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Friday, February 19, 2016

What to Do in the Event of an IFTA Audit

Even though the IFTA 4th quarter has come and gone, don’t think you can put it in your rear-view mirror just yet. Even though you filed your return, paid the necessary fees, and even registered for your new license and stickers, unfortunately, there’s still the chance of an audit!

Now we know you’re a responsible trucker; you tracked your mileage properly, and kept all of your fuel receipts nice, neat, and organized. But what you may not know, is that even if you do everything right, there’s still a chance you're going to get audited. Each base jurisdiction is required to audit three percent of its filers, just to make sure that truckers across our nation are keeping their logs and receipts properly.

So what can you do if you’re one of the unfortunate truckers that gets audited?

Get Your IFTA Information Ready


The first step (and only step, really) in a routine audit is for the auditor to go through and verify all of the information on your return. So you’ll need to have the following information ready to go:

Basic Information About Your Vehicle: 


  • Driver’s Name and Signature
  • VIN (vehicle identification number) 
  • Trailer Number
  • Registrant’s Name 
  • Make, Model, and Gross Weight of the Vehicle 
Trip Log Information:


  • Beginning and End Dates of the Trip 
  • The Route(s) of travel 
  • The Origin Point and Destination Point of each Trip 
  • Odometer Readings Before and After Each Trip 
  • Total Trip Miles
  • Miles Traveled in Each IFTA Jurisdiction 
Fuel Record Information: 


  • Receipts for Each Purchase (Please note that copied or scanned receipts are not acceptable.)
  • Date of Each Purchase (If it’s not listed on the receipt) 
  • Seller’s Name and Address 
  • Price Per Gallon/Liter 
  • Fuel Type
So just make sure you have all of the following pieces of information together, and you'll have nothing to worry about in the event of an audit.

And if you think maybe you got audited because you threw your return together yourself at the last minute, then next time, try giving us a call at 803.386.0320 and letting us do it for you! But that's not all we do, we can also take care of your BOC-3 filing, trip and fuel permits, and even your MC#!

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