

Stop by and say hey to us! Oh, you don’t have tickets? If only there was a way for you to get into MATS for FREE...


How Can You Get Free Tickets to the Trucking Show?

Thanks to the crew over at TruckLogics, we’re offering free tickets while supplies last! You can also call us at 704.234.6005 to request your free tickets.

So what are we offering to our guests at the Mid-America Trucking Show?

First of all, the TruckLogics team will be joining us and offering a free demo of their custom designed transportation professional software. As the premier trucking management solution, TruckLogics lets you create and dispatch loads, manage multi-user accounts, and dispatch LTL freight with a few clicks. Check them out today, or stop by our booth for more information!

We’ll also be running a contest to win an Insignia TV! Sounds pretty good to me.

So come on out and meet us at MATS, you won’t regret it.

As always, our dedicated customer support team is ready to respond to any questions you have about e-filing your HVUT 2290s and IFTA 1st Quarter reporting, as well as requests for MATS tickets.

You can reach us by phone at 704.234.6005, by email at Support@ExpressTruckTax.com, and live chat by our website.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

4 Trucker Life Hacks: Simplify Your Life

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Let’s face it, Trucking Nation. You want life on the road to get easier. Heck, we can’t blame you. You’re only making sure every piece of merchandise every American buys gets to its proper location.

So we’re here to offer you some of the best ways to simplify your life in the rig! Check out these 4 trucker hacks designed to streamline your burden.


Deadlines for Days

We’re sure you have a phone—but not everybody has a smartphone. Our main encouragement for getting a fancy smartphone is automation! RigMinders is a free reminder app that keeps you up to date on your trucking deadlines. You don’t want to miss this one, Trucking Nation.



RigMinders: Stay Alert!



Head in the Cloud

Have you heard of TruckLogics? Whether you’re an owner-operator or you run your own fleet, there’s something there for you with TruckLogics. What kind of features do they offer? First off, their new LTL feature lets you dispatch multiple loads to one truck while automatically generating separate invoices for each client.

They also offer multi-user access, which grants permission and levels of access for your employees to streamline your transportation business. With these dispatch tools, you can dispatch loads with just a few clicks and track them in real-time! We’re telling you, you gotta check out TruckLogics today!

TruckLogics On-the-Go: Mobile App for Trucking Nation


Gadgets and Gizmos Aplenty

When you want to improve your life on the road, there’s always a technological solution you can look into. Speaking of TruckLogics, they recently published a list of the 10 must-have gadgets for the modern trucker. Maybe you’re in the market for a new tablet? Check out the Durabook. These military grade tablets are waterproof, can operate at 0° F, and are shock proof! Check out the link for more awesome gadgets.

Try Being Paperless

Now, we know you may have a visceral reaction to hearing “paperless,” with the FMCSA pushing e-logs on you, but there are plenty of great paperless advancements out there. Like taxes, for example. Do you really want to sit behind a stack of tax forms at home, a truck stop, or even worse—crammed in the back of your cab? Instead of filing your 2290s by hand, e-file your HVUT with our simplified, secure IRS authorized system.

Whatever you do to make your rig life easier, we can’t blame you. And when you e-file your HVUT 2290 forms, know that our dedicated, bilingual customer support team will be here to answer any of your questions. You can reach us by phone at 704.234.6005 or email at support@expresstrucktax.com.

What are your trucker life hacks?


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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Here Comes 2016!

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It’s almost time for New Year’s celebrations, Trucking Nation! Time to celebrate the end of a great year and the start of an even better one. Our year here at ExpressTruckTax has been our best yet, but we’re sure there’s even better things in store for 2016. We hope the same is true for you and all your loved ones.

New Year’s Support Availability

We’ll be taking time to observe the changing of the year this New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, so we’ll be out of the office on Thursday and Friday. We’ll still be available through emergency email support at support@expresstrucktax.com should anything pressing come up for you during this time.

IRS E-file Blackout Continues

And don’t forget the IRS e-file blackout will still be going on this long weekend as well. We now have an estimated end time for the blackout from the IRS of January 11th. The bottom line on the blackout is that you can still prepare your Form 2290 with us, and as soon as the IRS notifies us the e-file system is back up we’ll e-file your return. We’ll get your stamped Schedule 1 to you within minutes of the blackout’s end.

Start the Year Off Right With TruckLogics

With the start of a new year, now would be a good time to start using our one-stop transportation business application, TruckLogics. With TruckLogics, you can manage invoices, keep track of all your business documents, and stay on top of your compliance records, such as IFTA and HVUT. Whether you’re a one-truck owner-operator, or manage a whole fleet, TruckLogics has the solution for you. You can contact our TruckLogics support team at 704.234.6946 or by email at support@trucklogics.com.


Contact Us on Social Media

We’re looking forward to reading your comments on our Facebook page and your tweets on our Twitter. Your input is crucial to our providing you the absolute best in customer service and exactly what you want from us. You can post or tweet stories about your New Year’s celebrations and resolutions, or even just reflections on this time of year.


Father Time keeps marching on, but we always freeze time during this period to seize the moment and celebrate our successes, ruminate on what we could have done better, and especially to resolve to improve ourselves and our lives as best we know how. May all your festivities be joyous, happy, and above all, safe. Happy New Year, Trucking Nation!

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

#TruckTechTuesday: Driver Safety

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Happy #TruckTechTuesday, Trucking Nation! Time to explore the growing world of big rig technology.

Technology for big rigs is still a growing market and many of the trucks and accessories are still in their concept phases, but that doesn’t make them any less cool.

