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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

What You Need to Know About The ELD Exemptions

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FMCSA Director Hears ELD Concerns at MATS

Trucking community concerned about the ELD mandate and ELD exemptions
During the Mid-America Trucking Show, commonly known as MATS 2018, federal regulators faced off against a standing-room-only crowd of owner-operators and other trucking veterans from across the nation.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Director of Enforcement and Compliance, Joseph DeLorenzo, hosted a seminar during the first day of MATS; here is what happened and what you need to know about the ELD Exemptions.

What You Need to Know About The ELD Exemptions

Since the Electronic Logging Devices Mandate (ELDs) back in December, there has been growing concern among the trucking community. From older truck exemptions to confusion over the agricultural exemption this hour-long seminar covered more than just type of ELD compliance.

Older Truck Exemption

Joseph DeLorenzo faced off against a standing-room-only crowd lead my trucking veterans across the nation. This first wave of questions centered around the older truck exemption to which DeLorenzo stated that all pre-2000 engines are exempt. And this ELD exemption applies to all pre-2000 engines whether it came with the vehicle or if it was a replacement.

However, this exemption does not apply if the pre-2000 engines are rebuilt to a certain extent and should be relabeled. If you undergo a roadside inspection, the officer will check the engine tag to determine if your truck is exempt.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has been issued guidance on this matter according to DeLorenzo.

ELD AG Exemption

Is all transportation of agricultural commodities exempt? This is a more difficult question that owner-operators and self-employed drivers put to DeLorenzo. To sum up his response, the federal definition is the rule of thumb regardless of the state definition of agriculture.

According to the federal government, ELD Ag exemption is considered the transportation of bees, livestock, unprocessed fruits, and vegetables. The exclusivity of the federal definition of agricultural commodities leaves several drivers concerned considering the ELD mandate.


Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate

What should owner-operators and self-employed drivers know about ELD exemptions Under the ELD exemption, you do not have to comply with new regulations if you do not exceed 150-miles more than eight times in a 30-day period. Once you extend past this, you have 11 hours of driving time and 14 hours of off-duty time.

The 90-day waiver for federally defined agricultural commodities pushes the pause button on the ELD mandate. If you are transporting agricultural commodities as defined by the federal government, you will be covered under the ELD AG Exemption no matter how many time you exceed the 150-mile distance.

ELD Deadline

As drivers, you should already be aware that the deadline for complying with the ELD mandate is April 1st. If you are found without an electronic logging device, you will be cited and most likely ticketed if you cannot prove exemption.

After the April 1st ELD deadline, you will be put out of service for 10 hours and then allowed to complete your run. However, you are required to install an ELD immediately before your next route. If you are later found without an ELD, you will receive an out-of-service violation under the ELD mandate.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Are You Ready for the Upcoming UCR Deadline?

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ExpressTruckTax has some excellent news for the trucking industry! After nearly a 90-day delay, you are now able to complete your annual Unified Carrier Registration process for 2018.

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.

Luckily, the UCR fees for this year have been reduced by 9.1%; it doesn’t get much better than that!

You can expect that UCR fees will increase slightly for 2019. However, they will still be 4.6% lower than the fees you paid in 2017.

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

Why The Delay for UCR?


UCR’s usually are available on October 1 and close on December 31; however, this year was a different story due to legal questions centered around a proposal that was issued last September by the Department of Transportation (DOT).

The proposal sparked a lawsuit to be filed by the Small Business in Transportation Coalition against the UCR Board. To make a long story short, the coalition claimed that the UCR Board violated federal open meetings laws for the new fee structure and 2018 registration period to be discussed.

The court was in agreement that the UCR Board failed to provide the proper notice to the public about the meetings but decided to keep the decisions that were made by the board, but what does this mean for you?!

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

Great question! You have until April 5 to register and pay your annual fees UCR for 2018.

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 Official UCR Board Certified Registration website.

April 5th 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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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Was January Your First Used Month? Time to File Your 2290

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Today is the deadline for Form 2290
When did you first use your heavy vehicle during the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) period? If it was in January, then it is time to file Form 2290!

If this deadline has caught you off guard no need to fear, ExpressTruckTax is here to help you complete your forms in just a matter of minutes. But we go a step further by providing you with important Form 2290 information so you can drive right on through your e-filing experience. Check out these top HVUT deadline tips from the tax experts at ExpressTruckTax.

