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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Save On Future 2290s With Our Wallet Feature

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If you look off into the horizon you’ll see that HVUT season is approaching. Are you an owner operator who needs to file for a single truck? Or a fleet owner who needs to file for tons of trucks? Either way, those 2290’s need to be completed by the August 31st deadline and you can use the Wallet Feature from ExpressTruckTax to get major savings on your future HVUT filing needs.


The ExpressTruckTax Wallet Feature

The wallet feature allows you to purchase prepaid credits that provide a 10% discount on your future 2290 forms. Simply use the credits to pay for your form instead of using your credit cards.

In order to get credits create your free account with ExpressTruckTax and log in to access your wallet in the dashboard. It’s in the top right corner and will display how many prepaid credits you have for your future 2290 forms.

If you don’t have any credits click the orange ‘BUY’ button. Then you’ll see multiple purchasing options from a single vehicle to over 500. The credits don’t expire, so buy as many as you need for future 2290 forms.

Note: These credits provide a 10% discount on your 2290 form, not on the amount of HVUT owed.

These credits save money and they also save tons of time. Instead of having to hunt down your credit card and enter payment information every time you file a 2290 Form, you can simply click pay with credit.

How To E-file With ExpressTruckTax


First, either on your computer or with the free ExpressTruckTax app on your smartphone or tablet create your free account. You’ll register with your email address and create a personal password.

Then enter your business information and EIN or Employee Identification Number with serves as your Tax-ID. You need an EIN to file and can apply for one with the IRS.

Next, choose your tax year and your vehicle’s first used month. Then you’ll enter your vehicle’s information, including it’s VIN and taxable gross weight.

This is where you’ll verify if your vehicle was used for any special purposes like agricultural uses, or for logging.

After that, we will calculate exactly how much you owe to the IRS so you can pay your HVUT! You have several payment options available, including Direct Debit or Electronic Funds Withdrawal, EFTPS, and Check or Money Order.

Next, we will present you with a summary of your information so that you can make sure you entered everything correctly and our audit check will make sure that your form is clear of any basic errors.

Then once your payment has been entered you can safely and securely transmit your form directly to the IRS. Enter a 5-digit code of your choice to electronically sign your form before transmitting it.

Finally, the fun part! You will receive your stamped Schedule 1 almost immediately from the IRS via email! You can also have it texted or faxed anywhere you want.

But Wait, You Can Pre-File Now Over The Phone!


Call TSNAmerica right now at 803.386.0320 to go ahead and pre-file your Form 2290 to get your HVUT out of the way. The process is easy, simply call them and they will send you the necessary consent forms via email. Then they will file and transmit your Form 2290 directly to the IRS on July 1st. You’ll receive your copy of your Schedule 1 via email, as soon as the IRS stamps it.

We’re Here For You


Taxes can be confusing, that's why we're here to help. If you need any assistance please call one of our truck tax experts. We will be more than happy to answer your questions. We’re available Monday - Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 PM at 704.234.6005. You can also reach us via live chat and we offer 24/7 email support at support@expressextension.com.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

New Trucker Mistakes

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New Trucker Mistakes
New Trucker Mistakes
It’s no doubt that an influx of truckers enter the industry every year - it’s undeniable, the turnover rate in this industry can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, sometimes the system that feeds negativity into itself - new drivers hear disheartening information and carry this on their shoulders. After a while, the attitude can sour a driver.

Learning The Wrong Stuff From the Veterans


If you’re new, you need to learn the ropes from those that know them. Sure, school teaches you the rules, but putting these techniques into practice teaches you how they work in the practical sense. Someone who has backed their trailer in a thousand times can offer advice you may have missed.

As far as rookie drivers go, you should apply your learnings to the logic of seasoned drivers, picking up the safe and time-saving tricks and tips they offer. However, be sure to shrug off any unsafe shortcuts.

According to what one trucker told Business Insider, you’re getting ripped off if you’re less than 33 cents a mile.

If new drivers need to learn anything, it’s the livable rates they should earn for driving. Nobody wants to be ripped off, but the risk is high for truckers.

Just remember, if something is too good to sound true, it is!

Rushing Into It Without a Plan


It’s tempting to push through your training, ready for the actual job. But think about it - you don’t want to land a gig and find out that you are clueless! Sure, you will feel a little lost when you start a new job regardless, but you don’t want to leave your training without a clue!

Sure, you’re ready to drive - but make sure you’re not desperate. Desperation can lead new truckers to do reckless things, and that’s the last thing we need.

According to some seasoned drivers, new drivers are so green that they don’t understand that leasing trucks come with a significant cost of maintenance and overhead. When young drivers end up in this situation, they can have very little to show for it.

If you’re spending $900 a week on your truck, and find yourself barely able to afford ramen noodles, you need to rethink what you’re doing here!

Perpetuating the attitude, when you get started at your new company, you were introduced to a grizzled, older trucker who seems unphased by your presence. He probably doesn’t care about you - that you knew from the moment he grumbled something under his breath and walked off.

