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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

How You Can Prepare For Hurricane Season

How You Can Prepare For Hurricane Season
The relatively quiet Atlantic hurricane season is now swirling with activity as Tropical Storm Florence grows in strength and Tropical Storm Gordon slams into the Gulf coast. If you haven’t been affected by the increase in storms, consider yourself lucky.

However, every road veteran knows that it’s easy to find yourself stuck in inclement weather. Pop-up storms, blizzards, tornado warnings, and more can strike without a moment’s notice. When you start the day a few states away in an area with perfect weather, it can be difficult to know what to expect along your route. Unfortunately, you can’t predict mother nature’s actions, but you can be prepared when she strikes. 

Hurricane Safety Tips For Truckers

Whether you are an over-the-road or a local driver, you should be prepared for any situation.

1. Prepare For High Winds

Before a hurricane hits, there will most likely be lots of strong winds, which is dangerous for drivers. Strong winds can pull and sometimes even flip your rig. If you are pulling dry vans or reefers, you are at a higher risk when it comes to high winds. Keep in mind that your rig can still be damaged even when parked.

2. Watch Out For Weather Warnings

Check weather conditions before and during your journey. Also, pay attention to weather warnings. If there is a state of emergency, you will want to take a different route or delaying shipment to affected areas. The U.S. Department of Transportations keeps track of road conditions and closing, so we highly recommend that you check there before pulling out.

3. Avoid High Water

This might seem like an obvious piece of advice, however, avoid driving through high water and don't assume that piles of debris are only branches. Hurricanes blow and float things around, so keep an eye on the oncoming road for any possible hazards. If you can’t see the road or you are unsure, stop your vehicles. The worst thing you can do it play through it. 

4. Bring Emergency Equipment

How You Can Prepare For Hurricane Season
Whether you’re an over-the-road or local driver, you should carry emergency items in case you’re caught in a dire situation where these tools could save your life. Also if you find yourself stuck for a few hours or even a few days, these items could make a significant difference for your level of comfort.

Having bottles of water and nonperishable food items is essential. Canned food and packages of crackers will do the trick, just don’t forget your can opener. A fork may come in handy as well.

Bring an extra change of clothes and make sure you are switching out your change of clothes depending on the season. Always have a reflective vest so when you exit your truck others will see you.

With winter on its way, remember to have a hat that covers your ears, waterproof gloves, extra socks, and warm boots. Extra blankets are also great to have, including an electric one.

Other emergency items you should bring include:
  • Utility knives 
  • Flashlights 
  • Batteries
  • Extra phone battery or portable charger 
  • Hand-crank radio
  • Matches or a lighter
  • Fully stocked first-aid kit
  • Auxiliary power unit
  • Portable heater
  • Extra Fuel

Stay Safe Out There

Winter is coming, along with it hurricanes, storms, snow, and more! Be sure to be safe and prepared for whatever Mother Nature has in store for us this season. Know what weather to expect during your routes and have the right tools in your cabin the event of an emergency.

If you have more safety items to include or tips on how to drive a semi truck sagely during inclement weather, please share them in the comment section below. For more trucking blogs click here and be sure to follow us on social for the latest news and trucking tips and tricks.




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Friday, August 31, 2018

Attention! Today is the IRS Form 2290 Deadline

Attention! Today is the IRS Form 2290 Deadline
ATTENTION ALL TRUCKERS! ATTENTION! Your Form 2290 for the 2018-19 is due by MIDNIGHT! Yes...MIDNIGHT TONIGHT! If you or a fellow driver has a rig registered in your name and haven’t filed Form 2290 yet, TSNAmerica is the perfect solution for last minute filing. So trust me when I say you don’t have any time to waste, so for faster filing here is how to easily file Form 2290 for 2018 over the phone now.

How To Easily File Form 2290 for 2018 Over the Phone

The fastest way to complete your Form 2290 filing is by filing over the phone with one of our bilingual support representatives. Who knew that one phone call could stand in the way of you getting run over by IRS penalties and interest? Give us a call and receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 in just a matte of minutes via email. Here is how to get started:Attention! Today is the IRS Form 2290 Deadline

To file IRS Form 2290 over the phone successfully you will need the following information. We suggest having your information on hand before calling: 
  • Business Name & Address
  • EIN (Employer Identification Number)
  • VIN (Vehicle Identification Number 
  • Gross Taxable Weight
  • Authorized signatory details

Once you have this information on hand, give us a call at 803.386.0320 to handle your Form 2290 filing. Once you file your Form 2290 you will receive your stamped Schedule 1 via email in minutes. You will need your stamped Schedule 1 to register vehicles and to renew your rig’s tags. Trust me when I say you don’t want to be caught off guard with expired tags.

Note: Be sure to always keep a copy of Schedule 1 Form 2290. Without it, you will be unable to renew your tags at the DMV or register for IFTA, IRP, or UCR.




As you can see, there’s not much time left to file! Take a few minutes to find your information and file IRS Form 2290 over the phone with TSNAmerica.



