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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Complete Form 2290 for 2019 Guide Filers Need

And the 2290 deadline countdown continues! Before you know it, September 3rd will be here and your Form 2290 for 2019 will be due to the IRS.

If this is your first or second time filing 2290 highway use tax, you may need a helping hand to complete the process.

We’ve gathered a few tips that you can use to your advantage with a complete Form 2290 for 2019 guide filers need.

Truck drivers discussing the Form 2290 for 2019 complete filing guide

The Complete Form 2290 For 2019 Guide Filers Need

Whether you have handled Form 2290 filing in the past or this is your first rodeo, it never hurts to get a better understanding of what IRS 2290 is and the information you need to meet the 2290 filing deadline.

Here’s a brief overview to bring you up to speed.

What is IRS Form 2290?

IRS 2290 Form is used annually to report heavy highway use tax. Owner-Operators with vehicles that have more than 55,000 lbs in gross weight must file by the Form 2290 due date on Tuesday, September 3.

Furthermore, if you are an owner-operator with a registered heavy highway use vehicle in your name, you must file and receive a stamped Schedule 1.

No worries, we’ll get to 2290 Schedule 1 in just a few.

Information Required to File IRS 2290

When it comes to filing IRS 2290, there is just a handful of information that you will need:

  • Business Name & Address
  • EIN (Employer Identification Number)
  • VIN (Vehicle Identification Number
  • Gross Taxable Weight
  • Authorized Signatory Details

What You Need To Know About Schedule 1 Form 2290

See? We didn’t forget about 2290 Schedule 1! It’s pretty hard to especially since it is such an important document.

2290 Schedule 1 allows you to renew your vehicle’s tags at the DMV or register for IFTA, IRP, or UCR. A stamped Schedule 1 also provides proof of payment for the heavy highway use tax, since the IRS won’t issue one until the tax is paid.

Note: Always keep a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 Form 2290 in your truck, especially if you are crossing international borders (Canada)–Border Patrol will definitely be asking for it!


How To File Form 2290 by the September 3 Deadline

Driver filing Form 2290 by phone with TSNAmericaIf you enjoy being an owner-operator and traveling across North America, TSNAmerica has the perfect filing solution for you to file your Form 2290 for 2019–phone filing!

Once you have gathered required information, simply pick up the phone and give us a call at 803.386.0320 so one of our friendly US-based bilingual support team members can file your IRS Form 2290 on your behalf!

In just 5-10 minutes you will complete your annual filing requirements and will receive a digital copy of the stamped Schedule 1 Form 2290 via email.

Call us today and keep Uncle Sam off of your tail this tax season!



Let TSNAmerica File For You:

803.386.0320

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Truck Driving Tips To Help You Stay Alert On The Road

truck driver preparing for long haul with truck driving tips to stay alert on the road
Early mornings, late nights, long days, and crazy sleep schedules while on the road can make it difficult to stay alert.

Staying awake and alert for long periods of time plays a critical part in your safety and productivity as you Keeping America Trucking.

Here are 10 truck driving tips to help you stay alert on the road.

Truck Driving Tips To Help You Stay Alert On The Road

1) Avoid Exhaustion

NEWS FLASH! You and your fuel tank can’t be on “E” prior to your next haul! Adequate sleep is necessary to avoid exhaustion and reckless driving while on the road.

Take more frequent naps and get as many hours of sleep as possible. The more rested you are the more alert you will be!

2) Stay Away From Large Doses of Caffeine

Many drivers depend on caffeine to get them through the day. Although a cup of coffee here and there won’t hurt, too much caffeine will lead to a caffeine overload and ultimately put your health at risk.

Go easy on the caffeine, please!

3) Don’t Eat Large Portions of Food

As tempting as it may be, you can’t eat it all. A full belly will make you sleepy and cause you to not be fully alert while on the road.

4) Excercise

Taking a quick 5-minute walk at your next truck stop or rest area will give your body a new-found boost of energy that you need and even help you burn a few calories.

5) Take a Nap

Jumpstart your next drive with a quick 15-20 minute nap before hitting the road. Sleeping for less than one hour gives your body the energy it needs to stay awake longer.

6) Avoid Lights with High Contrast

The high contrast between pitch black and bright lights causes your eyes to feel sleepy. Be cautious when driving and avoid looking directly into bright lights.

7) Turn the Volume Up

Let’s get this driving party started! Upbeat music helps keep your energized, especially when you sing along with it.