Was January Your First Used Month? Time to File Your 2290

So why are there so many deadlines for Form 2290? Well, your deadline for Form 2290 is based the first month you've used your heavy vehicle on public highways during the current tax period. This is important because you don’t have to pay for the months your truck wasn’t on the road.

Unlike the fiscal year, the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax runs from July 1st to June 20th of the following year, and you need to file by the last day of the month following your first used month. So that means that if you first used your truck back in January, it is time to file…… or face penalties.

So other than the fear of penalties why is Form 2290 so important? Because the taxes collected are used to repair, maintain, and build public roads. Once you file, you will get a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 as proof of filing and paying your HVUT taxes. You will actually need this form to renew your tags and to complete your International Registration Plan (IRP) return.

Fear the HVUT Penalties

If you fail to file by midnight tonight and you are required to do so, you will face expensive penalties. If that doesn’t strike fear into your heart, I am sure this will. The penalty rate for failing to file is a minimum of 4.5 % of the total tax due. This amount will accrue on a monthly basis for up to five months.

Plus, if your HVUT payment is late or is not paid in full, you will owe an additional penalty of 0.5% of the total amount owed. Oh and yeah there is an additional penalty of .54% too.

But wait it gets worst: If you don’t file you will not receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1, which is required by the DMV to operate your vehicle legally. Don’t get stuck in the pits by this deadline but take a caution lap getting ahead over the competition with ExpressTruckTax.

 
Truck driving down the road at an alarming speed trying to file their Form 2290


Keep on Truckin’ With ExpressTruckTax

Our e-filing system is streamlined for fast and easy use so we can get you back on the road fast. No complex IRS jargon just straightforward interview style questions. If you get stuck in a rut, don't worry we will give you push no need to get out of the truck! Our dedicated team of tax experts standing by.

When you file with us, you will receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 in as little as 15 minutes via email.


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Friday, February 16, 2018

TAP App Is The Trucking Service You Need

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TAP App, tax service app for truckersHey owner-operators, we're always working to find solutions to the issues that you face. That’s one of the reasons why we created ExpressTruckTax, the market-leading program that makes e-filing your HVUT 2290 Form fast and easy.


By partnering with groups like OOIDA and by working closely with drivers like yourself, we've been able to discover issues in the industry and we work hard to solve them. For example, truck drivers need a cost-effective bookkeeping and tax prep solution, that’s why we're proud to announce the new TAP App service provided by TruckLogics and Trucker Tax Service.

TAP App Is The Trucking Service You Need

The Problem

As a trucker working for a company, independently driving or leasing yourself, you have a lot of business records to keep up with. For example, you need to see your profit and losses, rate per mile, miles driven, and more. You also need this information for year-end tax reports.

How do you keep up with all this info? Do you scribble it all down in tons of notebooks to upload to your computer later? Do you have various different apps? Are you being charged hundreds of thousands for a subscription where your information is hard to access?

When trying to file a 1099 or your personal income tax return at the end of the year you don’t want to spend hours on the phone with customer support ‘specialists’ trying to get into your account.

The TAP App Solution

We’ve worked together with Trucker Tax Service to help owner operators find solutions to their tax filing needs and with our sister product, TruckLogics, which is why we’re proud to announce that they joined forces to create the new service, the TAP App.

By combining the top services offered by TruckLogics, the trucking business management program and Trucker Tax Service, the nationwide tax consultant to the OTR driver, an easy-to-use bookkeeping and tax preparing solution was born that will change the way you handle your daily operation.

With this app on your phone, tablet, or computer you can easily track your miles driven, revenue per mile, per diem, and much more from the palm of your hand. Plus, the app will generate monthly business reports like the profit and loss report for you to access at any time.

Per diem is the daily expense deduction drivers are allowed to take to offset the costs involved with spending a night on the road. On The Road drivers are entitled to 80% of the $63 Per Diem, which comes to $50.40 per day.

Not only will the TAP App accurately calculate your Per Diem, but they will simplify all your deductions because Truck Tax Service will use the information you enter to prepare and file your tax returns at no additional cost. That’s right, it’s free.

The TAP App is the easiest way to get the most deductions possible while getting your money back from the IRS faster. At only $75 for a month, the TAP App more than pays for itself.

Plus, this service is straightforward and easy to use. No frustration or confusion is involved. However, if you do have any questions, Truck Tax Service is providing live US-based support. Feel free to contact them with any questions that you may have.

