E-filing form 2290 can seem stressful and be intimidating if you’re not familiar with the process but relax and sit back because we’re about to give you a quick and easy walkthrough that will have you feeling confident and ready to tackle this 2012 – 2013 filing season head-on.
How to E-file Highway Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Return
Many truck owners across the United States have asked the exact same question come July of each year, how do I e-file a Form 2290 ?. Don’t be worried though, it’s actually quite an easy process. E-filing is rather new to Form 2290 and in the trucking world, filing any tax documents is usually immediately bundled together with lines the size you usually only see on Christmas sales and concerts. The IRS is notorious for a less than pleasant filing process and that doesn’t just apply to Form 2290, it’s pretty much universal for all IRS Forms. So, let’s get down to business here and breakdown e-filing 2290 Form in some easy steps.
Before we start though you have to understand what e-filing is opposed to paper filing. E-filing literally means electronic filing so instead of wasting time standing in lines or busting out the pen and paper, e-filing means you get to do all that hard work electronically. Many filers might be a little hesitant at first but rest assured it is safer, faster, easy to correct in the event you make a mistake and above all it’s recommended by the IRS itself.
Now that you understand “e-filing” we can walk through e-filing a form 2290. Despite what you may have heard, e-filing form 2290 is super easy. It’s definitely a whole lot easier than paper filing a form 2290. With that being said the first step is to find yourself an e-file provider you like. Make sure that whatever company you choose they are listed as IRS authorized, this means that their site has undergone actually testing by the IRS and ensures your e- filing safety. Once you have selected an e-file provider you will want to register with their site. All registering does is makes you a user within their site so that your filing information is secure and it also registers your email which will be used to send you your Stamped Schedule 1, which will not be traditionally stamped but it will be watermarked with the e-file logo from the IRS along with a date received. Now that you’re registered you’re going to begin the filing process. Make sure you have your EIN number and your vehicles VIN number as these are 2 very important pieces of information.
If you don’t know your EIN you can give the IRS a call to verify it at 1-866-699-4096 or you can apply for an EIN if you for sure don’t already have one. To apply for an EIN number, visit the IRS website and type in keyword EIN. Now let’s get back on track, the filing process is exactly like the paper form, you will walk through a few steps entering your businesses information along the way. Make sure you enter all the information correctly so that the tax amount owed will be calculated correctly. The final step is a thorough review, all e-file providers have a review page before you submit, don’t just click on this page. Take a close look at all the info you have entered, make sure the VIN is correct, the EIN is correct, your payment method is correct. Take note that if you choose check payment you will be required to print out the completed 2290 Form online and send it to the IRS along with a check and that it can take weeks before you get your stamped schedule 1.
If you don’t want to be waiting to choose direct debit or register with EFTPS and you will get your Stamped Schedule 1 within minutes. Once you have completed reviewing and you have submitted you only have one thing left to do. Pat yourself on the back and wait about 15 mins and you will soon have your Stamped Schedule 1 sent to you in an email. Print that documents out and takes it down to the DMV office so you can renew your tags and anything else you need. Remember; always keep a copy for yourself on file and in your vehicle. Take care, and enjoy e-filing your form 2290, you will save yourself a lot of time and you’ll never have to leave the comfort of your own home.