Tuesday, 4 June 2019

How to File Form 2290 Now and Pay Later!

Semi truck on a desert Highway Attention all truckers IRS Form 2290 filing season is officially here!  Our sister product, ExpressTruckTax is now accepting Form 2290 for the 2019-20 tax year! Whether you're a loyal ExpressTruckTax customer or just now hearing of us, we understand how important your business is to you and we are here to make the 2290 filing process simple and quick.

 Instead of waiting for the IRS to open July 1st, you can take advantage of the many benefits of e-filing IRS Form 2290 today with ExpressTruckTax.

How Do I File Form 2290 Online?

→Register as a New User or Sign in

→ Enter your Business & Truck Information

→ Choose Tax Year 2019-2020

→ Select the IRS Payment Method & File your Return.

→ Receive a Stamped Schedule 1 (Is considered as proof of filing NOT proof of payment)


Step by Step on how to properly e-file

Is There a Fine for Filing late?

The penalty for failing to file your Heavy Use Tax IRS Form 2290 is 4.5% of the total tax amount due and the penalty will increase on a monthly basis for up to five months. The penalty for failing to pay your Heavy Highway Use Tax payment is .5% of your total tax amount. You will also face an additional interest charge of .54% per month. This penalty can make the amount you owe increase pretty quickly.

Form 2290 Filing Made Easy with ExpressTruckTax!

  •  ExpressTruckTax provides you a quick and convenient e-filing process for hassle-free Form 2290 filing. To file Form 2290 and pay later,  simply select the check or money order option when prompted. When you are able to make your truck tax payment you can mail it directly to the IRS.
  • ExpressTruckTax is IRS authorized and the leading 2290 provider with top of the line customer service catered specifically to your needs and are here to make your 2290 filing experience as quick and easy as possible to save you the hassle that filing taxes can cause!
  • Trust us, it is in your best interest to file Form 2290 by the September 3rd deadline. Imagine the hassle of getting pulled over and trying to explain expired tags. If you are placed out of service it will be even harder to make your truck tax payment.
  • ExpressTruckTax provides instant notifications about your business information, 2290 filing, IRS notifications, stamp schedule 1 proof of filing an online chat and phone U.S. based support team.

Other Ways to File!

If filing isn’t in your vocabulary, you are new to filing or just simply don’t know how to Join our brother product Truck Services of North America. TSNAmerica is a full-service 2290 filing solution. The process is straightforward and will take less than 5 minutes. Simply give them your information over the phone, and they will file your IRS Form 2290 on your behalf. Once they have submitted your information to the IRS, you will receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email. Their outstanding bilingual team supports filing in both English and Spanish.













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Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Fun Facts All About the Industry You Love

Did you know? text bible orange truck logics logo with background of white truck traveling the Alcan Highway to AlaskaEven the most experienced truck drivers may not know some of these fun facts and the truth is, we can all afford to learn something new. See what new things you can learn by taking a look at our list of Freight Fun Facts... Bet you can't say that 3 times fast?


1. The world’s longest semi truck is the Red Giant.

The Red Giant is 93 feet and has been traveling the roadways for almost 40 years.

2. Semi trucks need about 40% more time than cars need, to stop.

Rear end collisions and under ride incidents are usually the result of truckers not having enough time to stop.

3. The fastest industry truck is the Iron Knight by Volvo.

The Iron Knight has set records with its 500 meters run in 13.710 seconds. 

4. Around 70% of all goods in the U.S. are delivered by semi trucks.

The largest commodities transported are agricultural and building materials.

5. The United States has nearly 3.5 million truck drivers.

Professional truck driving is a popular profession, despite its requirements of tailoring the lives of those professionals completely

6. Professional truck drivers across America drive more than 400 billion miles per year.

According to American Trucking Associations (ATA), it is estimated that the trucking industry hauls more than 10 billion tons of freight annually.

7. The engines of semi-trucks are typically 6 times larger than car engines.

Truck engines are also designed to go 1,000,000 miles.

8. There is an average of 500,000 truck accidents every year.


Sixty-eight percent of all fatal truck accidents happened not in cities, but in rural regions.