Get Started With TAP App Now!


Trucking doesn’t have to be complicated, especially when we’re here to help. Check out the trucking solutions available from ExpressTruckTax to make filing your HVUT Form 2290 quick and easy, the TAP App service to simplify bookkeeping and tax preparation, and TruckLogics to make managing your trucking business online effortless.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

How to Avoid 2290 Rejections

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Prevent Form 2290 Rejections with ExpressTruckTax


Taxes can be confusing and frustrating, but if you miss your HVUT Form 2290, the penalties you will receive make the whole tax situation even worse. That’s why the ExpressTruckTax experts are here to help you correctly file your form.

Not only do you have to meet the HVUT Form 2290 deadline, which varies depending on your first use month, but you have to make sure your Form 2290 doesn’t get rejected. If it is rejected, then you’re responsible for correcting it by the deadline. So, here’s how to avoid Form 2290 Rejections.

How to Avoid 2290 Rejections


1. Get Your EIN Right

You need an EIN or Employer Identification Number to complete your HVUT Form 2290. You used to be able to use your Social Security Number in place of your EIN, but that’s no longer the case. If you enter your SSN in the EIN field on your HVUT Form 2290 then it will be rejected.

If you need to get an EIN you can apply for one online for free with the IRS. Just keep in mind that it may take up to 14 days for your EIN to become active in the IRS’s system and your form may be rejected during that time.

Also, your information needs to match what the IRS has on file. If your EIN doesn’t match for your business name or personal information then your form will be rejected. You can make sure your information matches what the IRS has on file by calling them.

2. Avoid VIN Mistakes
Entering a VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) incorrectly is actually the number one Form 2290 mistake. Take your time and carefully enter that 17 character alphanumeric code, then double check it. Make sure you aren’t mistaking 0s for Os!

However, if you need to correct your VIN, don’t panic. You can quickly and easily file FREE VIN corrections with ExpressTruckTax.

Also, each VIN can only be filed for once, so you’ll want to avoid filing a duplicate, as your form will be rejected. To avoid filing for a duplicate VIN number make sure you’re filing for the current tax period, not the previous one.

3. Pay the IRS


When you e-file Form 2290 you need to pay the amount of HVUT tax you owe to the IRS. You have a few different payment methods, for example, you can use direct debit, or electronic funds withdrawal.

With these payment methods, you will have to provide your bank account and routing number so the IRS can withdraw the amount of HVUT tax you owe. That means you need to enter your banking and routing number correctly. You also need to make sure you have enough funds to cover the amount you owe or your form will be rejected.
Quickly and easily e-file HVUT Form 2290 with ExpressTruckTax

The Form 2290 Due Date


Form 2290 is due based on your first used month during the tax period. It’s actually due the last day of the month following your first use month. The tax period runs from July 1 to June 30 of the following year.

Since most truckers first use their vehicle in July, August 31 is a major deadline day. However, if you didn’t use your vehicle until January then your HVUT Form 2290 is due by February 28!

If you need to file 2290 online this month don’t worry, you can quickly and easily instantly file with ExpressTruckTax. Simply contact our live, US-based support team if you need any assistance.
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Friday, February 9, 2018

3 Proven Ways Lady Truckers Are Improving The Industry

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ExpressTruckTax respects lady truckers

Are you proud of a lady trucker in your life? Do you know a strong, dedicated woman who is in it for the long haul? ExpressTruckTax actually supports all lady truckers and we consider ourselves extremely lucky to see how they’re changing the industry.

More and more women are coming to the industry every day because the secret is out. Lady truckers are excellent drivers! They deserve the respect of road veterans because they’re putting in just as many miles.

Women Trucking Are Making A Major Impact

First of all, women in trucking are so great that they’re getting a second annual cruise. You can join the 2018 “Queen of the Road on the High Seas” cruise for 7 days. It will depart from the Port of New Orleans on May 20, 2018 and returns May 27.

You can actually nominate the lady trucker in your life for the 2018 Queen of the Road Award, which is a dignified recognition award for hardworking female truck drivers. The winners will be voted on online and announced during the cruise! Submit your nominee here!

Now if you’re wondering how lady truckers are changing the industry they’re actually making a ton of things happen!

1. Recruiting Methods Are Changing To Attract More Female Truckers

There is a huge driver shortage out there, with a huge turnover rate. As older truckers retire companies are having a hard time hiring new, reliable drivers. However, they’ve found that they can reach out to women, an untapped resource to fill more driver seats.

