When it comes to truck taxes there are multiple forms to file and tons of deadlines. We know that you’re familiar with your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290, and you regularly file your quarterly IFTA return, but what about your IRP return?
Your IRP return is actually pretty closely related to your HVUT return, and IFTA report, because you need your Schedule 1 to complete your IRP return, and you also need to track your mileage per jurisdiction. This may seem overwhelming, but we’re here to help clear everything up.
The Trucking Guide To IRP Reporting
First of all, IRP is the International Registration Plan and it’s a reciprocal agreement that authorizes proportional registration among the 48 contiguous United States and 10 Canadian provinces.
This agreement provides apportioned payments based off of the total distance operated in each jurisdiction (state). That means the operator of the vehicle must report the number of miles traveled per jurisdiction on an annual basis and pay the amount of taxes they owe to their base jurisdiction (home state).
You are responsible for completing your IRP return if you operate a heavy vehicle that operates in more than one jurisdiction and it:
Weighs more than 26,000 pounds
Has three or more axles, regardless of weight, or
Is a power unit and trailer with a gross vehicle weight higher than 26,000 pounds.
To first receive your IRP license you must register with your base jurisdiction. Then you will receive your IRP license, which should be carried in your cab at all times. You will also have a specially marked license plate.
Then each year you will need to file your IRP return to renew your tags and to continue legally operating in multiple jurisdictions. Your IRP return deadline is based on the expiration date on your license plate.
In order to complete your return, you need to list the mileage traveled per jurisdiction during the year. Your mileage can be recorded with the same online program you use for your IFTA report, like ExpressIFTA.
Generating a Mileage Report
ExpressIFTA makes it incredibly easy to import all of your information and track it in one convenient location online. You can use the bulk upload feature to import all of your information at once or import all of your data from your ELD device.
You also need a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 to complete your IRP return. You stamped Schedule 1 serves as proof of completing your HVUT Form 2290.
E-Filing Form 2290
You can actually easily file your Form 2290 with ExpressTruckTax to instantly receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email.
All you have to do to get started is create your free account. Then you can follow our step-by-step instructions to quickly complete your form and transmit directly to the IRS. Then in about 15 minutes you’ll get a copy of your stamped Schedule 1. This is the fastest and easiest way to complete your truck taxes.
Plus, if you need any assistance the live, US-based ExpressTruckTax team is standing by to help. Give us a call Monday – Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST at 704.234.6005. We also offer live chat and 24/7 email support at support@ExpressTruckTax.com.