Thursday, 29 June 2017

Don't Make These 2290 Mistakes

The Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) Season is almost here. It opens July 1st, which is on a Saturday, therefore the IRS will begin accepting Form 2290 on the next business day, July 3rd, which is Monday. You’ll probably be taking the 4th off to celebrate, but after that consider filing as soon as possible. The faster you file, the faster you’ll get your stamped Schedule 1.

However, when filing be sure to avoid making simple mistakes that could result in your form getting rejected! Steer clear of these most common Heavy Vehicle Use Tax mistakes so your 2290 will be accepted the first time.

The Top 2290 Mistakes


1. You Need an EIN 


Don’t forget about your EIN or Employer Identification Number, because you’re required to have one in order to complete your 2290 form. While it’s true that back in the day you could use your Social Security Number in place of your EIN that’s no longer the case. If you use your SNN your form will be rejected.

If you need an EIN don’t worry, you can easily get one by applying for one with the IRS online here. Just keep in mind that even though you’ll get your EIN instantly it will take about 15 days to update in the IRS’s system and your form could get rejected during that time.

2. Enter Your VIN correctly


A lot of forms get rejected for having the incorrect VIN or Vehicle Identification Number. Because VINs consist of 17 characters including both numbers and letters it can be really easy to enter a few of them incorrectly.

Get out your glasses to be able to clearly read your VIN and type it in slowly. Then double check it to make sure it’s correct. If you’ve gotten your VIN wrong before then you might want to triple check it.

Luckily if your form does get rejected for having the incorrect VIN, ExpressTruckTax offers free VIN corrections so you can correct your form and retransmit it to the IRS in a snap.

3. Don’t Enter The Wrong Info


We know that taxes aren’t the most exciting thing in the world, that’s why people tend to rush through the filing process. That’s when things like entering the wrong tax year or name happens. If you transmit your form with a typo in your name then you'll have to file a completely new 2290 form for a new Schedule 1.

Also, your business information for your EIN, such as the name and address needs to match what the IRS has on file. You can verify this information by contacting the IRS directly.

How To File 

You can pre-file now or wait until the season opens July 3rd with ExpressTruckTax. Simply follow their e-filing guide to quickly complete your form. As a result, you’ll receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email in about 15 minutes.

There’s also another easy way to file. You can pull your phone out of your pocket and dial TSNAmerica at 803.386.0320 to have a dedicated, US-based representative file your form 2290 for you. That’s right you can have your 2290 filed over the phone. Plus, you’ll also receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email within minutes!

The outstanding TruckLogics support team is here for you. If you have any questions about the filing process give us a call at 704.234.6946 Monday - Friday 9 AM - 6 PM EST. You can also reach us via live chat and through our 24/7 email support at support@trucklogics.com.
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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Secrets For Better Driver Retention

With the driver shortage all across the nation it can be a real hassle to lose a driver. Who knows how much money and time you’ll spend recruiting a new, qualified driver. It takes much less effort for fleet owners to keep current drivers happy than to find new ones, so learn about how to improve your driver retention here.

Tips For Improving Driver Retention

Respect Your Team

Drivers are people. I’m sure before you worked your way up to fleet manager or higher you ran into a few higher ups that seemed to speak to you like you weren’t important and it probably didn’t feel great. Treat people on a professional level and how you would like to be treated.

Also, not all drivers are the same. Take an interest in them. Be sure to learn their names, a little about their hobbies, families, and more. Whenever you see one of your drivers ask how they’re doing and what’s new. Show interest in them as a person, don’t just treat them like tools. As a result, you’ll notice that your driver happiness is increasing.

Offer your team better tools to work with. They’ll be spending a lot of time in your trucks and equipment so make sure that they are comfortable and in good working condition. Nothing makes you seem like you don’t care like a rickety old rig on its last leg.

Be A Good Communicator

Both rookie and veteran truckers will love to tell you what they think. They’ll voice their opinions for hours, but sometimes they won’t know if it’s okay to approach you or not. That’s why you need to make yourself available to them and ask them for their thoughts and opinions on different matters. Also, provide a place where your drivers can comfortably voice their concerns.