ExpressTruckTax Thanks Lady Drivers for their hard work
Trucking companies need ladies so they’re using more female-friendly techniques to attract them. Instead of using intimidating tactics for the previously dominated male industry they’re switching to warm and inviting techniques. A lot of companies are even offering women equal wages to men.

2. Time And Money Is Being Saved

Women are actually proving to be safer drivers than men. They have about a 25% lower accident cost in the industry than men. This means that they are saving more money for trucking companies.

Also, lady truckers provide are picking up training much faster than men. Something about driving big rigs just comes naturally, and trucking companies benefit by being able to put more qualified drivers on the road faster.

3. Quality Is Rising

Ladies in the trucking industry are extremely detailed. Their paperwork is on point with fewer mistakes and easier to read handwriting. Lady truckers seem a little more dependable when it comes to meeting deadlines on time, without work that seems messy or rushed.

Trucking women are also skilled in customer service. They are great at conversing and dissolving heated situations. They communicate in an effective, professional manner and tend to react with less anger than men do.

We Salute To Lady Truckers


The number of women trucking might be increasing, but in reality, women have been driving rigs for decades. Now there are many groups like Real Women in Trucking to give trucking ladies a real voice.

We’re proud of ladies brave enough to tackle the road in this challenging industry. Be sure to nominate the hard working lady truck for the Queen Of The Road!

Let us know your thoughts about women in trucking or personal experiences in the comment section below and don’t forget to visit ExpressTruckTax for more trucking blogs.
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Friday, February 2, 2018

How To Master Backing That Trailer Up

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When it comes to trucking one of the most difficult things to master is backing up. It takes time and a lot of practice. Backing up incorrectly will also make you look like a rookie, or worse, like you REALLY don’t know what you’re doing.

In CDL school there’s not much pressure when it comes to backing up because you’re in a training vehicle with objects like rubber trash cans, so it’s not a big deal if you hit something. However, once you’re out in the real trucking world with the trailer you’re responsible for and other rigs and infrastructure that you could seriously damage, things get a little more intense. Take a deep breath and check out our tips on how to become a trucking master at backing up.

How To Master Backing That Trailer Up

What Not To Do

Don’t nose in at truck stops. It looks lazy or like you don’t know how to backup and sometimes leaves your trailer sticking out in the way. Plus, While the back of your trailer is out, it makes it easier thieves to come up and steal your cargo. Then it makes it more difficult to back out later because you can’t see what's coming and don’t have much room for the front of your rig.

Also, don’t treat any parking situation the same. Each spot is different with new obstacles to avoid. You won’t become an expert after only backing up a few times, but it will eventually get easier. Always take it slow and be aware of your surroundings.

Never take advice from someone who isn’t a trucker. People are quick to try to and help you park with hand gestures, but if that person doesn’t have their CDL you shouldn’t trust them. They don’t have the qualified experience to help.

What To Do

Look Around

Preview the area. Circle the truck stop to look for obstacles like trash cans and trees to avoid. This may also help you find the easiest spot to get into and avoid debris like glass or nails. When in doubt, G.O.A.L (Get Out And Look) to get a better idea of what’s around you.

If you feel like it might be embarrassing to get out and look, it's not. It shows that you’re a responsible driver taking the time to not hit other trucks. Also, remember to hit your blinkers before you back up to make sure others are aware of your actions.

Focus

In your rig, become one with your truck. Clear your mind and get rid of any distractions, this includes silencing your phone and CB. All of your focus should be on backing up. Then take things nice and slow, you never want to pick up too much speed. Also, keep your foot on the brake so you’ll be prepared to stop if you need to.

Remember to use all of your mirrors, keep your eyes moving and don’t stick to one spot. Referring to painted lines to give you an idea of your angels also helps.

Think about your steering wheel. The top is the trailer, and the bottom is the truck, your trailer goes the opposite way of your steering wheel.

Research

Take the time to get good at parking by finding an empty lot and practicing. See how your movements affect your truck. You can also watch other drivers at the truck stop or go online. Truckers love vlogging these days and have a lot of how-to videos on YouTube.

You could also just ask for a few tips. There’s no harm in wanting to learn and experienced truckers like to talk and they like to help. It’s worth taking the time to see what a road veteran has to say.


You'll Be A Master In No Time!


