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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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

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

What is IRS Form 2290 in Trucking?

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

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

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

What is a Stamped Schedule 1?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Form 2290 Filing Made Easy With ExpressTruckTax

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

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

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


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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Today is the 2nd Quarter IFTA Deadline

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Truck back on the road after filing their IFTA Fuel Tax Report
Yup, that’s right. Today, July 31st, is the 2nd 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.

ExpressTruckTax can 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 2nd 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

ExpressTruckTax makes it easy to import all of your IFTA information online in one convenient location. Use your IFTA reports to automatically calculate all of 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, July 26, 2018

This Free IFTA Tax Calculator Will Blow Your Mind

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Owner operator back on the road after filing his IFTA fuel taxI don’t know about you, but it feels like we just filed and paid the IFTA fuel tax. Oh, how the time flies! Because unfortunately, the next IFTA deadline is right around the corner.Your second quarter IFTA report is due Tuesday, July 31st! If you need to file your federal fuel tax report you have come to the right place–– here’s how we can help. 
 

This Free IFTA Tax Calculator Will Blow Your Mind

So you're looking for a free IFTA Tax calculator? You might find some labeled as “free” but are they?

Well, one of our goals at ExpressTruckTax is to take the hassle out of filing your taxes. One of the many ways we achieve this is by providing you with a completely free IFTA mileage calculator app. Download the app to your smartphone or tablet and calculate your IFTA fuel tax in a matter of seconds, no matter where you are.

IFTA Mileage Calculator Instructions:

1. Select your Base Jurisdiction
2. Select your IFTA Quarter & Fuel Type
3. Enter the Miles Traveled & Fuel Purchased per state

Now you can sit back and relax as the IFTA tax calculator app handles all of the complicated federal fuel tax calculators for you. Your total miles, gallons, and miles per gallon will be displayed along with the amount of IFTA fuel tax you owe.

You can then email this IFTA tax report to yourself or any recipients by entering any email address and clicking send.

How to File Your IFTA Fuel Tax?


professional truck driver can get back on the road and calculate his IFTA fuel tax using ExpressTruckTax free IFTA tax calculator
ExpressTruckTax not only helps you file your HVUT Form 2290, but also your IFTA return. Our IFTA online filing solution is full of innovative features that help you complete your return. All you have to do to get started is create your free account, and you only pay when you transmit your IFTA return.

If you need any assistance along the way, our dedicated ExpressTruckTax US-based support team is available via phone, live chat, and email.








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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

How to Save Time by Filing Form 2290 Online With ExpressTruckTax

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

Filing Form 2290 Online With ExpressTruckTax

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

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

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

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

Need Help Filing Form 2290 Online With ExpressTruckTax?

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




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Friday, July 13, 2018

See What's Happening at the Truckers Jamboree

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Truck driver and rig at the trucker jamboree

The 39th annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree is officially underway at the Iowa 80 Truck Stop. They are featuring a truck beauty contest, live concerts, trucker Olympic games, and so much more! If you aren’t able to attend the Truckers Jamboree, we completely understand (we are in the same boat), so to help you feel a part of the fun, we are sharing what’s happening at the Truckers Jamboree!

Here are a few photos and videos of the trucks and event happening at the show:
















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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Are Y'all Going to The I-80 Trucker Jamboree?

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Walcott Trucker Jamboree is the largest truckstop in the world
We know that you all have been working hard this summer, putting those extra miles down hard, but if you find yourself passing through good ole Iowa then it’s time to take a load off at the I-80 Trucker Jamboree! You are literally moving America forward every day on the road, so it is time for a well-deserved break. Come celebrate with dozens of customized rigs and hundreds of fellow American truckers at the “World’s Largest Truckstop.” So why wouldn’t you go to the I-80 Trucker Jamboree?

Are Y'all Going to The I-80 Trucker Jamboree?

The 39th annual Walcott Trucker Jamboree starts today Thursday, July 12, 2018, at the Iowa 80 TruckStop, interstate 80 Exit 284, in Walcott, Iowa. Come and enjoy free concerts, fireworks, and of course everything trucking. This three-day event will also include a Super Truck Beauty Contest, an Iowa pork chop cookout, an antique truck display, more than 175 exhibits, two fireworks shows, and a Trucker Olympics.

