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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Get The Office Scoop From The Real Experts of Form 2290

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Real ExpertsThe Real Experts of Form 2290 have no problem giving you the inside scoop of what takes place in the office. They also have no problem telling you about their REAL lives. Meet the team that is making sure you and thousands of others are getting top of the line support.

Scroll down to see what the Real EXperts are up to this season!

AMBER

Amber loves Disney. Some may even say she is a fanatic, but around the office we call it passion. That same passion Amber has when it comes to all things Disney is what she expresses when assisting our loyal customers, year after year. This is what makes Amber one of our EXpert vets.

ANDREW

When Andrew isn’t weirdly, spending time convincing new team members he can lick his own elbow,  he is convincing truckers to “just e-file it”. What makes Andrew an EXpert is his commitment to making e-filing your 2290 a lot easier than this unique, but yet oddly-impressive, party trick of his. 😝


ARIEL

At night, Ariel is a wizard costume designer, but her powers don’t stop there. She is our in-house oracle that foresees your future Google search and is the reason you are seeing our social media ads after telling your spouse you need to file your 2290…


Shhh.. She’s listening.  


BRYAN

The 2290 renewal period is a beast, and “Trucker B.”, as he is notoriously known as, expects this year to be the best one yet! As a Form 2290 vet, “Trucker B.” is ready to conquer the beast without breaking a sweat. 😅
That is what we call, skill!


ELENA

Even though Elena is a blue belt in Tae Kwon Do and can break a wooden board on a fly, her true talent is remembering specifics about our clients. She is excited to chat with our longtime clients, who she refers to as a family.


HANNAH

Hannah’s colorful vocabulary isn’t the only way she chooses to EXpress herself. Her eclectic taste in music will have her reciting Biggie lyrics one moment and serenading to the likes of Fleetwood Mac the next. She is just as excited to experience the hype of the 2290 season as she was when she heard Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” for the first time.


LEAH

Since the age of 8, Leah has been dominating thousands of dirt tracks all by herself! 💪
This year Leah is throwing on a jersey, (well an ExpressTruckTax shirt), and joining a team of EXperts to tackle thousands of Form 2290’s!


MEREDITH

When Meredith isn’t enthusiastically keeping truckers up to date on how to save time and money, she is keeping her coffee cup full to the rim. What makes Meredith an EXpert is her commitment to helping truckers with tons on their plate.


MISSAEL

Missael is a Carolinian, by way of Mexico, and with true southern spirit is determined to show some of the vets why he deserves a spot amongst the elites. This may be his first season, but he is geared up for what lies ahead.


RYAN

Like any world traveler, Ryan knows it all and has seen it all, this goes for Form 2290 as well. Ryan is thrilled to partner with a team of like-minded individuals to handle what is thrown ExpressTruckTax’s way. The busiest and craziest time of the year is no big deal to our office globetrotter.


TAYLOR

Taylor is a self-taught DIY carpenter from the University of Pinterest. When she isn’t building her next masterpiece, she is building you the most convenient online experience. From floral backdrops to Form 2290 blog post, her hands can create them both.   






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Thursday, May 9, 2019

10 Things ExpressTruckTax Has In Common With Your Mom

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10 Things ExpressTruckTax Has In Common With Your Mom

1) Always puts you first!


ExpressTruckTax puts its customers first, no matter the season. It is our support teams number 1 priority to answer your questions appropriately and give permanent solutions for your concerns.

2) Knows you like the back of our hand

ExpressTruckTax was designed with you in mind. Everything we do is because we see the need. Take our ExpressTruckTax app; for example, we heard clients when they said they wished they could do certain tasks right from the truck. Now every ExpressTruckTax client can file right from the driver’s seat. (When parked of course!)


3) Gives Consistency

Based on 98% of clients’ past filings, Stamped Schedule 1s are sent within minutes. Giving consistency is what has brought ExpressTruckTax to the top of the leaderboard in Form 2290 e-filing solutions.


4) Makes you eat your vegetables

Your health matters to us. Just check out our health blogs. Over the years we have written a great number of blogs pertaining to your health. This isn’t because we’re running out of topics, but we truly want to help you live a full and long life.


5) Has a sense of loyalty

ExpressTruckTax is an IRS-authorized e-file provider. With that being said, your information is just as safe with us, as it is with your mom.


6) Celebrates your victories

We love to see our clients win. Whether you’re celebrating a career anniversary or just got promoted, we are all about setting goals and crushing them. Our blogs feature tips on how to become an independent driver, how to make more money, how to have a good work-life balance, and plenty of other golden nuggets. We are giving you the scoop so that you can lead the industry in your own way.


7) Very Well Organized

At ExpressTruckTax we run a pretty tight ship. Our features are designed to keep clients organized throughout the year. If you’ve filed your Form 2290 with ExpressTruckTax before, your information is already on file. The copy feature allows for your previous return to be copied over to the current. Ditch the pen and paper and go a less chaotic way.


8) Tells it like it is

We are upfront and honest with our clients. To us, they are like family. There is no need to sugar coat an already sweet deal, so we pride ourselves in telling it like it is. Check out our website to get a clear understanding as to why over 500,000 truckers choose ExpressTruckTax.


9) Keeps you on your toes

Just like your mom, ExpressTruckTax makes sure you never miss a date. Sign up to receive emails from us, and never face a late penalty again. This year when you file your Form 2290, we have added an option for you to opt-in to receive news in more ways than just emails. Sign up for our exclusive postal mail delivery to stay up to date on major deadlines.


10) SUPER Innovative

ExpressTruckTax didn’t become an industry leader overnight; it took a lot of innovation. ExpressTruckTax has been imitated since it’s creation, but it can not and will not be duplicated. It is the heart of a company that gets it to higher heights and here at ExpressTruckTax, our heartbeat is strong.


Happy Mother’s Day to your family, from ours.

