FAQ Friday: What are Logging and Agricultural Vehicles?
What is a Logging Vehicle?
When filing Form 2290 for the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax with ExpressTruckTax you will be asked if your vehicle is a logging vehicle. There might be some confusion as to what this might entail. There is a good chance you might confuse logging vehicles with electronic logging devices. While both of these have to do with trucking, this particular question does not have to do with electronic logging devices.
The logging vehicle this question is referring to are vehicles used to transport logs from forested areas. A truck must be registered as a logging vehicle in your state but no special tags are required for a logging vehicle. When filing Form 2290 for the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT), Logging vehicles get a discounted rate for their Heavy Vehicle Use Tax. If you accidentally select this and have to change it later, you will have to pay the difference between the tax actually owed.
What is an Agricultural Vehicle?
Agricultural vehicles are used for farming purposes or transporting agricultural goods throughout the tax year. You must register your vehicle as agricultural with your state but no special tags are required for this.
If your vehicle is used for agricultural purposes, you can indicate this on your Form 2290 only if your agricultural vehicle is being filed as suspended. A vehicle that is used for agricultural purposes is considered suspended if it travels 7,500 miles a year or less. If this applied to your vehicle you will indicate that it is agricultural and suspended.
What makes logging and agricultural vehicles different?
An agricultural vehicle is different from a logging vehicle because of what they transport but also when each is considered suspended. A logging vehicle, like a regular vehicle weighing 55,000 pounds or more, is considered suspended if it drives 5,000 miles or less during the tax year. Unlike logging vehicles, you only indicate a vehicle is agricultural on Form 2290 when you are filing it as suspended.
Why file with ExpressTruckTax?
Whether you need to file Form 2290 for a logging vehicle or an agricultural vehicle, ExpressTruckTax makes it easy. All you have to do is enter your business information, vehicle information, and payment information and you’re all set. ExpressTruckTax also offers the option to pay your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax alongside your filing fee using a credit or debit card. The entire filing process takes only a few minutes and is extremely easy to do. What are you waiting for? File your logging or agricultural vehicles with ExpressTruckTax today!
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