Wait, what?! It’s IFTA time again already? How in the world is the January 31 4th quarter IFTA deadline here already? That means you need to complete your IFTA return by midnight or you will have some major penalties to face. If this deadline suck up on you and you’re wondering how you’ll ever make the deadline, don’t worry! We have your IFTA solution.
Check our awesome sister, ExpressIFTA to easily handle all of your IFTA reporting needs online. You can quickly generate your IFTA report and use it to complete your return. Plus, we’re here to go over all the IFTA basics so you’ll be up to speed.
It’s Officially The 4th Quarter IFTA Deadline Day
We will start with a little IFTA history. IFTA is the International Fuel Tax Agreement that was put in place by the lower 48 United States and 10 Canadian provinces to simplify fuel reporting by those who use qualified motor vehicles between two or more jurisdictions.
Before IFTA was put into place fuel reporting was a complicated mess. Each state had their own rules and regulations to comply with, now they all adhere to the quarterly IFTA return. IFTA is used to report and determine the net tax refund that’s due and to redistribute taxes from collecting states to due states.
Your vehicle qualifies for IFTA if it travels between two or more jurisdictions and:
- Has two axles and a gross vehicle weight of 26,000 pounds or more
- Has two axles and a registered gross vehicle weight of 26,000 pounds or more
- Has three or more axles regardless of weight and/or
- Is used in combination when the combination exceeds 26,000 pounds or more in gross vehicle weight or registered gross vehicle weight.
You actually have to apply for your IFTA license at first, then keep it in your cab at all times. Also, to comply with IFTA you will receive two IFTA decals that need to be placed on your driver door and file your IFTA returns four times a year.
In order to complete your IFTA return you need to provide the following information:
- The total miles traveled per jurisdiction
- The total gallons of fuel consumed per jurisdiction
- The total tax paid gallons of fuel purchased per jurisdiction, and
- The current tax rate per jurisdiction
Preparing For IFTA With ExpressIFTA
ExprssIFTA makes it easy to import all of your IFTA information online in one convenient location. Everything you need will be easy to access in your free account. Plus, ExpressIFTA will use your IFTA records to automatically calculate all of your IFTA totals with 100% accuracy.
Your IFTA totals will be generated in an easy-to-read quarterly IFTA report that contains everything you need to instantly complete your return. It can be downloaded, printed, and emailed to go wherever it needs to!
When it comes to importing your IFTA information you can go at your own pace. For example, you can keep detailed information per trip with the trip sheet entries or add all your information for the month with the quick sheet entries feature.
Or you can speed things up with the bulk upload feature, which allows you to upload all of your information at once. You can also import your mileage records directly from your GPS and ExpressIFTA even accepts ELD data.
There’s no easier way to prepare for IFTA. Don’t waste time working on complicated calculations when ExpressIFTA will instantly handle them all on your behalf. Time is running out, get started now to easily file IFTA before the deadline.
If you need any assistance please don’t hesitate to contact the live US-based ExpressTruckTax support team.