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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Tomorrow is the Deadline to File Form 2290

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Tomorrow is the Deadline to File Form 2290 Whoa, it’s time to get moving! Your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290 is due tomorrow, August 31 at midnight. The deadline is here! That means you’re literally running out of time to file without facing major penalties.

This little piece of news might send you straight to panic mode, but try and stay calm. You can file Form 2290 in a matter of minutes with ExpressTruckTax. Plus, to help you file even faster, we have put together a list of frequently asked questions and provided the answers.

HVUT Form 2290 FAQs

1. What is my first use month?
Your first use month is the first month that you use your heavy vehicle during the tax period. The current HVUT period runs from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019. So if you were driving your current rig this time last year you are required to file by tomorrow’s HVUT deadline.

However, if you purchased a new rig during the previous tax year, you will need to base your due date on your first used month.

2. Can I pay the amount of HVUT I owe with a credit card?
Absolutely! Starting this truck tax season, the IRS is now allowing you to pay 2290 with credit card or debit! Or another option is to pay with direct debit or electronic funds withdrawal, by authorizing the IRS to debit the amount you owe from your bank account. To do this, you will need to provide your bank account and routing number, which can be found on one of your checks.

Or you can also pay with the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, where you will create a free account at www.ettps.gov. The amount you owe will be debited from your bank account, but it could take up to 10 days to create your account.

If you want to, you can mail the amount you owe directly to the IRS with a check or money order. Just print your completed 2290-V (your payment voucher) from page 11 of your completed 2290 form and mail it with your payment.
3. What is an EIN?
Your EIN is your Employer Identification Number, and it’s used to identify a business entity. To complete Form 2290, you need an EIN and can apply for one online with the IRS. If you already have an EIN, it can be found on a previous stamped Schedule 1.

You cannot use your Social Security Number in place of your EIN on HVUT Form 2290. If you use your SSN instead of your EIN, your form will be rejected. If you need an EIN, you better hop to it because it takes about 14 days for your EIN to become active in the IRS’s system and your form could get rejected during that time.

4. How Do I file?
It’s easy! Choose Express Truck Tax and follow the step-by-step e-filing guide to complete your form in 5 minutes or less. As a result, you will receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 within a few minutes via email.

Are you out on a trip without access to a computer? Then download the ExpressTruckTax mobile app to your smartphone or tablet to file at any time, from any location. ExpresstruckTax is just as mobile as you are!

Or you could call TSNAmerica at 803.386.0320 to have a local, US-based representative file for you over the phone. It’s the quickest and most convenient way to file, all you have to do is answer a few questions to complete your Form 2290. After you finish filing a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 will be sent to your email.


We’re Here To Help

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

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

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

File Your HVUT Form 2290 Now And Pay Later

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File Your HVUT Form 2290 Now And Pay Later

Whoa, it’s time to get moving! Your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290 is due Friday, August 31st at midnight. The deadline is here! That means you’re literally running out of time to file without facing major penalties.

We know this puts you in quite a state of urgency, but stay calm. You can file Form 2290 in a matter of minutes with ExpressTruckTax. Here is why you should file your HVUT Form 2290 now even if you can’t pay your truck taxes.

Why You Should File Form 2290 Now

If you file Form 2290 late, you will have to face a steep penalty of 4.5% of your total tax amount. However, if you pay your truck tax after the deadline, it is a less severe penalty of .5%. We highly encourage you to go ahead and file your Form 2290 now even if you can not make all or partial payment.


File Form 2290 today and choose check or money order to pay later.

If you don’t file by the deadline, you will not receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1. Since your previous Schedule 1 expired in June, you will be placed out of service, if it is not renewed. You need your stamped Schedule 1 to renew your tags with the DMV.

Form 2290 Filing Made Easy With ExpressTruckTax

ExpressTruckTax provides you a quick and convenient e-filing process for hassle-free Form 2290 filing. To file Form 2290 and pay later simply select the check or money order option when prompted. When you are able to make your truck tax payment you can mail it directly to the IRS.