It’s important that you make time for your drivers. If they approach you, don’t brush them off. Hear them out. Remember to be engaged with them as well. 

Offer Education

While some truckers would love to put 30 years behind the wheel, others hope to learn the business and climb up the ladder. They will go somewhere that will offer them the chance to learn. Put a program in place that will allow your drivers to move up within the company.

Always give them the opportunity to learn more about the business and bring up educational topics like how to find loads, brokering, how to build a relationship with shippers and more. Consider even offering training them for different aspects of the business. You can also leave a few books and trucking business magazines around the office for your drivers to read. Let them know that they can borrow the books to take a look at when they have down time during a trip.

Offer Rewards And Benefits 

When people do a good job they want to be recognized and rewarded. Be sure to bring up who is doing a good job in company meetings and offer some sort of rewards program. For example, offer the most gas efficient driver a prize. You could also offer a prize for going a certain amount of days without any driving incidents.

What will your team get for sticking with you? Will they get a fair amount of vacation time? Will you offer your drivers health insurance? Will you help them with their premiums? Insurance can take a huge chunk out of their paychecks, so helping out with that can set your company apart from the crowd. Also, offering a unique set of benefits will make you memorable.

Learn From Your Mistakes

Read up on the reviews about your company and when drivers leave contact them and ask them why they left and what could be improved. You could also conduct exit interviews. Just remember that if a disgruntled driver doesn't have the best feedback for you to keep it professional and use what they say to improve conditions for the rest of your team. 

Retaining Drivers Is Easy!


Don’t get caught up with the driver shortage. Simply respect your team and offer them a few unique benefits that can’t be found elsewhere. Take their suggestions seriously, and listen to them. Heck, even ask them their thoughts on business related matters and offer them some training. Then before you know it you’ll have an outstanding team of dedicated drivers.

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

2290 Vehicle Types: Agricultural, Suspended, Etc.

Ready or not, 2290 season is coming up pretty quickly now. We hope you’re prepared to file for your heavy vehicles in order to receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1. However, before you file make sure you know what types of vehicles you have because some are subject to lower tax rates than others, and we don’t want you to pay more than you have to. Take a moment to see if any of your vehicles qualify for lower rates, exemptions, or credits here!

2290 Vehicle Types 

If you own a qualifying heavy vehicle then you have to file a Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290 by the August 31st deadline. A qualifying vehicle or a highway motor vehicle is any vehicle with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more.

This includes any self-propelled vehicle that is designed to carry loads over public highways, regardless of whether they’re designed to perform other functions or not. Examples of other functions include carrying passengers, special cargo, and if the vehicle has permanently mounted equipment. The vehicle itself includes the chassis, or chassis and body and does not include the actual load.

Agricultural Vehicle

An agricultural vehicle is any type of highway motor vehicle that is used or expected to be used for primarily farming purposes. Agricultural vehicles are required to be registered under state laws as a highway motor vehicle used for farming purposes for the entire tax period.

To qualify as an agricultural vehicle the vehicle must be primarily used for farming purposes for over half of the vehicle's use, which is based on mileage during the tax period.

Agricultural vehicles that are used for less than 7,500 miles during the tax period qualify as suspended vehicles. 

Logging Vehicle

A logging vehicle is a vehicle that is used exclusively for the transportation of items harvested from forested sites or a vehicle that exclusively transports products from the harvested sites to and from locations in the forested site. Logging vehicles must be registered as a vehicle exclusively used for logging according to the vehicle registration laws for your state.

This is important because logging vehicles are subject to lower rates than other heavy vehicles.

Suspended or Credit Vehicle 

A suspended vehicle is any taxable vehicle that doesn’t exceed 5,000 miles (7,500 miles for agricultural vehicles) during the tax period. Suspended vehicles must be included on your Form 2290, but if they exceed the mileage limit during the tax period then you’ll owe taxes for them.

These vehicles are also known credit vehicles and include vehicles that were destroyed, stolen, or sold during the tax period. After filing your Form 2290 and paying your total Heavy Vehicle Use Tax due you can file Form 8849 the Claim for Refund of Excise taxes to claim a credit or refund on your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax paid for these vehicles.

