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Friday, June 10, 2011

Truck Tax season:IRS Form 2290(HVUT) E-filing with ExpressTruckTax.com

If you will be filing an IRS Form 2290 for Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) for yourself, your company, or on behalf of others; then you are probably ready to get that process completed as soon as possible.  The official beginning of the tax period for filing HVUT begins on July 1st, and thanks to the good folks at ExpressTruckTax.com, your filing season could also end on July 1st.  

As you know, the IRS requires anyone filing Form 2290 for more than 25 heavy vehicles to e-file the return, and the IRS also encourages e-filing for everyone else.  ExpressTruckTax.com is the simplest way to get your IRS Form 2290 completed and sent to the IRS.  Instead of using the incredibly slow process of postal mail, or actually driving to the nearest IRS office, ExpressTruckTax.com allows you to electronically send the return to the IRS and the entire process can be completed in 10 minutes!
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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

EIN(Employer Identification Number) Change:IRS Form 2290 and 8849

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Important Notice For Anyone Filing Truck Taxes for either IRS Form 2290 or Form 8849!!!
The IRS is now checking EIN (Employer Identification Number) verifications much more thoroughly then they have in the past. Previously, The IRS did not always verify the EIN very extensively. As of now, the IRS requires that all EIN’s be at least two weeks old in order to file with them. So, if you have a very new EIN, it would be best to wait at least 2 weeks before filing.

This information will be particularly useful for individual Owner-Operators, as well as Service Providers that file on behalf of many different Owner-Operators. If you need to apply for an EIN, you can contact the IRS by phone or apply online on the IRS website.
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Monday, June 6, 2011

How to Choose a Service Provider for Form 2290?


If you are required to file HVUT, or Heavy Vehicle Use Taxes, then you are familiar with the IRS Form 2290.  If you have been paying these taxes for many years, then you likely to be more familiar with the process for paper filing. However, there have been some huge technology advances in the past few years and the IRS does now accept and encourage taxpayers to E-File their 2290 Form.  

There are several online service providers for the IRS Form 2290, and you need to select the one that is right for you!  In making these decisions, there are a few things that you should consider. When you select a provider, make sure that they are an authorized IRS E-File Provider, make sure that they can handle all of your truck tax needs, and it is best to find a provider that is entirely web-based.

As for the Authorized E-File Providers, you should look on their website for a statement that they are indeed authorized by the IRS to E-File. You can also refer to the IRS Website to see a complete list of Authorized E-File Providers.  

If you are filing Truck Taxes for more than just the Form 2290, such as IFTA, or Form 8849 then it would be beneficial to have them all filed from the same place. Some service providers are exclusively for Form 2290, or Form 8849, etc. It would be most economical and convenient to get them all filed in the same place.

The benefits of a web-based system are many. If the system is not web based, then there is less reason to use them.  The IRS recommends E-Filing because of it’s speed and security. If you are required to download lots of files and store information on your computer, your system is not completely web based. The benefits of a web-based system are obviously the speed of transfer to the IRS when you are finished, but also the security of storing your information online instead of on your computer.  

ExpressTruckTax.com is one such provider. It is entirely web-based, they are a one-stop-shop for truck tax needs, and they are authorized by the IRS as an official E-File provider. If you need any help, you can also contact their wonderful, Customer support team!  They offer live chat & phone support Mon-Fri, as well as email support 24/7.
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Friday, May 27, 2011

IRS Form 2290: The Filing Process


Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, or HVUT, can be filed with the IRS by using IRS Form 2290 . This fee is required by the IRS for all vehicles with registered gross weights equal to or exceeding 55,000 pounds.  This Form must be filed annually for heavy vehicles operating on public highways.

This IRS Form contains a Schedule 1 that must be stamped by the IRS before the vehicle can be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles.  The IRS accepts this form by mail, but that can take up to several weeks to process.  This form could also be taken directly to the IRS office, but that option can take several hours of your day.  This must be accompanied by a proof of EFTPS payment.  

It is required that this form be filed annually for each taxable vehicle that is used on public highways during the tax year.  The tax year begins on July 1st and ends on June 30th.  A Form 2290 must also be filed when a vehicle is placed in service.  The due date for that is the last day of the following month.  For example: if a vehicle is placed in service on January 5th, the Form 2290 will be due on February 28th.  

