The DOT Doctor’s Blog

July 15, 2009

It’s the time for Tax 2290 (Highway Heavy Vehicle Use Tax)

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Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax season is just around the corner. For most tax 2290 filers, the due date for tax period July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010, is August 31, 2009. IRS has mandated e-filing for taxpayers with 25 or more taxable highway vehicles with registered gross weight of 55,000 lbs or more, but always encouraged everyone to file their forms electronically.

Also for vehicles placed in service after July 31, 2009, Tax 2290 and schedule 1 must be filed, and the tax paid, by the last day of the month after the month the vehicle is first used in the tax period. For example, if a taxpayer begins using a taxable highway vehicle in September 2009, the due date for filing Tax 2290 and paying the tax is October 31, 2009.

“Taxpayers should take advantage of the benefits of filing Tax 2290 electronically,” IRS Excise Tax Program Director Ricky Stiff said. “This really isn’t new. Most taxpayers file and pay their personal federal income taxes using a computer and this is no different. The best part of tax 2290 e-file is that taxpayers will receive their Schedule 1 almost immediately.

“There is no more waiting for Schedule 1 to come in the mail and truckers can then register their vehicles right away.” Most states require a stamped Schedule 1 before a trucker can register their vehicle and obtain proper license tags.

E-filing Tax2290 will also reduce errors that can occur with paper filing which means less correspondence with the IRS.

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In addition to Tax 2290, excise Tax 720, Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return, and Tax 8849, Claim for Refund of Excise Taxes (Schedules 3 and 6), may also be filed electronically.

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