Diesel fuel canister grey and rustic with red and white stripe9. Commercial trucks consume annually about 50 billion gallons of diesel fuel and gasoline.

With commercial trucks they typically all have diesel engines and they can reach 40% efficiency or more, making it much easier to move and not exude more fuel.

10. There are about 15.5 million commercial trucks in the U.S.

If they all lined up bumper to bumper, they would reach right to the moon. Of those operating semi trucks 1/3 of them are registered in California, Florida, and Texas.




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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

What are the Top Rated Dash Cams for Truckers?


Over the last few years dashboard cameras (dash cams) have become the must-have accessory for road voyagers. This new device has some hefty pros and cons and cons. Before you press record or invest in a dashcam we want you to make sure it’s the right thing for your truck.


The technology that is dash cameras can come in handy and can also lead to tragedy. Knowing the ends and outs of the specific camera you purchase is the most beneficial way to be sure it is right for you and the long-hauls you’ll be making. Hopefully, these basic pros and cons will give you an idea of what to expect from truckers new favorite things.

Pros
  • Prevent Staged Accidents
  • Improve Driving Skills
  • Document Your Trip
  • Prevents Theft

Cons


Here is a list of five to performing and highly rated dashboard cameras truckers across the world are investing in. *In no particular order

WheelWitness HD PRO Dash Cam with GPS


Any product that is a two in one can easily be considered the best value, especially if it is a GPS that is included.

Garmin Dash Cam 35


Garmin has been around for some time now and has proven to be a leader in producing high-quality technology for all occupations.

ITRUE X6D Dual Car Dash Cam pro


This dash cam features wide-angle options to capture a full view of the road.

OldShark 3” FHD 1080P 170 Degree Wide Angle Dashboard Camera


With the footage being recorded in 1080p each time your footage will be clear and has a shock absorbency design to keep the camera steady on rough and bumpy roads.

KDLINKS X1 Full-HD 1920 x 1080 165 Degree Wide Angle Dashboard Camera


This model comes with an F1.6 six glass lens designed to give you the exceptional recording when driving in low light conditions.  

There are a few features your next dash cam should have that we encourage truckers to use as a checklist.

  • Dual Cameras
  • Light and Dark Recording Option
  • Variety of Range
  • Storage Option - Information Technology
  • G-Sensor
  • GPS


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Tuesday, 7 May 2019

How To Make Form 2290 Simplified For You

Logging VehiclesForm 2290 filing is coming up! Make sure you are prepared by knowing exactly what category your vehicle falls under. There are some questions that may trip you up. If you don't know definitions of the terms below you may end up wasting your time and money. These terms explained will help your Form 2290 filing be the simplest it's ever been.

Logging Vehicles

If your vehicle exclusively transports products harvested from a forest or exclusively transports forestry products to and from different points within a forest than it is classified as a logging vehicle.
Some commercial vehicles are often mistakenly classified as a logging vehicle in reference that a logging vehicle is any vehicle that tracks/logs mileage or fuel.

Answering the question of whether your vehicle is a logging vehicle is important so that you are taxed at the appropriate rate.


Agricultural Vehicles

Unlike logging vehicles, agricultural vehicles are identified by a special tag or license plate identifying it as such.

What is considered an agricultural vehicle is one that is used for farming purposes for over half of the vehicle's use, based on mileage, during the tax period.

Vehicles used for agricultural purposes, regardless of weight are allowed to drive up to 7,500 before having to pay any tax. That doesn’t mean that owners of trucks that fit in that category are exempt from filing HVUT. A Form 2290 is still required by agricultural trucks weighing over 55,000 pounds.


Suspended Vehicles

HVUT for a vehicle can be suspended if you expect to log no more than 5,000 miles of highway use. For agricultural vehicles, the limit is no more than 7,500 miles. As long as you don't exceed these limits, you don't have to pay the HVUT.

Regardless of the number of owners, the mileage use limit refers to the total mileage a vehicle is used during the taxable period.