When e-filing Form 2290 with ExpressTruckTax if your credit exceeds your tax due ExpressTruckTax will automatically generate Form 8849 for you. 

Exempt Vehicles

Exempt vehicles are vehicles that are exempted from Heavy Vehicle Use Taxes, so you do not need to file Form 2290 for them. They're totally exempt, no matter how many miles they travel.

Heavy Vehicle Use Tax-exempt groups include the federal government, the American Red Cross, Indian tribal governments (to carry out tribal government functions), and mass transportation authorities.

Exempt vehicles include qualified blood collector vehicles used by qualified blood collecting organizations, mobile machinery used for non-transportation purposes, and vehicles that aren’t considered highway motor vehicles, like vehicles designed for off-highway transportation.

File Now

Now that you know what types of vehicles you have and how you can save head to ExpressTruckTax to pre-file your 2290 today or call TSNAmerica 803.386.0320 to have a representative pre-file for you over the phone. Both options will send you your stamped Schedule 1 via email!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the dedicated TruckLogics support team at 704.234.6946 Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM EST, via live chat, and through our 24/7 email support at support@trucklogics.com.
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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Tips For Increasing Fleet Efficiency

In the trucking world, there’s always room for improvement and there are always ways to cut costs to improve your business. The ability to learn how to become more efficient and implement changes to help your fleet grow can be the difference between making it or crumbling in the industry, especially when times are slow. So, check out our tips on how to become more efficient to save here and there.

Increase Your Fleet’s Efficiency

Financial Tracking And Reporting

To improve your business you need to know every single detail when it comes to your finances as far as income and expenses go in order to know where improvement needs to be made.

Learning every aspect of your finances can be possible with the help of a management program where you can add all of your income, and expenses, and even handle invoices. There are trucking specific programs that will even help you with driver settlements.

This software should be like TruckLogics and include reports that you can run at any time, for any period of time to break down your costs so you can see exactly where your money is coming and going. A few examples of these reports include cost per mile, profit, and loss, driver payment, customer’s revenue report, etc.

Once you have an extremely clear idea about your expenses and profit you can create a budget and learn where to cut costs.

Cutting Costs

Unfortunately, cutting costs may involve not buying the fun, brand spanking new item that you want to. Remember you can always upgrade things for your business later. Start off by researching all of your options before making a purchase. For example, will buying an older truck or leasing one be more cost effective than buying a brand new one?

Do you know how much your drivers are spending? Some trucking management programs allow for drivers to upload their receipts for transactions so you can monitor their spending. They can take a photo of the receipt for your records or enter in every detail of the transaction. Also, with a fuel card like the ExpressTruckTax one, you can control driver spending and set a daily limit.

The number one expense you’ll face is gas, so teach your drivers to increase their fuel efficiency. Go over the basics of not flooring it and slamming the breaks, going the speed limit, correctly shifting gears, and more. Also, maybe offer a reward to the driver who is the most fuel efficient on a monthly basis.
 
With a management program that includes route optimization software like ProMiles, you can plan the most fuel-efficient route to cut out unnecessary miles. You can also use ProMiles to find the cheapest fuel prices in the area.

You know what’s also expensive? Truck repairs. Truck repairs are not only expensive, they could also cost you business. Keep your trucks running in tip top shape by providing them with regularly scheduled maintenance.

However, don’t worry about when your trucks need to be maintained. Use a trucking program with maintenance software to remind you based off of your truck’s odometer readings instead. For example, set a reminder to change your oil about every 15,000 miles.

TruckLogics Can Do It All


We know we keep mentioning finding a trucking management program to increase your efficiency, but the search is over. TruckLogics is the complete fleet management solution that will track your finances, generate financial reports, optimize your routes, remind you about truck maintenance needs, and more. Sign up for your free 15-day right now to instantly gain access to all of the efficient features that TruckLogics has to offer.
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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Ways to Save on Your Form 2290

As an owner-operators or fleet manager cutting costs can always be rewarding. There’s nothing like saving a dime here and there to increase profit margins and to have more savings in the bank. However, when it comes to truck taxes you have to pay the amount you owe. Unfortunately, there isn’t much wiggle room, but we do know a few ways you can save before and after filing.