Trust us it is in your best interest to at least file Form 2290 by the August 31st deadline. Imagine the hassle of getting pulled over and trying to explain expired tags. If you are placed out of service it will be even harder to make your truck tax payment. 

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


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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Most Common Reasons For Form 2290 Rejections

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The Most Common Reasons For Form 2290 Rejections

The HVUT deadline is racing towards us at full speed! Friday, August 31st is the last day to file without IRS penalties and interest! While you might be tempted to wait until the last minute, it’s important to give yourself enough time to file your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax 2290 Forms. If your form is rejected, then it’s up to you to correct it and retransmit it to the IRS in time; otherwise, you will still face late filing penalties.


Why 2290 Forms Are Commonly Rejected

So why wait? Go ahead and use ExpressTruckTax to quickly and conveniently knock out your IRS Form 2290 today. As a bonus, use the following tips about why 2290 forms are commonly rejected to get yours accepted the first time.


EIN Problems

You need an EIN or Employer Identification Number to complete your IRS Form 2290. There’s no way around it. If you use your SSN (Social Security Number) in place of your EIN when you file Form 2290, it will be rejected instantly.

Duplicated IRS Form 2290

Your rig’s VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) can only be filed for once during the HVUT tax period. Duplicates will be rejected, so make sure that you’re filing for the current tax period which runs from July 1st, 2018 to June 30th, 2019. If you accidentally filed for the previous tax period then that could be why your form is considered a duplicate.

You also need to make sure that you enter your VIN correctly. If it’s one character off, then your form could get rejected. If your form is rejected for this reason don’t panic, you can quickly and easily file free VIN corrections with ExpressTruckTax.

RTN Errors

You can pay the amount of HVUT you owe to the IRS through direct debit or electronic funds withdrawal, and that process involves providing your bank account number and RTN (Routing Transfer Number).

If you enter this information with as little as one character off, the IRS will not be able to debit the funds, and your form will be rejected. This is also the case if you do not have enough funds in your account to cover the full amount.

Enter your information, which can be found on one of your checks, correctly. If your form is rejected for an incorrect RTN or insufficient funds you will need to edit your form and retransmit it or choose a different payment method.

When Filing Your Form 2290…

The Most Common Reasons For Form 2290 RejectionsExpressTruckTax is your best e-filing option. You can follow the step-by-step guide to instantly complete your form and receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 within about 15 minutes of filing. Plus, ExpressTruckTax makes it incredibly easy to file amendments, edit your form, make free VIN corrections, and more.

Also, with the ExpressTruckTax app, you can file from any location at any time with your mobile device. Meaning you can file even if you’re out on a haul!

Another great way to instantly file is by calling TSNAmerica at 803.386.0320 and filing your IRS Form 2290 over the phone. By making one call, you’ll have your 2290 filed, and you will receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email.

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If you need any assistance contact our dedicated, US-based support team Monday- Friday from 8 AM to 7 PM EST at 704.234.6005. We’re also available via live chat and offer 24/7 email support at support@expresstrucktax.com



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Monday, August 27, 2018

Attention Truckers! Your IRS Form 2290 is Due Friday

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Attention Truckers! Your IRS Form 2290 is Due Friday
What’s on your mind? The fact that it’s a hot and humid summer, the fact that Labor Day is right around the corner, or the fact that your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) Form 2290 due date is August 31st? For those not looking at a calendar, that is this Friday!

Sooo if your mind isn’t on the Form 2290 deadline, then it should be, for at least 5 minutes, because that’s all it takes to quickly and conveniently file your IRS Form 2290 with ExpressTruckTax. Once filed with the IRS, you will receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email within minutes. 

All About Your HVUT Form 2290

So what exactly is the HVUT Form 2290? It is the tax assessed on the use of public highways by heavy vehicles with gross weights of 55,000 pounds or more. The truck tax collected is used to repair, maintain, and build public highways.

