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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Countdown to August 31st: Form 2290 Filing Deadline

The clock is winding down!

Truck Services of North America is counting down to the HVUT Form 2290 filing deadline. While the deadline is September 2nd, returns should be submitted ideally by this Friday–the last business day of the month–to avoid late penalties!

In fact, the IRS website will be undergoing maintenance over this holiday weekend. So returns submitted over the weekend will not be processed until deadline-day.

Don’t get stuck in a filing traffic jam! Let TSNAmerica get your return filed on time, guaranteed!


Consent Form

Send us your signed & dated Consent Form by this Sunday the 31st, and we’ll guarantee that your 2290 is filed on time!

Any forms sent after that date will be filed in the order they’re received, and we cannot guarantee they’ll be filed before the deadline.


Pick a Date, Any Date!

On the Consent Form, you can indicate the date you’d like the return to be submitted to the IRS. We understand that some of you may want to wait until the 2nd to submit your return. While we can certainly submit it the last day, we must prepare your return ahead of time. Also, our filing fee will not be charged until we submit your return.


File over the Phone

If you haven’t received a Consent Form from us, no problem! Call us at 803.386.0320. It only takes us 5 minutes to get all the info we need to swiftly complete your 2290! Be sure to have your business and vehicle info handy when you call. 

After filing, we’ll mail, email or fax your stamped Schedule 1 back to you in minutes. Talk about instant gratification!


Rejection Can Be Hard

No one likes being rejected, especially by the federal government! If you’ve already had your Form 2290 rejected, we can correct it and retransmit it for you– all before the deadline! We can also file Form 2290 Amendments on your behalf, fixing any errors that slipped past the first time.


Wherever you are in the filing process, pick up the phone and let the pro’s take it from here! Truck Services of North America will take care of all your filing needs in time for the deadline. Just remember to send us everything by Sunday!

And our skills aren’t limited to tax-filings. We’re multi-talented. Check out our luxury services at TSNAmerica.com. Then send us a Service Request Form or email us at support@TSNAmerica.com.


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

State of the Week: Part 2- Georgia Interstate Trucking

Georgia’s so nice, we blogged about it twice!

That’s right, folks. It’s time for Part 2 of our State of the Week feature on Georgia. Last time, we covered the three essentials for Georgia intrastate truckers. But today, we’re knockin’ over fences, crossing state lines, and exploring the wide-world of interstate trucking!

If you’re based in GA, what will you need to establish your interstate authority? Well, you’ll still need the basics, like your MC #, US DOT #, and annual Heavy Vehicle Use Tax.

But the answer to this question also depends on how often you plan to roam out-of-state. If your interstate travels are few and far between, then TSNAmerica can help you obtain temporary trip & fuel permits.


  • Temporary Georgia Trip permits are a replacement in lieu of registering for IRP. Georgia Temporary Trip Permits are valid for 72 hours only. Temporary Georgia Fuel permits replace IFTA participation and are valid for 10 days. Both Georgia Trip and Fuel permits are required for any interstate travel for vehicles weighing over 26,000 lbs or with 3 or more axles, regardless of weight, even if it is only for a moment. 

If you need to travel out-of-state more than 2 or 3 times a year, then the most affordable option is to make everything official and get registered with Georgia IRP, IFTA, and UCR.


  • 1. IRP: For interstate carriers, the International Registration Plan allows commercial vehicles to have just one registration plate and one cab card that grant authority to travel between jurisdictions in the U.S. and Canadian provinces. IRP is required for commercial vehicles that weigh over 26,000 lbs and/or have three or more axles. After completing your IRP registration and receiving your Georgia apportioned plate, you’ll pay quarterly fees to your base jurisdiction. The fees are based on the number of miles driven in each state, but you will only pay the state of Georgia, which then distributes the funds accordingly.

    The Georgia apportioned plates must be renewed yearly, but there are different renewal periods determined by the date the plate was first issued. WIth so many deadlines to remember, why not let TSNAmerica take care of your Georgia IRP renewal? IRP regulations are one of our specialties. We also process Georgia IRP supplements, can file to increase your IRP weight, and can add IRP jurisdictions, all in record time!

    And if you only need to make a one-time trip across state lines, TSNAmerica can obtain a Georgia temporary IRP permit in lieu of registering for IRP.
  • 2. IFTA: The International Fuel Tax Agreement was implemented to simplify the collection and distribution of diesel fuel tax. Vehicles that travel interstate and that weight over 26,000 lbs and/or have 3 or more axles must register with IFTA in addition to IRP. Once registered, you will need to file an IFTA quarterly return with the state of Georgia, wherein you report the number of miles driven in each jurisdiction and pay fuel tax accordingly. Accurate fuel and mileage records must be maintained for both IFTA and IRP reports.

