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Monday, May 4, 2020

Be The First To File The 2020 IRS 2290

It’s that time again. The IRS Form 2290 season is here!

While most Form 2920 providers are waiting until July to open the 2020 season, here at TSNAmerica, we’re open right now!

That’s right, you can file your 2020 HVUT today!

How do you file your Form 2290?


Just grab your phone and call one of our helpful, US-based support staff! They’ll take your information down and file your 2290 for you!

On July 1, when the 2290 tax season is officially open, we’ll take your filled out 2290 and transmit it to the IRS. Then, as soon as it is accepted, we’ll send you your Stamped Schedule 1.

Why should you file your Form 2290 today?


Filing early gives you a ton of time to make amendments to your 2290 if you realize you made a mistake or the IRS rejects it for any reason.

If you file early, the hard work is done. All you have to do is save your pennies so that you can make your payment later. That’s right! If you select Electronic Funds Withdrawal (EFW) as your payment method, you don’t have to pay the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax until July 1! And even better, if you pick check or money order, you’ll get until August 31.

When the IRS starts processing HVUT returns on July 1, your Form 2290 will be sitting pretty on top of the pile. And did we mention that means you’ll get your Stamped Schedule 1 back first too?

We take care of the rest. Here at TSNAmerica, once you call, we file for you with the IRS!

File your 2290 today!





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Thursday, April 23, 2020

This Free IFTA Tax Calculator Will Blow You Away

IFTA fuel tax calculator
I don’t know about you, but it feels like we just filed and paid the IFTA fuel tax. Unfortunately, the next IFTA deadline is right around the corner.

Your 1st quarter IFTA report is due Thursday, April 30! If you need to generate your federal fuel tax report, you have come to the right place. Here’s how we can help.

Your Free IFTA Calculator


Our goal at TSNAmerica is to take the hassle out of filing your taxes. One of the many ways we achieve this is by providing you with a completely free IFTA mileage calculator app.

Download the app to your smartphone or tablet and calculate your IFTA fuel tax in a matter of seconds, no matter where you are.


IFTA Mileage Calculator Instructions:
1. Select your Base Jurisdiction
2. Select your IFTA Quarter & Fuel Type
3. Enter the Miles Traveled & Fuel Purchased per state

Now you can sit back and relax as the IFTA calculator app handles all of the complicated federal fuel tax calculators for you. Your total miles, gallons, and miles per gallon will be displayed along with the amount of IFTA fuel tax you owe.

You can then email this IFTA tax report to yourself or any recipients by entering any email address and clicking send.

ExpressIFTA Is Your IFTA Reporting Solution

At TSNAmerica we have your back to help you easily prepare your IFTA report to file by the deadline. Simply check out our sister product, ExpressIFTA to easily import and track all the information you need to complete your IFTA return online in one convenient location.

The process is quick and easy! You can import all of your data at once with the bulk upload feature or even directly upload all of your mileage information right from your GPS. However, you can also keep detailed trip sheet entries. ExpressIFTA lets you handle your reporting at your own pace.

Then at the end of each quarter, all of your totals will be automatically calculated in an easy to read IFTA report. Your IFTA report can be downloaded, printed, emailed, and used to instantly complete your return!



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Monday, April 20, 2020

Your First Quarter IFTA Deadline Might Be Here


The COVID-19 crisis has sent terrible ripples across the entire trucking industry.

Trucking taxes are no exception to these problems.

Many deadlines in many IFTA jurisdictions have been moved or suspended for the duration of the crisis.

Most IRP deadlines have been changed and the majority of IFTA filing deadlines have also been moved.

Here is a breakdown of every IFTA filing deadline suspension or change in every IFTA jurisdiction.

IFTA filing deadline changes

Alabama:

IFTA registration requirements for vehicles traveling through the state as a part of emergency relief are waived until April 31, 2020.

Arkansas:

IFTA requirements for vehicles traveling in and through Arkansas for relief efforts are waived until April 30, 2020.