As always, keep truckin’ mamas!



MOM ETT 2




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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Do You Need To File Form 2290?

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Do You Need To File Form 2290?
If you’re new to trucking, the numbers used for necessary forms may be a bit overwhelming. There’s the 2290s, 8849s, 4868s, 1099s, and 123s. Okay.. we might be exaggerating with the 123s, but you get the gist, it’s a lot of forms and a lot of numbers to remember. We won’t bore you and got through each form 1 by 1, but we will tell you about the two most relevant ones for this filing period.

What is Form 2290?


The form that you have probably heard the most about, as of late, is Form 2290. What is Form 2290, and how does it relate to you, if at all?!

Form 2290 is used to figure and pay the tax due on highway motor vehicles used. Your next question is probably does it even apply to you, and the answer is it might. All vehicles with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more than travel by highway is required to file a Form 2290.

After paying taxes you will be given a Stamped Schedule 1 that serves as proof of payment from the IRS. This document is important, as it is needed in order to register your commercial vehicle.

Do You Need to File Form 8849?


There are exemptions and claim suspensions that apply to some vehicles meeting certain requirements. The requirements are as follows:

  • The vehicle used 5,000 highway miles or less during the period. 
  • The vehicle is an agricultural vehicle and used 7,500 miles or less during the period.
  • The Vehicle was stolen during the period
  • The vehicle was destroyed during the period
  • The vehicle was sold during the period 

The above list leads us to the importance of Form 8849. If any of the above is true about a vehicle you own/owned then you must first file a Form 2290, pay the correct amount of Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) and then complete the Form 8849.

Form 2290Claims and Refunds

In order to claim credits or refunds for vehicles stolen, destroyed, sold, or only used for 5,000 miles or less and 7,500 miles or less for agricultural vehicles, the Form 8849 is required. The

 things you’ll need to file a Form 8849 are your name, address, details on the vehicle you are seeking a claim/refund for and your Employee Identification Number (EIN). Be sure to double check that the EIN you are using is consistent with what the IRS has on file.

*If an EIN is needed you are able to apply for one online with the IRS.

File With ExpressTruckTax

The great thing about ExpressTruckTax is that it makes all of your Form 2290 filing simpler. It even gives you a chance to auto-generate a Form 8849 if you are in need of one for the current filing period.




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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should File With ExpressTruckTax

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ExpressTruckTax offers online filing for truckers who have a vehicle with more than 55,000 pounds in gross weight. Users have the opportunity to score additional benefits by filing prior to the start date of Form 2290 filing. Listed are ways that ExpressTruckTax can be beneficial to you.

1. Right Your Wrongs: By filing earlier you can avoid costly mistakes. Filing with expressTruckTax gives users a chance to amend the return in case it is rejected due to mistakes. Free VIN corrections is offered to lead to a smoother and cheaper filing process.

2. Error Check: Prior to submission of your Form 2290 there is an instant error check ran to look for any errors located that may cause for rejection from the IRS.

3. One Stop Shop: With ExpressTruckTax you can make filing easier from here on out. The copy feature allows for you to copy the previous year’s return with a click. You are also able to auto generate a Form 8849 if you are in need of one for the filing period. 

4. Never Miss A Deadline: It is too easy to forget deadlines, but ExpressTruckTax sends reminders of important dates to those who opt in for the Express Package during the filing process. This is a service ExpressTruckTax is pleased to offer to avoid clients from facing hefty late fees and additional penalties.

5. Quick And Easy: ExpressTruckTax makes sure you receive your Stamped Schedule 1 within minutes. This eliminates the hassle of waiting to renew your vehicle at the registration office. 

6. Short Wait Time: Avoid the struggle of long lines over the phone and in the office. When you pre file you lessen the chance of having to listen to hold music. As the deadline approaches hold times can get longer and longer, you can beat the rush easily when you choose to file early. 

7. Paper Free: With ExpressTruckTax you can ditch the pin and paper. The guided Form 2290 online filing process makes the ExpressTruckTax method the easiest way to file.

8. Multiple Ways To Pay: There’s no difference between what the IRS accepts and the methods of payment TSNAmerica accepts. You can now use EFTPS, Direct Debit, Check or Money Order.

9. Client Support: Although the process of filing is quick and easy, the ExpressTruckTax support team is available to answer any questions you may have regarding your Form 2290 via phone or email.

10. Top Security: Filing with ExpressTruckTax is a secure process. Your information will be protected by the latest data encryption. As an IRS-Authorized e-filing provider you can trust that your information is secure at all times.



Call ExpressTruckTax at (704) 234 6005 to reach a support team member and learn how to file your Form 2290 online this season.

TIP: Take the time to have the following items on hand to make filing as quick and easy as possible.

  • Business name & address
  • EIN (Employer Identification Number)
  • VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)
  • Gross Taxable Weight 
  • Authorized Signatory Details 

If you’re interested in filing earlier you can now begin filing with ExpressTruckTax's sister company, Truck Services of North America (TSNAmerica). Just because you are filing earlier, doesn’t mean you are required to pay any earlier than you normally would. There is also no extra charge applied for filing earlier, making the TSNAmerica filing service a top rated value. File as early as today and have up to three months to save before paying your taxes.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Benefits Of Tag Teaming On The Road

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TeamBefore diving into team truck driving you should first have an understanding of what you’re signing up for. We’ve made that decision a little easier for you by giving you the scoop on what teaming up on the road looks like. 

Having a partner means longer hours and fewer stops, aside from the time regulations issued by the FMCSA. There is a quicker turnaround time with team drivers, making them high in demand. The demand for team driver is so high, there are some companies who will fully pay for CDL training (Link to How to find the perfect fit to all your CDL Training Needs) if a driver agrees to be a part of a team.