Don’t be that guy. I mean, everybody has bad days - that’s unavoidable. But you don’t want to be the one who perpetuates the poor attitude trope. You don’t have to be pure sunshine, but communicating in a likable fashion allows you to build relationships as you progress in your field.

Ask questions, be honest with your coworkers, and win them over with competence and openness. What you bring with your positivity will help you as an earner, and provide an example for other truckers.

With the right attitude, you’ll even avoid driver burnout.

Getting Burned Out


Some people get into trucking as a temporary way to earn some cash until they figure out their next venture. That’s fine! But If you want to last in this industry, you need to take care of yourself and keep a nice environment.

Taking care of yourself means a few different things. First, whether you’re an owner-operator or a company driver, if you drive local or OTR, you should go out of your way to work (and possibly live) in a nice, clean truck.

Other burnout prevention methods just happen to cross paths with health and hygiene tips, surprisingly. If you want to keep a sound mental state, find ways you can relax in your downtime.

Don’t get too relaxed, though! You should also find ways to improve your food and fitness routines!

One of the worst mistakes you can make is not e-filing your Form 2290 when the deadline rolls around - or when you purchase a new truck.

With ExpressTruckTax, e-filing HVUT is not only easy, it’s fast, safe, and supported by a great U.S.-based customer satisfaction team. E-file with us and we’ll answer any and all questions you may have.

So for all of our new truckers, let this be your year to be the best trucker ever!

Related Blog: 3 Reasons You're Not Cut out to Be a Trucker


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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Downtime Entertainment: Fun and Games on the Road

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Fun and Games on the Road
Fun and Games on the Road
When you’re out on the road, you have enough troubles to contend with.

Over the years, we’ve encouraged proper health through diet and exercise, but sometimes you need to give your mind a workout.

So we asked Susan, one of our truck tax experts and our resident Queen of Sage Advice, about how truckers can work their mental fortitude while on the road.

Here’s what she had to say:




You may spend most of your driving time in your own head. When you park at the end of your shift, all you want to do is decompress with some guilty pleasures, like binge watching TV shows or movies. But it’s much healthier to get out and about doing something physical (walking), social (talking with someone while you walk), or learning something new (juggling maybe?).

After some physical exercise, consider working that grey matter in your head with some games and puzzles.

Studies have shown working your body will increase oxygen flow throughout your system. They also show engaging in mental play can also be good for your overall health and well-being.

Putting the Pieces Together


With its birth around 1760, the jigsaw puzzle is a good way to work those brain muscles. Either done solitary or with a friend or two, puzzles have come quite a long way from its rudimentary beginning of paper on wood.

From small (100 pieces or less) to colossal (record breaking 24,000 pieces) there is a picture and number of pieces that will work for you. Puzzles can be kept with a puzzle keeper, found in many big box stores, or use a roll of felt to keep the pieces from moving around. You can even work puzzles online, use “free jigsaw puzzles” in your search.

Consider the Game at Hand


There are all kinds of card games available using standard decks or special decks, like Pinochle, UNO and many others. If you want to really flex your brain, consider learning Bridge, one of the greatest thinking card games around.

Cards can be played in groups or online. If you prefer, there is the ever popular Solitaire, but there are also variations of Solitaire, other than the well known Klondike.

There are books and online sources with instructions, or just look for virtual games where you can play a hand or two with players from around the world.

If You're Bored, Try Board Games


If you don’t have a physical board game available, take a look at what is available online. Scrabble has a broad online player universe, giving you the opportunity, just like with cards, to meet other game players from around the world.

There are always the classic games that will engage the brain just as well: dominoes, checkers, Chinese checkers (marbles), Bunco (dice), chess, and backgammon. Plus, there are many new incarnations of these games available.

Playing games, interacting with others in person (or online) can be just what ‘the doctor ordered’ to help you remain sharp and focused while on the road. The great thing about these mental gymnastics? You can play anytime and anywhere you park your rig.

When it comes to filing that 2290 HVUT, using an 8849 Schedule 6 for a refund, or filing that VIN correction, the team at ExpressTruckTax.com wants you to know that we don’t play around.

Our system makes it easy and fast to complete your filings. Plus, we are here to guide you through the steps so you can get on with your day.

Give us a call Monday - Friday, 8 am to 6 pm EST - or drop us an email with any questions you may have. Plus, drop in anytime and visit with us on Twitter or Facebook. It’s always nice to chat with friends!


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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Gross Vehicle Weight Increase: E-Filing Form 2290 Amendments

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Gross Vehicle Weight Increase
Gross Vehicle Weight Increase
As part of our series on e-filing Form 2290 Amendments, we have to discuss the elephant in the room.

Yup, that’s right… Gross vehicle weight increases! If your truck goes up to the next weight class, that means you have to pay an increase on the heavy vehicle tax you owed during tax season.

Weight Classes


There are eight weight classes for trucks, and three weight categories. They include light duty, which is 6-15k lbs, medium duty, coming in at 14-26k lbs, and heavy duty, which ranges from 26k-33 lbs.

