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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

What You Need to Know About Temporary Permits

What You Need to Know About Temporary Permits

What do you do when you need to travel to a jurisdiction that you have never been and don’t have the proper registration? Get a temporary permit! 

When Are Temporary Permits Required?

International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA)
IFTA reporting applies to all vehicles with:
  • Two axles and more than 26,000 lbs or
  • Vehicles with 3 or more axles regardless of weight when traveling in two or more jurisdictions (states)

You will need a temporary fuel permit if you will be traveling to another state without an IFTA decal and license.

International Registration Plan (IRP)
Applies to all vehicles with:
  • Two axles and more than 26,000 lbs or
  • Vehicles with 3 or more axles regardless of weight when traveling in two or more jurisdictions (states)

You will need a temporary trip permit if you are traveling to another state if the vehicle is not registered under the IRP. The trip permit must be obtained before entering the jurisdiction, and since processing costs and times vary based on state, it’s best to inquire as soon as you know you’ll need one.


When you request a permit with TSNAmerica, you will receive your permit typically on the same day. Click here to get started today.


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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Upcoming Truck Inspection Dates You Need To Know

Upcoming Inspection Dates You Need To Know
Just when you think we are out of the woods, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announces another inspection. If your rig is still operational, it is safe to assume you survived the CVSA Roadcheck 2018 last month. Here are the upcoming truck inspection dates you need to know.


Upcoming Truck Inspection Dates You Need To Know


CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week

July 15-21, 2018
During this weeklong trucking blitz, enforcement personnel will be on the lookout for unsafe commercial and passenger vehicle drivers. Meaning the focus this year will be on traffic violations, seat belt enforcement, driver roadside inspections, and driver regulatory compliance.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) “Large Truck Crash Causation Study” states that “driver behavior is the critical reason for more than 88 percent of large truck crashes and 93 percent of passenger vehicle crashes.”

Driving behaviors that will be targeted during this blitz will include speeding, distracted driving, texting, failure to wear a seat belt, following too closely, lane change violations, failure to obey traffic lights, and more.

Last year 39,000 citations and warnings were issued to drivers during the Operation Safe Driver Week.



CVSA’s Brake Safety Week 

Sept 16-22, 2018

CVSA enforcement officers will conduct roadside Level I inspections on commercial motor vehicles during this weeklong blitz. Inspectors will focus on brake components, including loose or missing parts; air or hydraulic fluid leaks, rotor conditions, pushrod travel, air chamber sizes, air reservoirs, and other brake components. If the officer finds critical brake violations, your rig will be placed out of service immediately.

Upcoming Inspection Dates You Need To KnowThe CVSA stated in a press release, “Properly functioning brake systems are crucial to safe CMV operation. Brakes must be routinely inspected and carefully and consistently maintained, so they operate and perform to the manufacturer’s specifications throughout the life of the vehicle. Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce braking efficiency, posing a serious risk to public safety on our roadways.”

Last year 14% of trucks inspected during the one-day brake safety blitz were placed out of service for critical brake violations.


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Monday, July 2, 2018

The IRS Form 2290 Filing Season is Here!

The IRS Form 2290 Filing Season is Here!

If you are an owner-operator with a registered heavy highway use vehicle in your name, you are required to file IRS Form HVUT to receive your stamped Schedule 1. July 1st marks the start of the IRS Form 2290 filing season. You can now submit your IRS Form 2290 and receive your stamped Schedule 1 in just a matter of minutes.

The IRS Form 2290 Filing Season is Here!

You will need to enter the following information to start your Form 2290 filing:
  • Business Name & Address
  • EIN (Employer Identification Number)
  • VIN (Vehicle Identification Number 
  • Gross Taxable Weight
  • Authorized signatory details

If you are going to pay the IRS via direct debit, be sure to have your routing and account number ready.

Please Note: Even though it is titled the Employer Identification Number, you must have one for Form 2290 filing. You will not be able to use your SSN (Social Security Number) to file your road tax 2290.
When you choose TSNAmerica to file your IRS Form 2290, we will file over the phone for you. Give us a call at 803.386.0320 and talk to one of our friendly US-based bilingual support team members.