Significant Higher Pay

There are a lot of incentives that come with team driving associated with pay. Majority of the time team drivers make more per mile. There are a few companies who offer a 5,000 mile-per-week guarantee. No matter if you actually drive that many hours per week you’ll always get paid for driving 5,000 miles. If you happen to exceed those 5,000 miles your pay-per-mile may increase. Keep in mind that the 5,0000 miles will be split between you and your partner.

Example: If a company is offering a 6 figure salary for team truck drivers it means that the bottom line pay per mile is at least .39 per mile, for each driver. This could mean $1,200 more a month per driver compared to drivers who make .28 per mile. (*based on 5,000 miles driven per week)

Stress Less

Cut down on the amount of time it takes to do your pre-trip inspection with a companion to divide the timely duty with. With team driving, comes safety. There is always a slight fear that something may get stolen or worse that you may become a victim of some sort. This may be a stretch, but hey, things happen. With a partner on the road, you also have some extra security and backup, just-in-case.

Quality Time

Team Driving
Choosing the right driving partner is the main piece of having a positive team driving career. Choosing a companion you can trust takes time, but you could go a quicker route and choose someone you already have a bond with. Whether it’s your best friend, your child, or your spouse this could be how you choose to spend your quality time. There are plenty of truckers who miss their
family and friends when traveling for long periods of time, but it doesn’t have to be the case. Choosing a teammate who you already trust makes going to sleep in the sleeper berth while cruising down a steep hill, a little easier.

It is okay to not find team driving attractive, some people enjoy the peace and quiet trucking can bring. If you are interested in trying team driving be sure to go through the partner selection process thoroughly. This will make the biggest difference in whether or not you are a team driving advocate.





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Thursday, April 25, 2019

What Are The Silent Protocols When On The Highway

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What Are The Silent Protocols When On The HighwayAs every trucker knows there are quite a bit of rules and regulations required from DOT; however, veteran truckers have been laying down their own laws for some time now. Although not set in stone we are
siding with the veterans on these unspoken protocols.

Don’t Take Your Time At The Pump

Every minute counts for truckers. Whether or not your load is on time, ultimately falls on you. This is why taking your time at the pump to grab a ‘quick’ snack or venture off to the restroom for ‘a second’ matters. The trucker waiting to fuel-up is on a time crunch, like you. Taking up multiple spots is just as inconvenient as using two sinks to was both of your hands. If you want respect as a trucker you are going to have to give it.

What’s In Your Haul Stays In Your Haul

If you grew up with conservative parents you have heard the saying ‘what happens in this house stays in this house’ and when you’re on the road your house is your cab. Discussing what you’re carrying may sound like a great way to make small talk with fellow truckers, but in honesty, you are too familiar with other haulers and random travelers motives. Cargo theft is a real thing and you don’t want to make yourself a bigger target than you already are. To you, your cargo may not be all that exciting, but thieves can see plenty of opportunity in ‘free’ goods.

Make Friends, Play Nice

No, this isn’t grade school, but being courteous to a fellow trucker should be a given. Truckers spend long hours on the road and getting just a glimpse of positivity when traveling can make someone's day/trip. Whether you are a veteran or fresh meat on the CDL freight those small gestures like helping a trucker safely get over several lanes is what makes trucking a real brotherhood.

Always Toot Your Horn

Seeing someone pump their arm with anticipation that you’ll give a good pull to your air horn may be the biggest trucking cliché there is. However, no matter what mood you're in it has to be done. This gives truckers a positive image and who wants to be a part of a brotherhood full of stuck up and grouchy truckers. It’s called public relations and it’s a part of the job.

Give Your Jake Brake A Break

What Are The Silent Protocols When On The Highway
There are a good bit of truckers who don’t mind hearing ‘the song of their people,’ but we guarantee that there’s not one trucker who will commend you for using your Jake brake at 2 am. 

If you're in a parking lot at 2 am, more than likely you’re surrounded by restless truckers attempting to get some shut eye before starting their long day over once again. It's okay to give the Jake brake some rest as well. We know you're a trucker there's no need to tell people at the crack of dawn.

By following these unspoken rules the veterans will thank you and the newbies will want to be like you. Develop these habits and you’ll be on your way to veteran trucker status in no time.



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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

How To Find The Perfect Fit To All Your CDL Training Needs

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join usYou’ve made the decision to be a trucker, now you’re saying ‘what’s next?’ The next step after you’ve decided to venture into this career is choosing where to get your CDL. Just like any major, life -changing decisions there are many factors that go into choosing what CDL school works best for you. Things to consider would be financial responsibility, duration, and community. We are breaking down differences, similarities and important factors to help you make the right first step for your new career.

Financial Responsibility

Paid

Paid CDL training is also known as company-sponsored training. This is when a company pays the upfront cost of your training. Normally companies will cover both your transportation to the training facility and hotel accommodations while in training. In some cases there are companies who pay for the cost of meals and even loan you money to pay your bills while you are taking their course. 

In return for the paid training the company sponsoring you will require you to drive for them for an agreed upon period of time, or until your tuition is paid off. Not every paid CDL training is identical, so it is important to do extensive research.

Private

Private CDL trainings are with independently owned truck driving schools. Typically there is a requirement to pay tuition upfront. This structure is ideal for those with families who wish to be closer, as they will commute back and forth. Being that this more of a risk than company-sponsored training prospective students will want to get as many pre-hire letters as possible and insure that the companies they’re interested in hire from the chosen institution.

Tip: If choosing either option you are looking at “paying back” or paying upfront $4,000 to $10,000. We suggest you go with the best value, not just the lowest price.

driver trainingDuration

The factors in regards of time you’ll have to dedicate to your CDL isn’t a matter of paid versus private. The duration is contingent on your choice in license class, desired endorsements, whether you’re a full-time or part-time student, and class and driving hours. 

The requirements for each state is also different, so without knowledge of some pretty important factors, we’ll take the word of most CDL instructors who say anywhere from 3 to 8 weeks.