These three categories then get broken down into eight smaller weight classes. The weight class then determines how much you will owe in heavy vehicle use taxes for that year. The heavier your vehicle - the higher your taxes will be.

Gross Vehicle Weight Increases


With ExpressTruckTax, all you need to do is e-file a Form 2290 Amendment to account for your vehicle’s gross weight increase. It’s easy, it’s economical, and we’ll tell you how to do it!





After signing in, you start your amendment like we’ve discussed in our previous posts. Once inside the amendment form, you select your vehicle’s first-used month, and then select the month where your vehicle’s weight change occurred.

If you already e-filed your HVUT form with ExpressTruckTax this year, you just select the vehicle(s) you need to amend from your previous return and choose your new weight class. If you’re changing the weight for multiple trucks, click “Save & Add Another.”

Pro-Tip: If you e-filed your 2290 with us this year, you are able to e-file a FREE VIN correction.

After that, you simply choose your payment method like you would for your regular 2290, and follow through to transmittal.

Don’t forget, you need to submit your amendment by the last day of the month following the month in which your weight increase occurred. If your weight increase occurred in February, you would need to file your amendment by the end of March.

The good news is, that’s all you need to do! It’s a pretty simple process, actually.

If you need help e-filing any amendments, call us at 704.234.6005, or hit us up on Facebook and Twitter. We’ll be here to help in any way we can!





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Friday, September 23, 2016

Exceeding the Mileage Limit: E-filing Form 2290 Amendments

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E-Filing Form 2290 Amendments
E-Filing Form 2290 Amendments
As we move further away from 2290 deadline season, it becomes more clear that filers might need to make amendments, corrections, and changes to the 2290’s they’ve already filed.

Of course, we’re not going to cover all of those corrections that can be made in one post. As part of our ongoing discussion about e-filing Form 2290 Amendments, we’re focusing on what to do when you Exceed the Mileage Use Limit.

Mileage Limits on IRS Form 2290


Mileage use limit for a heavy vehicle on public highways is 5,000 miles (or) less (7,500 miles (or) less for agricultural vehicles). The mileage use limit applies to the total mileage a vehicle is on the road during a period, regardless of the number of owners.

Just like when we talked about VIN corrections, ExpressTruckTax has an option for those who exceed the mileage use limit.

Exceeding the Limit


What should you do when your suspended vehicles exceeds the mileage use limit?

It’s not unusual for a suspended vehicle to exceed its mileage use limit, which is why the IRS allows you to file an amendment if your vehicle exceeds the mileage use limit.

So how do you do it? Traditionally, you to need to calculate the tax on Form 2290, page 2, based on the month the vehicle was first used in the period. After that, you file the amended Form 2290 and Schedule 1 by the last day of the month following the month in which the mileage use limit was exceeded.

However, if you want to file your amendment fast, login to ExpressTruckTax.com, where it's easy to file a mileage limit amendment and accurately calculate the tax due to IRS. Best of all, you will get your Schedule 1 for the new claim within minutes.




If you’ve e-filed with us before, you can select that return from our system. We also accept new filers, as well.

If you have questions about e-filing a 2290 amendment, please call us at 704.234.6005 - we're here ready to answer your call in Rock Hill, SC, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Form 2290: Adding Suspended Vehicles

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Form 2290: Adding Suspended Vehicles
Form 2290: Adding Suspended Vehicles
Since we’ve been talking to you about Form 2290 Amendments, we decided to switch gears and talk a bit about suspended vehicles and IRS Form 2290.

If you didn’t realize it on our last post about VIN corrections, we’re big on making the process easier.

Understanding Suspended Vehicles


In order to file a regular-usage vehicle as suspended, its mileage use on public highways must be 5,000 miles or less; and for an agricultural suspended vehicle, the mileage use must be 7,500 miles or less.

Regardless of the number of owners, the mileage use limit refers to the total mileage a vehicle is used during the taxable period.

Like we said, agricultural vehicles have different rules. An agricultural vehicle is any motor vehicle that is used for farming purposes primarily, and registered as a highway motor vehicle by state law, and is used for farming purposes for the entire period. A farming vehicle has a special tag or license plate that identifies its agricultural status.

While you have to claim a suspended vehicle like you would any tax filing, it’s still a different process.

So what are the steps? They are as follows:

  • Just like in your standard filing, you select your First Used Month & Year right away. 
  • After that, if you were filing your typical 2290, you would enter or import your Taxable Vehicles. If you are still filing your 2290, go ahead and do this. 
  • At the next step, you simply add your Suspended Vehicles like you did with your taxable vehicles. 
  • On the next few steps, you’re able to view your information and edit it if necessary. 

Finish everything up like you would with your normal HVUT 2290 filing!




While it’s tempting to just skip the taxes that confuse you, it’s important to make sure you file your Form 2290 in all of it's glory. If you have any questions about e-filing a suspended vehicle, reach our customer support experts at 704.234.6005.



