December HVUT Confusion

December is a busy month here at ExpressTruckTax. Our support team answers a lot of questions from drivers who aren’t sure if they should be filing a Form 2290 for HVUT or not in December. We’d like to clear up this confusion for all of you. Hopefully, this blog will do the trick.

Who Needs to File Form 2290 in December?

Some drivers do need to file their 2290 this month:

Those who have acquired or purchased a new truck in November
  • First-used month is November
  • Need to file a new 2290 by December 31st (even if you already filed for the 2015-16 tax year)
Need to renew your registration by the 31st

  • Need a stamped Schedule 1 (proof of filing a 2290) to renew
  • Required before a renewal can be granted

In addition to the above scenarios, some drivers confuse the HVUT tax year (July 1 of one year to June 30 of the next year) with the income tax year (Jan 1 to Dec. 31 of each year). As a result, these drivers often wait until the end of the calendar year to file their 2290’s. If this is you, now’s the time to get current on your HVUT before the IRS’s e-file site maintenance that starts December 26th.

Does a 2290 Transfer from My Old Truck to a New One?

There are other drivers who purchase a new truck, sell their old one, and think that their 2290 will transfer from the old truck to the new one. This is a common question this time of year since new truck sales spike in December. The confusion here may be because the tax paid on the first truck can be applied as a credit to the new truck, but filing a new 2290 for each new truck purchased is required.

Filing your HVUT doesn’t have to be confusing. With ExpressTruckTax, you’ll know exactly when you need to file, so that you can enjoy your holiday season.

Our support team here at ExpressTruckTax is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to answer your questions and concerns about HVUT and Form 2290 via telephone at 704.234.6005. You can email us anytime at

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