If a taxable highway motor vehicle is registered in your name in the United States, the District of Columbia, Canada, or Mexico you must file an HVUT Form 2290.

A taxable highway motor vehicle is any vehicle with a gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more and includes any self-propelled vehicle designed to carry loads over public highways, regardless if it’s designed to perform other functions. A taxable vehicle consists of a chassis or a chassis and a body but does not include the load.

The current HVUT tax period began on July 1, 2018, and will end on June 30, 2019. The HVUT is based on your first use month and is due by the last day of the month following the first use month.

For example, if you first use your truck in October, then your Form 2290 will be due by November 30th. However, if your current vehicle was in use during the previous tax year, you are required to file by the August 31st deadline.

Attention Truckers! Your IRS Form 2290 is Due FridayOnce you file Form 2290, you will receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 which serves as your proof of payment for your truck tax. It actually has a digital watermark stamp that includes the time that the IRS approved and accepted your IRS Form 2290. To remain operational, you are required to have a stamped Schedule 1. You will need it to register any new vehicles and to renew your current vehicle tags. Without it, you will be operating illegally.

Luckily when you file Form 2290 with ExpressTruckTax is quick and easy. All you need to file is your business name, address, and EIN (Employer Identification Number). For your vehicles, you need the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) and taxable gross weight.

You cannot use your SSN (Social Security Number) in place of an EIN. If you use your SSN to file your HVUT Form 2290, it will be rejected by the IRS. 


How to E-File Form 2290?

File Form 2290 in 5 minutes or less with ExpressTruckTax. Simply click here to get started or download the ExpressTruckTax app on your mobile device and follow the step-by-step e-filing guide to complete your Form 2290 online. Once you submit to the IRS, you will receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email within minutes.


File Over The Phone

For an even easier way to file call TSNAmerica at 803.386.0320 to have a US-based representative file for you. All you have to do is answer a few questions to complete the filing process, and you will receive your stamped Schedule 1 via email in a matter of minutes.

Contact ExpressTruckTax

Our dedicated US-based support team is standing by to help at headquarters in historic Rock Hill, SC. Give us a call Monday - Friday from 8 AM to 7 PM EST at 704.234.6005, connect with us via live chat or take advantage of our 24/7 email support at support@expresstrucktax.com.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

What You Need to Check Out at GATS 2018?

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What You Need to Check Out at GATS 2018?It’s that time of year again! Time to party deep in the heart of Texas with your fellow truckers, because GATS, The Great American Trucking Show, will be kicking off in less than two weeks. This interactive and all-encompassing convention will include more than 500 exhibitors, educational opportunities, pure entertainment, and so much more! So to help you make the most of your visit we broke down what you need to check out at GATS 2018.

Events You Don’t Want to Miss at GATS 2018


The Landstar Health & Wellness Pavilion

Heading over to the Landstar Health and Wellness Pavilion, for free health screenings, and demos on cooking and fitness education demos. A few of the screenings include nutrition evaluations, DOT physicals, diabetes, spinal assessment, BMI, blood pressure, and more.

This portion of the show will include healthy food vendors and tons of other vendors offering services and products related to health and wellness. In order to promote driver health and spread health education, there will be an educational seminar and even healthy-cooking demonstrations.

For a full list of the 2018 screenings available, as well as individual booth information, click here.

Trucker Talent Search

On Friday from 3 to 4 PM you can head to the Trucker Talent Search at the Truckers News Stage in Hall A where 3 truckers will compete live. These truckers have been invited to participate in Overdrive-Red Eye Radio’s Trucker Search finals. It’s worth scoping out to discover new talented truckers, plus Tony Justice will be hosting.

All Paws and Claws Pet Grooming

This year at GATS All Paws and Claw will be at the TA|Petro Parking Community to pamper your four-legged road partners while you enjoy the show. They will provide a complete grooming service and booster shots, with brush and bathe services available for dogs and cats.

