Friday, December 21, 2012

IFTA Renewal Deadline And Grace Period Clarification

IFTA is the International Fuel Tax Agreement between the 48 contiguous States and 10 Canadian Provinces, where the member jurisdictions act cooperatively to administer and collect motor fuel use taxes.

The purpose of IFTA is to establish and maintain the concept of one fuel use license and one administering base jurisdiction for each license holder (licensee). Under IFTA, you only have to report to one state and the state allocate the fuel tax payments.  For more details see

The IFTA license is renewed annually and due December 31, 2012.  Some states mail renewal papers out, but be aware that some states no longer mail out renewal papers.  The renewal process varies from state to state with some states offering online renewal and others require electronic renewals, while others renew IFTA licenses automatically as long as the carrier is current with quarterly filings and any monies due.

Your IFTA license will not be renewed if your account is not in good standing.  What that means is you are current with your Quarterly IFTA filing and no money is due.  If you missed any quarterly filing, you will want to file immediately so your IFTA license will be renewed.

We have received many calls regarding the “grace period” for IFTA Credentials.  And we must not be the only ones because the IFTA Association released a memorandum on November 15, 2012 to clarify this subject.

Their memo states:
Please be advised that IFTA License Renewals for 2013 MUST BE FILED WITH YOUR BASE JURISDICTION BEFORE THE END OF 2012.  The two-month grace period is for display of renewal credentials, not to file your renewal application for those credentials.

See the full memo for specific details. If you have not already renewed your IFTA credentials you need to do so before December 31, 2012 to avoid possible penalties.   

If you do not receive renewal papers in the mail, it does not mean you do not have to renew.  You are still responsible to renew your IFTA license by the December 31st deadline.  Carriers renewing their IFTA license and decals have a two-month grace period (January and February) to display the renewal IFTA license and decals
The two month grace period is for display of renewal credentials, not to file your renewal application for those credentials. Renew your IFTA license on time to avoid possible penalties.

As a premier processing agency, Truck Services of North America can assist with renewing your IFTA.  TSNA takes the paperwork out of your way. For more details contact us at or call 803.386.0320.

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