    Typing up trip sheets and calculating fuel tax can be a time-consuming nightmare! And unfortunately, mistakes are all too easy to make and can sometimes lead to an IFTA audit. TSNAmerica offers affordable Quarterly IFTA Filing Services. All you need is to provide us with your trip logs. We take care of all the calculations, check for errors, and file your return directly with the state department. No reason to break a sweat over your IFTA fuel tax report!

    But remember, if you’re only traveling out-of-state once, TSNAmerica can obtain a Georgia temporary IFTA permit instead of registering for IFTA.
  • 3. UCR: The Unified Carrier Registration Agreement applies to all commercial vehicles weighing at least 10,001 lbs. or more that travel interstate. To maintain your Georgia UCR registration, you must first register your company with the Georgia Dept. of Revenue, then file a yearly application and pay an annual fee based upon the number of vehicles used.

    UCR can be confusing since even those operating as brokers, freight forwarders or leasing companies must still register for their Georgia UCR. But don’t take a gamble with your interstate authority. TSNAmerica removes the guesswork from registrations and renewals. Let us establish your Georgia UCR or renew it for your business each year. 
Whether you’re a part-time interstate traveler or a full-time nomad, TSNAmerica will provide speedy services tailored to your business’s needs. We have our finger on the pulse of the industry, so you never have to worry about changes in rules or fret over renewal deadlines. We’re always current and looking out for our clients, ensuring they have everything they need without lifting a finger. 

Call us today at 803.386.0320 and speak with a real, happy person in sunny Rock Hill, SC! You’ll never get trapped navigating an automated system. You can also shoot us an email at support@TSNAmerica.com, preview our services at TSNAmerica.com or send us a Service Request Form.


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

State of the Week: Georgia Intrastate Trucking

Today, Georgia is on our minds!

It’s the 11th largest trucking state in the country! So let’s talk about intrastate trucking, Georgia style. If you’re based in the Peach State, buckle up and have a look at what you’ll need to keep on truckin’.

  • 1. Truck Tax: Also known as Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, this fee is collected annually by the IRS.
    Anyone owning a vehicle that operates on public roads and that weighs 55,000 lbs. or more must pay this tax. The tax year begins July 1st, and the filing deadline for renewals is the end of August. By filing Form 2290, one can determine the amount of tax or credits owed to the IRS. After filing, you’ll receive a Stamped Schedule 1.

    Completing Form 2290, Amendments, Form 8849, and everything else that comes along with HVUT can be overwhelming. No one understands this better than TSNAmerica. We talk to you, real truckers, every day. That’s why we offer same-day filing of Form 2290– over the phone! Just one quick phone call, and then you can keep trucking while we take care of the paperwork.
  • 2. GIMC: The Georgia Intrastate Motor Carrier registration, known as GIMC, is required for all carriers that operate a motor vehicle for compensation within the state of Georgia. Registering for the GIMC grants carriers their intrastate authority. There are four steps required to successfully register for GIMC. First, one will need the completed GIMC application form. Form E, a certificate of liability insurance issued by the insurance provider, is the second requirement. Steps 3 and 4 prove one’s US citizenship or right to operate in the US. A completed and signed GSICA affidavit accompanied by proof of ID are needed. Steps 3 and 4 will need to be repeated annually for those who are not US citizens.

    To maintain your Georgia intrastate authority, the GIMC needs to be renewed annually by the end of December. Current proof of insurance is needed. Upon renewal, you'll receive a certificate to keep for your records. Failure to complete your GIMC renewal before Jan. 1 will incur additional fees per vehicle. TSNAmerica can help you maintain your authority, so you never have to worry about renewal deadlines! 
  • 3. Base Plate: Georgia commercial license plates must be affixed to each non-apportioned vehicle (vehicles not part of the IRP that travel intrastate only).The Georgia base plates can be obtained from a local county tag office, part of the Georgia Department of Revenue. For vehicles weighing 55,000 lbs. or more, you will need to present your Stamped Schedule 1 from the IRS to obtain the tag and decal.

    This vehicle registration must be renewed annually. TSNAmerica can file for your Georgia base plate renewal each year, which means you’ve got one less thing to worry about! And if you ever need to make a one-time trip across state lines, TSNAmerica can obtain a temporary Georgia trip permit in lieu of registering for IRP.

Whether you’re trucking intrastate, interstate, or somewhere inbetween, Truck Services of North America is your go-to solution for immediate results. Between taxes, registrations, and permits, the truck drivers of America are saddled with far too much paperwork! That’s why we are dedicated to offering the fastest processing service in the business so that you can focus on what’s really important: the road!

Visit TSNAmerica.com and see all of the ways we can make your life easier! Then send us a Service Request Form, email us at support@TSNAmerica.com or call 803.386.0320.


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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

File Form 2290 Same Day via Phone

If you’re swamped and can’t find the time to file your 2290, then Truck Services of North America has just the thing for you! Our USA-based, personalized service is just a phone call away, and we’ll take care of everything for you—same day!

Form 2290, also known as Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, is filed annually with the IRS. Taxes are paid on any vehicles registered in your name that have a gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more and that will travel at least 5,000 miles on public roads during the tax period. The tax year for heavy vehicles begins on July 1st, and the filing due date for renewals is the end of August.