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Thursday, August 30, 2018

You Need To Know How To File 2290 Form 2018 by August 31st

You Need To Know How To File 2290 Form 2018 by August 31st

The August 31st deadline for filing 2290 Form 2018 is coming at us full force. We have fastened our seatbelts and are ready for the race to deadline day but want to make sure you are prepared to file by the Form 2290 due date. Failing to file IRS Form 2290 will result in some pretty hefty penalties from the IRS that can easily be avoided when you file using TSNAmerica and obtain your Schedule 1 Form 2290. Today, we will provide you with a quick IRS Form 2290 crash course because, at the end of the day, you need to know how to file 2290 Form 2018 by August 31st.


You Need To Know How To File 2290 Form 2018 by August 31st

Filing IRS Form 2290 is not as hard as you may think, especially when you file over the phone with TSNAmerica. Before you rush to pick up the phone to call us, it is essential to know if you are required to file and what information is needed to successfully transmit your 2290 Form 2018 to the IRS. 

Who is Required to File

Owner-operators who have a vehicle with more than 55,000 pounds in gross weight must file a 2290 Form 2018. Filing this form and paying your heavy highway use taxes will also result in you receiving a Schedule 1 Form 2290. You must have this document to renew your tags with the DMV or register for IFTA, IRP, or UCR.

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What is the Form 2290 Due Date?

IRS Form 2290 is due on *drumroll please*... THIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 31ST! Yes, you read correctly. You have until midnight on Friday to file.



Information Needed To File

You’re going to love this part. You will only need five pieces of information to file a 2290 Form 2018. Take a few moments to gather the following information before giving us a call: 
  1. Business Name & Address
  2. EIN (Employer Identification Number)
  3. VIN (Vehicle Identification Number
  4. Gross Taxable Weight
  5. Authorized Signatory Details

How To File Your 2290 Form 2018

You Need To Know How To File 2290 Form 2018 by August 31stFiling 2290 Form 2018 at the last minute is super easy. Why? Because when you give us a call at TSNAmerica, we file for you over the phone. After being greeted by one of our friendly US-based bilingual support team members, you will be prompted to provide the information need to file (listed above), and in just 5-10 minutes you will complete your annual filing requirements and receive a digital copy of your stamped Schedule 1 Form 2290 via email. It really is that simple!

Now that you know how to file 2290 Form 2018 give us a call today while you still have time! Our team is standing by ready to assist you so you can get back to what you enjoy most!





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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

What Happens If You File Your IRS 2290 Form 2018 Late

What Happens If You File Your IRS 2290 Form 2018 Late

As you can see, there’s not much time left to file IRS 2290 Form 2018. If you are unsure of the Form 2290 due date, the heavy highway use taxes must be filed by midnight on Friday, August 31. Yes...Friday of THIS week! If you have contemplated not filing your truck tax by this date because of the hassle of it all or you don’t have your full tax payment, you may want to rethink that decision, especially after you learn about the penalty for filing taxes late. Also, we would like to add that the penalties and interest for not filing is far higher than not paying your truck tax. Here is the “411” on what happens if you file your IRS 2290 Form 2018 late.





What Happens If You File Your IRS 2290 Form 2018 Late?

Time is passing us by so it’s time for you to get a move on with your Form 2290 filing. If you fail to follow IRS Form 2290 instructions and file by August 31, you will incur an expensive penalty for filing taxes late. Failing to file will result in penalties that are equal to 4.5% of the total truck tax amount due, and will increase monthly for up to five months.

The penalties don’t stop there–the penalty for filing taxes late for your heavy highway use tax payment is .5% of your total tax amount. An additional interest charge of .54% per month joins the “penalty family” as well.

If IRS penalties weren’t enough, your vehicle will be suspended until you can provide proof of the HVUT payment, which is validated with your stamped Schedule 1 that is received after you file IRS 2290 Form 2018. 

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Easily File Your IRS 2290 Form 2018 Over the Phone

Yes, you read the subheader correctly. You can easily file your IRS 2290 Form 2018 over the phone in just minutes when you file with TSNAmerica! Once you gather all your required information give us a call at 803.386.0320, and one of our friendly US-based bilingual support team members will file your IRS Form 2290 on your behalf in minutes! You know what happens if you file taxes late, so let TSNAmerica help you avoid those hefty IRS penalties.


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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Warning! The IRS Form 2290 Due Date is Friday

Warning! The IRS Form 2290 Due Date is Friday

Your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax is due Friday, August 31st! If you want to avoid severe IRS penalties and interest, you will need to file before midnight.

Whether you are having some trouble filing or simply don’t wanna visit the IRS office, give us a call and file over the phone! Don’t wait until the last moment. Get your Form 2290 filing out of the way with a quick 5-minute phone call.



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What is a 2290 Form in Trucking?

IRS Form 2290 is a federal tax form used to file Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, also known as HVUT. If your taxable motor vehicle weights more than 55,000 Ibs, is registered in your name, and travels on public highways you must file Form 2290.

