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Efile IRS Tax Form 2290 Truck Tax | Highway Heavy Vehicle Use Tax(HVUT)

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How does the IRS process your Truck Tax Form 2290?

Posted by Admin on 23. April 2012 21:01

            Have you ever wondered why the IRS has so many employees but takes so long to process and accept your  Truck Tax   Form 2290 . There are many factors that play into this. When the IRS receives your   (HVUT)  it is run through a system of checks. One of the first checks performed is to verify if the business name and EIN match. Recently the IRS has declared that everyone must file their truck tax with an EIN. This eliminates a step, now that they do not have to cross reference a SSN and EIN with a business name. The EIN will be linked directly to the business.

Once the EIN and business name match, the IRS checks the math done on the  IRS 2290 . The VIN number is cross referenced with the month first used.  This is done to make sure the VIN and its category included in the return for the tax period has not already been accepted by the IRS. Another reason this is done is to make sure that you are not driving the truck with the tax paid by someone else.  At this point returns are also reviewed for major fraud flags.

The last thing that is checked is the account information entered. If you choose direct debit or EFTPS this is done fairly rapidly. If you chose to mail in your payment it can take awhile. I recommend direct debit or EFTPS because the money is taken directly from your account. This can keep privacy intruders from getting a hold of your account information and committing identity fraud. Once this process has been completed you will receive your stamped  Schedule 1 .

 


Why was my Truck Tax 2290 rejected and what should I look for?

Posted by Admin on 19. April 2012 19:15

 Dealing with the IRS is not this easiest thing in the world. There are a few common mistakes made every day when filing  Form 2290  to pay the  (HVUT)  with the IRS. The most widely made mistake this year has come when the IRS declared that everyone must file with an EIN. For those who are new to tax forms, the EIN is the number that links an individual to a business entity. This posed a big problem for most truck drivers who were more familiar with using their SSN to file the form  2290  and pay their Truck Tax . Many 2290s were rejected, and some were even penalized for late filing because of the time it takes for the number to propagate in the IRS’ database before it is useable. This can be up to two weeks in some cases. No filers will receive their stamped   Schedule 1  until the IRS has processed the payment.

                Business name and EIN mismatch has been another common mistake. This problem is easier solved then the one mentioned earlier. When the IRS processes a form 2290 they match the EIN with the first four letters of the business name in the IRS database. Filer's EIN and business name must match with the IRS’ database. If you have filed a IRS 2290 in the past it is best to check the business name that was previously used, this will save you a lot of time. The IRS has started to dispense EIN numbers to everyone. If your 2290 was rejected because of this reason it is best to contact them to see what they have on file with you.

                Selecting the wrong payment method is also a common mistake when filing your 2290. This can cause your form to be rejected and also can cause you to receive a penalty for late or nonpayment.  The IRS does not accept credit card payments but it does accept three payment methods. They are EFTPS, Check by mail or direct debit. EFTPS is a system for paying federal taxes electronically using the Internet, or by phone using the Voice Response System. EFTPS is offered free by the U.S. Department of Treasury. Choosing EFTPS and not paying through EFTPS is a very common mistake. Most filers choose this as their payment method not knowing exactly what it is. This has caused many individuals to receive letters from the IRS saying that the tax has not been paid.  Remember to pay attention to the payment method you choose. If you choose EFTPS you have to go to their website (www.eftps.gov) and submit payment through them.

                Remember to watch what category you file your truck under. There is a big difference between suspended and taxable vehicles. This mistake can not only cause your 2290 to be rejected but can also hurt your pockets too. A taxable vehicle is one that is used during the period with a gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more. A suspended vehicle is one that is expected to be used 5,000 miles or less (7,500 miles or less for agricultural vehicles) during the period. Mixing the two up can cause a few problems. If you file a suspended vehicle under taxable you will have to file a credit to get money paid to the IRS back. This can take up to 6 weeks. Filing a taxable vehicle under suspended is the lesser of the two evils which does not come with the same penalty.


 

Truck Tax - What does HVUT stand for?

Posted by Admin on 17. April 2012 21:04

The heavy vehicle use tax or  (HVUT)  is a fee assessed annually on heavy vehicles operating on public highways at registered gross weights equal to or exceeding 55,000 pounds. This fee is paid by filing  Form 2290  and paying the applicable  Truck Tax  designated on the Form. After payment has been processed the IRS will issue a stamped  Schedule 1  to show proof of payment.  The gross taxable weight of a vehicle is determined by adding:

  • the actual unloaded weight of the vehicle fully equipped for service
  • the actual unloaded weight of any trailers or semitrailers fully equipped for service customarily used in combination with the vehicle, and
  • the weight of the maximum load customarily carried on the vehicle and on any trailers or semitrailers customarily used in combination with the vehicle

 

If the gross taxable weight is from 55,000 to 75,000 pounds, the HVUT is $100, plus $22 per 1,000 pounds over 55,000 pounds. For over 75,000-pound vehicles, the maximum HVUT is $550 per year. The table below illustrates these categories.