California:

90-day IFTA extension can be applied for by completing a waiver if you or a relative you are caring for is sick with COVID-19. Waiver available at: CDTFA.ca.gov

Colorado:

IFTA registration requirements suspended until June 30, 2020.
90-day IFTA extension can be applied for by completing a waiver if you or a relative you are caring for is sick with COVID-19. Waiver available at: Colorado.gov/tax.

Connecticut:

IFTA requirements are waived for commercial vehicles assisting in relief efforts until further notice.

Delaware:

IFTA requirements are waived for vehicles aiding in emergency relief until the end of the state of emergency.

Florida:

IFTA enforcement suspended for trucks traveling through the state as a part of emergency relief until April 13, 2020.

Georgia:

IFTA trip and fuel permits for vehicles providing direct assistance to the COVID-19 emergency are waived until May 16, 2020, at 5 pm.

Idaho:

The first quarter IFTA deadline is now June 1, 2020.

Indiana:

The first quarter IFTA deadline is now May 31, 2020.

Illinois:

No IFTA penalty or interest for late filers, until May 26, 2020.

Iowa:

The first quarter IFTA deadline is now May 31, 2020.

Kansas:

IFTA trip permit requirements for trucks traveling through Kansas have been suspended for trucks operating in association with disaster assistance until further notice.

Kentucky:

Renewal dates for licensing and registration extended by 90 days.

Maine:

IFTA registration enforcement is suspended until April 16, 2020.
Maine will not be charging late penalties for 1st Quarter IFTA filings.

Maryland:

The first quarter IFTA deadline is now June 1, 2020.

Michigan:

Enforcement of IFTA requirements is waived through the end of April.

Missouri:

IFTA requirements are waived until the end of the declared emergency.

Mississippi:

IFTA requirements for motor carriers traveling through Mississippi due to the COVID-19 emergency are waived.
Registration set to expire on March 31, 2020, will be extended to April 30, 2020.

Montana:

IFTA requirements are also waived until further notice.

Nebraska

Vehicle registrations expiring on or after March 1, 2020, are valid until 30 days after the end of the state of emergency.

New Jersey:

IFTA registrations expiring March through May 2020 are extended until May 31, 2020.
Temporary IRP and IFTA requirements are waived for vehicles traveling through New Jersey for relief efforts.

Nevada:

IFTA requirements are waived during the duration of the emergency.

North Carolina:

The first quarter IFTA deadline is now July 15, 2020.

Oklahoma:

Registration and licensing requirements are waived for commercial vehicles providing direct assistance to relief efforts until May 8, 2020.

Pennsylvania:

The first quarter IFTA deadline is now June 1, 2020.
Pennsylvania IFTA trip permit requirements are also waived for 30 days or until the end of the emergency.

Rhode Island:

License and registrations expiring between March, 1 and April 30, 2020, are now valid for another 90 days after their expiration.

South Carolina:

IFTA registrations that expire March 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020, will be valid until July 1, 2020.
IFTA requirements for out-of-state vehicles are waived until June 30, 2020.

Tennessee

IFTA requirements for vehicles traveling through the state of Tennesse in furtherance of disaster relief efforts is waived until May 18, 2020.
The new first quarter IFTA deadline is May 26, 2020.

Utah:

IFTA renewal for vehicles engaged in emergency relief efforts with registration expiring after March 17, 2020 waived until further notice.

Vermont:

IFTA enforcement discouraged for 90 days from the date of the emergency declaration (March 13, 2020).

Virginia

The first quarter IFTA deadline is now June 1, 2020.

Washington:

The first quarter IFTA deadline is now May 30, 2020.

Wyoming:


IFTA enforcement also suspended for trucks traveling through the state as a part of emergency relief.

Need to file your IFTA report?





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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The Complete Form 2290 for 2020 Guide Filers Need

Truck drivers discussing the Form 2290 for 2019 complete filing guide
And the 2290 deadline countdown continues! Before you know it, August 31 will be here and your Form 2290 for 2020 will be due to the IRS

If this is your first or second time filing 2290 highway use tax, you may need a helping hand to complete the process.

We’ve gathered a few tips that you can use to your advantage with a complete Form 2290 for 2020 guide filers need.

