Thursday, November 6, 2014

Breaking News for Truckers: IFTA Grace Periods & Filing Extensions–We've Got the Scoop!

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TSNAmerica here, with breaking news to keep you truckin’.

We’ve got great news on the IFTA front today! News that just couldn’t wait until our Newsletter.

No matter which state you’re based in, this info applies to you, so read on & feel free to share with friends!

Louisiana 3rd Quarter Deadline Extension

The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDA) released a statement yesterday extending the deadline for 3rd Quarter IFTA filings submitted electronically.

Here’s why. The LaTAP (Louisiana Taxpayer Access Point) web application for submitting IFTA returns electronically was unavailable from Monday October 27th, 2014 to Tuesday November 4th, 2014. The maintenance to this E-filing system coincided with the IFTA filing deadline on October 31st, 2014.

As a result, the LDA is extending the deadline for September filings to Monday November 17th, 2014. All September filings will be considered on-time if submitted by this date, and LDA will waive all late penalties and interest fees. The system upgrade may also delay Louisiana distributing the IFTA revenue to other jurisdictions.

This is great news overall for LA IFTA licensees! If your IFTA filing was late for any reason, be sure to submit it through the LaTAP system by the 17th to avoid any late fees! Call TSNAmerica at 803.386.0320 if you need assistance!

IFTA Credential Grace Period

CEO of the International Fuel Tax Association, Lonette L. Turner, issued a statement Friday to all IFTA members. In it, she announced the grace period protocol for the proper display of IFTA credentials in January and February of 2015.

While renewal applications are due by December 31st in all states, it usually takes a few weeks to receive the new license and decals from each base jurisdiction. The grace period was implemented to cover this gap between applications being submitted and credentials being received.

The excerpt below is taken from the IFTA Articles of Agreement, Section R655.

R655 Grace Period

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    Carriers renewing their IFTA license and decals have a two-month grace period (January and February) to display the renewal IFTA license and decals. To operate in IFTA jurisdictions during this grace period, carriers must display either valid current or prior year IFTA license and decals from the jurisdiction in which they were operating or a valid single-trip permit from the IFTA jurisdiction in which they are operating.

So let’s break it down. This means there are three options available to trucks operating in IFTA member states during January and February of 2015.

  1. 1. Display a valid 2015 IFTA license and two IFTA decals issued by your base jurisdiction. As they say, the early bird gets the IFTA decals! Good on you if you have these credentials in time! But in case you don’t…
  2. 2. Display a valid 2014 IFTA license and two IFTA decals from your base jurisdiction, but only if you’ve already filed your 2015 renewal application!
  3. 3. You snooze, you buy permits! The third option is to purchase a trip permit from all IFTA member states you will be operating in during those two months. 

Option 3 is certainly the most costly, so be sure to file your license renewal soon! Ms. Turner reiterated that this grace period in no way applies to renewal filings. The extension only applies to the display of new IFTA credentials. Renewal applications are still due by December 31st, 2014.

If you have yet to file your IFTA renewal and you have two busy months ahead, let us handle it for you. TSNAmerica gets the paperwork out of your way so you can focus on the road.

And if you’re already stressing over 4th Quarter IFTA filings, we can help with that too! Simply send us your completed trip sheets, and we’ll prepare your return for you. No calculations, no long forms to fill out. We’ll also submit it directly to your base state so you don’t have to.

Call us at 803.386.0320 or send us an email And stay tuned for more breaking trucking news!

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