Even though there are thousands, if not millions, of Heavy Vehicles that are required to file the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, the IRS still requires everyone to either mail the Form 2290 to the IRS or actually come to the IRS office.  Fortunately there is an easier way that has recently become available.  www.ExpressTruckTax.com allows you to fill out your IRS Form 2290 online and send it to the IRS electronically!  

Express Truck Tax is authorized by the IRS to E-File Form 2290.  This way you can get a stamped schedule 1 in about 10 minutes.  The file is electronically submitted to the IRS, and within minutes the file is processed by the IRS and sent back to the person filing.  The form will then contain a watermark from the IRS as proof that it has been processed.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

ExpressTruckTax Offers FREE VIN Corrections!

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Everyone Makes Mistakes. Unfortunately some people even make mistakes on their Tax Returns.  If You were so unfortunate when filing your IRS Form 2290 to incorrectly record the VIN number of your heavy vehicle, there is still hope for you!  Thanks to the Good Folks at Express Truck Tax, you can E-File an IRS Form 2290 VIN Correction absolutely free!

This is an exclusive offer that no other E-Filing Service for truck taxes is offering. The filing process for this only takes a few minutes and the best part of it all is that it is also totally 100% FREE.  To Clarify, Express Truck Tax allows anyone to correct the VIN Number on any previously filed IRS Form 2290. The filer will then receive their new IRS Stamped Schedule 1 in only minutes.  

With this incredibly helpful service, you will be able to get your truck taxes taken care of quickly, so that you can get back on the road in no time!  Express Truck Tax realizes that your time on the road is valuable and that you need to spend as little time as possible worrying about the little things.  That's why Express Truck Tax is making this process much simple for Truck Drivers everywhere.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tax Credit Vehicles (IRS Form 2290)

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You may be surprised to know that you can file an IRS Form 2290 to claim a credit for certain Heavy Vehicles in some scenarios.  You can also E-File an IRS Form 2290 for these credit vehicles through www.expresstrucktax.com  

Heavy vehicles that were stolen, destroyed, or sold before June 1st and not used during the rest of the year qualify as a vehicle to claim a credit for.  If a heavy vehicle was used for 5,000 miles or less, or an agricultural vehicle that was used for 7,500 miles or less, it too qualifies as a credit vehicle.  It is important to also note that a credit, lower tax rate, exemption, or refund is not allowed for an occasional light or decreased load; nor is it allowed for a discontinued or changed use of the vehicle.

Although the rules that apply to credit vehicles may be complicated and confusing, ExpressTruckTax.com helps make it simple.  The filing process only takes a few minutes.  If you need any help, their dedicated customer support team can help walk you through the process.
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Monday, May 23, 2011

IRS Will Not Mail Form 2290


The Internal Revenue Service recently announced that they will not be mailing Form 2290 to taxpayers this year. This step was taken due to the increase in electronic filing. It also seems to be encouragement to file electronically as well. The IRS had legitimate reason to do this because filing electronically really is the quickest, easiest, and safest way to file.  

Fortunately, it has become incredibly simple to file Form 2290 or other Tax forms associated with the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) such as Form 8849. All you have to do is go to www.ExpressTruckTax.com and start filing. You can file your Schedule 1 for Form 2290, Form 8849, A VIN Correction, and Fuel Tax.  

This easy to use system allows the user to walk through the process at their own speed and asks questions in plain English, not confusing tax jargon. There are even special deals for Owner-Operators who need to file for multiple vehicles. Tax Professionals may also benefit from special pricing for multiple filings.  

Even if you still need help filing your Truck Taxes, Express Truck Tax has an excellent team of customer service professionals who will help you file your return in no time.  
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Monday, May 16, 2011

IRS Form 2290 Amendments

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When the information of the vehicle changes, IRS wants you to file amendments to the originally filed form 2290. There are three types of amendments available for form 2290.

    1.Additional Tax From Increase in Taxable Gross Weight
    2.Suspended vehicles exceeding the mileage use limit
    3.VIN Correction

Additional Tax From Increase in Taxable Gross Weight

This type of amendment is filed if the taxable gross weight of a vehicle increases during the period and the vehicle falls in a new higher category. For instance, an increase in maximum load customarily carried may change the taxable gross weight.

