How To Get Low Mileage Credits For Your HVUT

What to do if you paid your HVUT tax but didn't drive more than 5,000 miles

Truck on bridge filing HVUT low mileage credit for 2020 Form 2290

The 2020 Form 2290 HVUT tax must be paid on all commercial vehicles weighing 55,000 pounds or more that travel 5,000 miles or more (7,500 for agricultural vehicles).

But what happens if you paid your $550 HVUT tax last year and then didn’t drive more than 5,000 miles?

In that case, you will be eligible for a low mileage credit on your HVUT payment! It’s simple to claim a low mileage credit and apply it to this year’s HVUT payment! That way, you won’t owe a dime for the 2020 HVUT!

Keeping reading for more information and instructions for claiming your HVUT low mileage credit!

What is a low mileage credit?

If you own and operate a commercial vehicle, you must file a Form 2290 with the IRS every year. However, if you drive less than 5,000 miles (7,500 miles for agricultural vehicles), you do not have to pay the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT). 

So, if you do not plan to drive more than 5,000 miles in a given year, you can report that truck as a “Suspended Vehicle”. You will not have to pay the HVUT for that year unless you end up driving more than 5,000 miles.

But what happens if you paid the HVUT but did not drive more than 5,000 miles? In that case, you can claim a low mileage tax credit. If accepted, your tax payment from last year will roll over to this year, so you won’t owe a dime in 2020!

Claim credit using form 8849 when logging vehicles have not exceeded 5000 miles

How do I file for a Form 2290 low mileage credit?

  1. Log in to your ExpressTruckTax account.
  2. Click on the Form 8849 Schedule 6.
  3. Choose the ending month of your tax year.
  4. Skip the Sold/Destroyed vehicle section.
  5. Click Add Credit Vehicle in the Low Mileage Credit section and enter all information. You will see your credit come up.
  6. Review your information and pay the ExpressTruckTax filing fee and you’re done!

File your Form 8849 Schedule 6 with ExpressTruckTax today!

We take care of all the hard work! There are no calculations required. Just enter your information and file!


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