The HVUT season runs from July 1 every year to the following June 30. After filing, you will receive a stamped Schedule 1, which acts as your proof of payment and must be kept in your truck for records. You will also need a current stamped Schedule 1 to renew your vehicle tags. Trust me you don’t want to be caught off guard by DOT.


Your 2017-2018 stamped Schedule 1 expired on June 30th. 

Filing Your HVUT Form 2290 Has Never Been Easier!

File it All Over The Phone Today!

Make the 5-minute phone call and receive your stamped Schedule 1 via email in a matter of minutes.

Before you hop on the phone here’s what you will need to make the process quick and easy:

Warning! The IRS Form 2290 Due Date is Friday
  • Business Name & Address
  • EIN (Employer Identification Number)
  • VIN (Vehicle Identification Number 
  • Gross Taxable Weight
  • Authorized signatory details

Our outstanding bilingual US-based support team will help you quickly file Form 2290 over the phone. The process is straightforward and will take less than 5 minutes. Give us the necessary information, and we will do the work for you. Once they have submitted your information to the IRS, you will receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email.



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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Complete Guide For First-Time 2290 Form 2018 Filers

And the countdown continues! Before you know it, August 31 will be here and your 2290 Form 2018 will be due to the IRS. If this is your first or second time filing, you may need a helping hand to complete the process. We’ve gathered a few tips that you can use to your advantage with the complete guide for first-time 2290 Form 2018 filers.

The Complete Guide For First-Time 2290 Form 2018 Filers

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 Form 2018 is and when it must be filed. Here’s a brief overview to bring you up to speed.

What is IRS 2290 Form 2018?

IRS 2290 Form 2018 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 Friday, August 31.

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 Schedule 1 Form 2290 in just a few.

Information Required to File Form 2290

When it comes to filing IRS 2290 Form 2018, 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 Schedule 1! It’s pretty hard to especially since it is such an important document. Schedule 1 Form 2290 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 August 31 Deadline

If you enjoy being an owner-operator and traveling across North America, TSNAmerica has the perfect filing solution for you to file your 2290 Form 2018–phone filing! Once you have gathered the 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!

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

What You Need to Know About Vehicle Type For Form 2290

What You Need to Know About Vehicle Type For Form 2290
Heads up! Your Form 2290 due date is coming up fast, with no sign of slowing down. But have no fear – TSNAmerica is here to help with Form 2290 tips that will save you time and money. We don’t want you paying more than you have to. Today we are looking at the different vehicle types for IRS Form 2290. Some vehicle types are eligible for extra credits, lower tax rates, or you could be exempt from the heavy use tax altogether.

Vehicle Types: Form 2290 For 2018

Before we get into the different 2290 vehicle types, let’s review who must file the heavy use tax.

If you own and operate a heavy vehicle with a gross weight or 55,000 Ibs or more you are required to file Form 2290 and receive a stamped Schedule 1. You can find your gross weight labeled at GVW on your Cab Card or inside the driver's side door jamb. This is the weight of your vehicle when it is unloaded. However, this will include any equipment or accessories you typically use on a haul.

Logging Vehicle

You might confuse the term “logging vehicle” with an ELD, however, for Form 2290 filing purposes these vehicles are used to…. Well… haul logs. So if your vehicle is used to haul wood or other products from the forest, it could classify, and this important because you can receive a reduced tax rate.

Ensure you are paying the correct tax amount by checking the IRS criteria for logging vehicles:
Your truck is exclusively used to transport material harvested from a forested site, or your vehicle is used solely to transport harvested materials from one forested location to another forested place. If your truck runs between forested sites, it can use public highways in between those sites and still be considered a logging vehicle.

AND

Your vehicle is registered in your base state (or any other state in which it is required to be registered) as a highway motor vehicle used exclusively for the transport of harvested materials from a forested site. Although the truck must be registered as a “logging vehicle” in your state, no special tag or license plate is required to identify the vehicle as a logging vehicle.

Harvested Material:According to the IRS guidelines, harvested products can include any raw timber taken from a forest OR any timber that has been processed on the forested site for commercial processes, meaning the timber has already been sawed into lumber, chipped, or milled in some way.

Agricultural Vehicles

Vehicles typically required to file the road tax 2290 are those with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 Ibs and travel over 5,000 miles on public highways through the current tax period. However, to give farmers and suppliers a break, the IRS requirements are slightly more lenient for vehicles used to transport agricultural products. Those vehicles that qualify regardless of their weight are allowed to drive up to 7,500 miles on public highways each tax period before having to pay the heavy highway use tax.

However, this does not exempt any vehicles from Form 2290 filing. If your vehicle's gross weight exceeds 55,000 lbs, you will still need to receive a stamped Schedule 1 Form 2290.