Exempt Vehicles

Exempt vehicles are vehicles not required to file Form 2290 or pay HVUT.
In order for a highway motor vehicle to be exempt, it must be used and actually operated by one of the
following:

    Exempt
  • The Federal Government
  • The District of Columbia
  • A state or local government
  • The American National Red Cross
  • A nonprofit volunteer fire department, ambulance association, or rescue squad
  • An Indian tribal government but only if the vehicle's use involves the exercise of an essential tribal government function
  • A mass transportation authority if it is created under a statute that gives it certain powers normally exercised by the state.

Other vehicles that qualify as exempt are qualified blood collector vehicles, used by qualified blood collector organizations, and mobile machinery that meets the specifications for a chassis as described under Specially designed mobile machinery for non-transportation functions.

It is vital that you know what category your vehicle(s) fall under so that you won’t waste your time and money. No one wants to find out they filed the wrong vehicle or paid taxes that they didn’t have to.

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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

These Strategies Will Ease Your Road Rage

Road RageIt is almost inevitable that you’ll face aggressive drivers, as a long-haul trucker. We have all been victims of slow drivers, and drivers who forget that there’s a feature on their car that warns others that they’ll be turning. These are the two most common frustrations we can face on the road. As a trucker, managing the urge to go nuts behind the wheel of a 50,000-pound machine is important.

One mistake can turn tragic quickly and rather than falling into the road rage trap how about you develop methods to ease your road raging urges.

We know that frustration can be seen as part of the job, but it doesn’t have to be. Road rage has ended in death far too many times, whether a confrontation went wrong or a loss of focus and calmness being thrown out the window. The strategies below are effective ways to take you from 100 to 0 really quick. Next time you feel your blood boiling when you’re behind the wheel of your freight turn to these strategies and feel a sense of peace rush over you.

Control Is Out The Window

This is probably the hardest thing to face for control freaks, but it’s absolutely true. You have no control. Let's rephrase that, you have no control over other drivers. The only thing we can control is how we react. Whether we react to a stoplight on time, react to a driver cutting us off, or in some cases flipping us off it is up to us to react in a manner that’s appropriate. Remembering that you have no control over other drivers helps you reflect more on what you can do better. Maybe you left late, now you tell yourself you have to speed to be on time. Rather than getting upset with drivers going the speed limit strategize on how you can leave on time.

Relax And Release

No matter where you’re headed it’s important to not arrive flustered with wild hair and crazy eyes from a high-speed chase down the highway. Meditating either in silence or with a playlist or podcast will keep your mind on other things than what just caused you to become frustrated. Remaining calm is the key to staying safe while performing your job.

We’re All Humans

Road Rage
It is quite easy to find ourselves frustrated when we get cut off, but choosing to not take those things personal help us to manage our inner need to rage out. Humans make mistakes and humans sometimes have minded going about 200 MPH when we’re traveling. Some of the things we learned when we were 14 taking drivers-ed to go out the window when kids are kicking our back seat or we just spilled hot coffee in our laps. Life happens and mistakes do too. The best thing we can do is be grateful we stopped in time rather than shouting at the top of our lungs.




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Tuesday, 23 April 2019

6 Tips To Cut Down On Money Spending When Hauling

Cut CostAs you should know by now multiple small inexpensive purchases add up, and when you’re on the road it is easy to say “Oh it’s only $2” several times, each stop. There’s money to be found in the trucking industry but it is also easy to find yourself broke, if you aren’t cautious of your spending habits. We are always interested in enhancing your trucking career experience, so what better way to do so than making sure you keep money in your pockets. Here are a few tips and tricks on how you can keep the money rolling in while you’re rolling out.


6. Be A Safe Driver

Tickets and accidents are extremely costly. Not all tickets are attached with a fine, but the ones that are can get pretty steep. An unexpected expense can really put a damper on your finances if you haven’t budgeted for miscellaneous charges.

A serious offense could even get your license taken away from you, and when all your career is, is driving it can tough to get some income.


5. Monitor Your Speed

Of course monitoring your speed help you avoid hefty ticket fines, but it also helps you save on fuel. Fuel is where majority of your road expenses come from. By choosing to use cruise control or working on maintaining a good speed you’ll be keeping some extra change in your pocket every mile per hour.

