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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Australian Truckers Will Blow Your Mind

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Long haul road train outback truck driver
In Australia, truckers are called “truckies”. Despite their cutesy-sounding nickname, these drivers are seriously hardcore.

They haul huge loads with multiple trailers (called “road trains”) through thousands of miles of uninhabited outback desert.

As an outback trucker, you don’t want to get stranded. Out here, you can die in a matter of hours without water.

Australian trucks come equipped with heavy-duty bars designed to plow right through stray kangaroos without stopping.

Australia’s Outback Truckers


As a country, Australia is approximately the same size as the United States. But that’s where the similarities end.

With a population of just 25 million, mostly concentrated around the coasts, Australia has thousands of square miles that are almost entirely empty.

About the only people living out here are farmers who manage remote cattle ranches. These massive swaths of land are so dry that they require miles of grazing land for even small herds.

Road Trains


Connecting these people to the outside world are long haul outback truckers who run massive road trains of supplies into small towns. 

Long haul road train outback truck driverThey are possibly more important to the Australian outback than American truckers are to American farmland.

Without these enormous road trains, the most remote communities would never get supplies.

It's not just the long hauls outback truckers have to deal with. There's also scorching heat in the summer and horrendous rainy seasons. 

Many times, truckies are so far from civilization that major mechanical problems can quite literally result in life or death situations.

There have been many reports of people dying in the outback after their vehicles broke down just because they didn’t bring enough water to stay hydrated.

Life on the road for truckies is much the same as for American Truckers. They spend a lot of time sleeping in trucks and away from their families.

For the most part, they drive Mack and Kenworth. And in most parts of Australia, truck stops are much smaller and much farther apart. There is often little or no cell service.

The life of the Australian truckie is far more hardcore than that of the American trucker. But in much the same way, they are the heroes of their transportation industry.

Express Truck Tax


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Thursday, November 7, 2019

4 Surprising Trucking Facts That You Never Knew About

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Australian trucker trucking industry facts
Here at Express Truck Tax, we dug up some truly surprising trucking industry facts that you need to know about.

Enjoy this list of historic world firsts in the trucking industry.


Trucking Industry Facts You’ve Never Heard


First Semi-Trucks

It is widely reported that the first semi-truck was invented in 1898 by Andrew Winton.

He used the first semi-truck to haul his automobiles and avoid putting wear and tear on them before delivery.

At this point in American history, there were no interstate systems and most roads were still unpaved dirt. In fact, in 1900, only 4% of roads were paved.

Traveling by road was much more difficult and most freight was transported by train. However, over time, trucking became the preferred method to reach rural communities that were not being served by trains.

The trucking industry truly exploded as networks of paved roads expanded and the interstate system was begun in 1956.

Fastest Semi-Trucks

The fastest semi-truck in existence is actually hard to nail down. There are many kinds of trucks competing for the title: standard diesel, electric, and one insane jet-powered trucks.

Diesel


The fastest standard diesel semi-truck we could find is Volvo’s Iron Knight. They only made one, created specifically to go as fast as possible.

But just take a look at these stats about the fastest diesel semi-truck:

 - 2,400 horsepower (for reference, the Peterbilt 379 has 475 horsepower)
 - 4,425 pound-feet of torque (most new Peterbilt engines have about 1,500 pound-feet)
 - 500-meters (1640.42 feet) from a dead stop in 13.71 seconds
 - 1,000-meters (3280.84 feet) from a dead stop in 21.29 seconds
 - 171.5 mph top speed

Watch the Iron Knight outrun a sports car:



Electric


The new Tesla electric semi-truck is set to hit roads in 2020. Love it or hate it, this semi-truck is seriously fast, and it’s actually going to be available to the general public.

Check out what Tesla says about their electric semi-truck:

 - 0-60 mph in 5 seconds empty
 - 0-60 mph in 20 seconds with 80,000 lbs. load
 - 500-mile range at gross vehicle weight and highway speed


Jet-Powered


Last is the seriously insane, jet-powered Shockwave custom Peterbilt. This semi-truck is powered by two huge jet engines that shoot massive flames and propel the truck to a top speed of nearly 400 mph.

Check out these other stats about the fastest jet-powered semi-truck:

 - 36,000 horsepower
 - 376 mph top speed
 - A quarter-mile in 6.5 seconds (the Iron Knight did a similar distance in 13.72 seconds)

Longest Semi-Truck Loads

It’s no secret that normal Australian truckers (called truckies) run massive “road trains” with three, four, or sometimes five trailers.