8) Take Vitamins

The best vitamins to take for a boost of energy are Vitamins B & C! Take them alongside a healthy meal and get the energy you need for the long haul.

9) Open the Window

If you’re like me, a crisp breeze at night from outside will help keep you alert. Studies show that cold air gives your body a temporary boost and keep yous awake longer. Give it a try!

Driver getting rest to help stay alert on the road10) Pull over if you are tired

This one is a “no-brainer”. If you find yourself becoming tired or distracted during your haul, simply pull over and rest. Your safety, along with the safety of other drivers and haulers on the road, is extremely important.

Always get rest when needed!



Get Rest & File Form 2290

Once you’ve taken the time to get the adequate rest that you need be sure to file your Form 2290 for 2019 by the upcoming September 3rd deadline.

The fastest way to complete your Form 2290 filing is by filing over the phone with one of our bilingual support representatives.

Simply grab your business name & address, EIN, VIN, gross taxable weight, and authorized signatory details and give us a call at 803.386.0320 to handle your Form 2290 filing. Once you file you will receive your stamped Schedule 1 via email in minutes.



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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

This Free IFTA Tax Calculator Will Blow You Away

This Free IFTA Tax Calculator Will Blow You Away

I don’t know about you, but it feels like we just filed and paid the IFTA fuel tax. Oh, how the time flies! Because unfortunately, the next IFTA deadline is right around the corner.

Your 2nd quarter IFTA report is due Wednesday, July 31st! If you need to generate your federal fuel tax report you have come to the right place–– here’s how we can help.

Your Free IFTA Tax Calculator

So you're looking for a free IFTA Tax calculator? You might find some labeled as “free” but are they?

Well, one of our goals at TSNAmerica is to take the hassle out of filing your taxes. One of the many ways we achieve this is by providing you with a completely free IFTA mileage calculator app. Download the app to your smartphone or tablet and calculate your IFTA fuel tax in a matter of seconds, no matter where you are.


IFTA Mileage Calculator Instructions:
1. Select your Base Jurisdiction
2. Select your IFTA Quarter & Fuel Type
3. Enter the Miles Traveled & Fuel Purchased per state

Now you can sit back and relax as the IFTA tax calculator app handles all of the complicated federal fuel tax calculators for you. Your total miles, gallons, and miles per gallon will be displayed along with the amount of IFTA fuel tax you owe.

You can then email this IFTA tax report to yourself or any recipients by entering any email address and clicking send.

ExpressIFTA Is Your IFTA Reporting Solution

This Free IFTA Tax Calculator Will Blow You AwayAt TSNAmerica we have your back to help you easily prepare your IFTA report to file by the deadline. Simply check out our sister, ExpressIFTA to easily import and track all the information you need to complete your IFTA return online in one convenient location.

The process is quick and easy! You can import all of your data at once with the bulk upload feature or even directly upload all of your mileage information right from your GPS. However, you can also keep detailed trip sheet entries. ExpressIFTA lets you handle your reporting at your own pace.

Then at the end of each quarter, all of your totals will be automatically calculated in an easy to read IFTA report. Your IFTA report can be downloaded, printed, emailed, and used to instantly complete your return!



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Friday, July 12, 2019

Step on the Gas! It's Time For The Truckers Jamboree

All the talk this summer has been about IRS Form 2290. Well, we think you’ve earned a break.

If you’re around Walcott, Iowa this weekend, check out the 40th annual Truckers Jamboree! And if you’re not, you better start driving because it looks like a fantastic event.

With over 175 exhibits, carnival games, fireworks, food and more, there’s plenty to do. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to meet others in the truck transport industry. It’s the perfect chance to network and exchange industry secrets.

Event admission and parking are completely free, so go check it out!

Step on the Gas! It's time for the Truckers Jamboree

What is the Truckers Jamboree?

Every year, the folks at the Iowa 90 Truckstop host the Truckers Jamboree. They’re located off Exit 284 on I-80 in Walcott, Iowa.

Now, this isn’t just any truck stop. In fact, it’s the largest truck stop in America!

Since 1979, this event has been a huge celebration of America’s Truckers. The Truckers Jamboree is a much-needed chance to show appreciation to the drivers who keep America running by delivering things we consume daily.

It’s also an opportunity for truckers to relax and connect with others in the truck transport industry, and a great place for families to come together and celebrate their livelihood. 

Events Happening at the Largest Truck Stop

Iowa 80, the World's Largest Truckstop
The Truckers Jamboree started yesterday, July 11, but the festivities will continue today, July 12 and tomorrow, July 13.