This will all lead up to a pet parade on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. under the tent, with prizes for the winner. To make an appointment click here to ensure your pooch gets his/her turn.

Overdrive’s Pride & Polish Show

What You Need to Check Out at GATS 2018?
This show is the premier truck beauty championship series in North America. They recognize creativity, excellence, and your dedication to your profession. Competitors from all over the country will be there to show off their shiny rigs.

If you aren’t competing you should definitely take the time to walk around and enjoy seeing these magnificent trucks while attending GATS. The award ceremony will be hosted at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, so make sure you don’t miss out.

The Recruiting Pavilion

Want to find an amazing trucking job? Well, head on down to the Recruiting Pavilion where tons of fleets would love to meet you! There will be over 100 fleets there with representatives to speak to you about their programs and benefits.

They will tell you about the potential for upward mobility and you may find the perfect job that matches your needs. Skip all the phone calls and the online applications by speaking to the fleet representatives yourself, face to face!

2290 Tax Due Date

I know you are excited about GATS, but that doesn’t mean you can let the impending Form 2290 filing deadline slip your mind. Before you head off to GATS 2018 quickly file Form 2290 online with ExpressTruckTax. Spend less than 10 minutes following our user-friendly step-by-step filing guide to complete and transmit your IRS Form 2290 to the IRS and receive your stamped Schedule 1 in just a matter of minutes.

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




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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Highway (Vehicle Use Tax) To Hell: A 2290 Horror Story

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Guest blog by Victoria Lurie of ExpressTruckTax in partnership with Chad Boblett, the founder of Boblett Brothers LLC and Rate Per Mile Masters Facebook Group.

As a former Marine Chad Boblett doesn’t spook easy, but when he was attempting to file his very first Form 2290 for his very first truck, the prospect of what could go wrong weighed on him pretty heavily.

“My brain was swollen with all the new stuff that I needed to figure out,” Boblett says now, musing on how easy it all comes seven years later. But at the time Boblett was a ball of nerves and some serious unanswered questions.

His 2290 nightmare began when the dealership gave him marching orders to head to the IRS to pay his HVUT before he could get his plates. Seemed simple enough; there was an IRS office right there in Lexington, KY, and Boblett brightened at the chance to talk one-on-one with a human being who could help him sort things out.

What he got instead was a window and a wait time.

His human interaction wound up being a woman stationed behind a pane of glass facing a tiny waiting area, and the extent of her help was a curt “Take a number, take a seat, and fill out the paper” hissed at him through a small window. A mountainous security guard eyed Boblett as he grabbed an IRS Form 2290 from a display and took a seat. Real inviting place.

Boblett had barely gotten his clipboard settled when the questions started to swirl in his brain. One of the first things the 2290 wanted to know was “what is the weight of your tractor?” Boblett stared at it. Was that with fuel? Without? Before the 600-pound APU was added or after? Boblett went to go ask the attendant for clarification –– this was for the IRS, after all. Answers mattered.

They just mattered to Boblett more than they mattered to the attendant, who spat out a helpful “Our job is not to tell you how to fill it out. We’re just here to collect the form and process it.”

That didn’t sit with him too well. “I’m a very black-and-white person,” says Boblett. “The thing I got in trouble for most in school was asking too many questions. I question until I have a full understanding.” And understanding what he was up against was going to be crucial in dealing with the federal government.

“I don’t want to be looking at a DOT officer and go ‘well I put 20,000 pounds down because that was my best guess!’ I’m not gonna lie to nobody. It’s the IRS! If I mess it up, this is my livelihood.”

The questions in Boblett’s brain swirled harder, a swarm of bees hellbent on getting an answer. Boblett’s usually good at getting the information he needs. “I would be an awesome reporter,” he says now. “People love to give me vague answers, but I just keep asking until I get one. You can scoot around it, but you’re going to give me an answer.”