Their trucks are outfitted with massive grill protectors meant to plow right through kangaroos and other animals that get in their way.

But this Guinness-World-Record-setting road train is the craziest thing we’ve ever seen.

With a single Mack truck, John Atkinson hauled 153 trailers -- for about 500 feet. It's still pretty insane though.



Most Expensive Semi-Trucks

The most expensive semi-truck is this custom Mack truck. It’s another example of a very impractical truck design.

Built for the Sultan Ibrahim Ismail of the Malaysian state of Johor who needed to drag his speedboat, this thing reportedly cost over $1 million.

Check out these over-the-top stats about the most expensive semi-truck:

 - 72,000 stitches of gold thread,
 - A six-camera closed-circuit TV system
 - Imported leather upholstery
 - Solid wood flooring
 - Stone-topped counters
 - XBOX and Playstation


We don’t want to know what the taxes would cost on a truck like the Sultan’s. One thing is for sure, the Sultan doesn’t have to pay HVUT and IFTA taxes. But you do. 

Fortunately, Express Truck Tax is here to give you service fit for a king.


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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, October 24, 2019

Trucking 101: Everything You Need to Know About ExpressTruckTax

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Truck driver driving in the mountains; uses ExpressTruckTax to file IRS 2290.
You might already know that ExpressTruckTax is here for your Form 2290 filing needs.

In fact, we’re the industry-leading e-file provider for IRS 2290.

But what else do you know? Find out other ways we can help you with truck taxes to take the paperwork out of trucking.

Truck Taxes

IRS Form 2290

Did you use ExpressTruckTax to file Form 2290 this year? If so, thanks for choosing us!

Our number 1 referral method is word of mouth, so be sure to tell your friends about your experience.

If you didn’t file with ExpressTruckTax, or haven’t heard of us before, here’s the rundown:

1.  ExpressTruckTax is an IRS-authorized e-file provider.

That means our system is authorized by the IRS to participate in the IRS e-file program. Not only are we backed by the IRS, but we run on cloud-based software, keeping your sensitive information safe and secure.

2.  ExpressTruckTax takes the paperwork out of filing.

No, seriously. You never need to touch a piece of paper to file IRS 2290, and you definitely don’t have to stand in those ridiculous lines at the IRS. Honestly, I hope no one is still doing that.

3.  ExpressTruckTax is here for you.

The ExpressTruckTax support team is a 100% US-based, live support team, meaning you’ll always get a real human on the phone who knows what they’re talking about.

Best of all, you’ll get your IRS 2290 stamped Schedule 1 just minutes after filing Form 2290.

IFTA Fuel Tax

So, maybe you knew all that, but did you know we can help with IFTA filing too?

Simply log in to your ExpressTruckTax account, or create one for free. Then, select the “IFTA” tab at the top of the home page.

IFTA filing has never been easier. It’s all the ease of Form 2290, but with IFTA reporting!

Don’t forget, your 3rd quarter IFTA deadline is October 31, 2019. File your IFTA fuel tax by Halloween to avoid penalties and interest.

Truck Drivers Are Our Priority

Now you know a little bit about how ExpressTruckTax can help you, especially with IRS Form 2290 and IFTA fuel tax.

We’re here for you. Our top-notch customer support team is available to help, whether you need to make a correction on your Form 2290, have questions about IFTA filing, or need clarity on truck taxes and deadlines.

We’re here to take some of the hassle and paperwork out of being a truck driver, but most importantly, we’re here for you.


Check out our other blogs to find more resources to help you succeed in the trucking industry.

Happy trucking!








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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Reefer Fuel: What You Need to Know to File IFTA Online

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Trucks with reefer trailers will complete their IFTA filing differently.
IFTA tax is a quarterly tax, meaning there are 4 IFTA deadlines.

The 3rd quarter IFTA deadline is October 31 - Are you prepared?

IFTA reporting covers a multitude of states, each with different rules.

So, what are the specific guidelines on reefer fuel and how do they affect IFTA filing?

IFTA Filing & Reefer Fuel

Reefer Fuel

A reefer is a refrigerated trailer or shipping container used for transport of temperature-sensitive cargo.