TIP: If you know you’ll be going through a certain state look up what rest stops have a one stop shop. This won’t only save you gas if you go to one place for things like food, laundry, and sleep, but you can also score great rates at these places.


4. Stay Alert Of Deadlines

Making sure your taxes are done on time and properly can save you time and money. Who wants to pay unnecessary late fees? When mistakes are made they can affect how much you pay a tax preparer to correct your mess ups. The same goes for bills. As a long-haul trucker it’s hard to get home every 15th of each month to pay a bill on time, try opting to pay online to help with this.

TIP: Keep your receipts so that you can claim certain deductibles. Talk with a professional to make sure you are getting the most back.
 

3. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For A Discount

There are a lot of places that offer discounts to truckers. Hotels are known for the awesome rates they offer drivers with their CDL, but there are slos places that offer them who may not have it advertised. Saving $5 here and $10 there will have your pockets fuller than usual when you reach your destination.


2. Fuel Your Stomach Correctly

Limit how much you spend on fueling your stomach by meal prepping. Yo can also cut down on your food expenses by choosing foods that are more filling. Choosing baked chicken over a bag of chips will in the end cost you less than sugar filled snacks. Research shows that the average cost per meal if you make it yourself is significantly lower at $1.05 to $3



Cut Cost

1. Budget, Budget, Budget

Creating a budget is probably the best way for you to cut cost. If done correctly you will always know what you have, or don’t have to spend. Physically seeing where your money is going will make you aware of what your awful spending habits do to your bank account. We all have guilty pleasures and it is okay to factor those into your monthly, weekly spending expenses.




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Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Learn How To Protect Yourself From The Severe Changes In Climate

Heated RoadsDays are almost never-ending, the temperatures are rising, long-hauls are getting longer and the pavement is heating up. With Spring in full swing, there are a lot of other road concerns amplifying, other than convertibles swerving lane to lane, full of college kids heading off to their Spring Break designations. Warmer weather for truck drivers means it’s time to implement methods for additional road hazards.

Check The Fuel For Your Body

Heat exhaustion can go hand in hand with dehydration. There are two forms of heat exhaustion that can take place when the temperature begins to rise, water depletion and salt depletion. Water depletion symptoms can be weakness and headaches. The symptoms brought on by salt depletion are more drastic including dizziness, nausea, and even muscle cramps. To combat the two what you fuel your body with matters, as well as how you take care of yourself when these symptoms arise.

Food high in water content

  • Cucumbers 
  • Celery
  • Zucchini
  • Cauliflower
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Yogurt
  • Spinach

Tips and Tricks

  • Remove tight-fitting clothing
  • Take a cool shower
  • Get out of the sun

Check The Fuel For Your Vehicle

Always check fluids before you start. The engine cooling system is important, especially in sweltering temperatures. Before beginning your trip make sure your system has both enough antifreeze and water. Checking on the coolant of your vehicle is important in making sure your vehicle isn’t overheating. Coolant that is too hot can lead to engine failure and even a fire.

Slow It Down And Take A Break

Your vehicle is more vulnerable to overheating when you are traveling at high speeds. There is extra stress on both the tires and engine being applied. Drive slow and remember to take frequent breaks to let the system cool down. During your breaks take time to make sure your tires are inflated. Tire blowouts are more common in hot weather. Air pressure also increases with temperature. Allowing the tires to cool off every few hours or ideally every 100 miles reduce the risk of not only blowouts but fire as well.

Become A Weather Watchman

Severe WeatherThe weather during this time can be pretty unpredictable. Truckers can find themselves facing April showers, devastating thunderstorms, and even heat waves. Checking the weather forecast on a regular basis is a necessity to be prepared for the shift in the climate. The type of extreme weather that comes along as we get further and further from winter can lead to slick roads. By doing regular inspections on brakes and tires you are ensuring that your truck is in proper condition. A rise in temperature can even lead to brake malfunction so knowing your truck inside and out will help you stay alert and ready for whatever Spring and Summer throws your way.

Your safety is always our top concern when you’re on the road and it should be yours as well. Adding these methods to your trucking routine can save you time and more importantly, save your life. Stay hydrated, stay as cool as possible and stay alert of your trucks needs.




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