Community

Obtaining your CDL in the best environment for your learning habits is vital to how well you succeed. Knowing the student to instructor ratio is important. If you are the kind of person who thrives from 1 on 1 interaction choosing a school with a 40 to 1 ratio isn’t going to cut it. This is your career, so your success in the field based on your success in the classroom. For students going the company-sponsored route, the community makes all the difference. How a company trains its prospective employees is a reflection on how they treat their actual employees, so be super aware of this.



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Thursday, April 18, 2019

All You Need To know About Diesel

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Diesel Fuel
First quarter reporting is due April 30th and we want you to be prepared. Here are some tips to help with that.
  • Research non-taxable and exempt jurisdictions
  • Use IFTA calculator 
  • Have important documents put away
  • File on time

If you should be filing your IFTA Report in the next week or so then 10 out of 10 you probably use diesel fuel. Diesel produces more energy than gas, making it more efficient. This is the reason semi-trucks run on diesel. Semi-trucks carry heavy loads and ultimately need more energy to drive further on long hauls. A diesel engine can operate for about 12,000 to 30,000 hours before a maintenance check is needed. Here are some diesel facts that every trucker may be a wonder. A few of which will save you a great bit of time and money. We've created a list of things all truckers should know about the fuel that keeps your rig's engine going.

Why Is Diesel So Expensive?

The first of the probing questions you may have about diesel fuel is ‘why is it so expensive?’. Since 2004 diesel has been higher in price, on a dollar per gallon basis. Part of this reason is that the demand for diesel fuel and other distillate fuel oils is high. The biggest cause of differentiation in prices comes from federal excise tax for on-highway diesel fuel of 24.3 cents per gallon, 6 cents per gallon higher than the federal excise tax on gasoline.

Is There A Dirty Truth?

Diesel isn’t as dirty as you think. As a matter of fact, it has become more environmentally friendly.

The environmental protection agency (EPA) has found a few ways to reduce sulfur levels in diesel fuel, making it better for the environment. Diesel engines use to be known for producing harsh emissions, like soot, air toxins, and other harmful pollutants. Prior to 2006 diesel fuel contained more than 5,000 parts per million (PPM), now it is a regulation that diesel fuel can now produce more than 15 PPM.

What!? I Can’t Be Overweight!

Weigh StationThe weight of diesel fuel is roughly 7 Ibs. Per gallon, and varies somewhat from the truck to truck. This is important to make a mental note of since the weight of fuel is calculated when scaling a truck.

Often times truckers will be surprised when they are ticketed for being overweight at the scale, knowing the weight of their rig and cargo combined doesn’t exceed the limit. Doing a bit of mental math will save

you time and money when you approach a scale. It is also a good idea to know where the scales are on your route to avoid fueling, right before you are required to be weighed.

Should I Add An Additive?

Additives are a must. The main use of additives for truckers is to help diesel not crystallize during winter. It is hard to make deliveries when a vehicle’s fuel has stopped flowing.

Being on the go is your job, so it is normal that you experience changes in climate, however being prepared and thinking ahead is required. Traveling from Nevada to Illinois can be a culture shock on anyone, and your engine is no different, so make sure you have an additive with you on the road if you plan on going too much colder states.


Other benefits of additives:
  • Cleans the injection system
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Saves money
  • Increases power


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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

What Massive Collision Is Haunting The US Senate and House?

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Under-ride CrashSince 2017 companion bipartisan bills regarding the use of under-ride guards for road safety have been introduced. In March 2019 the idea was reintroduced and quickly dismissed by ATA and OOIDA. ATA stated that ‘the government should focus more on crash avoidance technologies and
strategies than expensive and unproven collision mitigation equipment.”

The U.S Senate and House have proposed these bills in remembrance of the thousands of victims of under-ride crashes and at the recommendation of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

In a recent press release announcing the bill, Representative Mark DeSaulnie (D-CA) stated that at least 300 victims are killed each year from under-ride crashes.

As of now, trailer rear guards (DOT bumpers) are required by law, but the bill’s sponsors say that the current standards are outdated. In rebuttal to this claim OOIDA President, Todd Spencer noted ‘we agree that the underride guards on the back of trailers could be improved, but the proposals as written go too far in broadly, retroactively requiring them on all trucks and trailers. His final statement was that trucking is a diverse industry and attaching side under-ride guards is not a simple task to require them to be attached on all equipment.

The indifference over the topic between the House and Senate versus trucking advocates could essentially go on and on, however, it is okay to assume that everyone wants the same thing which is safer roads. There is no trucker who would want to be a part of a tragic under-ride crash and there is no just-lawmaker who would feel content with having the opportunity to do something and remain silent and out of the conversation.

A Cause With A Name 


The Stop Underrides Act, S. 2219, formally known as the Roya, AnnaLeah, and Mary Comprehensive Underride Protection Act of 2017 (RAMCUP Act of 2017), was created in memory of 3 lives lost due to underride crashes. The 3 victims mothers, Marianne Karth, and Lois Durso originally drafted the bill in hopes to prevent under-ride crashes everywhere.

Lois Durso, mother of 26-year old Roya, who lost her life in 2004 recently told reporters, “it is not the crash that kills, it’s the underride. If you can prevent the under-ride, there’s a chance the vehicle occupants will survive.”

The Opposition


Although companion bills have been drafted since 2017, the study to extend underride protection has been going on since 1969 by the Department of Transportation. That is roughly 15,000 deaths that could have been prevented. The U.S Senate and House do not have to rely on the ATA or the OOIDA to make side under-ride guards a requirement, but there are other methods that can help in preventing under-ride crashes.

According to Marianne Karth opposition has come from the trucking industry since 1977 by both manufacturers and haulers. These two parties back their opposition with wanting to see the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provide automobiles with capabilities to prevent cars from crashing into trucks. 