Friday’s events start at 10 AM with various exhibits and Super Truck/Antique Truck displays. At 10:30 there will be a Pet Contest, followed by an Iowa Pork Chop cookout at 11!

Events continue into the night with music performances and more, ending with a fireworks display at 9 PM.

On Saturday, events kick off at 9AM. The highlights of Saturday’s Truckers Jamboree festivities include a donut wall, Trucker Olympics, and Truck Contest Awards!

Get Your IRS Form 2290 Out of the Way Before You Go!


Now hold on just one second... it’s not the weekend quite yet! There’s still some work to be done.

Don’t start your weekend worrying about paperwork.

Do it now, BEFORE you head to the truckers jamboree. Call us today and let us file your Form 2290 for you.

We’re here to help make your IRS 2290 filing process as easy as possible and take the paperwork out of your way.

If in this tax period, you first used your vehicle in June of 2018, you must file IRS Form 2290 and make your payment by July 31, 2019.

Avoid the temptation to save your IRS 2290 Form until the last minute. Get it done NOW in minutes.

File Form 2290 by phone with TSNAmerica and move on with your life.



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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

What To Expect From Upcoming Truck Inspections

One thing we like to say around here is "stay ready, so you don't have to get ready".

We are halfway through 2019 and there are still a couple truck inspections and important dates, like the 2019 Form 2290 filing deadline, you have to make it through.

The CVSA's Operation Safe Driver Week 2019 and the CVSA's Brake Safety Week are approaching.

If you're still operating your rig, it is safe to say you survived the CVSA Roadcheck 2019.

If you have been in the industry you know that the truck inspections don't stop there. Here are a few upcoming truck inspection dates you need to be aware of.


Upcoming Truck Inspection Dates


CVSA's Operation Safe Driver Week 2019 (July 14-20, 2019)
The first truck inspection date you should remember is the CVSA's Operation Safe Driver Week 2019. This inspection will last from July 14th to July 20th.

 Each year this inspection focusses on some form of dangerous driver behavior and this year there is an emphasis on speeding. 

During this week, North American jurisdictions will be promoting and endorsing the message: "Late won't kill you, speeding will"

Speeding is the one thing we have all been found guilty of from time to time, so this comes as a forewarning to every trucker with a led foot, who may get stopped.

The CVSA will partner with law enforcement personnel to issue warnings and/or citations to drivers operating a commercial vehicle or passenger vehicle, driving at unlawful speeds.



Previous Operation Safe Driver Week Results
During the CVSA's Operation Safe Driver Week last year, there was nearly 17,000 passenger vehicle pulled over alone for speeding and almost 2,000 commercial vehicles. In addition to those, 17 commercial vehicles were given a citation for driving too fast for the weather conditions.


CVSA's Brake Safety Week 2019: (September 15-21, 2019)
The CVSA's Brake Safety Week will be taking place from September 15th through 201th. Roadside safety truck inspections will be conducted on commercial vehicles throughout North American jurisdictions. 

During this truck inspection, any vehicle found with critical brake violations, or other critical violations, will not be able to travel until they are up to protocol.  

Any commercial vehicle that passes the truck inspection during the CVSA Brake Safety Week 2019 will receive a CVSA decal to identify them as such. 

Alongside the truck inspection, law enforcement will also be doing outreach and bringing awareness to the importance of proper brake safety.






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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

How To Be A Trucking Father On The Road

Some people call me a truck driver the most important call me dad

Happy Father's Day 2019!


Father’s Day 2019 is this weekend and in honor of the amazing trucking father’s we all know, Truck Services of North America (TSNAmerica) is giving you our own outline of how you can be a trucking father on the road. There are a lot of books, podcasts, YouTube videos and more than try and give us the blueprint to parenthood and the truth is there is no blueprint.

With that being said, being a transportation professional with a family is a big task. Although you are on the road in order to provide for your family you are also sacrificing seeing some of their biggest moments. You miss out on first visits from the tooth fairy, first steps, and even first heartbreaks when you are a trucking father. These are the moments that impact your child’s childhood and impact your fatherhood.

Create a Schedule for Your Children Passengers

Since most traditional schools have already started their summer break what better time than now to take your child on the road with you. If your child attends a year-round school you can use their breaks as your chance to have them on the road with you.

Depending on the company you drive for you may have the privilege to bring your family on the road. Not only will you have the opportunity to provide for your children, but you will also be able to give them an experience of a lifetime as you travel from state to state.