This event goes all the way back to 1979 and is still going strong as a great place to celebrate the American trucker and learn about the trucking industry. While this event is a good time and an educational experience, at the end of the day, it is a way to thank you (the truckers of America) for all that you do to keep America moving forward.

If you find yourself elsewhere in the country and can’t make it, you should still put the Iowa 80 Truckstop on your list of places to visit. It is not only the largest truck stop in the world, it practically has everything a trucker on the road could ask for. They even have a Dogomat open 24 hours a day where you can get your travel buddy groomed and ready to hit the road. You can also get a haircut, go to the dentist, watch a movie, and so much more all from this one truck stop.

I-80 Trucker Jamboree Parking and Admission

Classic truck at the I-80 Trucker JamboreeI have some fantastic news truckers! Parking and admission is FREE at the I-80 Trucker Jamboree! There will be tons of exhibition for you to visit and learn about what they do for the trucking industry. Relax in the evening with free country music concerts performed by Logan Mize, Dani Lynn Howe, and Grammy winners The Kentucky Headhunters!

However, when you hop back in the saddle on Sunday don’t forget your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax is hurtling at us at full speed. You can complete your Form 2290 filing with the 100% US-based industry leader, ExpressTruckTax. All you have to do is spend less than 10 minutes following our simple step-by-step filing guide to transmit your forms directly to the IRS and receive your stamped Schedule 1 in minutes!

Need some help? Our 100% US-based bilingual support team is available to answer all of your questions via live chat, phone, and email.


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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

What You Need to Know About Traffic July 4th

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What You Need to Know About Traffic July 4thWith a growing economy and rising consumer confidence, you can expect more than a few four-wheelers on the road this holiday weekend. This Independence Day the AAA has estimated 41.9 million travelers until Sunday, July 8th. This number is up 0.7 percent from last year’s estimate and the highest number since 2007 since before the great recession. At ExpressTruckTax we want you to always be prepared. Here is what you need to know about traffic July 4th.

The AAA says that the worst congestion can be expected around metropolitan areas as holiday travels are combined with regular commuters during the weekdays.

“This Independence Day will be one for the record books, as more Americans take to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways than ever before,” Bill Sutherland, senior vice president of AAA Travel and Publishing, said in a statement from the company. “Confident consumers with additional disposable income will look to spend on travel this holiday, building on an already busy summer travel season.”


What You Need to Know About Traffic July 4thAt ExpressTruckTax we hope you will spend this Independence Day with your family and friends, however, if you find yourself out on the open road, we want to share our sincere appreciation. It is through the untiring resolve of those like yourself in the trucking community that we are able to celebrate. Your rigs brought us the fireworks, hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, charcoal, and grill that we all get to enjoy.

From the staff at ExpressTruckTax, we thank you for your dedication and determination in serving millions of Americans across the nation. ExpressTruckTax appreciates your continued efforts to keeping America moving. Happy Independence Day!



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Monday, July 2, 2018

How to Get Your Stamped Schedule 1 in Minutes

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

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

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

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

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

How to File IRS Form 2290?

Step 1:

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

Step 2:

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

Step 3:

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

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

Step 4:


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



Step 5:

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

Step 6:

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

Step 7:

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

Step 8:

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

File Your Heavy Use Tax Over the Phone

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

TSNAmerica: 803.386.0320


Need Help Filing HVUT 2290 Online With ExpressTruckTax?

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




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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Your Last-Chance to Join The IGLOO® Cooler Giveaway

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

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

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

How to File IRS Form 2290?

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

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

Information Needed to File Your Heavy Use Tax:

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




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ExpressTruckTax Giveaway Terms & Conditions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Privacy Notice: All information submitted in connection with this Sweepstakes will be treated in accordance with these Terms & Conditions, ExpressTruckTax’ Privacy Policy.