Highway (Vehicle Use Tax) To Hell: A 2290 Horror StoryAnd so he braced himself and headed back to the window. Seeing Boblett for the third time was not the charm, and the woman grew rude. And, well, Boblett got a little to-the-point. “If you’re rude to me, you’re not gonna get Nice Chad, you’re gonna get Marine Chad.”

The lady behind the window screamed for the security guard, having deemed a Marine with questions to be a major threat. The security guard hulked over Boblett and pointed to the door. “You need to leave.” Boblett left, with his 2290 and more questions than ever, among them why on earth 2290s needed to be guarded so heavily.

Boblett then took to the internet, and even went back to the dealership to ask some questions. He filled out the Form 2290 to the best of his ability, changed his clothes, threw on a hat, and went right back to the IRS office where they processed his form without issue...or security interference.

This entire ordeal replayed in Boblett’s mind when he first heard of ExpressTruckTax. He was on the road at the time, so he relayed what he’d found to his wife, who was quick to call back and tell him it was done. His 2290 was in. “You were able to figure it out that fast?!” No questions...no attendants...no disguises..?

Boblett was gobsmacked. “That is so much damn easier than going to the IRS office.” Boblett says he’d happily pay $10 never to deal with the IRS office again. “Hell, I’d pay $20. Screw driving all the way across town and dealing with lines and rude people. Just go online to ETT and save yourself the hassle. It’s just total common sense.”

In addition to sparing people the DMV-like tedium, Bobblet says he enjoys ETT’s immediacy. You could still paper-file, “but why would you want that on your to-do list? If I’m not doing it right, I want to know. I don’t want to call the IRS every week because [my stamped Schedule 1] didn’t come in.”

In an effort to save others from repeating his ordeal, Boblett decided to partner with ExpressTruckTax and spread the word. E-file your Form 2290 through Boblett’s Rate Per Mile Masters portal and stop sweating about your Schedule 1. But do it fast – the Form 2290 deadline is August 31st.

You no longer have time to languish in line at the IRS or at the post office. E-file today and get it all done before the deadline. If you have any questions, ExpressTruckTax can help. Having questions is only human. Getting answers shouldn’t be a hassle.


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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Complete IRS Form 2290 Instructions For Easy E-Filing

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Complete IRS Form 2290 Instructions For Easy E-Filing
You are running out of time to file your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) 2290 returns! Thankfully, when you complete your Filing Form 2290 online with ExpressTruckTax, you will receive your stamped Schedule 1 in just a matter minutes!

Don’t wait to file your heavy highway use tax; complete your Form 2290 for 2018 today! ExpressTruckTax offers an easy-to-use filing process making Form 2290 filing easier than ever before. Here is how you can get started.

There is the essential information you will need to file your 2290 tax:
  • Business Name & Address
  • EIN (Employer Identification Number)
  • VIN (Vehicle Identification Number 
  • Gross Taxable Weight
  • Authorized signatory details

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

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

Step-by-Step Guide to Filing Form 2290 For 2018


Step 1:
Using your email address and password, you will need to create a free ExpressTruckTax account.

Step 2:
When you are ready to start the Form 2290 online filing process with ExpressTruckTax, you will click the orange ‘Start New Return’ button and enter the basic information for your trucking business (Name, address, and EIN).

Step 3:
You will enter your tax year and your vehicle’s first used month. ExpressTruckTax Form 2290 filing is based on your vehicle’s first used month and is due the last day of the month following when it is was first used.

Your current Schedule 1 for the 2017-2018 season expired on June 30th, 2018. You will need to file with ExpressTruckTax before the 2290 due date to ensure the IRS accepts your information.

Step 4:
Enter your vehicle information including the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and taxable gross weight. You will need to select if your vehicle was explicitly used for logging or agricultural purposes. If so, you will be granted a break on your taxes or possibly even be exempt. However, you will still need to file to receive your stamped Schedule 1. You will also need to indicate if your vehicle is suspended.