Once we have your business and truck information, we will file your IRS Form 2290 on your behalf. You will then receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 in just a matter of minutes via email.


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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Everything You Need to Know About Form 2290 Filing

Everything You Need to Know About Form 2290 Filing
Tax season is barreling down the highway, so buckle up, because it’s not stopping. If your vehicle’s first used month was July then your HVUT Form 2290 due date is coming up. Don’t let this major deadline pass you by! Here is everything you need to know about Form 2290 filing.

Everything You Need to Know About Form 2290 Filing

Before we get into your Form 2290 filing, let’s go over what your heavy highway use tax is for those new to the industry. So who is required to file IRS Form 2290? If you are an Owner-Operator with a vehicle with more than 55,000 Ibs in gross weight, then Form 2290 filing applies to you.

You will need to file HVUT Form 2290 and pay taxes to receive your stamped Schedule 1. But why is this important? Well, without this little piece of paper you will be unable to renew your tags at the DMV or registration for IFTA, IRP, or UCR.



Your stamped Schedule 1 is your proof of payment for the heavy highway use tax. Once the IRS receives and approves your IRS Form 2290, you will get your stamped Schedule 1. When you file over the phone with TSNAmerica, the IRS will email your Schedule 1 with a digital watermark.

You will want to keep a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 in your truck at all times. If you are crossing international borders (Canada), the border patrol will check that you have a current stamped Schedule 1 before allowing you back into the US.

TSNAmerica: 803.386.0320


Form 2290 Filing Made Easy

Give us a call at 803.386.0320 for the easiest way to file your IRS Form 2290. Our outstanding bilingual support team will file Form 2290 while you are on the phone. The process is a straightforward 5-minute phone call, and as a result, you will receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email.


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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

You Need to Know What The Senate DOT Bill Contained

You Need to Know What The Senate DOT Bill Contained
The DOT bill released by the U.S. Appropriations Committee did not contain any trucking policy reform such as the ELD (Electronic Logging Device) mandate and Denham Amendment. The bill passed but the Senate Appropriations Committee differs from its counterpart passed by the House Committee. So what was included? You need to know what the Senate DOT bill contained.


You Need to Know What The Senate DOT Bill Contained

The bill passed by the U.S. House included the proposed changes to the ELD mandate for livestock haulers. It also prevented the Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) rule without the implementation of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program.

Unlike the House bill, the Senates does not heavily impact the trucking industry. It mainly focuses on general litigation and FMCSA mandated deadlines.

The Senate Appropriations Committee did direct the DOT to evaluate the needs of livestock drivers in relations to the ELD mandate further. The plan passed by the U.S. House extended the ELD exemption for both livestock and insect haulers to September 2019. The Senate committee stated that lawmakers should “consult with stakeholders, the Department of Agriculture and Congress on legislative solutions for drivers with unique working conditions.”

The current DOT funding expires at the end of September, however, the Senate has not set a date for considering the bill. Once consideration begins in the Senate, legislatures can add trucking reforms during the amendment process. The U.S. House has yet to bring the DOT appropriations bill to the floor as well.


You Need to Know What The Senate DOT Bill ContainedIf the two governing bodies pass a different version of the bill, the lawmakers will enter a conference committee to produce a finalized bill. This will then be passed again by the respective governing bodies. Any trucking reform that is attached would be subject to intense review during the committee process. 

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

What You Need to Know About the Denham Amendment 2018

What You Need to Know About the Denham Amendment 2018
The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) reauthorization 2018 bill passed through the House on April 26, 2018, and included an amendment that will affect all within the trucking industry. The Denham-Cuellar-Costa Amendment simply known as the Denham Amendment has received very mixed reactions from those within the trucking industry. Here is what you need to know about the Denham Amendment 2018.

What You Need to Know About the Denham Amendment 2018

Sponsored by U.S. House representatives Jeff Denham (R-Cali), Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), and Jim Costa (D-Cali), the Denham Amendment will provide standardized meal and rest breaks for truckers. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) believe that the amendment will streamline interstate commerce by further federalizing the hours-of-service rules and regulations. However, on the other end of the spectrum, you have the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), they believe the Denham Amendment is a threat to drivers fair pay and breaks.