Ensure you are paying the correct tax amount by checking the IRS criteria for agricultural vehicles:
The vehicle is used primarily for farming purposes throughout the tax year. However, what does the IRS consider “primarily for farming purposes?” It’s quite simple. More than half of the vehicle’s total mileage for the year must be used for farming purposes. Also, a farming purpose, according to the IRS, is any activity that contributes to the conduct of a farm. This can include activities such as transporting goods to and from a farm (goods like livestock, produce, animal feed, fertilizer, etc.), direct use in agricultural production, or just performing work around the farm like repairing fences, building irrigation ditches, clearing land, etc.

AND

The vehicle is registered as an agricultural vehicle in your state. Although your vehicle must be registered as such, no special license plates or tags marked “agriculture” are required to maintain your status as an agricultural vehicle. If your vehicle meets both of these requirements above, then you can file as an agricultural vehicle with a higher mileage limit.

If you file your agricultural vehicle as a Suspended (Category W) at the beginning of the tax period but then exceed the 7,500-mile limit, you will need to submit a Form 2290 Amendment for a Millage Increase. The Form 2290 Amendment is due by the end of the month following the month you exceeded the mileage limit. After filing the Amendment, the IRS will prorate your heavy highway use tax for the remaining months of the tax year. This means that even though you will owe some tax, it will not be for the full amount you would have owed.

Suspended Vehicles

What You Need to Know About Vehicle Type For Form 2290
A suspended or credit vehicle is a highway motor vehicle that is expected to travel 5,000 miles or less (7,500 miles or less for agricultural vehicles) during the tax period. This mileage limit applies to the total amount of miles it’s driven on the road, regardless of the number of owners.

Other suspended or credited vehicles include those that were sold, destroyed, or stolen and they must all be reported on your 2290. If they exceed the mileage limit during the tax period, then you’ll owe HVUT for them.


Exempt Vehicles

Vehicles that are exempt from the HVUT don’t need to be filed for, regardless of how many miles they travel. They’re 100% exempt from the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax! A few HVUT exempt vehicles include qualified blood collector vehicles, mobile machinery used for non-transportation purposes, heavy vehicles used by the federal government, and more

When is The Form 2290 Due Date?

You must complete your Form 2290 filing by the last day of the month following the first use month during the current tax year. The typical trucking tax year is July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019. If your tax period stated in July of last year your Schedule 1 Form 2290 will be due on August 31st.

Form 2290 Filing Made Easy

Give us a call at 803.386.0320 for the easiest way to file your IRS Form 2290. Our outstanding bilingual support team will file Form 2290 while you are on the phone. The process is a straightforward 5-minute phone call, and as a result, you will receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email.



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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Here is the Easiest Way To File 2290 Form 2018

Here is the Easiest Way To File 2290 Form 2018

There’s a little over two weeks left in the race to the 2290 Form 2018 due date finish line. If you weren’t aware, your Heavy Highway Use Tax must be filed by Friday, August 31st. Instead of waiting until the last minute to file, you can quickly handle your Form 2290 filing with the help of TSNAmerica. We understand that filing taxes is not the most exciting thing to do while on the road, so here is why you need to know about the easiest way to file 2290 Form 2018.


Here is the Easiest Way To File 2290 Form 2018

With the 2290 tax due date quickly approaching it is important to mark “Form 2290 Filing” off your to-do list. Unsure of what 2290 Form 2018 is and if you are even required to file? Here’s a quick Form 2290 filing course to bring you up to speed–no need to worry, there won’t be a quiz at the end.

What is Form 2290?

IRS Form 2290 is used each year by truckers to file Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, also known as HVUT. You must file this form and get a stamped copy of your Schedule 1 Form 2290 for taxable highway motor vehicles that are registered, or required to be registered in your name under state, District of Columbia, Canadian, or Mexican law at the time of its first use during the tax period, and will travel over 5,000 miles during the tax year.

Note: Current 2290 Form 2018 tax year filings are being accepted for the tax year that began on July 1, 2017, and ended on June 30, 2018.


Information Needed for Form 2290 Filing

Phone filing with TSNAmerica is super easy and can be done in minutes! Here is the information you will need to provide when we file for you:

    Here is the Easiest Way To File 2290 Form 2018
  • Business Contact Information- Including your business name, phone number, and address (must match IRS records)
  • EIN- Employer Identification Number
  • VIN- Vehicle Identification Numbers for all of your taxable vehicles
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
  • Payment Information- Have your routing and account number ready if you plan to pay the IRS via Direct Debit.


Easiest Way to File 2290 Form 2018

We’ve made you wait long enough. The easiest way to handle Form 2290 filing is to let us do it on your behalf over the phone! Simply pick up the phone when you have a few minutes to spare and give us a call at 803.386.0320.

Our friendly US-based bilingual support team is standing by ready to assist you. Provide them with the information needed for Form 2290 filing and we will file on your behalf in just five minutes. After your Form 2290 filing has been submitted you will receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email.



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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Form 2290 Penalties You Need to Know About

Form 2290 Penalties You Need to Know About

Your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) IRS Form 2290 is due this month! This means you are officially running out of time to file by the August 31st deadline. If you fail to file and/or pay your owed HVUT tax amount, you will wind up with severe IRS penalties and interest.

