DOT Update Due Date Breakdown

If you have a US DOT number, then you probably already know it needs to be updated once every two years. This is called a biennial update.

But when exactly is your due date?? The FMCSA SAFER System tells you when you last renewed but doesn’t exactly post a “due date” anywhere! That’s because the due date is buried in the actual DOT number.

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IRS Notice Decoder – Form 2290 Proof for Suspended Vehicles

The IRS said they would begin auditing Form 2290, and we’re starting to see it happen when suspended vehicles are reported. It seems the IRS is looking for PROOF that the mileage stayed below the maximum limit, and they are assessing taxes if the documents they want aren’t provided or if the documents provided indicate the vehicle traveled in excess of the mileage limitation.

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IFTA Grace Period Memo

Do you have an IFTA license and sticker? Did you get your new credentials in the mail yet? If not, the grace period is quickly coming to an end.

There is a two months grace period to display your new sticker, and get the new license in the truck. That means you have until the end of February to get up to date.

This grace period is only good for people who have applied for the New Year and are up to date on last year. If you have not yet filed and paid for 3rd Quarter 2013 this grace period does not apply to you.

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New Year Record Keeping

Last week we talked about how busy the New Year can be. There are permits to renew, licenses to get and every kind and color of sticker that needs to go on the truck door. This week we’re following up and talking briefly about the record keeping requirements.

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Are You Ready For The New Year?

The New Year means all kinds of new things. Often the New Year is busier for truckers than anybody else. There are all kinds of permits to renew. There are licenses to renew. There are taxes to file and pay. The list never ends…

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IRS Computer Basics

We get tons of Form 2290 questions about how the IRS works and how e-file works. The short answer is that,  “it’s complicated.” The long answer is that the IRS has such a big job to do that they need more than one type of computer to get everything done. Below is a simple explanation of just the basics. We’ll only talk about two of the IRS computer systems, and call them Computer A and Computer  B.

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E-Tax: Making Things Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy

It is the beginning of August, the sun feels like it’s shining brighter than it ever has before, and all I can think about is how good an ice cold glass of lemonade would taste right now. That glass of lemonade would taste even more refreshing if I were a truck driver who worked outside in this heat all day. But it’s that time of the year where the lemonade has to wait and all owner/operators of trucks need to file those Form 2290’s. Thankfully, e-Tax exists to make filing quick and easy. This results fewer fines and penalties. Fewer fines and penalties mean you can buy more lemonade, among other things…

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VIN Correction For Your Convenience

Mistakes happen all the time with vehicle identification numbers (VIN). After all, there are up to 17 characters you need to get right.  It’s also easy to make mistakes if you’re in a hurry. Fortunately, correcting wrong VIN numbers is easy and it’s part of the services we offer.

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The Highway Trust Fund: Where my e-Form 2290 Taxes Go

A Message from Molly

As I was doing my research of all things E-Form 2290, I knew it would take a lot of work. When reading about the Highway Trust Fund, I wondered, “Does the person who wrote this even understand what it all means?!” It’s crazy complicated, but have no fear! You have me to help you through it! I have researched and sorted through all the mumbo jumbo and will be discussing only what you need to know about the Highway Trust Fund.

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