Karth, as well as other side under-ride guard advocates, commend 4 major trailer manufacturers for their progress to install guards, and also nods the individuals and representatives from the trucking industry involved in her Under-ride Roundtable.

Although those select manufacturers are praised for making progress, Karth has mentioned several times on her blog, dedicated to her two daughters, AnnaLeah and Mary, that she will not give up the fight to seek further action. 

US Senate and House
Saving someone else from experiencing what both Durso and Karth are going through is the overall goal. Contrary to what ATA and OOIDA believe the requirements these two grieving mothers and lawmakers are hoping to put into place is not designed to cost those in the industry more money.

The requirement is in hopes that lives will be saved and tragic under-rides will cease. To find out more about the tragedies that have sparked this bill, or see how you can help visit http://annaleahmary.com or https://stopunderrides.org.



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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Podcasts To Keep You Alert On The Road

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PodcastsOnly listening to music while on the road can get overstimulating. You can easily switch up your listening style by choosing to go the podcast route. Podcast genres range from comedy, sports, drama, thought-provoking and so many others. Podcasts are a good source of entertainment for long hours on the road. They can bring you daily news, teach you history, keep you laughing, or help you pick up on a second language. The list can go on. Over 21% of Americans listen to podcasts monthly. Join plenty of others in a twenty-first century alternative to fuzzy radio connections when traveling state to state.

Trucking

Trucking Podcast - Created by a trucker for truckers. In efforts to be a resource for truckers and provide some great entertainment for long-haul road adventures, this podcast has developed to the mantra of ‘helping you make more money and rediscover the adventure.'

Trucker Dump Podcast - This podcast is the perfect mixture of information and humor. The Trucker dump Podcast will give you insight into the trucking industry, both good and bad from the standpoint of a pretty comedic trucker. You can find this podcast on Apple Podcast, Google podcast, Spotify, and even Stitcher.

BigRigBanter - If you are looking for laughs and a good source for trucking news, BigRigBanter is the podcast for you. Hear from two experienced journalists, as they interview some big names from the ruck industry. If you want education and entertainment you can find this podcast on Google Podcast, iTunes, and TuneIn.

News

PBS NewsHour - This podcast does a great job at covering news relating to politics, science, health, business, art, innovation and much more. Updates, in-depth reports and interviews all feature PBS’ senior correspondents

BBC Global News - The 25 to 30-minute podcast episodes featured on BBC Global News are produced twice daily on weekdays and once daily on weekends. This podcast is a great way to stay current on the world’s development. It is a one-stop-shop for all your global news. It addresses new policies, global scandals, political elections, natural disasters, trends, and anything else in between.

Thought-Provoking

Freakonomics - This podcast is inspired by the best selling books Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J Dubner. If you want a fresh perspective on life and on the modern world this podcast will do the trick. The host shows how economics is the study of incentives: how people get what they want, or need, when others want or need the same thing.

No Such Thing As Fish - A podcast dedicated to fun facts discovered weekly. If you have a desire to learn semi-useless information this podcast is for you. The trivial and trivia topics discussed will humor you and intrigue you all within 40 minutes.

History

Stuff You Missed In History Class -With a comprehensive range of topics. podcast host; Tracy V. Wilson and Holly Frey bring all listeners a holistic approach to history and how the past affects the present.

Hardcore History - Part storyteller, part analysis, Dan Carlin masters the art of dissecting subjects and viewing them from various angles. He is quick to inject modern debates in his history lessons in an original way.

Sports

First Take - Stephen A. Smith and other known sports analysts discuss the top sports news, which often leads to heated debates. Breaking down the top 10 sports stories each day the hosts do a great job keeping listeners laughing, and informed.

RadioCourtside with Katz & Coach G - Missed out on March Madness? Don’t sweat it. Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg give you an all-access pass inside the world of college basketball.



Give music a rest and opt-in to become a subscriber to one of these podcasts.

This may not be the same as having an intellectual conversation with another person, but it will be something different than the 10 songs that loop in your cab on a 5-hour haul.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Easily Gain Extra Time This Tax Return Period

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Calendar 15th
We get it and so does the IRS. Things happen and you just aren’t able to meet those deadlines. When you have missing documents it can be pretty tough to get all of your boxes checked off when filing your tax return. Lucky for you there is a way that can get you more time. We are talking up to 6-months worth of time. The original due date is typically April 15, but with the extension, you may not have to submit your forms until October 15th.

If you aren’t sure if you can complete your 2018 federal tax return by the April 15th deadline you may want to get to filing a Form 4868, immediately. It is vital to note that Form 4868 only pushes back the filing of your tax documents. It doesn’t give you extra time to pay any taxes that you might owe. If you think you may owe money this year you’ll need to estimate the amount after filing for your extension.

Penalty Threats


Choosing to file late can get pretty costly. The penalty can bee 5% of the unpaid taxes for each month or partial month it is late. If the return is more than 60 days late, the minimum penalty is $135 or 100% of the unpaid tax, whichever value is smaller.

Don’t stress, where you don’t have to. Form 4868 will give you ample amount of time to get your ducks in a row. If you know you may late go ahead and file for an extension in either of the 3 methods and get up until October 15th on your tax return.

Form 4868 is made up of two parts, identification information is included in part I and individual income tax information will be in part II.


Part I & II

Part I - Identification
  • Name(s) 
  • Mailing addresses
  • Social Security number (SSN)
  • Employer Identification Number (EIN

Part II - Individual Income Tax
  • Estimate of Total Tax Liability (be sure to be as accurate as possible)
  • Total Payments
  • Balance Due
  • Amount You’ll Be Paying
If you’re thinking of filing an extension here are some tips to make completing it a little bit simpler. 

Extension Filing Tips


Filing Stress1.  Send Checks to the “United States Treasury”

2.  If you E-file Form 4868 and mail in a check or money order, use a completed paper Form 4868 as a voucher and note with your payment that your extension was electronic.