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Friday, June 22, 2018

Top 10 Questions You Have About The Heavy Use Tax

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trucking on the road after his form 2290 filing is complete
The Heavy Vehicle Use Tax or Form 2290 filing season is officially here! Every day at ExpressTruckTax, we take thousands of calls from truckers just like you. To help you get ready here are the top 10 questions you have about the heavy use tax.

Top 10 Questions ExpressTruckTax is Asked About The Heavy Use Tax

1. When is Form 2290 payment due?
For most people, it’s due on 8/31/2018. But why run the risk of forgetting and facing IRS penalties?! File today with ExpressTruckTax and be set until 2019.

Your IRS Form 2290 is due on the last day of the month following your truck’s first month of use during the reporting period. So if your truck was on the road last July your Form 2290 filing deadline is August 31, 2018. When you file your IRS Form 2290 with ExpressTruckTax you will receive you stamped Schedule 1 in a matter of minutes.

2. Do I need an EIN?
Yes, even without employees, you must have an EIN.

As an owner-operator, you will need an employer identification number or EIN. It is used by the IRS to identify your trucking business for tax purposes. Contact the sister product of ExpressTruckTax, TSNAmerica to apply for your EIN over the phone. However, don’t wait to apply because it can take up to 10 days to become active.

3. When does my 2290 expire?
The end of June, unless you’re special. Your Form 2290 due date and expiration date varies based on when you purchased your vehicle. Your best bet is to call ExpressTruckTax at (704) 234-6005 for more information.

4. Can I transfer my truck tag?
Sure, but you can’t transfer your 2290. When you purchase a new rig, you will file Form 2290 for your new vehicle then adjust your tax credits using Form 8849 Schedule 6. At ExpressTruckTax you can go ahead and file Form 8849 Schedule 6 to claim your refund after completing your Form 2290 filing. You will report your new vehicle for a pro-rated tax period based on when you first used it. It will take approximately 4 to 6 weeks for the IRS to process your refund.

5. Is my Schedule 1 still good?
It is different for everyone, but you can look at your current Stamped Schedule 1 to find out. Or simply contact ExpressTruckTax and we will look up your previous tax year information.

6. Do you offer Spanish support?
Si, habla Espanol.

At ExpressTruckTax we offer bilingual support in both English and Spanish. Our support team located in historic downtown Rock Hill, SC is available by phone, email, and live chat.

7. If I file my Form 2290 now, so I have to pay now?
If you select ‘check or money order’ during filing, your Form 2290 tax payment is due 8/31/2018.

Or if you would like to pay during the ExpressTruckTax Form 2290 filing process, you can do so using your debit or credit card. For more information on credit or debit card payments click here

8. Where are you located?
ExpressTruckTax is located in historic Rock Hill, SC. We don’t outsource our support like some people…. Also, we promise never to stick you with a robot or automated call system. Give ExpressTruckTax a call at 704.234.6005 or send us an email at support@expresstrucktax.com for 24-hour bilingual support in English and Spanish.

9. If I hate Form 2290 filing, is there a way you can do it for me?
Yea, for a small fee ExpressTruckTax's expert US-based support staff, will file your Form 2290 for you over the phone. The process is straightforward and will only take 5 minutes. Receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 in a matter of minutes with ExpressTruckTax.

10. Are you really running a giveaway for anyone who files 2018-19 Form 2290 before 6/30/2018?
Absolutely! You should definitely file before June 30th to be automatically entered to win an IGLOO IMX cooler for your truck. On July 2nd, 2018 we will announce the winner during a live Facebook party! https://goo.gl/hfaS9R

File Your 2018-2019 Heavy Use Tax With ExpressTruckTax

Instead of having to wait in a long line at an IRS office, you can quickly complete your Form 2290 filing online with ExpressTruckTax. Plus, the process is incredibly easy with our step-by-step filing guide. Complete your IRS Form 2290 in just a few minutes with ExpressTruckTax and transmit it directly to the IRS. Be among the first to receive your stamped Schedule 1!