With the August 31st deadline coming up fast, Truck Services of North America can get you out of a bind! Just give us a call, and we’ll have your Schedule 1 back to you in minutes! You’ll just need a few documents on hand when you call:

  • Business Contact Information: Must be what the IRS has on record, including the name, phone, and address.
  • Employer Identification Number
  • Vehicle Identification Numbers for all taxable vehicles
  • Gross Vehicle Weights
  • Payment Information: The IRS no longer accepts credit cards.

We’ll also ask if any of your vehicles are used for agriculture or logging, as this can affect tax rates. Then we’ll fax or email you Form 8453 to sign and send back to us via email, fax, or mail–whichever is most convenient for you. This gives us authorization to file with the IRS on your behalf.

Based on the information you provide, we’ll immediately file your Form 2290, and we’ll send you your Stamped Schedule 1 by mail, fax, or email. We can also send copies to your employer. Just one five minute phone call, and the rest is out of your hands!

Truck Services of North America makes taxes less taxing and cuts down on pesky paperwork. And we don’t just file 2290’s. We can also take care of Form 2290 Amendments and much more! To see the array of services we offer, visit TSNAmerica.com. Then send us a Service Request Form, email us at support@TSNAmerica.com or call 803.386.0320.

Get phone-filed and back on the road today!


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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Intrastate VS. Interstate Authority: What's the Difference?


At Truck Services of North America, our customers often ask about the differences between intrastate and interstate trucking. They may sound similar, but when it comes to regulations, there is a world of difference. Understanding these different requirements is important for properly maintaining your authority and avoiding excessive fees or penalties.

So first, what do they mean? Intrastate truckers travel within one particular state only. Interstate truckers cross state lines and travel between two or more states.

Sounds simple enough. But what if you’re transitioning from intrastate to interstate trucking? What will you need to do differently?

If your journey beyond the borders is one-time only, then temporary trip and fuel permits may be issued in lieu of IRP and IFTA. Truck Services of North America can apply for any permits you may need. However, even for temporary interstate travel, you will still need to change your existing DOT#, if you have one, to an interstate #. (Exception: unless you are operating under someone else’s DOT and/or MC#.)

But if this is a more permanent transition you’re making, then permits will prove to be an expensive hassle.

There are five keys to unlocking the boundless roads of interstate trucking!

  • USDOT Number: Issued by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), the USDOT # is required for vehicles that travel interstate either hauling cargo or transporting passengers and that meet one or more of these requirements: 1. Vehicle has a gross or combined weight of 10,001 lbs or more. 2. Transports 8 or more passengers for compensation. 3. Transports 15 or more passengers not for compensation. 4. Transports hazardous materials. This number serves as your identification during inspections, compliance reviews and more.
    *If you solely travel intrastate, you will still be required to obtain a USDOT number if you transport hazardous materials or if you travel in one of the 33 states that require a DOT#.
  • MC#: The MC# serves as your interstate authority, or your right to travel between states. In addition to your DOT#, you may be required to obtain one or more type of authority through the FMCSA based upon your business and the type of cargo you carry. The type of authority obtained will determine the type and level of insurance coverage needed. TSNAmerica can help you determine what kind of authority you need.
  • UCR: The Unified Carrier Registration Agreement requires anyone operating a commercial vehicle interstate or internationally and that weighs at least 10,001 lbs to register annually and pay fees based on the number of vehicles used. Even if your business is not based in a participating state, interstate carriers are still required to register with UCR and will be assigned a base jurisdiction in a nearby state.
  • IRP: The International Registration Plan is required for commercial motor carriers operating in multiple jurisdictions across the contiguous United States or provinces of Canada. Vehicles that require IRP have a gross weight in excess of 26,000 lbs, and/or have three or more axles. IRP fees are determined by the number of miles driven in each jurisdiction, but all fees are paid to the base jurisdiction only. This jurisdiction apportions the funds accordingly, which are then used to improve highways and safety programs.
  • IFTA: The International Fuel Tax Agreement, like the IRP, applies to commercial motor carriers traveling in more than one jurisdiction (state or province). Fuel use must be accurately recorded and filed with one’s base jurisdiction four times a year. Taxes owed are then distributed to other jurisdictions according to the amount of fuel burned in each.
In addition to these five keys, some states require further state-based registration if you travel through them, such as New York, Kentucky, New Mexico, and Oregon.

Truck Services of North America can ensure you have the correct intra- or interstate authority for your business. Why spend hours or even days researching and applying for permits and registrations, hoping you have all of your bases covered? As a premier processing service, we already know the answers to all of your questions, and we can apply for everything you need quickly and affordably.

Visit TSNAmerica.com to see how we can cut down on your paperwork. Then send us a Service Request Form, email us at support@TSNAmerica.com or call 803.386.0320. Let us do our job, so you can get back to yours!


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