Complete IRS Form 2290 Instructions For Easy E-Filing
Step 5:
ExpressTruckTax will then calculate the tax amount you owe the IRS. Once you have this amount you can then pick from one of the following payment options: Pay 2290 with the credit card, debit card, direct debit, electronic funds withdrawal, EFTPS, check, or money order.

Step 6:
ExpressTruckTax will then give you the ability to review all your information and make any corrections. Our system will perform an instant internal audit to ensure error-free filing; however, we highly suggest that you double-check your VIN number at this time...

Step 7:
Once any and all corrections have been made, you will then transmit your form directly to the IRS. eJust enter a 5-digit code of your choice at the bottom of your form to electronically sign and transmit.

Step 8:
Sit back and relax! You will receive your stamped Schedule 1 in minutes, and you will be set until 2019.








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Monday, August 13, 2018

Roaring Good Time at The Bandit Series Race

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This past weekend the ExpressTruckTax team attended the Bandit Big Rig Series race at the Hickory Motor Speedway. We have to tell you that it far exceeded our expectations! In addition to the nail-biting races we got to see fireworks, see some awesome customized rigs, and meet some of our hard-working clients. Here are some pictures of the race we just had to share.


Click here for the Bandit Series 2018 Event Schedule. Trust us, you don’t wanna miss out!

 
Roaring Time at The Bandit Series Race
Hickory Motor Speedway at the Bandit Series Race August 11th, 2018


Having a blast handing out flyers and koozies before the race!
Having a blast handing out flyers and koozies before the race!

The Bandit Series even had a blow-up bounce house for the kids.
The Bandit Series even had a blow-up bounce house for the kids.



The green flag drops at Hickory Motor Speedway
The green flag drops at Hickory Motor Speedway

Victory lane with race champion Ricky Rude of the #14
Victory lane with race champion Ricky Rude of the #14



(Top Row left to right: Bryan Hinson (Transportation Product Manager), Ariel Black (yours truly, Content Marketing Manager/PR Coordinator), Meredith Dotson (Business Development Manager), Andreas Hollmers (Client Relations), Amber Tabb (ExpressAmber Personality/ Director of Transportation Products), and Little Express Team Members (Cuteness Coordinators)
(Top Row left to right: Bryan Hinson (Transportation Product Manager), Ariel Black (Yours Truly, Content Marketing Manager/PR Coordinator), Meredith Dotson (Business Development Manager), Andreas Hollmers (Client Relations), Amber Tabb (ExpressAmber Personality/ Director of Transportation Products), and Little Express Team Members (Cuteness Coordinators)


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Friday, August 10, 2018

You Can Catch Us At The Bandit Race This Weekend

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You Can Catch Us At The Bandit Race This Weekend
On Saturday, August 11th, 2018 the ExpressTruckTax team will be attending the Bandit Big Rig Series at the Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina. This series has brought big rig tractor trailer racing back to the short track. If you find yourself at the race please be sure to stop by and meet us!

About The Bandit Big Rig Series

The Minimizer Bandit Big Rig Series brings a day-long racing entertainment experience to trucking professionals, their families, and trucking enthusiasts alike. Since their inaugural season in 2017 with an Eastern Division, the series has continued to focus on delivering an affordable racing opportunity to local speedways.

The trucks are kept basic and simple, which limits costs and increases accessibility, The Minimizer Bandit Big Rig Series does whatever it takes to maximize competition and deliver an exciting product with world-class trucks & drivers.

Meet The ExpressTruckTax Team
If you are in attendance be sure to tweet us as #ETTGoesRacing or tag us on Facebook!


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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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

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

What is IRS Form 2290 in Trucking?

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

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

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

What is a Stamped Schedule 1?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Form 2290 Filing Made Easy With ExpressTruckTax

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

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

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