Do you drive a vehicle weighing 55,000 pounds or more? If you answered yes, you need to file Form 2290 for the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax. If you drive this vehicle less than 5,000 miles a year, or less than 7,500 miles a year if it is used for agricultural purposes, then you must still file Form 2290 but no tax will be owed for this vehicle. In this case, the IRS considers the vehicle suspended because it did not exceed the mileage limit.
IRS 2290 Form is filed a year in advance, so what happens if you file a vehicle as not suspended, paid the tax but don’t exceed the mileage limit after all? You can claim a credit for this vehicle next time you file Form 2290.
Claiming credits on form 2290
When filing Form 2290 you need to first file for a truck that you are not claiming credits for, whether it is suspended or not. After entering this vehicle’s information, there will be a section where you are able to claim credits for vehicles. The information needed when reporting these vehicles includes the vehicle’s VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), the vehicle’s make, model, and a detailed description of why you are claiming the credit for this vehicle.
Other situations where credits need to be filed
Not exceeding the mileage limit is not the only reason that you might need to claim a credit when filing Form 2290. When you sell a vehicle after already having filed Form 2290 and paid the HVUT for it, you will need to claim a credit for it. When entering the information about this credit vehicle in Form 2290 you will enter the vehicle’s information but also details about the sale including the date it was sold and the buyer’s information. This way the IRS knows when you are no longer in possession of the vehicle and how much tax credit needs to be returned.
Another instance where you would need to claim a vehicle credit on Form 2290 is if a vehicle was stolen or destroyed. For these situations, you need to be very detailed in your description of the event and specify when it was stolen or destroyed so that the IRS knows how much tax credit needs to be returned.
Other options for claiming credits
When you need to claim credits for a vehicle, filing it on your Form 2290 is not your only option. Instead of claiming the credits on Form 2290, you can file Form 8849 Schedule 6. This form is designed only to claim credits on vehicles that meet the requirements. When filing this form, all you need to do is enter the information about the credit vehicle including a detailed description of why you are filing this form for this vehicle. It is recommended that Form 8849 is filed when you no longer have a truck to file Form 2290 to add the credits onto. This is because Form 8849 takes longer to process because the forms are processed manually. In some cases, it can take up to a year or more to get your credit back. If you do still have a truck to file Form 2290, wait until the next time you file and add these credit vehicles to your form instead of having to wait and the credits will be processed at the same time as your Form 2290.
ExpressTruckTax is here to help you claim credits
ExpressTruckTax makes claiming credits when filing Form 2290 easy. When trying to claim credits it is important to keep in mind that clients have three years from the date the return was filed or two years from the date the tax was paid, whichever is later, to file a claim a credit. As long as the credit you need to claim fits into this time frame, ExpressTruckTax can help you claim your credits on your 2290 IRS Form or help you File Form 8849 if needed. No matter how you need to file or report your vehicle credits, ExpressTruckTax offers you the best and most convenient solution. What are you waiting for? File with ExpressTruckTax today and start reporting your vehicle credits today!