3. Review page 4 of the Form 4868 to ensure you are sending your form and payment to the correct address. Just because you live in a certain state doesn’t mean your payment is sen to that IRS mailing address. 

4. If filing over the phone or online, you’ll receive a confirmation number. It is important that you write the number down and keep it for your records.



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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Top 3 Trucking Awesome Women Of All Time

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Women's History MonthIf you weren't aware, last month was Women’s History Month. Who would we be not to acknowledge the women who have impacted the trucking industry with huge strides? Here are three women from the past, present, and future who have either paved the way for women truckers trailing the highways, gave them a sense of community, or inspired them to take the leap into a career change.

Past: Lillie Elizabeth Drennan

Drennan became the first licensed female truck driver and trucking-firm owner in 1928. Drennan and her husband started their trucking company as a way to take advantage of an oil boom. A year later Drennan divorced her then-husband, Willard Ernest Drennan and took sole ownership of Drennan Truck Line and in the same year received her commercial truck-driver’s license.

Drennan’s accomplishments did not happen without a fight. During this time the Railroad Commission regulated motor-freight. The Railroad Commission claimed that her partial hearing loss prevented a safety concern, but the determined Drennan challenged them. Her quest was for the commission to find a man with a better record than hers on the road, and when their search came up empty she was awarded her license.

Honorable mention:

Luella Bates - First woman truck driver (1918)

Rusty Dow - First woman to drive with a full load on the Alaska Highway (1944)

Present: Ellen Voie

Voie is the founder, president and CEO of Women In Trucking, a nonprofit that encourages women to find career paths in the trucking industry. In 2018 the National Association of Small Trucking Companies (NASTC) named her the Transportation Person of the Year. Although the organization she founded is a little over a decade she has been in the trucking industry for nearly 4 decades. It all began in 1980 when she earned her diploma in Traffic and Transportation Management while working as the Transportation Manager for a steel fabricating plant in central Wisconsin.

Since then she has received a number of accolades for her work. One of those was a prestigious honor from the White House in 2012, as a Transportation Innovators Champion of Change. More recently she was listed as one of the “30 Most Innovative CEOs to Watch”.

Women TruckersFuture: Angela Eliacostas

Recently awarded the “Influential Woman In Trucking Award”, Eliacostas is indeed a woman to pay attention to in the truck industry. She got her start in the industry as a single mother of four, working as a part-time billing clerk for BBI Trucking Company. Over time Eliacostas worked her way up and has now found herself as the founder and CEO of All Girls Transportation and Logistics (AGT).

AGT specializes in integrating transportation and logistics functions for top-tier companies around the world. The company Eliacostas launched, in 2005, is consistently ranked as a top 50 Illinois and top 1000 U.S. certified women-owned business.

The ambition she has to succeed in the trucking industry is owed to her father, a former long-haul trucker. She recalls him giving her a key piece of advice in her early career years - “this is like a vacuum. It’s going to suck you in.” Years later she states that his advice was right, “I got in it, and I just couldn’t get in enough.”

Honorable Mentions

Desiree Wood - Founder of REAL Women In Trucking

Steph 'Hammer Down' Custance - Ice Road Trucker cast member

Take the time to honor a woman who makes what you do easier. Whether it is a significant other, a fellow hauler, or anyone who comes to your mind when you hear the term ‘impactful woman’.

The future of the trucking industry is women and it is our duty to make the path for them to enter, clear.

Cheers to impactful women all around. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.

Happy (Belated) Women’s History Month!



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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Was The Driver Shortage All A Hoax

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Driver shortage, Trucker, American Trucking Association, ATA
For over a decade the American Trucking Association (ATA) has been a ring leader in sounding the alarm for the demand of truck drivers in the industry, due to a driver shortage. It has even been predicted that the shortage would increase to roughly 100,000 drivers by 2021.
A more recent study released by the U.S Bureau of Labor (BLS) shows evidence that the trucking industry “works as well as any other blue-collar labor market and poses no constraints on entry into (or exit from) the occupation.”

The Truck Driver Shortage "Myth"

In the study it was revealed that the shortage is a matter dealing primarily with low wages and long hours than the off balanced ratio of truckers to surges in demand, within the industry. After careful review and study in trends the U.S. Department of Labor is speaking out against what the ATA has been driving into the minds trucking advocates across America.

There are many lawmakers who have jumped the gun in order to combat the decade long myth that seems to be the big news affecting the industry. There are 48 states that allow 18 year olds to obtain a commercial driver's license. Among those is Colorado governor, Jared Polis, who recently signed a bill lowering interstate trucking age limits, just this year. According to Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) the solution of lowering the age opens the door to incidents. Safety groups have opposed the tactic since the beginning, contending that drivers 21 and younger lack the experience to operate heavy machinery, that can reach up to 60,000 Ibs. when loaded.

Instead of finding legitimate solutions, the misinterpretation of high turnover in the industry has taken the focus off the key issues of high mistreatment of workers and low wages, and placed it on the opposite. It is reported that recruiting more drivers will create competition for wages, encouraging drivers to sell themselves short in order to get the job.

Effective Methods

With the real reason behind such high turnover revealed, it is easy for industry leaders to strategize to uncover ways to fix the issue. Turnover rates have reached up to 98%, since mid 2017. In this instance maintaining good retention is crucial to make the industry work for everyone. There are various ways to do so and lower the turnover rate for the industry, as a whole. 

Was The Driver Shortage All A HoaxTime Well Compensated

Compensation and benefits have been used as incentive methods to bring in more drivers. Adding a promise of consistency will lessen the turnover rate drastically. Gordon Klemp, founder and president of the National Transportation Institute, uncovered that the increase in recent turnover was also affected by drivers uprooting to find fleets offering higher wages. This caused a lot of movement within the job market. Keeping a close eye on trends in wages will even the playing field and stabilize the amount of movement in the market.