Patience young trucking grasshopper. No one perfectly backs in on their first or even tenth try. Just keep calm, become one with your truck, and be aware of your surroundings. You’ll be able to back that thing up anywhere before you know it.

Please add your parking tips in the comment section below and visit ExpressTruckTax.com for more trucking blogs.
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

It's Officially The 4th Quarter IFTA Deadline Day

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ExpressTruckTax users use ExpressIFTA for online IFTA reporting


Wait, what?! It’s IFTA time again already? How in the world is the January 31 4th quarter IFTA deadline here already? That means you need to complete your IFTA return by midnight or you will have some major penalties to face. If this deadline suck up on you and you’re wondering how you’ll ever make the deadline, don’t worry! We have your IFTA solution.

Check our awesome sister, ExpressIFTA to easily handle all of your IFTA reporting needs online. You can quickly generate your IFTA report and use it to complete your return. Plus, we’re here to go over all the IFTA basics so you’ll be up to speed.

It's Officially The 4th Quarter IFTA Deadline Day 

We will start with a little IFTA history. IFTA is the International Fuel Tax Agreement that was put in place by the lower 48 United States and 10 Canadian provinces to simplify fuel reporting by those who use qualified motor vehicles between two or more jurisdictions.

Before IFTA was put into place fuel reporting was a complicated mess. Each state had their own rules and regulations to comply with, now they all adhere to the quarterly IFTA return. IFTA is used to report and determine the net tax refund that’s due and to redistribute taxes from collecting states to due states.

Your vehicle qualifies for IFTA if it travels between two or more jurisdictions and:
  • Has two axles and a gross vehicle weight of 26,000 pounds or more 
  • Has two axles and a registered gross vehicle weight of 26,000 pounds or more 
  • Has three or more axles regardless of weight and/or 
  • Is used in combination when the combination exceeds 26,000 pounds or more in gross vehicle weight or registered gross vehicle weight. 
You actually have to apply for your IFTA license at first, then keep it in your cab at all times. Also, to comply with IFTA you will receive two IFTA decals that need to be placed on your driver door and file your IFTA returns four times a year.

In order to complete your IFTA return you need to provide the following information:
  • The total miles traveled per jurisdiction
  • The total gallons of fuel consumed per jurisdiction 
  • The total tax paid gallons of fuel purchased per jurisdiction, and
  • The current tax rate per jurisdiction 

Preparing For IFTA With ExpressIFTA


ExprssIFTA makes it easy to import all of your IFTA information online in one convenient location. Everything you need will be easy to access in your free account. Plus, ExpressIFTA will use your IFTA records to automatically calculate all of your IFTA totals with 100% accuracy.
ExpressTruckTax knows ExpressIFTA is the best IFTA reporting software

Your IFTA totals will be generated in an easy-to-read quarterly IFTA report that contains everything you need to instantly complete your return. It can be downloaded, printed, and emailed to go wherever it needs to!

When it comes to importing your IFTA information you can go at your own pace. For example, you can keep detailed information per trip with the trip sheet entries or add all your information for the month with the quick sheet entries feature.

Or you can speed things up with the bulk upload feature, which allows you to upload all of your information at once. You can also import your mileage records directly from your GPS and ExpressIFTA even accepts ELD data.

There’s no easier way to prepare for IFTA. Don’t waste time working on complicated calculations when ExpressIFTA will instantly handle them all on your behalf. Time is running out, get started now to easily file IFTA before the deadline.

If you need any assistance please don’t hesitate to contact the live US-based ExpressTruckTax support team.
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Friday, January 26, 2018

How to handle Missing or Incorrect W-2 Information?

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ExpressTruckTax knows filing W-2c with TaxBandits is best
Alright trucking nation, the Form W-2 deadline is only a few days away on January 31. This means that not only do you need to file by the deadline, but you need to correctly file. In order to correctly file it’s important to include correct information as well as all of the information needed to complete your form.

If you find out that something is incorrect or missing from your W-2 Form then it’s up to you to correct it by the deadline! Luckily ExpressTruckTax’s sister product, TaxBandits, makes it easy to file Form W-2 and make W-2 corrections in a matter of minutes! 

How to handle Missing or Incorrect W-2 Information?

First of all Form, W-2 is the annual statement you are required to file with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to report all of the compensation and wages offered to your trucking business employees that had social security, Medicare, and income taxes withheld.