Gross Taxable Weight

Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Rates

Below 55,000 lbs

No tax

55,000-75,000 lbs

$100 plus $22 per 1,000
pounds over 55,000 lbs

Over 75,000 lbs

$550

There are a number of groups that receive exemptions from the HVUT, including:

  • The Federal Government
  • State or local governments, including the District of Columbia
  • The American Red Cross
  • Nonprofit volunteer fire departments, ambulance associations or rescue squads
  • Indian tribal governments (for vehicles used in essential tribal government functions)
  • Mass transportation authorities

There are also a number of vehicles exempted from the HVUT:

  • Commercial vehicles traveling fewer than 5,000 miles annually
  • Agriculture vehicles traveling fewer than 7,500 miles annually
  • Vehicle not considered highway motor vehicles — e.g., mobile machinery for non-transportation functions, vehicles specifically designed for off-highway transportation, and non-transportation trailers and semi-trailers
  • Qualified blood collector vehicles used by qualified blood collector organizations

Exempt carriers may be required to file tax forms with the IRS or notify the local department of motor vehicles (DMV) of the exempt status being claimed.

More Information

Link to IRS Form 2290:http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f2290.pdf
Link to IRS Form 2290 Instructions: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i2290.pdf

 

 

Truck Tax - How much revenue is generated From Form 2290?

Posted by Admin on 16. April 2012 21:14

 

The  (HVUT)  is a significant source of transportation funding in the U.S. Everytime you pay your  Truck Tax   by filing Form 2290  that tax payment goes into Specific Funds.  In 2006 alone, the  Truck Tax generated more than $1.4 billion in Federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF) revenue.

The figure shown below documents historic collections associated with the HVUT. The figure highlights three time periods of interest: 1984-85, 2001 and 2006. In 2001, HVUT receipts slumped due to the sagging economy and its impact on the motor carrier industry. In recent years, the HVUT has rebounded due to economic growth and the incentive to pre-buy or purchase trucks prior to 2007 to avoid the new EPA emissions rule. In 2006, HVUT revenue represented approximately 4.2 percent of total revenue deposited in the Highway Account of the Federal HTF. 

The figure also underscores the importance and potential payoff associated with strong enforcement. On July 1, 1984, HVUT rates were raised to their current levels. Not surprisingly, fiscal year (FY) 1985 HVUT revenues grew by nearly $200 million. On October 1, 1985, States were required to verify proof of payment as a condition of registering heavy trucks subject to the HVUT. In the year following introduction of this enforcement measure, HVUT revenues grew by an additional $154 million, representing an increase of nearly 41 percent.

 

 

Why Is the 2290 (HVUT) Highway Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Important?

Posted by Admin on 15. April 2012 19:04

 

So just where does your  Truck Tax  payment go to? Is it just another  IRS  payment or does my  Truck Tax  actually go towards something useful. As many filers are aware the US Goverment uses tax money to create jobs and further invest into the infrastructure, but it doesn't just get piled up and then divided. Certain payements such as the   2290  tax payment goes towards a specific fund. The Highway Tax Fund. This Fund as its Outlined below makes the roads safer and that makes your jobs as Heavy Vehicle Operators safer. File your   Form 2290   now and get your Stamped  Schedule 1   in minutes using www.etax2290.com

The Federal HTF (Highway Tax Fund) protects the nation's investment in our transportation infrastructure. In 2007 alone, Federal HTF receipts topped $39.9 billion, with $34.9 billion dedicated to the HTF's Highway Account. The Federal HTF finances a broad spectrum of transportation investments, including: improvements (e.g., land acquisition and other right-of-way costs, preliminary and construction engineering, construction and reconstruction, resurfacing and restoration costs of roadways and bridges)

  • Highway and bridge maintenance activities
  • Highway law enforcement
  • Safety programs (e.g., driver education and training, vehicle inspection programs, enforcement of vehicle size and weight limits)
  • Congestion relief projects
  • Debt service
  • Administrative costs (e.g., research, engineering)

 

Investment in our nation's highway infrastructure helps:

  • Save lives, time and money
  • Reduce the number and severity of crashes for all kinds of vehicles
  • Enhance the ability of the entire community of emergency responders
  • Lower fuel and insurance costs
  • Increase mobility
  • Ease congestion
  • Decrease energy consumption
  • Boost air quality
  • Improve the efficient movement of goods
  • Raise business productivity
  • Strengthen the nation's economic productivity

Since the vast majority of all funds contributed by states to the Federal HTF are returned through highway fund apportionments, there is a direct incentive for state agencies to take necessary measures to enhance HVUT compliance.