However, don’t hit the panic button quite yet– TSNAmerica is here to help you file over the phone and receive your stamped Schedule 1 in minutes.
 

Form 2290 Filing Penalties You Can Expect

If you fail to file your IRS Form 2290 by the deadline or not at all, you will be penalized 4.5% of your total 2290 tax amount. After that, your penalty amount will increase on a monthly basis for up to five months.

If you fail to pay your 2290 tax by the deadline you’ll face a monthly fee of 0.5%. On top of all of that, you will face an additional interest charge of .54%. These penalties will make the amount you owe the IRS skyrocket!

If you don’t file by the deadline, or if you fail to file at all, then you won’t have a copy of your stamped Schedule 1, which serves as proof of payment. You need your stamped Schedule 1 to register new vehicles and to renew your vehicle tags with the DMV. Without it, you’ll be operating illegally. If pulled over, your vehicle will be placed out of service, ticketed, and your registration may be suspended.

Form 2290 Penalties You Need to Know AboutNow if you forget to file your HVUT, don’t panic. You may not be penalized if you can show reasonable cause for filing late, or why your payment is late. Simply file as soon as you can and attach an explanation for filing late to your return. The IRS will then either accept or reject your explanation as a reasonable cause. There are also penalties for filing fraudulent or false returns.
Thankfully all of this can be avoided when you file over the phone with TSNAmerica!

When you choose TSNAmerica, we will file your IRS Form 2290 over the phone for you. Give us a call at 803.386.0320 and talk to one of our friendly US-based bilingual support team members.

Once we have your business and truck information, we will file your IRS Form 2290 on your behalf. You will then receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 in just a matter of minutes via email.



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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

What You Need to Know About Temporary Permits

What You Need to Know About Temporary Permits

What do you do when you need to travel to a jurisdiction that you have never been and don’t have the proper registration? Get a temporary permit!

When Are Temporary Permits Required?

International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA)
IFTA reporting applies to all vehicles with:
  • Two axles and more than 26,000 lbs or
  • Vehicles with 3 or more axles regardless of weight when traveling in two or more jurisdictions (states)

You will need a temporary fuel permit if you will be traveling to another state without an IFTA decal and license.

International Registration Plan (IRP)
Applies to all vehicles with:
  • Two axles and more than 26,000 lbs or
  • Vehicles with 3 or more axles regardless of weight when traveling in two or more jurisdictions (states)

You will need a temporary trip permit if you are traveling to another state if the vehicle is not registered under the IRP. The trip permit must be obtained before entering the jurisdiction, and since processing costs and times vary based on state, it’s best to inquire as soon as you know you’ll need one.


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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Upcoming Truck Inspection Dates You Need To Know

Upcoming Inspection Dates You Need To Know
Just when you think we are out of the woods, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announces another inspection. If your rig is still operational, it is safe to assume you survived the CVSA Roadcheck 2018 last month. Here are the upcoming truck inspection dates you need to know.


Upcoming Truck Inspection Dates You Need To Know


CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week

July 15-21, 2018
During this weeklong trucking blitz, enforcement personnel will be on the lookout for unsafe commercial and passenger vehicle drivers. Meaning the focus this year will be on traffic violations, seat belt enforcement, driver roadside inspections, and driver regulatory compliance.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) “Large Truck Crash Causation Study” states that “driver behavior is the critical reason for more than 88 percent of large truck crashes and 93 percent of passenger vehicle crashes.”

Driving behaviors that will be targeted during this blitz will include speeding, distracted driving, texting, failure to wear a seat belt, following too closely, lane change violations, failure to obey traffic lights, and more.

Last year 39,000 citations and warnings were issued to drivers during the Operation Safe Driver Week.



CVSA’s Brake Safety Week 

Sept 16-22, 2018

CVSA enforcement officers will conduct roadside Level I inspections on commercial motor vehicles during this weeklong blitz. Inspectors will focus on brake components, including loose or missing parts; air or hydraulic fluid leaks, rotor conditions, pushrod travel, air chamber sizes, air reservoirs, and other brake components. If the officer finds critical brake violations, your rig will be placed out of service immediately.

Upcoming Inspection Dates You Need To KnowThe CVSA stated in a press release, “Properly functioning brake systems are crucial to safe CMV operation. Brakes must be routinely inspected and carefully and consistently maintained, so they operate and perform to the manufacturer’s specifications throughout the life of the vehicle. Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce braking efficiency, posing a serious risk to public safety on our roadways.”

Last year 14% of trucks inspected during the one-day brake safety blitz were placed out of service for critical brake violations.


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Monday, July 2, 2018

The IRS Form 2290 Filing Season is Here!

The IRS Form 2290 Filing Season is Here!

If you are an owner-operator with a registered heavy highway use vehicle in your name, you are required to file IRS Form HVUT to receive your stamped Schedule 1. July 1st marks the start of the IRS Form 2290 filing season. You can now submit your IRS Form 2290 and receive your stamped Schedule 1 in just a matter of minutes.

