Trucker Stigma: A Low Status Occupation?

The general public has a negative view of trucking as a low status career. People rank truck driver alongside “undesirable” jobs such as filling station attendants, janitors, longshoremen, and bus drivers. It’s interesting to note how many jobs considered to be low status are directly involved in moving people and produce across the country, but that’s neither here nor there. Tell a stranger you’re a doctor and they respect you. Tell someone you’re a trucker and, well, you’ve probably seen the response firsthand.

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Truck Drivers and Tax Deductions

At 2290Tax.com we help owner operators, companies, and paid preparers complete the necessary unpleasantness of paying the IRS as quickly and painlessly as possible. We’re also big believers in never paying the taxman more than you legally have to, so we thought we’d share some advice on what truckers can, and cannot, deduct on their taxes.

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Truck Log Books—Frustrating to Some, Vital to All

Truck drivers tend to be an independent-minded lot and sometimes filling out a truck log book can seem like a hindrance. Such rules are often vital, however, as a means of preventing driver fatigue and overwork. It’s for this very reason truck drivers are required to fill in Department of Transportation logbooks. It’s a means of making the trucker responsible for monitoring his or her own on and off-duty hours.  

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New EIN & The 2 Week Delay

What do you mean by “New EIN”?

Were you issued your Employer Identification Number just under 2 weeks ago? If the answer is yes, then your EIN is what we like to call “new.” As the IRS states in the picture you can not file your 2290 electronically until the 2 weeks pass. The reason is that it takes two weeks for the your Employer Identification Number to become part of the IRS e-file records.

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Quick Tips for Truckers Crossing the Canadian Border

A border crossing can seriously delay travel time, and in the trucking industry, time is most definitely money. Fortunately, a well-prepared trucker can usually cross the US / Canadian border with a minimum of delays (barring, of course, heavy traffic through customs).

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Making Your Job Easier: 2290Tax and Paid Preparers

Paid preparers make life easier for many truck drivers who need help submitting their 2290 tax forms, or who simply want to pay someone else to do the paperwork. And if you run a large fleet, a paid preparer is absolutely essential. Paid preparers are the unsung heroes of the trucking industry, quietly submitting tax forms and arranging for Stamped Schedule 1 forms so truckers can focus on the highway and not the IRS.

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