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Monday, August 22, 2016

ExpressTruckTax Mobile App: E-File Form 2290 on the Road

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E-File Form 2290 from the Road
ExpressTruckTax Form 2290 Mobile App
As we go into the final stretch with truck taxes, we want to remind you about the ExpressTruckTax mobile app.

We believe it’s one of the easiest ways you can file form 2290 online for 2016-2017.

All About the ExpressTruckTax App


If you didn’t know, we offer a mobile app for both iOS and Android. As a truck driver, you’re always on the go. Why not be able to access a saved copy of your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290 and stamped Schedule 1 - anytime, anywhere.

Key Features of the App


What can you do with the ExpressTruckTax mobile app? Not only can you e-file truck tax Form 2290, you can do everything that you can do on the ExpressTruckTax website, and more!

With the ExpressTruckTax app, you can:
  • Automatically calculate your tax amount
  • Correct and resubmit any rejected returns for FREE
  • Add and manage multiple businesses and EIN’s with one account
  • Save time by using the prepaid return credits for 2290 filing fees
  • Take advantage of bulk pricing and unlimited filing options

Benefits of E-Filing with the ExpressTruckTax App


First of all, the app is free to download. You won’t have to pay until you e-file your 2290 form.

Secondly, you can take it anywhere. And we mean that! With the app in hand, you have the power to e-file whether you’re at home or on the road.

Best of all? You can receive a push notification once the IRS accepts your return! No more wondering!

When Is the 2290 Form Deadline Due Date?


The Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290 deadline is August 31st, 2016.

Instead of pushing off the 2290 truck tax due date, download our app and e-file today!

That’s just over a week away. E-file now!


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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Save Time & Bulk Upload Multiple 2290 Forms

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Save Time & Bulk Upload Multiple 2290 Forms
Save Time & Bulk Upload Multiple 2290 Forms
One of the best things about the trucking industry is how diverse it is.

One trucker might be an owner-operator, the other might be a company man for a large fleet. Either way, they’re going to have to file Form 2290. Taxable vehicles include any highway motor vehicles that have a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more.

So that probably covers your entire fleet. But how can you file HVUT for all of your vehicles? The answer is simple: bulk uploading and ExpressTruckTax's TruckZone feature.

Why Should I Bulk Upload?


First of all, it’s easy. Instead of entering each record one-by-one, you fill out a spreadsheet and our program does the rest.

Here’s what you do:

  • Login to our system, download the official spreadsheet. 
  • Go field by field and enter the appropriate information in the right format. 
  • After the form is complete, head back to ExpressTruckTax and upload the file.
  • Our software will check for errors and make sure each field is correct. 
  • Note, if you already have your own spreadsheet use our smart upload. We will make sure fields match on our end, so that you don’t waste time making a new spreadsheet. 
  • Make sure everything looks right.
  • Pay and transmit!

Finally, once you get your fleet’s vehicles uploaded, your trucks will be saved year to year thanks to our TruckZone.


What Is TruckZone?


When you need to e-file Form 2290 for multiple vehicles, TruckZone is a lifesafer. Working as virtual fleet, TruckZone keeps all of your vehicles on record so you can access them at any time.

Let’s say you need to file HVUT for 10 trucks. This feature lets you create your own truck tax zone where you can select the 10 trucks which need an HUT filing. In a few minutes, you can e-file form 2290 for all 10, and receive 10 stamped Schedule 1’s in just minutes.



Related Blog: Bulk Uploading: HVUT for Fleets

With TruckZone and bulk uploading in your virtual tax toolbox, you’ll be the master of heavy vehicle use taxes!

If you have any questions about using TruckZone, give our customer support experts a call at 704.234.6005.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

E-Sign Form 8453-EX - ExpressTruckTax Feature Spotlight

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E-Sign Form 8453-EX
E-Sign Form 8453-EX - Feature Spotlight
Around these parts, we do what we do to make things easier for truckers. Which in our case, usually means helping truckers understand and e-file Form 2290 - just because that’s our expertise.

But some truck drivers and carriers are unaware that we actually support a few other tax forms and features, too. One of these being Form 8453-EX.

What is Form 8453-EX, you ask? Also known as the "Excise Tax Declaration for an IRS e-File Return", the 8453-EX is a declaration by a taxpayer to authenticate an electronic Form 2290 and authorize an intermediate service provider to transmit their return using a third-party transmitter.

Basically, if somebody else files your taxes on your behalf, you need to file this form.

A taxpayer e-filing directly through ExpressTruckTax doesn't have to file an 8453-EX, though. But if you’re an accountant or other service provider filing on behalf of a trucker, an 8453-EX has to be signed to authorize the transmission.

What Is the E-Sign Feature?


This feature is beneficial to both truckers and accountants alike. With the e-signing feature for Form 8453-EX, CPA's can get instant permission to e-file for their client as a third party!

Once you’ve finished the e-filing process for a client, our system will prompt you and your client to sign Form 8453-EX. This link directs your client to our e-sign site and allows them to sign the 8453-EX on any device. They can even e-sign it with their fingertip if they are using a tablet or a mobile device with a touchscreen.