What Does The Denham Amendment Mean?

Before we get into the current industry fight, we will review the facts about the Denham Amendment and how it will affect you. In summary, the amendment will prevent an individual state from setting their own rules and regulations. All drivers will need to abide by the Department of Transportation’s (DOTs) hours-of-service by federal law.

What You Need to Know About the Denham Amendment 2018
Under the current federal hours-of-service regulations, drivers are required to take a 20-minute break after driving for eight hours. This means drivers can now work longer hours without taking breaks and without violating state laws.
For example, California requires a 10-minute break for every four hours driven and a 30-minute meal break for every five working hours. The new hours-of-service will be enforced using a mandated Electronic Logging Device (ELD).


ATA Vs. OOIDA

So what do both parties want regarding the Denham Amendment?:

American Trucking Associations (ATA):
  • They want unified regulations that will not hamper interstate commerce.
  • ATA believes productivity will rise with the Denham Amendment since drivers can continue driving to meet shipment times.
  • This will cause less confusion when crossing into new jurisdictions.


Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA):
  • They believe this will deter drivers from taking much-needed breaks, potentially causing accidents and a decrease in productivity.
  • Under the Denham Amendment drivers wages will be standardized as well because companies will not be required to meet state-imposed minimum wages. 


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Monday, June 4, 2018

New IRS Form 2290 Payment Options

Have You Heard About the New IRS Form 2290 Payment Options?

Have You Heard About the New IRS Form 2290 Payment OptionsIt may be hard to believe, but it’s already time to start filing your 2018-19 2290! If you’re currently thinking, “Wait, 2290 season doesn’t start until July?” then you would be correct, partially. Since we’ve worked hand-in-hand with the IRS for more than ten years now, we are excited to offer IRS Form 2290 filing for the 2018-19 tax year ahead of schedule. This is exclusive for ExpressTruckTax customers so you can get back to enjoying time with your family instead of worrying about filing your 2290 tax form.

IRS Payment Methods for Form 2290

When you file Form 2290 over the phone with TSNAmerica, all you have to do it give us your information and we will file on your behalf in a matter of minutes. When it is time to pay you can choose between 3 different payment options based on the most convenient method for you.

Direct Debit or Electronic Funds Withdrawal (EFW)

Provide your banking information (account and routing number) through TSNAmerica’s safe and secure system to authorize the IRS to debit the amount you owe from your bank account. It is important that your account has enough funds to cover the amount you owe.

The amount is generally withdrawn in 24 to 48 hours after providing authorization. Keep in mind that this involves your banking information, not your credit/debit card number.

If you need to cancel your payment contact IRS payment services at 1.888.353.4537 at least 2 days before the payment date.

EFTPS (Electronic Federal Tax Payment System) is the electronic tax payment system used by the IRS. If you choose this payment option you will be taken to the EFTPS site, and you’ll create a free account. Please keep in mind that it can take up to 10 business days to establish this type of account.

To pay the IRS through EFTPS, you will provide your bank account information and verify that the IRS is allowed to withdraw your tax payment from that account. In order to make your payment by the deadline, you must schedule it before 8 p.m. the day before the deadline for it to be received by the IRS in time.

Direct Debit or Electronic Funds Withdrawal (EFW)


You can also pay the amount of HVUT you owe with a Check or Money Order. If you choose this option you will need to print your completed payment voucher, 2290-V, from page 11 of your completed 2290 Form and mail to the IRS by the August 31st deadline.

Make your check or money order payable to the United States Treasury. Also, you will need to include your name, address, EIN, the date, and the words “IRS Form 2290” with your payment.

Do not staple your payment and voucher together.
Have You Heard About the New IRS Form 2290 Payment Options?

Send your payment and voucher 2290-V to:
Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 804525,
Cincinnati, OH 45280-4525

Remember, never send cash through the mail.