Improved Selection Process

It is important for fleets to not overlook the step of measuring and controlling the cost of replacing a driver. Hiring the wrong person can cost thousands. That is why the selection process should be a little more detailed than checking off a CDL box and whether or not they can dress the part with a hat and flannel. Establishing and Identifying warning signs in applicant’s background and past work experiences can separate finding a diamond in the rough as far as an employee, or finding someone who only looks the part and lacks in important areas.




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Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Balancing Act Of Living A Healthy Life On The Road

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Work-Life Balance SignManaging work-life balance can be tough, but it is even tougher when you feel like life is 5,000 miles away from work. There are plenty of benefits that come with truck industry jobs. 401k, insurance, great pay and independence are a few of the perks given to truck drivers, but when it comes to helping you maintain a balance between life and work you may find that it isn’t included in the benefits package.

A Healthy Life Is A Wealthy Life

The first area of your life that becomes neglected is your physical health. A life on the go calls for fast-food and on the go snacks. In bulk these things can take a huge toll on your weight and energy. Every trucker is mindful of the fuel that goes into their rig, so why not be as concerned about the fuel that goes into your own bodies. Lack of nutrition in the body can make you feel sluggish, every truckers nightmare when it comes to having a long haul ahead of you.

Tip: To find a healthy balance prepare road snacks with plenty of nutrition to boost your energy and not zap it. Try pre-washed fruits and vegetables, and nuts for a bit of protein. Making your way to the gym isn’t ideal with a life on the road. Luckily there are plenty of methods to boost your heart rate than an elliptical. Free weights and a jump rope are both small enough to be carried on the road with you and make for a great full body workout.

Mental Health Matters

Being stuck in a truck cab alone for hours on end can get lonely and in some cases lead to burnout. It’s important that you keep your mind active and away from daydreaming to protect yourself and others on the road at all times. Some may not choose to believe this, but when you look your best you feel your best. Although, as a trucker you are typically to yourself, for
most of the day, but small adjustments to the outward appearance can boost how you view yourself.

Tip: Try listening to music, audiobooks, podcasts or finding a second language to pick up and practice using an app. Keeping your mind focused on something other than those things going wrong is beneficial to mental health. Even the way we dress can put us in an overall better mood. We don’t suggest you wear a three piece suit, but by buying a new lotion with a scent that reminds you of home or wearing a shirt that's soft and comfy will likely take you from being dreary to happy.

Trucking FamilyHome Is Where The Heart Is

Of course being away from your family is one of the biggest downfalls of the career, but the coming home part isn’t exactly sunshine and rainbows. Veteran truck drivers can attest that it is easy to come home and feel the need to hibernate or over do it when it comes to getting neglected errands done and chores taken care of, but making time for your family when you get the chance is important. You may have video chatted for hours, but nothing compares to being able to tuck your kids in and make sure everyone is at one table for dinner. You miss out on the little moments that make for big memories, so making up for that time, in creative ways, adds to the relationship.

Tip: If you have children make them feel connected to you when you’re on the road by telling them where you’re headed and have them do research on fun facts you can discuss when you get home. Do something similar with your significant other, such as purchasing a book you two can read together, being sure to purchase yourself the audio version. These are the people who you’re on the road for, and making them happy involves making real time for them.

Being a trucker is not easy and neither is creating a work-life balance. It requires commitment and if having a work-life balance is important to you, you’ll want to work for it. Following these tips will help you develop your own ideas to maintain good physical, mental and relationship health.



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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Save Money And Protect Your Cargo With These Methods

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Save Money And Protect Your Cargo With These Methods
It is reported that less than 20 percent of stolen cargo is ever recovered, making cargo theft one of the most expensive incidents drivers can face when on the road. On average it is a problem that cost anywhere between $15 to $30 billion.

Crime and theft specialist, Scott Cornell notes that in recent years cargo thieves are more likely to target mixed retail loads or less-than-truckload shipments because of their definitions of being less secure than larger truckloads.

Improving load security can be easy if you have an inside perspective on how thieves choose their targets and methods behind their madness. There are several cargo theft tactics from straight cargo theft to cyber-attack methods.

Types of Cargo Theft

Having an idea of what kind of theft is taking place and what signs associated with each is great training to know how to combat them in effective ways. Things such as high tech security, and law enforcement training has changed our society and has aided in thieves getting smarter and more creative in how they proceed with an attack. Cargo theft has been around since stagecoaches were present and without sounding like a Debbie Downer it might get worse before it gets better. This is why it's important for truckers to stay up-to-date and extremely aware of new methods.

Straight Cargo Theft

Straight cargo theft can happen anywhere cargo can be left unattended. Truck stops, parking lots, and roadside parking areas are the most targeted. A great way to combat this tactic would be investing in high-security rear door locks.

Strategic Cargo Theft

Strategic cargo theft is constantly evolving. They are often performed with the use of unconventional methods. Identity theft, fictitious pickups, forged documents, fraudulent carriers and brokering scams all fall in line with strategic cargo theft. A solution to help in the event of scams such as these is to do your research on the appointed contact, make sure everything matches up. Always confirm positive identification at pickups and drop-offs.

Other Effective Ways To Combat Cargo Theft

Strategic Theft: Save Money And Protect Your Cargo With These Methods
When it comes to protecting your fleet it is suggested that you develop a layered approach. With a layered approach, there are step by step methods and ‘in case’ tactics put into place if security technology happens to fail. Regular procedure training should be done to ensure that the knowledge on new theft methods is made aware to participating parties. The two main factors that can change theft outcomes are aware drivers and top-notch security for either of the two methods discussed previously.



Aware Drivers

Become aware of ‘hot spots,’ during your route. By studying your route beforehand you will have a greater understanding of the areas that would be considered safe stopping points for you and the cargo.