Once they’ve e-signed (or rejected the form), it will return to the ExpressTruckTax system and you’ll be notified.

How Does E-Signing Help Me?


If you haven’t put it together yet, ExpressTruckTax offers a safe and secure way to get your clients to e-sign Form 8453-EX in seconds. Best of all, e-signing works on any device—computer, tablet, and mobile phone.

Plus, you get to avoid coordinating faxes on an old fax machine.



How Do I E-Sign Form 8453-EX?


When e-filing with ExpressTruckTax, all you need to do is click the link to email the electronic form to your client, and after they receive it, they can follow detailed instructions on how to complete the process on their end.


If you have any questions about e-signing 8453-EX, live chat with us over at ExpressTruckTax.com.



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Monday, July 18, 2016

ExpressTruckTax Feature Spotlight: Additional Users

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ExpressTruckTax Feature Spotlight: Additional Users
ExpressTruckTax Feature Spotlight: Additional Users
Sometimes you need more than one person manning your professional tax products, especially if you run a larger fleet and need to

Whether this is an office manager or an official accountant, you can invite any additional users to your ExpressTruckTax account with the multi-user access feature.

What Is Multi-User Access Feature?


Like we said, Multi-User Access allows you to have multiple users managing one account. With this feature, you simply click My Account from the Dashboard page, then find Manage Users, and click View.

After that, you just need to add the user’s name and contact information, including their email address. They will be emailed instructions on how to setup their sub-user account.

The newly created sub-user will be able to manage and view returns, create returns, and/or transmit returns to the IRS, depending on the permissions you set for them.

What Are the Advantages of the Additional User Feature?


Thanks to the permissions we have in ExpressTruckTax, you can segment responsibilities to your employees, share your Form 2290 online with other members of your company, and have an accountant review and transmit Form 2290 for you!

Instead of sharing passwords and logins, you can create a network of additional users to improve your fleet’s work-flow.

Best of all, you assign access type permissions as you create your additional users.

What Account Permissions Does ExpressTruckTax Offer?

  • View Only: This access type allows a sub-user to view your Form 2290 information, but they cannot edit or transmit.
  • Edit Only: This access type allows a sub-user to view and edit your Form 2290 information, but they cannot transmit it on your behalf.
  • Edit and Transmit: This access type allows a sub-user to view, edit, and transmit your Form 2290 information.




Related Blog Post: ExpressTruckTax Additional Users Feature

So don’t forget, when you need to e-file Form 2290 online, don’t just take it upon yourself—use your team and get things done with ease.

If you have any questions about creating additional user accounts, reach out to our awesome customer support squad at 704.234.6005! We’ll get you back to e-filing in no time!

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Friday, July 8, 2016

What to Do if Your Form 2290 Tax Return is Rejected by the IRS?

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What to Do If Your Form 2290 Return is Rejected by the IRS?
What to Do If Your Form 2290 Return is Rejected by the IRS?

So you were very proactive this year, and you decided to go ahead and e-file irs form 2290.

But then you discover, your 2290 tax return has been rejected by the IRS. So what does that mean for you?

Basically, you need to keep filing until you get things right.

Thankfully, we here at ExpressTruckTax believe in unlimited retransmissions for rejected returns.

Now we've heard some people would rather just not file their 2290s than bother with re-transmissions - but that doesn't make any sense.

What are the Penalties for Failing to File Form 2290?

Basically, you’re going to get hit with a bunch of financial costs if you fail to, or are late, paying
Form 2290. HVUT penalties can range from 4.5 percent of total tax due, assessed on a monthly basis up to five months to an additional monthly penalty equal to 0.5 percent of total tax due for late filers.

Additional interest charges of 0.54 percent per month accrue as well.

Do I Need to E-File Tax Form 2290?

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

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

Your stamped Schedule 1 counts as your proof of payment.

What if you e-filed your tax form 2290 and then something changes—like your vehicle weight?

Just File a 2290 Amendment

When the information on the vehicle you filed for changes, the IRS wants you to file a Form 2290 Amendment. If you want to get that taken care of quickly, just e-file it with ExpressTruckTax. The choice is simple.

So don't skip out on your tax filing, just because you're frustrated. In fact, with unlimited retransmission—its all easy!




So if your 2290 is rejected this truck tax season, don’t worry! Instead, login to ExpressTruckTax, and we’ll take care of what we can.

See, it pays off to be proactive!

Related Blog: 7 Common E-Filing Mistakes to Avoid

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

New IRS 2290 for Tax Year 2016 - 2017

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New IRS 2290 for Tax Year 2016 - 2017
New IRS 2290 for Tax Year 2016 - 2017

You probably didn't realize that there’s a new IRS Form 2290, did you?

It’s OK, not much changed, however, you can only use this form to file your Form 2290 for the tax period beginning on July 1, 2016 and ending on June 30, 2017.

To learn more about this new form, check out the material provided by the IRS.