How To Save On Your 2290?


Use Discounted Prepaid Credits

This first tip mainly helps those with multiple vehicles to file for because our sister company, ExpressTruckTax, makes it easy to save on bulk filing. Simply take advantage of their wallet feature to purchase prepaid credits for the 2290 Forms you need to file.

Each credit provides a 10% discount for filing fee, not on the amount of Heavy Vehicle Use Tax you owe. So, with the more you file, the more you save. Plus, the credits save you time, because instead of having to hunt down your credit card and entering in your payment information you can simply pay with your prepaid credit.

To get prepaid credits create a free ExpressTruckTax account, log in and you’ll see your wallet in the top right corner. Click buy to purchase the amount you need. The wallet will always display the number of available credits you have.

Remember To File Form 8849

Form 8849 is the Refund or Claim of Excise taxes form. It’s used to claim credits or refunds on Form 2290 for vehicles that were destroyed, stolen, or sold. It’s also used to claim credits or refund on vehicles that are suspended.

A suspended vehicle is one that does not exceed 5,000 miles (7,500 for agricultural vehicles) during the current tax period. The current tax period doesn’t end until June 30th, so make sure your vehicle doesn’t exceed the mileage limit by then.

The thing to remember about Form 8849 is that you can’t file it until you’ve filed your Form 2290 and paid the full amount of Heavy Vehicle Use Taxes you owe. Then all you need to file is your name, address, and EIN.

Be sure to include the information for the vehicle you’re claiming a refund on, and details such as why. Include if your vehicle was destroyed, sold, or stolen with the date that the incident occurred.

Be Prepared and File On Time


Give yourself enough time to file. If you wait too close to the deadline problems could surface. For example, you need an EIN or Employee Identification Number to file. If you don’t have then you can apply for EIN with the IRS, but it takes about 15 days for new EINs to become active in the system and forms can be rejected during this time.

ExpressTruckTax will let you know immediately if your form is rejected and why, so you can make any corrections and retransmit your form, but if you wait until the deadline you might not be able to make your corrections in time, resulting in missing the deadline.

You don’t want to get hit with the penalties involved with filing late. If you fail to file by August 31st the penalty is 4.5% of the tax due and it accrues on a monthly basis for up to 5 months. If you don’t pay the amount of Heavy Vehicle Use Tax you owe by the deadline then you’ll face an additional penalty of .5% of the amount owed per month. Trust us, you’ll save by filing on time!

We’re Here To Help


If you have any questions regarding your 2290 please don’t hesitate to ask. Remember that you can pre-file now with ExpressTruckTax and file over the phone with TSNAmerica at 803.386.0320 to instantly get your stamped Schedule 1. Contact the dedicated TruckLogics support team Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM EST at 704.234.6946. We’re also available via live chat and offer 24/7 email support at support@trucklogics.com.
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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

How Fleet Owners Improve Money Management

Money, money, money. It’s the only way to keep your business and fleet running. The trucking industry is no piece of cake, and unfortunately a lot of the people who try to break into it fail. Sometimes the difference in making it or breaking comes down to how you or your fleet manager manages money. That’s why TruckLogics is here to help with a few innovative features that simplify money management.

TruckLogics is the ultimate trucking management software, designed for fleet managers and owner-operators to save time and simplify managing every aspect of their trucking business. There are tons of great features for invoicing, trip routing, maintenance plans, and more.

Money Management With TruckLogics 


A big part of money management involves maintaining a positive cash flow by invoicing quickly. That’s why TruckLogics has made it incredibly simple to create custom invoices to suit your needs. The invoices are based on your load details and settings, plus TruckLogics figures your calculations and auto fills most fields for you.

You can even add factoring companies and apply their rates. You will also have invoice reminders to remind you when it’s time to collect a payment and can post the payment in TruckLogics to update your records. Simply log into your account at any time to see if an invoice needs to be paid, or has been paid at any time.

When it comes to bills or expenses often times there are too many! However, TruckLogics can help you keep track of them all. You and your drivers can upload an expense at any time with the TruckLogics mobile app.