Refrigeration units that use reefer fuel are not taxed like other fuel.

The main takeaway is that reefer fuel is NOT included in IFTA filing when it is used to power the refrigeration unit of the trailer.

You should always purchase reefer fuel on a separate fuel receipt when fueling your power unit.

Pumping reefer fuel on the same fuel receipt will lower your MPG and cost you more IFTA fuel tax. Plus, in the event of an IFTA audit, you will be penalized and incur added interest.

IFTA Reporting Guidelines

You’re entitled to a tax refund on every gallon of reefer fuel purchased. To complete the federal tax refund form, you’ll need the total number of gallons purchased during the tax year.

In return, the IRS will send you a check for the amount of federal tax paid on each gallon.

If you forget to file for this refund, you can file up to 3 years back to claim it after the fact.

Before you start IFTA reporting, you’ll want to check with your base jurisdiction to see how they handle reefer fuel.

For instance, in some states if you have only one tank that both propels your vehicle and runs refrigeration, all fuel is included in IFTA fuel tax. If you have two separate containers, you’ll need to fuel separately and keep receipts.

Check with your base jurisdiction to make sure you understand their specific process for reefer fuel.

File IFTA Online

IFTA reporting can be tricky, but save yourself the time and headache when you file IFTA online.

ExpressIFTA will generate your IFTA fuel tax form for you, as well as accurate IFTA fuel tax calculations.

To file IFTA online, simply create a free account, enter your information, and generate your IFTA fuel tax form.

Then, all that’s left is to file your IFTA fuel tax with your base jurisdiction. 













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Thursday, October 10, 2019

A Complete Guide to the 1099 Form and W-2 Form

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trucker contractor being paid and filling out 1099 contractor form
How do you know whether or not you need to file W-2 Forms or 1099 Forms for your employees?

It all depends on what role you play in the trucking industry and your drivers’ tax classification.

If you’re an owner-operator or fleet manager, you should determine if new hires are full-time employees or independent contractors from the start.

This will affect what paperwork you need to keep up with to stay compliant.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 1099 Form and W-2 Form.

Trucking Taxes

W-2 Form

The W-2 Form is used to report salary, income with social security, income or Medicare tax withheld, and any compensations offered throughout the tax year.

Employers must file W-2 Forms electronically with the SSA (Social Security Administration) for their employees each year.

In addition, employers must send copies of W-2 Forms to employees so that they can use W-2 information to complete their personal tax returns.

So, if you’re a business owner, who do you need to file W-2 for?

Essentially, employees/drivers will need to receive a W-2 Form if you provided them with income that had social security, income, or Medicare tax withheld.

This means that most company drivers will receive a W-2 Form.

If you’re an independent contractor, you’ll have to cover your end of government expenses. Therefore, you’ll receive a 1099 Form, which is used to report miscellaneous income.

If you’re an agent or commission driver, you might have the “Statutory Driver” box checked on your W-2. Statutory and self-employed drivers should also fill out Schedule C to assess business profit and loss.

The e-filing deadline for filing W2 online is January 31, 2020, but it’s important to understand what classification your employees fall into in order to prepare for various tax deadlines.

1099 Form

If you own a trucking company and hire employees to drive your trucks, you’ll need to file 941, 940, and issue W-2s.

However, if you hire drivers as independent contractors that make more than $600, you’ll need to provide them and the IRS a 1099 Misc. Form.


Independent contractors will then use the information on this 1099 Form to file their tax returns.

If you are just a truck driver driving on your own, or a leased driver, you’ll also need the 1099 Form, which is also known as the 1099 contractor form. 

As a driver, if you own or lease your truck, you could be an independent contractor. Make sure you know your employment classification upon hire.

If you’ve hired independent contractors for your company, you’ll need to complete 1099 filing for them.

Staying Tax Compliant

Keeping up with employer taxes is critical to staying compliant with the IRS and keeping your employees and contractors happy.

Understand whether you need to file W-2 or complete a 1099 filing based on the employment type of your hires.

If you’re still unsure what to file, contact the team at TaxBandits, and they’ll be happy to help.

TaxBandits is an IRS-authorized e-file provider for employer taxes. Use this service to save time on taxes and avoid IRS wait times and penalties.

No matter what forms you need to file, TaxBandits can help you file quickly. Prepare for year-end ahead of time by understanding what you need to file to stay IRS compliant.