Click here to learn more about why Form 2290 has changed, and what it means for your filing.

And when you have that covered, you can go stand in line with your completed Form 2290.

But why waste your time trying to figure it out yourself when you have ExpressTruckTax on your side.

With our interview-style form completion, we’ll help you e-file—yes e-file—your Form 2290 with the IRS.

That means, no standing in line at the IRS office, no trying to figure out complicated tax jargon by yourself, and no wasting time off the road.



Create your free account with ExpressTruckTax and start e-filing your 2290, today!


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Friday, July 1, 2016

Welcome to the 2016 HVUT 2290 Season!

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2016 HVUT 2290 Season
Welcome to the 2016 HVUT 2290 Season!
Hooray - the HVUT Form 2290 filing season starts today!

Who’s excited? OK, I know, it’s a little much to get excited over taxes but when you use services like ExpressTruckTax there’s reason to celebrate.

Our interview-style format and friendly customer support representatives make it easy for your to e-file your Form 2290 to the IRS without ever having to leave the comfort of your own truck.

That’s right! Ditch the long lines at the IRS office and leave the complicated paperwork behind. ExpressTruckTax is the future of  HVUT Form 2290 e-filing

ExpressTruckTax Offers

When you make the right choice to use ExpressTruckTax you’ll get surprised at all of the great offers that come with it.

Don’t believe me? Take a look at all of these great features are included in your account:

  • Complete e-filing of your 2290
  • Stamped Schedule 1 within minutes - sent by fax or email
  • E-filing Form 2290 amendments
  • 2290 VIN corrections 
  • Unlimited submissions for rejected Form 2290s
  • Instant tax audit
  • Text notifications 
  • Instant proof of payment notification 
  • A friendly USA-based support anytime you need it

So now that the season is officially here and you have a service ready to help you, let’s get to e-filing and receiving that stamped Schedule 1 before the rush hits.

Create your free account at ExpressTruckTax now and start e-filing your HVUT Form 2290 now so you can get back to doing more of what you love—keeping America running.

Visit  ExpressTruckTax.com to e-file your HVUT Form 2290 today!

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

E-File 2290s at the Right Price!

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E-File 2290s at the Right Price!
E-File 2290s at the Right Price!
2290 - seems like the magic number everyone has been talking about since last month, the month before that, this month, and next month.

But a 2290 is something that as a trucker–whether you’re a greenhorn or an experienced road warrior - you should know.

And no, “2290” isn't code for a rest stop or a crazy four-wheeler switching lanes every ten seconds. It’s a number - by that we mean a tax form - designated by the glorious moguls of the IRS to name the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax that all truckers have to pay each year.

When it comes to filing and paying this tax, there are a lot of options out there.
  • You could stand in a long line at the IRS office, only to get turned away when you don’t have all of the information you need. 
  • You could fill out the form yourself and then mail it, along with your money, to the IRS. 
  • Or, you could use the most-trusted e-file provider of 2290s, ExpressTruckTax, and never have to leave the comfort of your home or truck. 

We’ve been in the business long enough to have seen just about every type of problem you might experience when filing your 2290.

But we’re not just a place to complete and transmit your return, we also offer a whole heck of a lot of features too.

Check ‘em out!

ExpressTruckTax Features


First off, getting started with ExpressTruckTax is completely free. That’s right...FREE! All you need to do is create an account (or use the one you created last year) and then click file.

There’s no complicated programs to download or forms to print off—everything is done right from your phone, computer, or tablet.

You also have the option of using these other great features that come along in your account:

  • Complete e-filing of your 2290
  • Stamped Schedule 1 within minutes—sent by fax or email
  • E-filing Form 2290 amendments
  • 2290 VIN corrections
  • Unlimited submissions for rejected Form 2290s
  • Instant tax audit
  • Text notifications
  • Instant proof of payment notification
  • A friendly USA-based support anytime you need it


The Price


Don’t pay the price of trusting anyone else to file your 2290 for you.

Don’t pay the price when you are late getting your 2290 to the IRS.

Don’t pay anyone else to do the job for you when you can use ExpressTruckTax.

Trust me. ExpressTruckTax is the right price to pay for all of your 2290 needs. And we’ll be here year after year to help you.

After all, it’s truckers that keeps America running. ExpressTruckTax is here to keep you on the road.

Log in or create an account now with ExpressTruckTax and get to filing your 2290 before the madness at the IRS office sets in. Just visit ExpressTruckTax.com.

Related Blog: IRS Form 2290 Payment Methods


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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What's the Deal with the Stamped Schedule 1?

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Stamped Schedule 1
Stamped Schedule 1
When you e-file heavy vehicle use tax, you get your 2290 stamped schedule 1.

But what’s the deal with the stamped schedule 1? We’ll break it down for you.

What is the Stamped Schedule 1?


To put it frankly, the stamped schedule 1 is your Proof of Payment!

If you file by paper with the IRS, you can expect to receive your stamped Schedule 1 within 6 weeks after they receive your form 2290.