Truck to Inspire

What makes the opportunity to truck with your family such an experience of a lifetime is because a lot of children never make it out of their own state until they are adults. By doing this you can teach them not only about your day to day occupation, but that the world is their stage and they don’t have to be constrained.

Be a Protective Trucking Father

Trucking Father and son shaving in the bathroomThe golden rule of taking your child with you on the road is considering their safety, at all times.

Odds are your children passengers will be around some pretty dangerous equipment and material. Making sure that you know what they are doing and where they are may seem overbearing, but remember it is better to be safe than sorry.

This goes for in the cab, as well as when you are making pit stops.

It is easy to say ‘that could never be my child’, but what if it could be. Having your family around as a transportation professional can make you seem like a vulnerable target so be watchful of not only your family but your cargo as well.

Create a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Finding what works best for your family is essential when establishing a healthy work-life balance. Work-life balance is difficult for a lot of parents, but as a trucking father, you will likely find it frustrating. We want all transportation professionals to live healthy lives and the key to a healthy life on the road is an even healthier support team at home. Happy Father’s Day 2019 to all of our trucking fathers who keep America moving. Your sacrifices never go unnoticed by TSNAmerica.




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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Dash Cam for Your Needs

Man in denim shirt weighs the pros and cons of a dash camOver the last few years dashboard cameras (dash cams) have become the must-have accessory for road voyagers. Next, to artificial intelligence, this new device has some hefty pros and cons. If you’re considering getting a dash cam for your next long-haul we have made a list of things for you to think about. Before you press record or invest in a dashcam we want you to make sure it’s the right thing for your truck.

The technology that is dash cameras can come in handy and can also lead to tragedy. Knowing the ends and outs of the specific camera you purchase is the most beneficial way to be sure it is right for you and the long-hauls you’ll be making. Hopefully, these basic pros and cons will give you an idea of what to expect from truckers new favorite things.

Pros

There are some obvious pros to dash cams that are changing the game for truckers and one of those would be that it prevents staged accidents. Often times passenger vehicles blame large trucks for accidents that just never happened. It’s easy to play the blame game when there are no witnesses or proof. Statistics say that of the car-truck crashes approximately 80 percent of them were at the fault of passenger vehicles. This number may be increased as more dash cams are installed. Dash cams can save you from a rise in insurance and keep you from being blamed for a staged accident.

Other Pros of Dashcams Include the Following:

Improve Driving Skills

CDL instructors and company freight trainers are beginning to use dashcams to train new drivers and help prevent common mistakes. Dash cams are becoming a new method of learning and are creating a culture of safety on the road. Some dash cams can even store information technology that may assist in the training process. CDL training is slowly improving with the help of gadgets like dash cameras.

Document Your Trip

Being away from family on long-hauls can be extremely tough, but once you come home watching the footage from the dashcam will give you a chance to bond with loved ones.

Prevents Theft

Cargo theft can cost you thousands, but with the use of a dash cam, you can capture the culprits and possibly retrieve the stolen cargo.

Cons

The cons of dash cams are a little lighter than the pros, but there are a few things that should be considered.

Driving Distraction

Dash cams can easily be a distraction. Technology has a mind of its own and while you’re driving something may happen and you feel the urge to fiddle. The combination of fiddling with one hand and using the other to operate a 55,000-pound truck may not end the best way.

Rule Breaking

There are some states where recording without consent is illegal. You may be arrested, charged, or even fined, so making sure you are aware of the laws of each state line you cross will save you from facing some heavy consequences.

The Best of The Best

Here is a list of five to performing and highly rated dashboard cameras truckers across the world are investing in. *In no particular order

  • WheelWitness HD PRO Dash Cam with GPS
  • Garmin Dash Cam 35
  • ITRUE X6D Dual Car Dash Cam pro
  • OldShark 3” FHD 1080P 170 Degree Wide Angle Dashboard Camera
  • KDLINKS X1 Full-HD 1920 x 1080 165 Degree Wide Angle Dashboard Camera


There are a few features your next dash cam should have that we encourage truckers to use as a checklist.

  • Dual Cameras
  • Light and Dark Recording Option
  • Variety of Range
  • Storage Option - Information Technology
  • G-Sensor
  • GPS


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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Do You Need To File a Form 8849?


If you’re new to trucking the numbers used for necessary forms may be a bit overwhelming. There’s 2290s, 8849s, 4868s, 1099s, and 123s, we might be exaggerating with the 123s, but you get the gist, it’s a lot of forms and a lot of numbers to remember. We won’t bore you and got through each form 1 by 1, but we will tell you about the two most relevant ones for this filing period.

