Why Your EIN is Required On Your 2290

The IRS is accepting and processing Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) Returns, meaning you can go ahead and knock out your Form 2290 today and receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1, as long as you’re prepared to file. What involves being prepared to file? Having your EIN, so learn everything about it here today!

Why Your EIN is Important

REMEMBER: You need your EIN to complete your 2290 form.

Your EIN or Employer Identification Number is a number assigned by the IRS to identify employers and others with no employees who are required to file various tax returns. It helps the IRS prove that you are in fact you to prevent fraud. You do not need a business to get an EIN, EINs are assigned to sole proprietors to file pensions or excise tax returns.

Each EIN assigned by the IRS consists of 9 digits, similar to Social Security Numbers, where some confusion can come into play. However, these numbers are totally different and should remain separated. EINs identify businesses and sole proprietorships, while SSNs are used to identify individuals.

To make matters even more cloudy, in the past you could use your SSN in place of your EIN on your 2290 form. However, this is no longer the case. If you use your SSN instead of your EIN on your form then it will be rejected.


If you need an EIN you can apply for one online with the IRS. Once you apply for your EIN you’ll receive it instantly. However, it takes about 15 days for new EINs to update in the IRS’s system. During this time your form could get rejected, so give yourself enough time before the August 31st deadline to get your EIN if you need one.

Once you have one you’re good. Write it down, remember it. However, you may need a new EIN if you’re subject to a bankruptcy proceeding, take in new partners or begin to operate as a partnership, become incorporated, or purchase or inherit an existing business.

One thing to note is that when you file your 2290 your business information and EIN must match what the IRS has on file for your business, otherwise your form may get rejected. If you’re unsure about your information, call the IRS directly (800) 829-4933 to see if it matches.

The Top 2290 Filing Options

If you still need to file your Form 2290 check out ExpressTruckTax. You can use their step-by-step e-filing guide to complete your form in a matter of minutes and you’ll get your stamped Schedule 1 via email within about 15 minutes. Plus, you can use the ExpressTruckTax app on your smartphone or tablet to file at any time from any location.

You can also give TSNAmerica a call at 803.386.0320 to have one of their outstanding representatives file your 2290 for you. That’s right, you can handle all of your 2290 needs with one simple phone call and as a result, your copy of your stamped Schedule 1 will instantly be sent to your email address.

We’re Here To Help

If you need any assistance in regard to filing truck taxes or have any questions about TruckLogics please don’t hesitate to contact our dedicated support team. We’re available over the phone Monday – Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST at 704.234.6946. We also offer live chat and 24/7 email support at [email protected].

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