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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.
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 judgment.

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 24, 2019

The Best Trucker Tips For Shifting Seasons

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Truck driver driving in a storm, practicing safety regulations for truck drivers.
With hurricane season in full effect, it’s a crazy time to be on the roads.

The weather is shifting, so we put together some truck driver tips and a trucker survival kit to keep you safe.

Trucking industry safety has been a huge focus recently, as trucking is listed one of the most hazardous jobs.

Safety regulations for truck drivers are enforced, but many times, driving conditions or other drivers are the main issue.

Stay alert on the road.


Take note of these trucker tips and remain focused in any weather conditions. Remember, your life is more important than your job.

If you ever feel that you do not have complete control over your vehicle, pull off the road.

Trucker Safety in Every Season

Hurricane Season

Hurricane season always comes with tons of unknowns. Storms are hard to track, and weather reporters never seem to have a definite idea of what will happen.

Because of that, it’s important for truck drivers to carry emergency items with them to use in the event of a sudden storm.

Your truck driver survival kit should include water, nonperishable food, extra clothes, a reflective vest, hat, waterproof gloves, waterproof jacket, extra socks, and boots. Include an electric blanket if you have one.

Remember, if your nonperishable food includes canned food, bring a can opener. 

Also, pack a utility knife, flashlight, batteries, portable charger, hand-crank radio, matches/lighter, first aid kit, portable heater, and extra fuel in your truck driver survival kit.

Basic Driving Safety Tips

Always pay attention to weather forecasts. Know what to expect before you get on the road.

If you do end up caught in a pop-up storm or tornado warning, slow down, turn your flashers on, and find shelter as soon as you can.

If you must pull off on the side of the road, be sure to pull far off, especially if visibility is low.

Never stop under a bridge or overpass, as they turn into wind tunnels during a storm and lots of debris will pass through them.

Trucker Safety

Above all else, your personal safety is most important. Be aware that safety regulations for truck drivers might not always be enough.

Exercise personal judgment. If you must abandon your truck or personal goods, do so.

As the seasons change, hurricanes, storms, snow, and more arrive, and driving safety is compromised. Be sure that your truck is in perfect working condition at all times.

Keep up with truck maintenance to stay compliant with safety regulations for truck drivers.

Remember, you can do this with TruckLogics, a trucking management solution for all of your trucking needs. Take the paperwork out of trucking and stay safe on the road. Take advantage of your free 15-day TruckLogics trial.












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Thursday, September 19, 2019

How to Save Money with Self-Service Payroll

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Small business payroll is especially useful for trucking businesses.
Congratulations - You’re growing!

Hiring contractors means paying contractors.

If you’re not a payroll expert, it may be tough to know just where to start.

That’s okay!

Here’s everything you need to know about finding the perfect self-service payroll solution for paying your contractors.

Paying Contractors

EES Payroll

EES stands for “employee self-service”, with EE being a two-letter abbreviation for “employee”.

EES refers to technology that allows employees with an EES payroll login to handle many administrative needs on their own.

For instance, EES payroll services allow employees to have full access over payroll, letting small businesses manage payroll from afar, without a single sheet of paper!

Make life easier for both you and your employees by outsourcing certain time-consuming aspects of business, like payroll tax service, to your employees. Plus, you'll save tons of money!


With an EES payroll login, your employees will have 24/7 access to pay stubs and other payroll information that they might need for taxes, loans, and more.

In addition, EES payroll systems are secure, so sensitive information will stay safe on the payroll tax service platform.

EES Portal

An EES portal is the interactive portion of an EES system.

An EES portal allows your employees to access payroll features from their own devices.

Each employee will have their own payroll login information to an individual account. The self-service portal for employees is a huge time saver for you, allowing employees to do more payroll and HR tasks on their own.

For instance, they can view and print payroll information, access payroll history, and more.

Small business payroll is often overlooked by other, more pressing business needs. Make sure that your employees are paid on time and correctly with the help of an online payroll tax service.

Plus, stay tax compliant by keeping an accurate record of employee information. 

Payroll Services

Now, all that’s left is to find a self-service payroll system that does it all!

PayWow is your small business payroll solution, created to help you grow.

With PayWow, it’s easy to pay contractors and manage 1099 filings. In fact, you can pay your contractors with just a few clicks, and generate and file 1099’s automatically.