What is Form 2290?

The form that you have probably heard the most about, as of late is Form 2290. So what is Form 2290, and how does it relate to you, if at all.

Form 2290 is used to figure and pay the tax due on highway motor vehicles used. Your next question
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is probably does it even apply to you, and the answer is it might. All vehicles with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more that travel by highway is required to file a Form 2290.

After paying taxes you will be given a Stamped Schedule 1 that serves as proof of payment from the IRS. This document is important, as it is needed in order to register your commercial vehicle.

Do You Need to File Form 8849?

There are exemptions and claim suspensions that apply to some vehicles meeting certain requirements. The requirements are as follows:

  • The vehicle used 5,000 highway miles or less during the period. 
  • The vehicle is an agricultural vehicle and used 7,500 miles or less during the period.
  • The Vehicle was stolen during the period
  • The vehicle was destroyed during the period
  • The vehicle was sold during the period 

The above list leads us to the importance of Form 8849. If any of the above are true about a vehicle you owned then you must first file a Form 2290 and pay the correct amount of Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) and then complete the Form 8849.

Claims and Refunds

In order to claim credits or refunds for vehicles stolen, destroyed, sold, or only used for 5,000 miles or less and 7,500 miles or less for agricultural vehicles, the Form 8849 is required. The things you’ll need to file a Form 8849 are your name, address, details on the vehicle you are seeking a claim/refund for and your Employee Identification Number (EIN). Be sure to double check that the EIN you are using is consistent with what the IRS has on file. 

*If an EIN is needed you are able to apply for one online with the IRS.

File With Truck Services of North America

TSNA Pre-FileTruck Services of North America (TSNA) is offering pre-filing! File as early as today, with one phone call. Support team members are standing by to assist you with all of your Form 2290 needs.

File With ExpressTruckTax

The great thing about our sister company, ExpressTruckTax is that it makes all of your Form 2290 filing simpler. It even gives you a chance to auto generate a Form 8849 if you are in need of one for the current filing period.
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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should File With TSNAmerica


Form 2290TSNAmerica is now offering Form 2290 filing for truckers who have a vehicle with more than 55,000 pounds in gross weight. TSNAmerica users have the opportunity to score additional benefits by filing prior to the start date of the Form 2290 filing. Listed are ways that TSNAmerica can be beneficial to you.

Right Your Wrongs: By filing earlier you can avoid costly mistakes. Prefiling with TSNA gives users a chance to amend the return in case it is rejected due to mistakes. Truck services of North America offers 2290 amendments.

Error Check: Prior to submission of your Form 2290 there is an instant error check ran to look for any errors located that may cause for rejection from the IRS.

File Now, Pay Later: Just because you are filing earlier, doesn’t mean you are required to pay any earlier than you normally would. There is also no extra charge applied for filing earlier, making it a top-rated value. File as early as today and have up to three months to save before paying your taxes.

Never Miss A Deadline: It is too easy to forget deadlines, but as a courtesy to all clients, TSNA sends reminders of important dates through email. Helping you to avoid late fees and additional penalties.

Quick And Easy: TSNA makes sure you receive your Stamped Schedule 1 within minutes. Eliminating the need to wait to renew your vehicle at the registration office.

Short Wait Time: Avoid the hassle of long lines over the phone and in the office. When you pre-file you eliminate the chance of having to listen to hold music As the deadline approaches hold times can get longer and longer. You can beat the rush easily when you opt-in to pre-file.

Paper Free: TSNAmerica prepares your paperwork so you won’t have to. With one phone call, you can wipe your hands of Form 2290 stresses, until July. Making this method the easiest way to file.

Multiple Ways To Pay: There’s no difference between what the IRS accepts and the methods of payment TSNAmerica accepts. You can use EFTPS, Direct Debit, Check/ Money Order.

Client Support: Although the process of filing is quick and easy, TSNAmerica’s US-based bilingual support team is available to answer any questions you may have regarding your Form 2290

Top Security: Filing with TSNAmerica is a secure process. Your information will be protected by the latest data encryption.


Call TSNAmerica at (803) 386 0320 to reach a support team member and file your Form 2290 today. Take the time to have the following items on hand to make filing as quick and easy as possible.
  • Business name & address
  • EIN (Employer Identification Number)
  • VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)
  • Gross Taxable Weight
  • Authorized Signatory Details
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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Try These Methods To Increase Your Salary This Year

Salary Increase
It is always a good thing to be grateful for what you have, but it is also wise to be mindful that you can make more. Maximizing your career as a truck driver is easier said than done, but with determination you can make it happen.