For example, every time fuel is purchased details such as the type, cost, and quantity can be recorded. A photo of the receipt can be taken with the TruckLogics app and stored for your records. 
Entering the same expense over and over again can be a little frustrating, that’s why you can enter recurring expenses with TruckLogics. To save time and to make sure that you never forget about an expense create a recurring expense.

As a result, the expense will automatically be calculated for your reports on a monthly basis. These expenses could range from a monthly truck payment to a monthly software subscription.

You know what could make a trucking business go under pretty quickly? Not paying the drivers. That’s why you can instantly handle Driver Settlements with TruckLogics. You can elect to pay your drivers per mile, load per mile, a percentage of the revenue, or manually and the amount will automatically be calculated for you.

Details such as fuel surcharge fees, accessorial fees, reimbursements, and deductions will also automatically be added to the balance for you.
With all of your finances recorded you can see how your business is doing with the ability to run a variety of reports. You can break down your cost per mile and revenue per mile on trips, and you can run a profit and loss report for any time period to see if you broke even or did better or worse.

The fuel tax report keeps up with your IFTA totals for your return, the year-end tax report will accurately reflect your totals for your tax returns, and the driver payment report will keep a detailed record of your payments to ensure accuracy and to resolve any possible payment discrepancies.

Start Better Managing Today


Sign up for your free 15-day trial with TruckLogics today to see how the money managing features can help you track all of your finances to see where your money is coming in and going out. You’ll also have access to features for compliance records, a trip document library, ProMiles, and more!
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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Introducing HVUT Form 8849


It’s no secret that tax time comes with questions. We find ourselves wondering what forms are due, and when, and how to e-file them. When it comes to Form 2290 you may see Form 8849 associated with it, but what the heck is Form 8849?! What does it have to do with Form 2290?! Form 8849 actually is involved with getting credits or refunds for the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) you’ve paid.

Form 8849

We will start from the very beginning. Form 8849 is the Claim or Refund of Excise Taxes Form. It’s used to claim credits on refunds for vehicles included on your 2290 that were stolen, sold, or destroyed. It’s also used to claim credits or refunds for suspended vehicles, meaning vehicles that were driven for less than 5,000 miles on public highways (less than 7,500 for agricultural vehicles.) during the tax period.
  
Form 8849 ties into Form 2290 because it’s to claim credits or a refund on excise taxes. Excise taxes are taxes paid on goods when they’re purchased. These taxes are usually included in the price of the good. One example of an excise tax is gasoline, which comes into play with your quarterly IFTA report. Excises taxes can also be included on activities like when heavy vehicles use public highways.

Aha! Now you see the connection since all owners qualifying heavy vehicles of 55,000 pounds or more have to file their 2290 on an annual basis in order to get a copy of their stamped Schedule 1.

Just remember that you have to file Form 2290 and pay the full amount of Heavy Vehicle Use Taxes you owe before you can file Form 8849.

To file Form 8849 check out our sister company ExpressTruckTax and follow the step-by-step e-filing guide. All you need to file is your name, address, and EIN or Employee Identification Number. You should have an EIN if you’ve already filed your 2290 because you need one to complete your form.

If you haven’t filed your 2290 and you need an EIN then you can apply for one with the IRS online. Just remember that it takes about 15 days for your EIN to become active in the system.

Also, when filing Form 8849 you will need the information you’re claiming credits or a refund on with details as to why. For example, mention if the vehicle was stolen, sold, or destroyed and include the date that the incident occurred.
 
Now because you can’t file Form 8849 until you complete Form 2290 and pay your HVUT why wait? Head to ExpressTruckTax to pre-file Form 2290 today. As a result, your form will be instantly transmitted to the IRS on July 1st when they begin accepting returns and you’ll receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email within minutes!

We have another sister, TSNAmerica, who you can call at 803.386.0320 to pre-file your Form 2290 for you, over the phone. It’s as easy as making a simple phone call. Your Form 2290 will be transmitted to the IRS on July 1st and you’ll get your Schedule 1 via email as soon as it’s stamped.

We’re Here To Help.