How You Get Your Stamped Schedule 1

Once the IRS receives and checks your return with their database, you receive your stamped schedule 1. Your schedule 1 will show an IRS e-file watermark with the date the return was received and processed. Your schedule 1 will be accepted by all DOT’s, DMV’s, and other federal authorities.

We can also send updates about your schedule 1 via text and fax - and we can even notify your company or carrier! ExpressTruckTax automatically emails your stamped schedule 1 to you.

Understanding the Stamped Schedule 1:

First off, how do you know if your stamped Schedule 1 is authentic? Well, the IRS digital e-file watermark tells you everything you need to know!. You can always contact our customer support team if you have questions, though!

When you e-file IRS form 2290, the IRS stamps it with a digital watermark. This digital schedule 1 is your official proof of payment, and all DMV locations are required to accept this document.

Of course, if you have any questions about e-filing and receiving your stamped schedule 1, contact our US-based customer service squad!


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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

ExpressTruckTax Additional Users Feature

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ExpressTruckTax Additional Users Feature
ExpressTruckTax Additional Users Feature
Exciting news! ExpressTruckTax now allows account holders the option to share their account with others - with the proper permission, of course.

With this multi-user access, you can e-file your Form 2290 (with the help of others) quickly and easily.

Want to learn a little bit more about our new additional users feature? Well strap in!

E-File your Form 2290


With this new additional users feature, you (as the account holder) can share the burden of completing your Form 2290 with someone else.

But don’t worry, you still have the power to set permissions and levels of access for how your additional user can edit, view, and transmit their 2290 returns.

And besides, with this help, you can get a 2290 stamped Schedule 1 faster than you think.

So Here’s How It Works!


When you send a user an invite, they’ll receive a temporary username and password. (They can change this after they've signed in for the first time.)

Then, based on the level of access you gave them, the user will be able to view business details and the existing IRS Form 2290, create and edit the forms, and file IRS Form 2290 to the IRS.

And with pre-filing season in full swing, now’s the best time to pre-file 2290 with ExpressTruckTax.

So what are you waiting for? Take advantage of the new additional user feature now and get to e-filing your 2290s.


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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Here Comes the IFTA 4th Quarter Deadline

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Yes, it’s that time again, Trucking Nation. The 4th quarter of 2015 has been wrapped up for a couple of weeks now and the January 31st deadline for filing 4th quarter IFTA returns is fast approaching. Luckily, we’ve got you covered! Filing your IFTA return is quick and easy using ExpressIFTA.

Just log in to ExpressIFTA, and all you’ll need to prepare your IFTA return is your mileage and fuel purchases. There are a few different ways to enter this information.

Enter Mileage and Fuel Totals Easily

You can enter these items manually with the Quick Entries feature. Just type in each entry and you’re done. Or if you’ve been saving all your totals in an Excel spreadsheet, ExpressIFTA has a cool feature that allows you to upload your spreadsheet and that information will automatically be entered into the appropriate fields.

There’s also the Trip Sheets feature. If you’ve been entering your information into Trip Sheets all along, you’ll be able to just upload the mileage and fuel totals from the sheets, and that’s it! You’re ready to generate your return!

Your ExpressTruckTax Account is Your Ticket to ExpressIFTA

You can log in to ExpressIFTA right from your ExpressTruckTax account with your email and password. All your personal and truck information from your ExpressTruckTax account will automatically populate the necessary fields.

There’s no need to look up and figure out complicated IFTA tax rates with ExpressIFTA, since that’s all automatically done for you too. With all the time and energy you save using ExpressIFTA, who knows what you’ll be able to do, probably something you’ve been really wanting to do!

So don’t forget the January 31st filing deadline. Now’s a great time to file with ExpressIFTA and get it out of the way.


If you have any questions or concerns, regarding IFTA or any other aspect of ExpressTruckTax, don’t hesitate to call us at 704.234.6005 or email us at support@expresstrucktax.com.

And you can always join the conversation over on our Facebook page or Twitter. Let us know about your experiences with IFTA, or anything else trucking related you think the rest of the Trucking Nation would like to know.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

#TruckTechTuesday: What's Available in Trucker Apps

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Smartphone apps are everywhere, and on truckers’ phones the story is no different. The wide array of
apps available for truck drivers certainly makes your lives easier, and like so many other tools, free you up to do things you really want to do. Let’s have a look at some of the more popular trucker apps out there and what they can do for you.

Allstays Truck Stops and Travel Plazas

This very popular app has been around since 2003, and shows not only what truck stops and travel plazas are near you (or in a certain location), but gives all kinds of details about those truck stops and allows you to filter a search by a specific detail. And it gives you information about road conditions, weigh stations, rest areas, and more.

AroundMe

This app shows you all kinds of businesses and amenities that are near your present location. You can search by category and also pull up information about each item shown. It shows your position on a map and the location of each business relative to you.

Waze

You can see accidents, police traps, and other hazards that have been shared by other drivers with this community-based navigation and traffic app. You can also share information with the app’s community about what you see or encounter on the road.