There are a number of avenues that can be chosen to make a significant increase in your salary. We want to see you thrive in your career, so we are giving you a bit of insight on how exactly you can make the trucking industry work for you.

Add Some CDL Endorsements

Passing the CDL exam is a huge accomplishment and if you've made it past that step it certainly deserves a pat on the back. There are however certain things your CDL can’t do for you.

By adding extra permissions to your CDL you will be allowed to carry loads the CDL alone won’t permit you to. Having additional endorsements will give you a competitive advantage over other drivers, allowing you to have an opportunity to choose between loads that generally pay more. Getting your HazMat endorsement or Tanker vehicle endorsement will help in increasing your salary.

Gain Additional Experience

There are a few things truckers are required to have knowledge of, but a lot of times that knowledge only comes by experience. Experience is one of the most important criteria for truckers to have in order to get a competitive salary. Experience takes time, and getting to the point where you are making the big bucks requires a bit of patience.

It is proven that drivers with 5 to 8 years of experience earn anywhere between $50,000 and $70,000, including benefits. In comparison to inexperienced drivers, who make an average of $18 per hour, experienced drivers can make up to $50 per hour. Talk about a major difference.

Commercial Driving 101 Reputation Goes A Long Way

We’ve all been taught that reputation goes a long way and in the trucking industry it is no different. With a clean performance record truckers are presented with better driving opportunities that lead to better pay.

Companies are interested in protecting their reputation and hiring someone whose reputation coincides with that is ideal. Having a good reputation isn’t up to anyone else, but you. The money is out there, you just have to work hard for it.

Get With The Times

By improving your IT knowledge you are already more sought after than drivers with tons of experience, who still choose to use paper logging methods. Anyone who refuses to adapt to the modern age we are currently in are slowly being weaseled out. By being up on the latest IT trends you are now a more valuable asset to the industry. This makes your time more valuable to the company you’re with.

It is not possible to dodge hard work on your way up the industry ladder. In order to get paid more, you are going to have to do a lot more than ask for a raise. There are large salaries available in the trucking industry, it just requires people with a certain type of caliber to access them.



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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

You Qualify For An Extension From The IRS

Form 4868April 15th is approaching us fast. For some, it’s only Tax Day and for those who have a lot on their plate and too much to wrap up, it's the deadline to file Form 4868. It may not seem like it, but the IRS is somewhat reasonable. They realize you could have possibly misplaced important documents and need more time, unexpected life events happen, and time can simply just slip away. This is why they have created Form 4868.

The Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S Individual Income Tax Return, better known as Form 4868 extends the deadline of the income tax return as far as six-months (October 15, 2019).

The 3 Ways To Request A Form 4868

  1. Pay Electronically: When you choose this method you don’t need to file Form 4868. By making a payment the IRS will automatically process an extension of time to file when you pay part or all of your estimated income tax electronically. This can be done online or over the phone. 
  2. E-File: When you e-file you can do it on your personal computer or through a tax professional. Be sure to have a copy of your previous tax return. This information will be needed for verification. At this time you can choose whether or not to make a payment online, or send it in via postal mail.
  3. Paper Filing: With paper filing, all you will need to do is fill out a paper Form 4868. You can choose to send it into the IRS in two ways. The first way is through the mail and the other would be through a private delivery service. Be mindful that if you are a fiscal year taxpayer, you must file a paper Form 4868.


Form Sections


Form 4868 is broken down into two parts. The first being identification and the final part is where you’ll plug in all tax information.

Part I - Identification
This is the section where your name(s) will go. If you are filing a joint return you must list the names of both spouses, in the order that they appear on the return. Mailing addresses, Social Security number (SSN), and employer identification number (EIN) are also fields included in this section.

Part II - Individual Income Tax
In this section is where you’ll be filling out the estimate of total tax liability, be sure to be as accurate as possible. Total payments, balance due, and the amount you’ll be paying will also need to be inserted here. Have these important pieces of information on hand for quick filing.

Deadline Extended

Did you know that filing an extension doesn’t put you at higher risk of being audited? Generally, an extension is issued automatically and they won’t hassle you about why you are in need of an extension. So there is no need to pull out the old faithful, “My dog ate my homework” excuse.

Take the time to put in your extension today. We’d rather you be safe than sorry and paying some pretty costly penalties.




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