The best part is that it’s completely paperless! Keep track of everything you need without shuffling through the file cabinets.


You can even track your contractors through the PayWow dashboard, letting them record their work hours. Utilize this feature to integrate time & attendance data when paying contractors!

Get started with PayWow’s features today and streamline your payroll services.







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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Did You Get a Letter From the IRS About HVUT 2290?

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Truck driver receiving a letter from the IRS regarding his HVUT 2290 tax, stating that he didn't pay 2290.
You thought you were done with the 2290 tax… until you received a letter from the IRS about non-payment.

If you filed sometime close to the 2290 tax due date, you might’ve received a notice from the IRS asking you to pay 2290.

If you already filed your heavy use tax form online and paid your 2290 tax, this can be frustrating and confusing. Don’t sweat it just yet.

Here’s what it means.

IRS Letter Regarding HVUT 2290

Why did I receive a letter?

This happens every year. It could mean you still need to pay 2290 tax, or, it could just be a side-effect of the high volume of returns that the IRS receives close to the Form 2290 due date.

Sometimes, IRS systems don’t communicate information very efficiently, especially when they’re overloaded with last-minute HVUT 2290 filers.

What Should I Do?

Most likely, the IRS will send you a follow-up letter in a few weeks telling you that the first letter was an error, but, before assuming, double-check that your 2290 tax amount was paid in full.

First, check to see how you chose to pay your heavy use tax to the IRS. Did you pay 2290 with a credit card, debit card, EFW, EFTPS, check, or money order?

If you chose EFW, or Electronic Funds Withdrawal, check your bank statement to ensure that the funds were successfully drafted from your account.

If they were, you’re all set! You paid HVUT 2290 tax successfully. However, if the amount hasn’t been removed, contact us. There may have been an error entering your account information.


Secondly, if you filed with ExpressTruckTax and chose to pay 2290 with a credit or debit card, make sure you made that payment separately. This payment would’ve been made outside of ExpressTruckTax through Official Payments after you completed your filing. 

If you forgot to pay your 2290 tax through Official Payments, do so as quickly as possible.

Still Have Questions?

We’re here to help! If you have questions or concerns regarding your 2290 tax, contact our US-based team of experts here at ExpressTruckTax in Rock Hill, SC.

Simply call 704-234-6005 or email support@expresstrucktax.com.

If you still need to file HVUT 2290, click here. The Form 2290 due date was September 3, 2019, so you’ll want to file ASAP to avoid increased penalties.

Be sure to file even if you can’t make the full 2290 tax payment, as penalties will be reduced.




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Thursday, September 12, 2019

CVSA Brake Safety Week is Here! Complete Survival Guide

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Truckers across America prepare for CVSA Brake Safety Week
CVSA Brake Safety Week is coming up from September 15-21, 2019.

Brake Safety Week is a weeklong effort to enforce and spread awareness about the importance of brake system truck maintenance.

Be sure that your commercial truck maintenance is taken care of because tons of CVSA inspections will be taking place across the country.

If you’re not sure what’s included in truck maintenance for CVSA Brake Safety Week, we’ve put together a complete guide for CVSA 2019.

CVSA 2019

Truck Driver Regulations

Brake violations are responsible for around half of all out-of-service violations.

CVSA Brake Safety Week is an opportunity to enforce regulations and highlight the importance of a properly functioning vehicle braking system.

This year’s CVSA inspection focuses on brake hoses and tubing. One major violation that the CVSA has found is chafed hoses, worn through the reinforcement fabric of the hoses or into the white color of thermoplastic hose.

Commercial Truck Maintenance

Besides performing routine truck maintenance on your vehicle, the best way to prepare for CVSA 2019 truck inspections is to make sure that your company, or you if you’re an owner-operator or fleet manager, has checked all brakes for proper adjustment.

If they’re out of adjustment, get them serviced. Self-adjusting brakes should not be manually adjusted. This indicates that something else is wrong.
Conduct your pre-trip inspections thoroughly and look/listen for chafed hoses and air leaks.

During a CVSA inspection, you can expect the inspector to check your credentials, crawl under the truck to measure pushrod stroke on drum brakes, check brakes, and potentially look at tires, lights, and other required equipment.


If no critical item violations are found, the inspector will place a CVSA inspection decal on the vehicle.

Staying on Top

CVSA inspections are nothing new for the trucking industry.