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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Form 2290 Filing Penalties You Need to Know

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


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


Heavy Use Tax Penalties

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

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

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






Form 2290 Filing Made Easy With ExpressTruckTax

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

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



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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

7 Important Mistakes to Avoid When Filing Your Heavy Use Tax

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

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

1. Incorrect EIN

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

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

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

2. Incorrect VIN

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

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

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

3. Tax Calculation Errors

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

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

4. Incorrect Filing Status

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

5. Incorrect Tax Year

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

6. Duplicated Vehicle Information

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

7. Incorrect First-Used Month


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

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

The Key to Correct Form 2290 Filing

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

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



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Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Best Father's Day Gifts For Truck Drivers

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The Best Father's Day Gifts For Truck Drivers

Are you still struggling to find the perfect Father’s Day gift for that special truck driver in your life? Well, Father’s Day is this Sunday, so you better roll on before it is too late. If your dad is a truck driver what better way to treat him than finding something that is going to make all those long trips a little better. So if you are struggling to find that wow gift we have gathered a list of the best Father’s Day gifts for truck drivers.

The Best Father's Day Gifts For Truck Drivers

1. Heavy Duty Phone Case

Working as a truck driver can be rough, and it is a long way from the cob to the concrete. So having a quality phone case is a must-have for any trucker.

2. AC/DC Power Inverter

Being able to plug in everyday appliances like a TV, microwave, or video game is essential for anyone away from home for days or even weeks at a time. Now your Dad can have some of the conveniences of home while on the road.

3. Audio Books

Sometimes you need a good book to keep you occupied while on a long haul. If your dad is a reader, you should consider getting him an Audible subscription. They offer thousands of titles from any genre imaginable. There is no way your dad won’t find something to enjoy. 

4. Sirius Radio Subscription

If your dad is more of a music buff, then I would recommend a Sirius Radio subscription, because let's be honest there is nothing better than driving along with your favorite tunes. They offer several packages to choose from including sports, racing, and news. No more having to find local radio stations or constantly listen to the same old songs from their iPod.

5. Hotel Voucher

This is a great way to treat your dad for the day especially if they can’t make it home for Father’s Day. After a long and stressful day, they get to enjoy a big bed, private shower, wifi, and cable TV.

However, you will need to do your research and consider a lot of details before choosing a hotel. This gesture can quickly turn into a nightmare for your favorite trucker.
  • Biggie: Do they allow truck parking?
  • The hotel should be a national chain or have several locations in the region your dad hauls in.
  • Check out online reviews and the experience of fellow truckers.
  • The hotel needs to be located near a major interstate and highway.
  • Do they allow pets? (If your Dad has a dog with him on the road)

6. Restaurant or Truck Stop Gift Card

A delicious warm meal at a nice sit-down restaurant could just be the things to turn a rough day around. Even an ice cold drink or snack can help your Dad get back on the road in higher spirits. Just remember when you are choosing a truck stop or restaurant that it should be an established chain with truck parking available. 

7. Shower Duffel Bag

It might sound like a super simple gift, but your trucking father will really appreciate it. Pick up a solid color duffle bag with metal zippers because it is higher quality and will last longer. Throw in a big fluffy town, shampoo, conditioner, his favorite wash (if he likes bar soap get a travel case), deodorant, toothpaste, a new toothbrush, and a pair of shower sandals.

8. Seat Cushion or Massage Insert

Trucking driving is hard on the body, and a seat cushion and/or massage cushion is perfect for relieving some of the stress. He can get a massage to ease some of the pain and soreness he gets from his long days on the road.

9. Home Cooked Meal

If your trucking Dad has a mini fridge and access to a microwave, you might consider making a delicious home cooked meal for him to take on the road. This is a great way to remind him of home when he is on the road. Besides, let's face it, home cooking is always better than what he is getting on the road. Ask your Mom what his favorite meal is and have it ready next time he hits the road. Send your Dad off with some of the luxuries of home.

10. Mobile Air Purifier

Does your Dad suffer from seasonal allergies? Get him a 12-volt air purifier that plugs right into the cigarette lighter. This little device will eliminate dust, odors, pollen, and smoke! This is an inexpensive and thoughtful gift that will help your Dad on a daily bases.