Beat the Traffic

Gives you real-time information about traffic, incidents, and the best route for you based on where you are and where you’d like to go.

MyDAT Trucker

Originally started as Dial-A-Truck (hence the name DAT), this app also details truck stops, hotels, diesel prices, etc. In addition, it shows information on loads that are near you using the DAT Load Monitor Network.

Trucker Path

This app is very popular and similar to MyDat Trucker, but really has two apps, one for on the road information, such as truck stops, parking, rest areas, and weigh stations, and another app that’s still in testing for accessing carriers and loads available.

RigMinders

RigMinders is a free customizable app that allows you to set up reminders for the trucking industry’s many tax filing, permit, and registration deadlines, as well as any other reminders you’d like to set up for yourself or your trucking business.

This is just a small representation of the many apps available for truckers today. As you can see, there’s a wealth of information, as well as tools, available to you whenever you need it. With the world at your fingertips, you can keep a step ahead of the competition.

Contact us here at ExpressTruckTax by phone at 704.234.6005, and by email at support@expresstrucktax.com. We’re available over the phone Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, and any time via email.

Join the conversation on our Facebook page, and tweet with us on Twitter. A healthy give and take with you allows us to continue to provide you with the best service available anywhere.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

The End is in Sight! IRS Blackout End Date Announced

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As we told you last month, the IRS’s e-file system went down for maintenance December 26th. At that time, we didn’t know when the blackout would end. Well, cue the celebrations! We now know that the e-file system is scheduled to be back up January 9th. So the end is now in sight, and it’s even sooner than we anticipated.

Getting Your Stamped Schedule 1

If you’ve prepared your return with us during this time, your Form 2290 will be automatically transmitted to the IRS January 9th. And if you haven’t prepared your 2290 with us yet, once the e-file system is back up, you will be able to e-file as normal. In any case, you will receive your stamped Schedule 1 from us within minutes of our e-filing your return.

ExpressTruckTax is always right there for you with all the details on truck taxes and the IRS. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, Trucking Nation!


If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us at 704.234.6005 or at support@expresstrucktax.com. We’re available to answer your calls from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, and anytime by email.

And don’t forget to join the conversation on our Facebook page and on Twitter. You can tell us about your experiences with the blackout, with ExpressTruckTax, or anything trucking related. By giving us your feedback, we’re better able to provide you with the absolute best in service that you’ve come to expect from ExpressTruckTax.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

#WellnessWednesday: 10 Tips to Keep Colds and Flu Away

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It’s that time of year, Trucking Nation. Yes, we know the holidays are over, but cold and flu season is well under way! We also know that you don’t need any extra down time, so we’ve gathered several tips on how to keep those cold and flu viruses from taking up residence in you.

Consider these ideas as preventative maintenance for your body. Some are common sense—others might not seem so obvious at first. All will keep you healthy and feeling good.

  1. Frequent hand washing. Your hands are magnets for germs, and germs carry viruses. Consider all the things you touch every day that others also touch. You can easily see how germs can end up on your hands. And since you touch your eyes, nose, and mouth, where most viruses enter the body many times every day, keeping your hands clean is essential for keeping those viruses from infecting you.
  2. Keeping surfaces clean. As we just said, there are many places that others touch every day that you also touch. By keeping doorknobs, sink handles and knobs, keyboards, etc. as clean as possible, you can minimize the number of germs that you come into contact with each day.
  3. Avoiding touching public surfaces. Avoid those areas in public that either you can’t or aren’t practical to clean. Places like card pads in stores, pens, and again, doorknobs, just to name a few, can be loaded with germs. For those times you can’t avoid touching such surfaces, carrying hand sanitizer can keep the germs you come into contact with during the day to a minimum.
  4. Stop biting your nails. Believe it or not, germs love to hide under your nails. Biting them allows them to enter you body more quickly.
  5. Exercise. Regular exercise boosts your immune system, and your immune system is what fights those germs that you weren’t able to avoid.
  6. Hydrate. Your body thrives on water, and a strong body means a strong immune system. 
  7. Get enough sleep. Making sure you’re getting 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night is yet another way to keep your immune system strong.
  8. Eat Healthy. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables and lean meat will also keep your immune system at its best.
  9. Use a humidifier. Germs thrive in dry air. Keeping the air around you humid will minimize the germs in your environment, and also keep your body’s airways from drying out, thereby keeping germs from invading your body.
  10. Get a flu shot. When all else fails, a flu shot may be your last line of defense. Many insurance plans pay for them, and you can get immunized against the flu at most pharmacies.
These tips are not meant to be exhaustive. There are many other ways to keep yourself healthy and cold and flu-free this winter. Keep yourself informed, and most of all, stay healthy!


Our support team is available if you have any questions or concerns about ExpressTruckTax. Call us at 704.234.6005 or email us at support@expresstrucktax.com.

Join the conversation on our Facebook page and on Twitter! Let us know how you’re doing the cold and flu season, and if you have any tips we’ve missed for staying healthy this time of year.

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