When this happens, you Need to calculate and report the additional tax for the remainder of the period on Form 2290, line 3. Also you need to check the Amended Return box and to the right of “Amended Return” write the month the taxable gross weight increased. This should be by the last day of the month following the month in which the taxable gross weight increased.
      
With ExpressTruckTax.com, we make it easy to file this increase in taxable gross weight and accurately calculate the difference in tax due to IRS.  You will also get your Schedule 1 for the new weight category in minutes.

Suspended vehicles exceeding the mileage use limit

This type of amendment is filed if a suspended vehicle exceeds the mileage use limit. 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.
You to need to calculate the tax on Form 2290, page 2, based on the month the vehicle was first used in the period. 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.

With ExpressTruckTax.com, we make it easy to file this amendment and accurately calculate the tax due to IRS.  You will also get your Schedule 1 for the weight category in minutes. 

VIN Correction

VIN Correction is filed if you have made a mistake in any of the VIN in the previously filed Form 2290.

VIN Corrections can be only done for Taxable or suspended vehicles and not for credit vehicles or for prior year suspended vehicles. When you file a VIN Correction Form 2290, you can’t combine it with claiming credits on the same form. The wrong VIN must have been paid for in the original form 2290. Otherwise, the IRS will assign penalties in addition to the actual tax.

ExpressTruckTax.com offers Efiling of VIN Correction with no strings attached. You can efile VIN Correction and get your corrected Schedule 1 in minutes. 
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tips For Owner-Operator To E-file IRS Tax 2290 Forms

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If you own and operate a heavy vehicle on public highways, then you are aware of the challenges and difficulties associated with that job. Not only is the job of an owner operator incredibly tough, there are also several different taxes that owner operators must file for each heavy vehicle yearly.  These include Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) which includes IRS Form 2290 and IRS Form 8849. Another Truck Tax that can be filed is the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA).  

Filing HVUT with IRS Form 2290 has its own set of meticulous instructions. Form 2290 is in 2 parts. The first part is referred to as a Schedule 1. This form must be filled out and stamped by the IRS in order for the vehicle to be registered with the Department of Motor vehicles. The traditional filing process for this form requires an actual stamp from the IRS, which can be obtained in two ways. One can mail the form to the IRS office and wait for the stamped form to be sent in the mail, which can take several weeks. The other option is to actually travel to the nearest IRS office and get it stamped in person. This is also a very time consuming option.

The process for filing IFTA is also very confusing. Each driver must take detailed notes for both how many miles were traveled, and how much fuel was purchased in each state or province.  The purpose of this is so that the Fuel Tax (IFTA) is accurately distributed to all of the states and provinces that were involved.  

Fortunately, this process has been simplified for both of these filings. ExpressTruckTax.com serves as a one-stop-shop for all truck tax needs!  Express Truck Tax allows drivers to E-File a Form 2290 online with the IRS and receive a stamped Schedule 1 in minutes. The IFTA process is also much easier thanks to the online tools that Express Truck Tax has to offer. With features like online trip sheets and abnormal MPG audits, Express Truck Tax has what it takes to get you on the road with as little paperwork as possible!  
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Monday, May 2, 2011

Organizing IFTA(International Fuel Tax Agreement)

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The International Fuel Tax Agreement, or IFTA, requires certain vehicles to pay a Fuel Tax to each state that it was driven in. IFTA is a tax collection agreement among the 48 contiguous United States and the 10 Canadian Provinces bordering the US.

IFTA requires a report for each vehicle of how many miles were travelled as well as the amount of fuel that was purchased in each state or province. This helps accurately allocate how the payments collected through IFTA are distributed.  For example, if a vehicle drove through a state, but did not purchase any fuel in that state, part of the vehicle’s IFTA payment would be distributed to the state without any fuel purchases because it used the roads of the state, but payed no taxes for the fuel consumed within that state.

These reports can be very difficult to keep a record of, but fortunately, ExpressTruckTax.com has built a tool that can help drivers accurately keep a record of their Fuel Use. It is even possible to generate state IFTA returns online with this program. This program also has some built-in auditing features that can check for common mistakes made on these returns. This will therefore, limit your risk of being audited because of IFTA. Some of the features include, but are not limited to: State Adjacency Check, Abnormal MPG Audit, and Free Online Trip Sheets!
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