The IRS Form 2290 Filing Season is Here!

You will need to enter the following information to start your Form 2290 filing:
  • Business Name & Address
  • EIN (Employer Identification Number)
  • VIN (Vehicle Identification Number 
  • Gross Taxable Weight
  • Authorized signatory details

If you are going to pay the IRS via direct debit, be sure to have your routing and account number ready.

Please Note: Even though it is titled the Employer Identification Number, you must have one for Form 2290 filing. You will not be able to use your SSN (Social Security Number) to file your road tax 2290.
When you choose TSNAmerica to file your IRS Form 2290, we will file over the phone for you. Give us a call at 803.386.0320 and talk to one of our friendly US-based bilingual support team members.

Once we have your business and truck information, we will file your IRS Form 2290 on your behalf. You will then receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 in just a matter of minutes via email.


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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Everything You Need to Know About Form 2290 Filing

Everything You Need to Know About Form 2290 Filing
Tax season is barreling down the highway, so buckle up, because it’s not stopping. If your vehicle’s first used month was July then your HVUT Form 2290 due date is coming up. Don’t let this major deadline pass you by! Here is everything you need to know about Form 2290 filing.

Everything You Need to Know About Form 2290 Filing

Before we get into your Form 2290 filing, let’s go over what your heavy highway use tax is for those new to the industry. So who is required to file IRS Form 2290? If you are an Owner-Operator with a vehicle with more than 55,000 Ibs in gross weight, then Form 2290 filing applies to you.

You will need to file HVUT Form 2290 and pay taxes to receive your stamped Schedule 1. But why is this important? Well, without this little piece of paper you will be unable to renew your tags at the DMV or registration for IFTA, IRP, or UCR.



Your stamped Schedule 1 is your proof of payment for the heavy highway use tax. Once the IRS receives and approves your IRS Form 2290, you will get your stamped Schedule 1. When you file over the phone with TSNAmerica, the IRS will email your Schedule 1 with a digital watermark.

You will want to keep a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 in your truck at all times. If you are crossing international borders (Canada), the border patrol will check that you have a current stamped Schedule 1 before allowing you back into the US.

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Give us a call at 803.386.0320 for the easiest way to file your IRS Form 2290. Our outstanding bilingual support team will file Form 2290 while you are on the phone. The process is a straightforward 5-minute phone call, and as a result, you will receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email.


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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

You Need to Know What The Senate DOT Bill Contained

You Need to Know What The Senate DOT Bill Contained
The DOT bill released by the U.S. Appropriations Committee did not contain any trucking policy reform such as the ELD (Electronic Logging Device) mandate and Denham Amendment. The bill passed but the Senate Appropriations Committee differs from its counterpart passed by the House Committee. So what was included? You need to know what the Senate DOT bill contained.


You Need to Know What The Senate DOT Bill Contained

The bill passed by the U.S. House included the proposed changes to the ELD mandate for livestock haulers. It also prevented the Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) rule without the implementation of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program.

Unlike the House bill, the Senates does not heavily impact the trucking industry. It mainly focuses on general litigation and FMCSA mandated deadlines.

The Senate Appropriations Committee did direct the DOT to evaluate the needs of livestock drivers in relations to the ELD mandate further. The plan passed by the U.S. House extended the ELD exemption for both livestock and insect haulers to September 2019. The Senate committee stated that lawmakers should “consult with stakeholders, the Department of Agriculture and Congress on legislative solutions for drivers with unique working conditions.”

The current DOT funding expires at the end of September, however, the Senate has not set a date for considering the bill. Once consideration begins in the Senate, legislatures can add trucking reforms during the amendment process. The U.S. House has yet to bring the DOT appropriations bill to the floor as well.


You Need to Know What The Senate DOT Bill ContainedIf the two governing bodies pass a different version of the bill, the lawmakers will enter a conference committee to produce a finalized bill. This will then be passed again by the respective governing bodies. Any trucking reform that is attached would be subject to intense review during the committee process. 

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

What You Need to Know About the Denham Amendment 2018

What You Need to Know About the Denham Amendment 2018
The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) reauthorization 2018 bill passed through the House on April 26, 2018, and included an amendment that will affect all within the trucking industry. The Denham-Cuellar-Costa Amendment simply known as the Denham Amendment has received very mixed reactions from those within the trucking industry. Here is what you need to know about the Denham Amendment 2018.

What You Need to Know About the Denham Amendment 2018

Sponsored by U.S. House representatives Jeff Denham (R-Cali), Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), and Jim Costa (D-Cali), the Denham Amendment will provide standardized meal and rest breaks for truckers. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) believe that the amendment will streamline interstate commerce by further federalizing the hours-of-service rules and regulations. However, on the other end of the spectrum, you have the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), they believe the Denham Amendment is a threat to drivers fair pay and breaks.

What Does The Denham Amendment Mean?

