Thursday, 13 June 2013

Form 2290 - Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return

If you are a trucker and your vehicle is classified as a heavy highway vehicle and is driven on public roads you need to file form 2290 to receive your Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax return.

The easiest way to complete your tax return is to e-file. This allows you to enter all your information electronically, pay whatever fees you incurred and receive your actual return. This can be completed with a laptop so you have the convenience of completing your 2290 form on the road.

The first bit of information you need when filing your 2290 form is your Employer Identification Number (EIN). If you don't have that number when you e-file your can click the EIN link on and they will assign one to you. This process can take up to two weeks for them to give you an EIN if you don't have one. When you e-file, be sure that you use the same name you used when you applied for your Employer Identification Number.

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Why do you need an EIN? The IRS needs a system for protecting your privacy and making sure they know the identity of everyone that files a form 2290. They use your Employer Identification Number and your name as a way to identify who you are. Once you have e-filed a return, if these two bits of information don't match, your return will be rejected and cancelled.

If you own more than one heavy vehicle you must list every truck's vehicle identification number (VIN). The gross weight for each vehicle must also be listed on your form 2290.

Before you e-file take a minute to research on the software providers. Their services and special offers can vary a lot, so do some research and get the best deal. If you need help narrowing down that list for completing your form 2290, I suggest you visit the page where they have compiled a list of 2290 e-file partners.

Your last step when you e-file your form 2290 is to file and pay your excise tax. After you have chosen your software provider follow all the prompts to file your return. Ensure all the information is accurate. You can pay your funds using electronic funds withdrawal, (direct debit) or by using the electronic federal tax payment system. (EFTPS)

There are three types of amendments that can be filed electronically if any of your truck information changes. If you have an increase to taxable gross weight, you will need to notate the month it increased so you can accurately calculate and report the difference to the IRS. If you have the need to correct any VIN information. Lastly, if a suspended vehicle exceeds the mileage use limit during any period you need to report it to receive your corrected schedule 1.

When you e-file your 2290 HVUT you are able to electronically enter your information. You are also provided with a list of software providers. E-filing also allows you to receive your return faster. It simplifies the process and saves you time. Visit to file your form 2290 returns conveniently.



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