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Based on statistics, in the U.S majority of the freight transport is supported by the trucking industry. In 2011 11.7 million commercial trailers were registered and there are about 2.3 million trucks on the road. There are 3.1 million truck drivers who operate these trucks; among them 1in 9 are independent operators. The employment of the total trucking company is 6.9 million. There are 700,300 private carriers and 442,338 for hire carriers in the U. S.

The trucking industry is vital for the growth of economy of the country and it moves the country forward with the transportation. Apart from that, the truckers also pay the truck dues, which increase the economy of the nation to a great extent.

IRS 2290 Tax Form for Truckers

As a trucker, you all might have aware of federal highway use tax, which is reported on IRS Form 2290 for taxable vehicles used during the tax period of July 1st to June 30th. Note that the due date of the IRS 2290 tax form is August 31st. 

Heavy highway vehicles with the gross taxable weight of 55,000 pounds or more when uses the public highway for transportation purpose during the tax periods is liable to file the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax by the due date. When the heavy vehicle is used within the mileage limit of 5,000 miles (7,500 miles for agricultural vehicles), the vehicle is exempted from the truck tax but need to file Form 2290 for suspension. When you use multiple vehicles, more than a month then you need to report Form 2290 separately for each month.

IRS Stamped Schedule 1

The truck taxes are reported annually by the truckers, the IRS process the submitted tax return and issues the Stamped Schedule 1 copy as the proof of payment for the tax returns filed. The schedule 1 issued by the IRS has the e-file watermark and date when received.

For any taxable vehicle the payment of 2290 taxes is required for verification by the states of the country. This IRS stamped Schedule 1 can be used as the proof of payment when you register the vehicles with the state or renewing insurance plates or vehicle tags.

HVUT Form 2290 Proof of Payment

For a newly purchased vehicle to register with the state you no need any proof of payment, you need to present a copy of invoice of sale showing that the vehicle was purchased recently within 2 months. But the tax due must be paid and the return must be filed.

Only limited states in the country have agreed to participate in the substitute proof of payment program with the IRS. In such states, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) forwards the return to the Internal Revenue Service if certain conditions are satisfied. When the tax payer provides the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290 along with the voucher and the payment to the Department of Motor Vehicles, to forward to the IRS, then proof of payment is no required to register the vehicle. To know more, check with the local DMV to verify whether the state participates in the program.

When the tax payer submitted the IRS 2290 Form to the local DMV to forward, the return is not counted as filed with the IRS, until the IRS receives the Form 2290. In such cases, the tax payer is responsible for the IRS penalties and interests if the tax filing is done late or lost by the DMV. Therefore, the tax payer needs to check the status of the application or choose to e-file truck taxes to make the filing before the due date.

Getting Tax Help

In order to do the tax dealing with the IRS, you just need not have entire knowledge about the Internal Revenue Compliances, but you need a correct person to handle the situations. We can help you with the truck taxes and other related stuffs, but for other compliances, whom to contact?

The Taxpayer Advocate Service can help you in such situations; it can be your voice at the Internal Revenue Service. This is an independent organization within the Internal Revenue Service, that assists the taxpayers who are experiencing economic issues. seeking assistance to resolve the tax problems or who believe the IRS system is complicate and the procedure is not properly working. It ensures that all the tax payers are treated equally and fairly without violating the rules; and making the tax payers to understand their rights. When you cannot resolve the issues on your own, you can get more help at http://www.irs.gov/Advocate

Important Reminders

  • Report 2290 Form for the heavy taxable vehicle’s first used month on the public highway after July by the last day of the following month of the vehicle’s first use.
  • To file Form 2290, you need to have an Employer Identification Number (EIN). If you do not have an EIN already and need to file Form 2290, just apply for an EIN immediately. The process takes 2 weeks to establish a new EIN and to update in the IRS system.
  • Employer Identification Number (EIN) is also referred as Federal Tax ID number. The IRS requires the EIN to protect the taxpayer’s privacy and identity. The EIN is an unique identifier for every taxpayer. When the taxpayer’s EIN doesn’t match with the IRS records then the IRS system rejects your tax return.

It is necessary for us to say that E-filing tax form 2290 through IRS authorized service provider like Etax2290.com is a better option. Call us at 703.229.0326 or mail us at support@tax2efile.com for any suggestion and queries. Our Tax Experts team will take care rest of things while filing IRS Form 2290 online.