Tuesday, 7 May 2019

How To Make Form 2290 Simplified For You

2019 Form 2290 filing is active. Truckers must file to avoid penalties.

Form 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.


E-File HVUT 2290 to save time and money on Form 2290 filing.

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:


  • 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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