Important Forms And Deadlines Truckers Need To Know

Learn about important forms and dates truckers need to know!

When taking up the occupation of being a truck driver there are many things to consider, including what forms you have to file and when and what tags you need to get for your truck. The dates and names can get a little confusing so the purpose of this helpful guide is to explain the purpose of each form and when they are due. 

Form 2290

What is it?

The Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HUVT).

Who has to file?

If a vehicle is over 55,000 pounds that travels more than 5,000 miles in a year then the Form 2290 has to be filed. If the vehicle travels less than 5,000 miles in a year it is considered suspended. If the vehicle only hauls agriculture and travels less than 7,500 miles in a year it is considered suspended as well. Even if the vehicle is suspended, Form 2290 still needs to be filed. 

When is the deadline? 

The deadline to file your Form 2290 is August 31st each year unless it falls on a weekend or a holiday it is then moved to the next business day, but you are able to prefile for the form starting in May. When you put your truck on the road for the first time also depends on when your 2290 is due. If you put your truck on the road in October you have to file your Form 2290 by the end of November. 

Where to File?

You can use ExpressTruckTax to file your Form 2290 in just a few easy steps! 

IRP

What is it?

The International Registration Plan (IRP), which is the plates on a truck.

Who has to File? 

If a truck is crossing state lines, weighs over 26,000 pounds, and has three or more axles, they qualify to get the IRP.

When is the Deadline?

It depends on the State/base jurisdiction. Some states have set deadlines and in other states the deadline is the same month every year based on the month you first registered. 

Where do you Renew your IRP?

At your local IRP office in your base jurisdiction. 

IFTA

What is it? 

International Fuel Tax Agreement

Who has to File?

Commercial motor vehicles that travel through more than one jurisdiction and purchase fuel in the different jurisdictions are required to file IFTA. 

What is the Timeframe?

The IFTA is actually filed on a quarterly basis. The quarters are as follows:

Quarter 1: January 1 – March 31

Quarter 2: April 1 – June 30

Quarter 3: July 1 –  September 30

Quarter 4: October 1 – December 31

When is the deadline?

Quarter 1: April 30 (May 2, 22)

Quarter 2: July 31

Quarter 3: October 31

Quarter 1: January 31

(This also depends on if the deadlines fall on a weekend or holiday it will be moved to the next business day)

Where do you Report and File your IFTA?

TruckLogics offers IFTA Reporting for $24.95 per report per quarter. You can file your IFTA with your base jurisdiction. 

UCR

What is it?

It Stands for Unified Carrier Registration Program.

Who has to File?

Commercial vehicles carrying cargo over state or international lines have to file.

When is the Deadline?

December 31st

Now that you have learned the different types of forms and tags needed to be a truck driver, write down these dates on your calendar or put them in your phone. They are important and missing them might lead to penalties and fines. File your 2290 with ExpressTruckTax and report your IFTA today with TruckLogics IFTA Only option!

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