Happy Father’s Day

No one knows your dad better than you do and we are sure you’ll find the perfect gift to show him how much he means to you. We want to take a moment to thank all dads out there for teaching your kids everything you know and crafting perfect drivers! Also, remember that the 2290 filing season is upon us!


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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The 2019 DOT Funding Bill Advances in The U.S. Senate

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The 2019 DOT Funding Bill Advances in The U.S. Senate
(Updated August 2, 2018)
Senate-passes transportation funding bill Aug. 1st.

Legislation approves $1 billion in infrastructure grants for the 2019 fiscal transportation measure including $154.2 billion package for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Measure as passed 92-6.

The Senate bill would provide DOT with $26.6 billion in discretionary spending. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration would receive $667 million, and $50 million would be provided for improving safety of state-supported passenger rail service



The Federal transportation infrastructure, housing assistance, and community development spending bill was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday, June 7 for $71.4 billion. The bill passed with a unanimous bipartisan support (31-0). So now that the 2019 DOT funding bill advances in the Senate here is what you need to know.

The 2019 DOT Funding Bill Advances in the Senate

The FY2019 Transportations, Housing and Urban Development, and Related (THUD) Appropriations Act unlike it’s House counterpart did not include trucking policy reform. This includes the proposed ELD waiver for livestock haulers and the controversial Denham Amendment.

The Denham Amendment backed by House representatives Jeff Denham (R-Cali), Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), and Jim Costa (D-Cali) would standardize meal and rest breaks for truckers. The proposed ELD waiver for livestock and insect haulers would have exempt drivers from the electronic logging device mandate until September 2019. However, the Senate called upon the DOT to “consult with Stakeholder, the Department of Agriculture and Congress on legislative solutions for drivers with unique working conditions.”

 

The 2019 DOT Funding Bill Advances in The U.S. SenateThe current DOT funding expires at the end of September however the Senate has not set a date for considering the bill. Once consideration begins in the Senate legislatures can add trucking reforms during the amendment process. The U.S. House has yet to bring the DOT appropriations bill to the floor as well.

If the two governing bodies pass a different version of the bill, the lawmakers will enter a conference committee to produce a finalized bill. This will then be passed again by the respective governing bodies. Any trucking reform that is attached would be subject to intense review during the committee process.


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Thursday, June 7, 2018

You Need to Know About The Possible ELD Exemption for Small Carriers

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You Need to Know About The Possible ELD Exemption for Small Carriers
(Update August 1, 2018)

On Wednesday the Senate passed a bill that exempts livestock haulers from ELD compliance until September 2019. The current legislation has two months to finalize 2019 appropriation packages.

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A bill filed in the U.S. House of Representatives on May 23, 2018, may bring ELD exemption for small carriers. If passed, carriers with 10 or fewer trucks will be exempt from the Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) electronic logging device mandate permanently. Here is what you need to know about the possible ELD exemption for small carriers.

You Need to Know About The Possible ELD Exemption for Small Carriers

The Small Carrier Electronic Logging Device Exemption Act of 2018 is sponsored by Representatives Collin Peterson (Dem-Minnesota) and Greg Glanforte (Rep-Montana). This is the first attempt to exempt small carriers and owner-operators from the ELD mandate specifically.

The Small Carrier Electronic Logging Device Exemption Act of 2018 would allow carriers with 10 or fewer trucks to use paper logs instead of the mandated electronic logging devices. For this piece of legislation to pass it will need to be approved by the House, Senate, and President Trump.



You Need to Know About The Possible ELD Exemption for Small CarriersRepresentatives Collin Peterson and Greg Glanforte also introduced a bill that would exempt drivers hauling agricultural commodities from the ELD mandate. Livestock drivers have received an ELD exemption until the end of September but will need to comply after this date. Agricultural truckers have only until June 19th to switch from paper to an electronic logbook.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) petitioned FMCSA in November to allow small business truckers to continue using paper logs until December 2022. However, the FMCSA has yet to issue a decision on the topic.

As this issue continues to develop, we will continue to deliver you the latest news and information in the trucking industry. Click here for additional blog content.


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