And there are actually a lot of accessories on the market that help truckers with braking, visibility, backing up, and avoiding collisions with other drivers.

Meet the technology that is trying to make the Trucking Nation better!

Trucking Awesome (Truck Concepts)


Introducing the VolvoBeeVan, a somewhat miniature big rig that placed the driver at the center of the vehicle. 

The way Volvo designed this rig, the driver sits front and center. That means way more visibility and a much better view of the road. And it’s safety features are basically off the charts!



When a driver exits their vehicle, the doors slide open and reveal hidden steps that will help them to get their feed on the ground safely. Then inside the cab, the truck is insulated to shield the driver from the outside environment.

And it also includes a sleeper, dinette table, and some spacious personal storage. For Volvo’s new concept vehicle, the driver is the main concern and everything is done for their comfort and safety.

Truck Accessories


Since semi-trucks are so large, being able to see behind the trailer is often a difficult task. But Hawkeye has a solution for that: their wireless backup camera. 

 

They’ve been putting backup cameras on cars for ages, so why not trucks? It can help truckers visualize the great unknown (behind their trailer) much better than their large mirrors ever could.
The display is three inches high and it isn’t very invasive, especially in a big rig with a large cabin. And it’ll improve the safety of your vehicle!

Apps for Road Warriors


Managing a business on the road can be difficult. Keeping up with drivers, dispatches, goods, and paychecks is basically a nightmare. But at TruckLogics, they have the solution.



TruckLogics is a business management software (and smartphone app) that can help you manage your business virtually anywhere! It’s basically the ultimate solution to manage any trucking business.

The app can be used by both owner-operators, fleet managers, leased operators, and drivers. This allows for monitoring, real-time status updates and it helps you keep your records all in one place on their secure US-based server.

Get started today and manage your business with ease!

If you have any questions, comments, or more #TruckTech you want to see featured here, drop us a line on our Facebook or Twitter. We love hearing trucking stories and learning about new truck tech!

We’re here for you If you find yourself with any questions about the e-filing process. Just give our support legends a call at 704.234.6005 or shoot them an email at support@expresstrucktax.com for 24/7 support in English and Spanish.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Come See Us at the Mid-America Trucking Show!

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Guess who’s getting ready to hit the open road?

It’s your favorite support team, the ExpressTruckTax crew! We’re taking our show on the road, heading to the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

From March 26-28th, we’ll be at Booth 66121 handing out free stuff and mingling with the good folk of the Trucking Nation!

MATS is always the highlight of our year at ExpressTruckTax! We just love meeting everyone, users and nonusers alike (or as we like to think of them, future-users!). But this year in particular is extra special because we’re bringing along our friends from TruckLogics!

If you haven’t heard about TruckLogics, our ExpressTruckTax crew designed it. Based on years of feedback from owner-operators and small fleet owners, they built TruckLogics to incorporate every tool transportation professionals were looking for, but at a price they could afford. The result? A cloud-based business management solution that’s portable, affordable, and super easy to use.

You can learn more about TruckLogics at our MATS booth, or right now at TruckLogics.com. Check it out and see if it can benefit you or the trucker(s) in your life.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention: free tickets, ya’ll! It’s only while supplies last– first come, first served. Just give our support heroes a shout at 704.234.6005 or email us at support@expresstrucktax.com to snatch up your MATS tickets before they’re gone.

Show us some love and stop by our booth at MATS. We'll see you soon, Trucking Nation!


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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year, Trucking Nation!

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Happy New Year from the ExpressTruckTax Team!

We hope you have the chance to ring in the New Year with a *BANG*! We definitely plan to! That's why our offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, so we can spend time with friends and family. But don't worryif you need us, we'll still be available for 24/7 emergency assistance via email at support@expresstrucktax.com.

Made a Resolution Yet?

New Years is one of my favorite times of year. It's a time to look to the horizon and think positive, hopeful thoughts. For better or worse, 2014 is behind us, and 2015 is a New Beginning with new chances each day to improve yourself, your relationships, your careeror just about anything else that needs a little polishing in your life.

What's your resolution? If you're looking to streamline your trucking business and have more time for what's truly important, then we have a couple solutions worth checking out.

  • TruckLogics: Hooray! An affordable, all-in-one business management program! No matter the size of your trucking business, drivers and fleet managers alike will fall in love with TruckLogics line-up of exclusive features. And because it's cloud-based and comes with a free app, you can access your information from any device, any where, any time. Sign up for a free trial with promo code NEW. For friends of ExpressTruckTax only. (Yes, we've got connections.)
  • ExpressIFTA: Hands down, the fastest and easiest way to prepare your own quarterly IFTA returns! ExpressIFTA calculates the taxes due for you and completes the form appropriate for your state. You can even bulk upload data from a GPS system for even more instant gratification! It'll have you dancing with joy at least 4 times a year...
  • Truck Services of North America: For those times when you're just too busy to conquer that mountain of paperwork on your desk! A premier processing agency (and good friend of the ExpressTruckTax team), TSNAmerica is the fastest, easiest way to maintain your authority without lifting a finger. From filing renewals to preparing quarterly IFTA returns, Truck Services of North America has a time-saving solution for your business. Check them out, I'm sure they'll be your new best friend too!
And don't forget, we provide the easiest way to E-file your Form 2290, 2290 Amendments, & Form 8849, all for the best value in the industry!

Let us, and our awesome friends, help you grab 2015 by the reigns and make it THE BEST year you could possibly dream of. After all, trucking is already a full-time job; your paperwork shouldn't be your second one. 

Happy New Year! Cheers!

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