Before we get into the current industry fight, we will review the facts about the Denham Amendment and how it will affect you. In summary, the amendment will prevent an individual state from setting their own rules and regulations. All drivers will need to abide by the Department of Transportation’s (DOTs) hours-of-service by federal law.

What You Need to Know About the Denham Amendment 2018
Under the current federal hours-of-service regulations, drivers are required to take a 20-minute break after driving for eight hours. This means drivers can now work longer hours without taking breaks and without violating state laws.
For example, California requires a 10-minute break for every four hours driven and a 30-minute meal break for every five working hours. The new hours-of-service will be enforced using a mandated Electronic Logging Device (ELD).


ATA Vs. OOIDA

So what do both parties want regarding the Denham Amendment?:

American Trucking Associations (ATA):
  • They want unified regulations that will not hamper interstate commerce.
  • ATA believes productivity will rise with the Denham Amendment since drivers can continue driving to meet shipment times.
  • This will cause less confusion when crossing into new jurisdictions.


Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA):
  • They believe this will deter drivers from taking much-needed breaks, potentially causing accidents and a decrease in productivity.
  • Under the Denham Amendment drivers wages will be standardized as well because companies will not be required to meet state-imposed minimum wages. 


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Monday, June 4, 2018

New IRS Form 2290 Payment Options

Have You Heard About the New IRS Form 2290 Payment Options?

Have You Heard About the New IRS Form 2290 Payment OptionsIt may be hard to believe, but it’s already time to start filing your 2018-19 2290! If you’re currently thinking, “Wait, 2290 season doesn’t start until July?” then you would be correct, partially. Since we’ve worked hand-in-hand with the IRS for more than ten years now, we are excited to offer IRS Form 2290 filing for the 2018-19 tax year ahead of schedule. This is exclusive for ExpressTruckTax customers so you can get back to enjoying time with your family instead of worrying about filing your 2290 tax form.

IRS Payment Methods for Form 2290

When you file Form 2290 over the phone with TSNAmerica, all you have to do it give us your information and we will file on your behalf in a matter of minutes. When it is time to pay you can choose between 3 different payment options based on the most convenient method for you.

Direct Debit or Electronic Funds Withdrawal (EFW)

Provide your banking information (account and routing number) through TSNAmerica’s safe and secure system to authorize the IRS to debit the amount you owe from your bank account. It is important that your account has enough funds to cover the amount you owe.

The amount is generally withdrawn in 24 to 48 hours after providing authorization. Keep in mind that this involves your banking information, not your credit/debit card number.

If you need to cancel your payment contact IRS payment services at 1.888.353.4537 at least 2 days before the payment date.

EFTPS (Electronic Federal Tax Payment System) is the electronic tax payment system used by the IRS. If you choose this payment option you will be taken to the EFTPS site, and you’ll create a free account. Please keep in mind that it can take up to 10 business days to establish this type of account.

To pay the IRS through EFTPS, you will provide your bank account information and verify that the IRS is allowed to withdraw your tax payment from that account. In order to make your payment by the deadline, you must schedule it before 8 p.m. the day before the deadline for it to be received by the IRS in time.

Direct Debit or Electronic Funds Withdrawal (EFW)


You can also pay the amount of HVUT you owe with a Check or Money Order. If you choose this option you will need to print your completed payment voucher, 2290-V, from page 11 of your completed 2290 Form and mail to the IRS by the August 31st deadline.

Make your check or money order payable to the United States Treasury. Also, you will need to include your name, address, EIN, the date, and the words “IRS Form 2290” with your payment.

Do not staple your payment and voucher together.
Have You Heard About the New IRS Form 2290 Payment Options?

Send your payment and voucher 2290-V to:
Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 804525,
Cincinnati, OH 45280-4525

Remember, never send cash through the mail.

Important: If you have already paid your HVUT via Direct Debit or EFW and received a letter from the IRS saying they were unable to debit the funds there are a few likely causes:

- Your account and routing number were entered into ExpressTruckTax incorrectly. Even entering one character incorrectly will prevent the IRS from being able to withdraw the amount you owe.
- The IRS tried to debit your account, but you had insufficient funds. If you are even as little as 50 cents short then the IRS will not debit the funds.

If you receive a letter from the IRS saying they could not withdraw the funds from the bank account provided then you will need to send a check or money order to the IRS in order to pay the amount you owe by the August 31st deadline.



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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

How to Get an HVUT Refund With Form 8849?

 How to Get an HVUT Refund With Form 8849?Congrats! You finally got out of the old hunker of a rig, and now you drive a brand new shiny truck that’s from this century.

But you paid your 2290 for the truck before you sold it and now you’re out $500.

Well, what if I told you could get that money back? Some may call it magic, others call TSNAmerica.

When we file a Form 8849 on your behalf for you're sold/destroyed/stolen vehicle, we’ll help you get your paid 2290 tax fee back.

Unsure? Let me give you some background on the form and how we can do it.


Form 8849

To put it simply, Form 8849 is designed to let the IRS know that you’ve sold your truck, or that it was destroyed or stolen and the taxes you paid on it should be returned for it that you need back.