Form 2290, Form 4489, forms with other numbers….it can all get confusing! That’s why the dedicated TruckLogics support team is here to help. If you have any questions regarding your truck taxes please don’t hesitate to give us a call Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM at 704.234.6946. We’re also available via live chat and offer 24/7 email support at support@trucklogics.com
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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

TruckLogics Will Help You Stay DOT Compliant


As a fleet manager, you’re busy. You have a lot of paperwork and regulations to keep up with for your drivers, especially when it comes to being DOT compliant. Why don’t you take a load off by using TruckLogics to help you save time with a few major parts of the DOT list?

TruckLogics is the number one transportation management solution for owner-operators and fleet managers. It’s specifically designed to simplify running your business with time-saving features for route optimization, IFTA recordkeeping, dispatching, record keeping, maintenance schedules, and more.

How TruckLogics Helps With Staying DOT Compliant


In order to stay DOT compliant then you have to keep up with a seemingly endless amount of different records. For example, you need to keep up-to-date qualification records and performance histories for each of your drivers.

TruckLogics makes this easy, by providing one convenient location for all of your documents. Upload your driver records and documents to access anywhere on any device, and automatically receive renewal notifications for CDL and Medical Cards.

To stay compliant you’re also required to keep up thorough records of any accidents involving one of your company vehicles. Luckily you can quickly and easily upload anything you need into your TruckLogics account.

You’ll also need to create a regular maintenance program for your vehicles and make sure that you stick to it. This is where TruckLogics can really help. Easily schedule maintenance for each truck and receive reminders when your trucks need maintenance. For example, you can set a reminder for oil changes every time your vehicle travels 5,000 miles. Keeping maintenance records is simple, just upload the receipt to the maintenance tasks within your account.

On your vehicle's profiles, you can enter odometer readings, the last time they received maintenance, and more. You can also set up reminders to let you know when your vehicles need maintenance again.  Also, you can keep track of your trucks odometer readings by making check calls using the TruckLogics companion app.

Remember, you need to keep up with the hours of service for each of your drivers, but don’t worry, with TruckLogics you and your drivers won't have to deal with the hassle of paper logs. Your drivers can use the TruckLogics app on their smartphone or tablet to keep accurate records of their service.

They can simply add their hours to the TruckLogics app with a few taps of their thumbs. Hours and locations can be added from anywhere, eliminating the need to carry a logbook in the rig. Also, these records can easily be printed and emailed at any time.

Your vehicles must be marked with their respective DOT numbers, so be sure to add their number to their profile in order to avoid any confusion.

Try TruckLogics Today!


You have to keep your drivers DOT compliant, but that process doesn’t have to be difficult. Simplify managing your business and keeping up with all of your records today, with the help of TruckLogics. Sign up for your free 15-day trial to instantly take advantage of their innovative features for invoicing, maintenance tracking, electronic trip logs, and more.
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Friday, 2 June 2017

Roadcheck 2017 is Next Week!

Uh oh, it’s that time of year again. Now we bet you thought we were gonna say something about taxes, but that’s not the case today! Instead, it’s time for you to prepare for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual Roadcheck! If you’ll be on the road during this check know how to prepare for it.

What To Expect For Roadcheck 2017


Each year the CVSA focuses on a special category for their roadcheck inspection, and this year’s theme is cargo securement. Exciting right? The Roadcheck will take place over 48 hours from June 6th through the 8th, so if you’re on the road during the day or night expect to be inspected.

If you haven’t already it’s a good time to take this weekend to prepare yourself and your fleet for inspection. Make sure your tie downs are in good shape to properly secure your cargo, and make sure that they’re secured in the proper way, meaning they won’t come loose. They also need proper edge protection to avoid becoming rubbed to the point of breaking. Catch up on the full list of cargo securement standards here.

The inspection doesn’t stop at cargo security, it actually includes 37 steps that look at both the driver and vehicle, and that’s only for the level 1 inspection. So, if your tires need to be aligned or replaced, or your brakes need some work take care of it now. 