Upgraded Technology

By having the most up to date features, things such as vehicle immobilization can help in incidents where trucks are stolen along with the cargo. This feature causes the truck to become stationary and brings the heist to a halt. Most theft occurs because of thieves awareness of outdated or nonfunctional security during the transportation of goods, so having a system that is not common will put your cargo on the ‘do not attempt’ list.


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Monday, December 31, 2018

Are You Ready for the Upcoming UCR Deadline?

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ExpressTruckTax has some excellent news for the trucking industry! You are now able to complete your annual Unified Carrier Registration process for 2019.


Unified Carrier Registration, or UCR, requires that drivers and companies who operate a commercial motor vehicle for interstate or international commerce, register their business with the state and pay an annual fee based on the size of the fleet.

If you’re a broker, private carrier, or freight forwarder, you are required to register and pay also.

When Do I Need To Register & Pay My UCR Fees?

Great question! You have until April 1 to register and pay your annual fees UCR for 2019.

Here’s what you’ll have to pay this year and next for UCR:



Where Can I Register & Pay UCR Fees?

You can register, process, and pay for your Unified Carrier Registration, or UCR, fees in one place at the Official UCR Board Certified Registration website.

April 1st will be here before you know it, so take a moment and handle your UCR requirements today while you still have time!


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Thursday, December 6, 2018

What You Need To Know About The UCR Delay

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Truck driving during Fall season preparing for fees after the 2019 UCR delay ends
Registration for the 2019 UCR is currently at a standstill until further notice per the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s pending rulemaking process for 2019 fee levels. Following the FMCSA’s initial notice of proposed rulemaking in August to reduce UCR fees for 2019, the UCR delay was announced in October.

We’ve done some research during the “UCR waiting game” to provide you with what you need to know about the UCR delay.

What is UCR?

Unified Carrier Registration, or UCR, requires that drivers and companies who operate a commercial motor vehicle for interstate or international commerce, register their business with the state and pay an annual fee based on the size of the fleet.

Fees for this registration change annually and has been proposed to be nearly 18 percent less than the 2017 level to ensure fee revenues do not exceed the maximum statutory amount.

Proposed Annual Fee for 2019 UCR

According to the FMCSA notice of proposed rulemaking, 2019 proposed fees for motor carriers and brokers with zero to two power units would be $63, which is a decrease of $6 from the 2018 UCR fee. However, the UCR board originally anticipated the need to charge $10 more than this amount for the smallest of motor carriers.

Furthermore, the notice stated that “FMCSA proposes reductions in the annual registration fees states collect from motor carriers, motor private carriers of property, brokers, freight forwarders and leasing companies for the UCR plan and agreement for 2019, 2020 and subsequent registration years.”

Proposed Fees for 2019

0-2 trucks..............................$63
3-5 trucks............................$187
6-20 trucks..........................$372
21-100 trucks...................$1,299
101-1,000 trucks..............$6,190
1,001 trucks and more...$60,441

Stay Informed & Be Prepared To Register

Registration along with the collection of UCR 2019 fees was scheduled to begin October 1, but will most likely be delayed until after the start of the new year. Be on the lookout for updates from ExpressTruckTax regarding final 2019 UCR fees and how to register, process, and pay for your Unified Carrier Registration.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Everything You Need to Know About Reefer Fuel Regarding IFTA?

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Everything You Need to Know About Reefer Fuel Regarding IFTA?
Personally, I'm a big believer in being prepared for anything and coincidence truckers are the same way. You never know what can happen, so it's always best to be ready. When it comes to the International Fuel Tax Agreement, you can never be too prepared, and the learning never ends. The rules governing IFTA are a bit lengthy, and every single state is different, but don't let that stress you out. IFTA is a lot easier when it is broken down, so let's go over everything you need to know about reefer fuel regarding IFTA.

What is Reefer Fuel?

First of all, reefer fuel is NOT included when filing IFTA when it is used to power the refrigeration unit of the trailer. You should always purchase reefer fuel on a separate fuel receipt.

Never pump reefer fuel on the same fuel receipt when fueling your power unit. This will lower your MPG and cost you more IFTA fuel tax. Also, if you are selected for an IFTA audit, and it is discovered that you combined reefer fuel into your power unit file, you will be penalized and incur added interest on your IFTA audit.

IFTA & Reefer Fuel

You are entitled to a federal tax refund on each gallon of reefer fuel. You will need the total number of gallons of reefer fuel purchased during the tax year to complete the refund form. The IRS will send you a check for the federal tax paid on each gallon of fuel. If you failed to file for this refund, you could file back for the past three years to claim your refund.


Everything You Need to Know About Reefer Fuel Regarding IFTA?You will want to check with your base jurisdiction to see how they handle reefer fuel. In Maryland, for example, if you only have one tank that propels your vehicle and runs the refrigeration unit, then all fuel is included in IFTA. If you have two separate containers, you need to fuel separately and make sure reefer is marked on the receipt. Do not add the reefer fuel on IFTA and you will able to get a refund by filing a claim.

So if you are operating an IFTA “Qualified Motor Vehicle” with a reefer unit, make sure to have the reefer fuel on a separate receipt and don’t include reefer duel on your IFTA return.

Generate Your IFTA Tax Report Today!

Our sister product, ExpressIFTA is full of innovative features to help you complete your IFTA quarterly fuel tax report. All you have to do to get started is create your free account, enter your business information, specify your base jurisdiction, enter your vehicle details, list your miles and fuel records, and generate your IFTA quarterly fuel tax report.

Say goodbye to that day of complicated calculations, ExpressIFTA’s software will accurately calculate your IFTA fuel tax rates and IFTA tax based on the information provided. Never worry about over or underpaying again.

Plus, their built-in diagnostic error audit can be run on your reports to catch any fundamental filing errors based on our estimated miles per gallon. It will recognize when miles traveled aren’t between adjacent states, and if you purchase fuel in a state you have not traveled in.



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