Important: If you have already paid your HVUT via Direct Debit or EFW and received a letter from the IRS saying they were unable to debit the funds there are a few likely causes:

- Your account and routing number were entered into ExpressTruckTax incorrectly. Even entering one character incorrectly will prevent the IRS from being able to withdraw the amount you owe.
- The IRS tried to debit your account, but you had insufficient funds. If you are even as little as 50 cents short then the IRS will not debit the funds.

If you receive a letter from the IRS saying they could not withdraw the funds from the bank account provided then you will need to send a check or money order to the IRS in order to pay the amount you owe by the August 31st deadline.



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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

How to Get an HVUT Refund With Form 8849?

 How to Get an HVUT Refund With Form 8849?Congrats! You finally got out of the old hunker of a rig, and now you drive a brand new shiny truck that’s from this century.

But you paid your 2290 for the truck before you sold it and now you’re out $500.

Well, what if I told you could get that money back? Some may call it magic, others call TSNAmerica.

When we file a Form 8849 on your behalf for you're sold/destroyed/stolen vehicle, we’ll help you get your paid 2290 tax fee back.

Unsure? Let me give you some background on the form and how we can do it.


Form 8849

To put it simply, Form 8849 is designed to let the IRS know that you’ve sold your truck, or that it was destroyed or stolen and the taxes you paid on it should be returned for it that you need back.

Your previous truck is considered exempt so that tax money should come back to you.


How Does That Work?

That’s simple too! To get money back with Form 8849, just give TSNAmerica a call.

Be ready to provide us with your correct name and address ready, also your EIN, the vehicle’s information, and when it was sold/destroyed/stolen. Then let us do the rest.


One More Time for Clarity

Your sold, stolen, or destroyed vehicle is worth money if you paid your HVUT Form 2290 before selling it.

All you need to do to get a refund back on the taxes for that truck is to give us a call and let us help you.

So what are you waiting for? Pick up the phone and call TSNAmerica at 803.386.0320. We’ll be glad to help you get the money back that you deserve.




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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Advanced HVUT Form 2290 Online Filing is Here!


It is that time of year again! It is time to file your IRS Form 2290 and receive your shiny new stamped Schedule 1. Instead of waiting around until the last moment how about filing your HVUT Form 2290 in advance? There is no need to pay your taxes now you have all summer for that, but you can quickly get IRS filing out of the way. Focus on growing your business this summer now that advanced HVUT Form 2290 online filing is here.

Advanced HVUT Form 2290 Online Filing is Here!

Before we get too far, let me explain a little more about advanced HVUT Form 2290 filing. Advanced filing is more or less the same as e-filing your return; the only difference is that your return is filed and transmitted before July 1st. The IRS starts accepting Heavy Vehicle Use Taxes beginning on July 1st and runs until the deadline on August 31st.

However, with advanced filing, you can skip the call waiting and file your return today. When the IRS opens, TSNAmerica will automatically transmit your forms. You will be among the first to receive your stamped Schedule 1.

However, you should note that if you file your HVUT Form 2290 in advance, you will need to mail your tax payment to the IRS via check or money order by August 31. 


Who Can File IRS Form 2290 in Advance?

That is a good question with a straightforward answer. Everyone! You can file your HVUT tax in advance and renew your Schedule 1 for your heavy use vehicle with a gross weight of 55,000 or more ( 7,500 miles for agricultural vehicles). 


When Should I File?

You can file in advance right now! I know that you don’t like filing your taxes (honestly the only people that get excited about tax time are CPA’s). However, when you file in advance, you don’t have to worry about it again until July 2019. Also, who wants the IRS breathing down their neck when the deadline is fast approaching?


Don't believe that myth about filing your HVUT tax in advance:

YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY WHEN YOU FILE!!


Call us today and file over the phone. It is that simple!

Our US-based support team is waiting on the other end of this line for your call. Don’t keep us waiting too long or you will miss out on some fantastic discounts and giveaways. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.