The level 1 37 step inspection includes the examination of:

The driver’s license
Hours of service
Motor carrier registration
Shipping Documentation
Seatbelt usage
The influence of drugs or alcohol
The brake systems
Cargo securement
Coupling devices
Driveline/Driveshaft
Exhaust systems
Frames
Fuel systems
Lighting devices
Steering mechanisms
Suspensions
Tires
Open top trailer bodies
Wheels - rims and hubs
Windshield wipers
And emergency exits (on buses)

What a list. If you think you can skip on by, do it at your own risk. The inspectors have gone through a 3-day training course, so they really know what to look for. Instead of trying to sneak by you can take a few steps to make the process go by faster and easier.
 
You’re busy and so are the inspectors, we understand that you don’t want your trip to be delayed because of your Roadcheck. However, 17 trucks or buses are inspected every minute during roadcheck and that’s a lot! It’s possible to get through your examination quickly if you have a positive attitude. Trust us, being polite really helps to speed the process along.

Also, looking professional helps. Clean your truck, both on the inside and out, and have all of your papers organized in a folder for your inspector to quickly look over. No one wants to be held up by you digging through papers in your truck for the ones you actually need.

Your attitude and level of professionalism could be the difference between a level 1 inspection or a deeper one. It could also mean the difference between a warning, citation, or further actions!

Pass This Year’s Roadcheck


Inspections may be a hassle, but as long as your rig is up to code then you’ll have nothing to worry about. Also, by providing a positive and professional attitude your inspection will pass before you know it and you’ll be back on your way.

For more trucking blogs visit TruckLogics.com and please share your experiences with Roadcheck in the comment section below.
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Thursday, 1 June 2017

Pre-filing For Form 2290 Opens Today!

Happy June. We’re sure you’re looking forward to all the summer fun that comes with this exciting month, even though in the back of your mind you know you have to file your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290 soon. Don’t let it hang over your head like a dark cloud, go ahead and knock it out today by pre-filing, so you can focus on summer fun!

Pre-Filing Your Form 2290


The pre-filing process is fast and easy. Simply head on over to our sister company, ExpressTruckTax and follow their step-by-step guide to complete your Form 2290 in a matter of minutes. 

Once your form is complete your 2290 will be transmitted directly to the IRS once they start accepting forms for the current 2017 Heavy Vehicle Use Tax season on July 1st.

When the season opens and your form is transmitted directly to the IRS you’ll receive a copy of your Schedule 1 via email, as soon as the IRS stamps it. You can also elect to receive your stamped Schedule 1 via text, fax, or postal mail, to send it to your carrier or whoever needs a copy.

As we mentioned above, the filing process is extremely easy. So easy that you don’t even need a computer to file. Download the ExpressTruckTax app to your smartphone or tablet to file at any time, even while you’re out on the road.

You begin by entering your basic business information such as your business name, address, and EIN (Employer Identification Number). A sole proprietor can use their name and home address, but you can’t use your SSN in place of your EIN. If you don’t have an EIN you can apply for one with the IRS online.

Then you’ll enter the following information for your qualifying vehicles such as their VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) and taxable gross weight. Be sure to include your suspended vehicles, meaning vehicles with less than 5,000 miles for the current tax season or 7,500 miles or less for agricultural vehicles.

The next step involves relaxing as ExpressTruckTax calculates the amount of Heavy Vehicle Use Tax you owe for you. Then you can pay the IRS through direct debit, electronic funds withdrawal, EFTPS, check or money order.  

Before transmitting your Form to the IRS ExpressTruckTax will present you with a summary of your information for your to check for mistakes. 

They’ll also perform a basic audit check on your form to catch for any basic errors. Once the process is complete your form will be transmitted to the IRS on July 1st and you’ll get your stamped Schedule 1 via email. 

There’s Another Way To Pre-File


Why go through the e-filing process yourself when you can have someone else take care of it for you over the phone? Give our sister company, TSNAmerica a call at 803.386.0320 so they can handle your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax for you. As a result, your form 2290 will be transmitted to the IRS on July 1st and as soon as the IRS stamps your Schedule 1 you'll receive your copy via email. 

Got Any Questions?


Taxes can be confusing but we’re here to help if you have any question regarding your 2290 please don’t hesitate to ask. Give us a call at TruckLogics Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM EST at 704.234.6946. You can also reach us via live chat and we offer 24/7 email support at support@trucklogics.com.
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