Suspended vehicles are vehicles that travel less than 5,000 miles on public highways (7,500 miles for agricultural vehicles). These types of vehicles still need to file a Form 2290, but will owe $0 in taxes. Since there is no tax amount due to the IRS for these kinds of vehicles, the IRS wants proof that your vehicle travels under that mileage limit.
We have been noticing more and more of our customers who have filed suspended returns get audited by the IRS and did not have the right kind of proof to defend themselves. We don’t want this happening to anyone else.
Forms of Proof
Acceptable forms of proof that your vehicle is under the mileage limit, include:
- Fuel Use Tax Returns
- State Registration, Licenses or Cab Cards
- Mileage records, log books, trip manifests, etc…
- IRP Schedule B miles (used for IRP registration)
- IFTA Tax Reports
- Repair Tickets and Maintenance Receipts
Don’t Have ANY Forms of Proof Listed Above?
I would urge you to start keeping records immediately. Keeping good records will cover your back if and when an audit arises. But maybe your truck didn’t move at all, or you don’t need to deal with IFTA or IRP Registration… what do you do then? Here is a list of some other forms of proof that may work:
- Dated pictures of your odometer, one taken on July 1 and the other taken on June 30 of the following year
- A copy of your truck insurance that shows the vehicle was not insured because it was not moving
- A copy of your income tax return that shows no fuel expenses
The more proof is always better. Try gathering as much of this information as possible.
Just A Reminder
We recommend keeping records of everything within the past 5 years relating to your truck. This is just a reminder of what kinds of records to keep and the importance they hold. Please call us at (909) 596-0050 if you have any questions about this article. We are always happy to help.
Written by Molly Harris