The IRS recently advised truckers, owner operators, and trucking companies that their next federal highway use tax return for filing HVUT (which is usually due on August 31) will instead be due on November 30, 2011. The primary reason for the extension of the due date is to reduce confusion and multiple filings of Form 2290 that could result if Congress reinstates or modifies the highway use tax after September 30, 2011.The Heavy Vehicle Use Tax applies to trucks, truck tractors and buses with a gross taxable weight of 55,000 pounds or more. There are many more specific rules for vehicles with minimal road use, logging or agricultural vehicles, vehicles transferred during the year and those first used on the road after July. In normal circumstances, vans, pick-ups and panel trucks are not taxable because they fall below the 55,000-pound requirement. The newly determined November 30 filing deadline for Form 2290 (Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return) applies to the tax period beginning on July 1, 2011. This includes the vehicles used during July, as well as those whose first use month was during August or September. According to the recent IRS statements, returns should not be filed and payments should not be made until November 1, 2011.For new vehicles that need to be registered during Jul-Oct of 2011, the state DMV’s are required to accept a Stamped Schedule 1 from the previous year since it is not possible to receive a stamped Schedule 1 until November 2011. If a vehicle was acquired within the current year, and there is not a stamped Schedule 1 for the previous year, the owner only needs to provide some form of proof of purchase to prove that the vehicle was recently placed in his/her possession.Luckily, once the Form 2290 is available, the electronic filing service: ExpressTruckTax.com will be able to E-File the form and send it to the IRS in minutes. The E-Filing Process is very simple; the form can be completed in minutes, and it can be sent to the IRS as soon as it is finished. It is such a time saver when you compare it to waiting in the IRS office for hours or sending it via postal mail and waiting weeks for the IRS to process it.
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