Your previous truck is considered exempt so that tax money should come back to you.


How Does That Work?

That’s simple too! To get money back with Form 8849, just give TSNAmerica a call.

Be ready to provide us with your correct name and address ready, also your EIN, the vehicle’s information, and when it was sold/destroyed/stolen. Then let us do the rest.


One More Time for Clarity

Your sold, stolen, or destroyed vehicle is worth money if you paid your HVUT Form 2290 before selling it.

All you need to do to get a refund back on the taxes for that truck is to give us a call and let us help you.

So what are you waiting for? Pick up the phone and call TSNAmerica at 803.386.0320. We’ll be glad to help you get the money back that you deserve.




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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Advanced HVUT Form 2290 Online Filing is Here!


It is that time of year again! It is time to file your IRS Form 2290 and receive your shiny new stamped Schedule 1. Instead of waiting around until the last moment how about filing your HVUT Form 2290 in advance? There is no need to pay your taxes now you have all summer for that, but you can quickly get IRS filing out of the way. Focus on growing your business this summer now that advanced HVUT Form 2290 online filing is here.

Advanced HVUT Form 2290 Online Filing is Here!

Before we get too far, let me explain a little more about advanced HVUT Form 2290 filing. Advanced filing is more or less the same as e-filing your return; the only difference is that your return is filed and transmitted before July 1st. The IRS starts accepting Heavy Vehicle Use Taxes beginning on July 1st and runs until the deadline on August 31st.

However, with advanced filing, you can skip the call waiting and file your return today. When the IRS opens, TSNAmerica will automatically transmit your forms. You will be among the first to receive your stamped Schedule 1.

However, you should note that if you file your HVUT Form 2290 in advance, you will need to mail your tax payment to the IRS via check or money order by August 31. 


Who Can File IRS Form 2290 in Advance?

That is a good question with a straightforward answer. Everyone! You can file your HVUT tax in advance and renew your Schedule 1 for your heavy use vehicle with a gross weight of 55,000 or more ( 7,500 miles for agricultural vehicles). 


When Should I File?

You can file in advance right now! I know that you don’t like filing your taxes (honestly the only people that get excited about tax time are CPA’s). However, when you file in advance, you don’t have to worry about it again until July 2019. Also, who wants the IRS breathing down their neck when the deadline is fast approaching?


Don't believe that myth about filing your HVUT tax in advance:

YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY WHEN YOU FILE!!


Call us today and file over the phone. It is that simple!

Our US-based support team is waiting on the other end of this line for your call. Don’t keep us waiting too long or you will miss out on some fantastic discounts and giveaways. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.



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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

What You Need to Know to be a Successful Owner-Operator

New owner-operator using TSNAmerica to file his 2290 over the phone
Trucking is a competitive industry that millions of people try to break into every year. Also, many truckers seek to make the transition from truck driver to owner-operator, and unfortunately a lot of them fail. This is a major decision that should not be taken lightly. Whether you are a rookie or seasoned vet, you have dreamed of owning your own big rig. So before you jump head first, here is what you need to know to be a successful owner-operator.


What You Need to Know to be a Successful Owner-Operator

So you are transitioning from a company driver to a free and independent owner-operator. Before you splurge on a shiny new rig, there are several things you need to consider and should know. 


1. You Need a Boat Load of Money 🛥️

That’s right. To start off you will need a lot of cold hard cash.

The biggest investment you will need to prepare for will, of course, be your truck. It is a good idea to put down a decent down payment toward financing or to lease your truck. A large down payment will keep your monthly payments more affordable. Also, this will help you when you apply for a loan and give you more options with a lower interest rate.

In addition to your truck, you will need money for starting out. You will need money for expenses such as food, lodging, fuel, oil changes, and any unexpected repairs.

If you are planning to charge these expenses on a credit card I highly encourage you to reconsider. Remeber that they do come with interest and if they remain unpaid for an extended amount of time your credit will be affected. And on that note let's move on to my next point.


2. You Need to Have Good Credit

Back on the road after filing 2290 over the phone with TSNAmericaNot having solid credit is a mistake most owner-operators make when starting their trucking business. If you have a poor credit rating, there are still several financing companies that will give you a loan for a new truck. However, many lose their truck because of personal financial situations and/or continued poor spending habits.

As a business owner, your success will largely be determined by your time and money management. 


3. You Need a Reliable Business and Tax Advise

Before you start your trucking business, it is always a good idea to seek out professional advice. They will help with planning, organization, and education. It is always useful to talk to a fellow driver in preparation; however, there is a lot at stake when you start your own trucking business. 



4. You Need to be Single or Have a Solid Relationship

This is a point that many don’t take into full consideration when becoming an owner-operator. The time spent away from your family, and significant other can lead to any number of problems. If you don’t have a solid relationship the time spent apart can spell trouble and the time spent away from small children can be devastating.

Being an owner-operator is hard on families so before you start down this road consider what is important to you. This could lead to financial stability but this is a decision that should not be taken lightly.

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