Stay on top of truck maintenance with TruckLogics.

TruckLogics is a cloud-based trucking management software for owner-operators, leased operators, and fleet owners & managers.

There are tons of features for managing dispatches, generating & sending invoices, creating profit & loss reports, and much more.

On top of that, use TruckLogics to schedule maintenance routinely, so you’ll never fall behind or feel blindsided by a CVSA inspection.

This CVSA Brake Safety Week, take charge of more than CVSA 2019 brake safety. Take charge of your commercial truck maintenance, and save time and money in the long run.

Take it for a test drive with TruckLogic’s free 15-day trial.









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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.


At ExpressTruckTax, we understand the amount of work truckers put into their careers, and the huge role they play in the 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, September 5, 2019

How To Deal With IRS 2290 Rejection

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Truckers who filed before the Form 2290 due date may still face Form 2290 rejection.
You filed before the Form 2290 due date! What a relief. No penalties, no worries

Until you get a notice that your IRS 2290 was rejected.

Don’t stress. There are multiple reasons for rejection, but we’ve got a fix for each one.

Here’s all the information you’ll need to correct your IRS 2290 highway use tax as quickly as possible to avoid penalty.

Form 2290 Rejection

Common Reasons for Rejection

In order to fix your 2290 highway use tax and get an updated Schedule 1 Form 2290, you’ll need to find the issue.

There are multiple reasons for Form 2290 rejection including:

-  EIN and Business Name Mismatch
If the EIN you entered does not match the information the IRS has on record, you can call the IRS Excise Hotline at 1-866-699-4096 to determine what information they have.

If your EIN is brand new, it will likely be rejected because it takes about 10 business days for the IRS to register a new EIN in their system. The reported reason for rejection will be: “EIN does not match business name”. Once your EIN is registered, simply retransmit your return.

-  Routing Transit Number Rejection
If you chose to pay your 2290 highway use tax by Electronic Funds Withdrawal, your bank routing number was required.

If your IRS 2290 was rejected because the wrong routing number was entered, simply correct the routing number and re-transmit your return to the IRS.

*Note: If you notice a routing number error but your return was accepted, contact the IRS.

-  Duplicate Filing of IRS 2290
This type of rejection means your IRS 2290 was already filed and confirmed by the IRS, and that a second 2290 was submitted on your behalf.

Filing a Form 2290 Amendment

There are 3 events that would require filing a Form 2290 amendment, including:

1.  Increase in Taxable Gross Weight
If your vehicle’s taxable gross weight increases, causing it to fall into a new weight category, you’ll need to file a Form 2290 amendment.

For instance, if the maximum load customarily carried increases, the gross taxable weight may change.

If this happens, calculate and report the additional tax for the remainder of the period on IRS 2290, line 3, “Additional tax from increase in taxable gross weight”.

Then, check the Amended Return box, and write the date of the last day of the month following the month that the taxable gross weight increased to the right.

2.  Mileage Use Limit Exceeded
You’ll need to file a Form 2290 amendment if a suspended vehicle exceeds the mileage use limit of 5,000 miles (7,500 miles for agricultural vehicles).

Mileage use limit applies to total mileage during a period, regardless of the number of owners.

If this applies to you, file an amended 2290 Form by reporting the tax on page 2 based on the month the vehicle was first used during the tax period. Then, check the Amended Return box.

3. Incorrect VIN
If you’ve entered the wrong VIN number, file a 2290 VIN correction.

You can only file a 2290 VIN Correction for taxable or suspended vehicles, not for credit vehicles or prior suspended vehicles.

Also, you cannot make credit claims on the same form as your Form 2290 amendment. The tax for the vehicle must have been paid with the original IRS 2290.



Filing Form 2290 Amendments and VIN Correction Forms

ExpressTruckTax makes IRS 2290 form updates easy.

With unlimited free 2290 VIN corrections for those who used ExpressTruckTax to file, and easy-to-follow VIN correction forms and Form 2290 amendments for those who didn’t, we’ve got you covered.


We offer the best prices around, so even if you didn’t file your original IRS 2290 return with us, we won’t hold it against you.


Plus, thanks to the ExpressTruckTax 2290 highway use tax calculator, we’ll calculate your tax owed for you.


Correct your IRS 2290 today with ExpressTruckTax, and get your updated Schedule 1 Form 2290 in minutes.











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