You are also required to issue a copy of Form W-2 to each of your employees, as they need this information to complete their personal income tax returns. You must file for each employee who you offered wages of $600 or more to during the tax period.

TaxBandits makes it easy to file Form W-2 in a matter of minutes. Once you create your free account follow the interview style e-filing process that will help you complete your form and instantly transmit it to the SSA.

With TaxBandits innovative, time-saving e-filing features the entire process is extremely convenient. You can use the bulk upload feature to upload all of your data at once, and you can use the postal mailing feature to have them print and mail copies of your Form W-2 to each of your employees.

ExpresstruckTax man quickly fixed his W-2 with correction Form W-2c on TaxBandits

Form W-2c

If you see a mistake or that something is missing from your W-2 Form then you can easily correct it. The correction process is just as easy as e-filing your W-2 form. All you have to do is log in to your account and select correction Form W-2c.

In order to complete Form W-2c you will need to provide the following information:
  • Your employer details, including the name, EIN, address, employer coder, and employee type. 
  • Your employee details, such as their name, SSN, address, and contact information.
  • And the corrected wage and tax amounts. 

You will also need to issue copies of your corrected form to each of your trucking employees, but this task can be easily completed with our postal mailing feature. 

The IFTA Deadline Is Almost Here

Don’t forget about your 4th quarter IFTA return, which is due on January 31! Luckily, ExpressTruckTax’s other sister, ExpressIFTA will easily help you track all of the IFTA totals needed to complete your return. It’s incredibly fast and easy to import all of your IFTA information, because ExpressIFTA even accepts ELD data.

ExpressIFTA takes the time and hassle out of IFTA reporting by calculating all of your IFTA totals with 100% accuracy based on the information you enter. All of the totals will be listed in an easy to read IFTA report that can be downloaded, printed, emailed, and used to correctly complete your return.
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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Was December Your First Used Month? Then File Your 2290

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E-file Form 2290 in minutes with ExpressTruckTax
Hey, when did you first use your heavy vehicle on public highways during the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) period? Because if it was in December, then your Form 2290 is due by January 31, and that’s only a week away.

If you need to file, luckily you have ExpressTruckTax to help you complete your form in a matter of minutes online. However, we go beyond e-filing. We’re also here to share important Form 2290 information so you will always know exactly when you’ll need to file. Check out these HVUT deadline tips.

Was December Your First Used Month? Then File Your 2290 


You file 2290 online based on the month that you first use your heavy vehicle on public highways during the tax period. This is so you won’t pay for the months that your truck wasn’t on the road.

The HVUT period runs from July 1 to June 30 of the following year and you have to file by the last day of the month following your first used month. That means if you first used your truck in December then you need to file by January 31 or you will have penalties to face.

Because most people first use their trucks in July, when the HVUT period begins, August 31 is a major deadline day. Filing your Form 2290 is incredibly important because the taxes collected are used to repair, maintained, and build public roads.

As a result of filing, you will get a copy of your stamped Schedule 1, which serves as proof of filing and paying your HUVT tax. This form is actually needed to renew your tags and to complete your IRP return.

HVUT Penalties

If you fail to file by the deadline you will have expensive penalties to face. For example, for failing to file by the due date you will face a penalty of 4.5% of the total tax due. This amount will accrue on a monthly basis for up to five months.

Plus, if your HVUT payment is late or doesn’t fully cover the amount you owe you will face an additional penalty of 0.5% of the total amount due. Also, there is an additional penalty of .54% as well.

But worst of all, if you don’t file you won’t have a copy of your stamped Schedule 1, which is required by the DMV so you can keep legally operating. Don’t get parked, file by the deadline with ExpressTruckTax.


ExpressTruckTax helps you e-file form 2290 by the deadline

E-Filing With ExpressTruckTax

We have streamlined the e-filing system to make it incredibly quick and easy. You don’t have to download anything or head to the IRS office. Simply create your free account and follow the step-by-step instructions to instantly complete your form and transmit it directly to the IRS.

Our instructions explain what information is required to complete your form and where it needs to be entered. Plus, our internal audit check will scan your 2290 form to catch any basic errors before it’s sent to the IRS.

As a result of filing with us, you will receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 in about 15 minutes via email.

Best of all, our live, US-based support team is ready to help. If you have any questions call us at 704.234.6005 Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST. We also offer live chat and 24/7 email support at support@ExpressTruckTax.com.
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