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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

What You Need to Know to be a Successful Owner-Operator

New owner-operator using TSNAmerica to file his 2290 over the phone
Trucking is a competitive industry that millions of people try to break into every year. Also, many truckers seek to make the transition from truck driver to owner-operator, and unfortunately a lot of them fail. This is a major decision that should not be taken lightly. Whether you are a rookie or seasoned vet, you have dreamed of owning your own big rig. So before you jump head first, here is what you need to know to be a successful owner-operator.


What You Need to Know to be a Successful Owner-Operator

So you are transitioning from a company driver to a free and independent owner-operator. Before you splurge on a shiny new rig, there are several things you need to consider and should know. 


1. You Need a Boat Load of Money 🛥️

That’s right. To start off you will need a lot of cold hard cash.

The biggest investment you will need to prepare for will, of course, be your truck. It is a good idea to put down a decent down payment toward financing or to lease your truck. A large down payment will keep your monthly payments more affordable. Also, this will help you when you apply for a loan and give you more options with a lower interest rate.

In addition to your truck, you will need money for starting out. You will need money for expenses such as food, lodging, fuel, oil changes, and any unexpected repairs.

If you are planning to charge these expenses on a credit card I highly encourage you to reconsider. Remeber that they do come with interest and if they remain unpaid for an extended amount of time your credit will be affected. And on that note let's move on to my next point.


2. You Need to Have Good Credit

Back on the road after filing 2290 over the phone with TSNAmericaNot having solid credit is a mistake most owner-operators make when starting their trucking business. If you have a poor credit rating, there are still several financing companies that will give you a loan for a new truck. However, many lose their truck because of personal financial situations and/or continued poor spending habits.

As a business owner, your success will largely be determined by your time and money management. 


3. You Need a Reliable Business and Tax Advise

Before you start your trucking business, it is always a good idea to seek out professional advice. They will help with planning, organization, and education. It is always useful to talk to a fellow driver in preparation; however, there is a lot at stake when you start your own trucking business. 



4. You Need to be Single or Have a Solid Relationship

This is a point that many don’t take into full consideration when becoming an owner-operator. The time spent away from your family, and significant other can lead to any number of problems. If you don’t have a solid relationship the time spent apart can spell trouble and the time spent away from small children can be devastating.

Being an owner-operator is hard on families so before you start down this road consider what is important to you. This could lead to financial stability but this is a decision that should not be taken lightly.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

How To File Your HVUT Form 2290 Now!

While you are sitting in traffic you can go ahead and file your 2290 over the phone with TSNAmericaIt may be hard to believe, but it’s already almost time for you to start filing those 2290's! If you’re currently thinking, “Wait, 2290 season doesn’t start until July?” then you would be correct -- kind of. But TSNAmerica does the unthinkable…

That’s right; you can file your 2290's now!

How Do I File Form 2290?

That’s easy -- just give us a call at 803.386.0320 and talk to one of our friendly, US-based support team members. Once we get your truck information and everything we need to file your 2290 on your behalf, and you can just sit back and relax.

On July 1, once the tax season officially opens up, we’ll transmit your return to the IRS for you. And as soon as they accept it, we’ll email you your stamped Schedule 1.

After that, you’re good to go until July of 2019!

What are the Benefits of Filing Form 2290 Today?


When you pre-file your 2290 over the phone you can keep on trucking
  • Filing before July 1st gives you more time (two months worth!) to amend your return if it gets rejected or if you make a mistake.
  • Filing today doesn’t mean you have to prepay your taxes! You won’t have to pay any taxes until July 1 if you choose to pay with Electronic Funds Withdrawal (EFW). And if you choose to pay by check or money order, you'll have until August 31! That's almost four full months to save up for your taxes.
  • You can still use the same three payment methods you’re used to: Direct Debit (EFW), EFTPS, and Check/Money Order.
  • Your return will be at the very top of the stack when the IRS begins processing returns on July 1. This means you’ll get your Stamped Schedule 1 before anyone else, too!
  • Then you can get back to your life! After you give us a call, we’ll take it from there. We will securely transmit your return to the IRS for you and then email you your Schedule 1.


Seriously, what are you waiting for? Stop worrying about those pesky 2290's today and don't think about it until next July by giving us a quick call today at 803.386.0320!



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