The Complete Form 2290 For 2020 Guide Filers Need


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 is and the information you need to meet the 2290 filing deadline.

Here’s a brief overview to bring you up to speed.

What is IRS Form 2290?

IRS 2290 Form 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 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 2290 Schedule 1 in just a few.


Information Required to File IRS 2290

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

2290 Schedule 1 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 Form 2290 for 2020–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!



Let TSNAmerica File For You:

803.386.0320

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Want to Avoid an IFTA Audit? Avoid These Errors!

The 1st Quarter IFTA deadline is getting closer and closer, and we need to focus on avoiding an audit.

We’re gonna take this step by step, and focus on the heavy hitters.

The following are some of the red flags IFTA auditors keep their eyes out for:

Non-continuous Jurisdictions


Alright, this is kind of obvious, but it happens. Your trip logs must show continuity from your starting point to your destination. That includes every district in between.

There’s no way your vehicle began in New Jersey and then suddenly showed up in Ohio. Make this kind of error, and an auditor will be knocking on your door in no time.

Gaps in Mileage


If your end of day trip logs don’t match up with the beginning of the next day, you got yourself a mileage gap.

This usually happens because drivers don’t realize that their personal or leased miles must also be included on the trip logs.

Over-simplified Fuel Calculations


When reporting fuel, it is not acceptable to divide your miles traveled by a predetermined Miles Per Gallon estimate as MPG will naturally fluctuate. The precise fuel use and mileage must be recorded.

Skewed MPG


If your average MPG has drastic variations from one quarter to the next, without a legitimate reason such as differing road conditions, varying weights of the loads carried, etc, an audit could be triggered.

Excessively High/Low MPG


The average MPG for a heavy vehicle is between 5-10 MPG.

If your MPG falls outside of this range, you probably made an error in calculations.

The tough part is, some states won’t let you file your IFTA return until your MPG is within that acceptable range.

However—even if you avoid these obvious errors—you can still be chosen at random for auditing.

Give us a call at 803.386.0320 or fill out our service request form today!


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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Need More Time To File Your Taxes? Get A Deadline Extension.

IRS Form 4868 tax deadline extension
The dreaded April, 15 tax deadline, will be here before you know it.

Don’t let it sneak up on you. In fact, go ahead and tell the IRS when you’re going to pay your taxes.

That’s right. By filing a Form 4868 tax extension, you can get an automatic personal tax deadline extension.

If you’ve misplaced any forms or information, or you’re just too busy to do your taxes, a tax extension Form 4868 can be invaluable.

Let’s cover the basics of Form 4868.

What is Form 4868 and how does it work?


The Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S Individual Income Tax Return, better known as IRS Form 4868 extends the deadline of the income tax return as far as six-months (October 15, 2020).

Form 4868 is only for individual taxpayers, but businesses can file Form 7004, which has a similar effect.

You will not need to explain why you need a tax extension, but you will need to estimate your tax liability on the Form.

What information do you need to file Form 4868?


  • Full name, address, & social security number.
  • If you're filing jointly, you'll need the same information for your spouse.
  • Total tax liability & Payment for 2019.
  • Balance due if any.

How do you request a tax extension?


Paper File Form 4868


If you’re feeling like going old-school (and brave enough to risk making mistakes), find yourself a paper copy of Form 4868 (the easiest way is to print it) and fill out all the information. You will need to include a copy of last year’s tax return to verify the information you put down.

E-File Form 4868


Alternatively, you can do things the easy way and file Form 4868 from your computer through ExpressExtension.com. They’ll guide you through the e-filing process and help you be more accurate. The whole process only takes a couple of minutes.

ExpressExtension website for IRS Form 4868 tax deadline extension

Interested in getting a tax extension?

Once again, may we recommend ExpressExtension.com? It’s super easy, super convenient, super accurate, and super affordable. File your Form 4868 today!





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Friday, February 14, 2020

3 Simple Tips For Supporting The Trucker In Your Life On Valentines Day

Trucker calling on the CB radio on valentines day
Driving a truck over the road can be difficult on holidays like Valentine’s day.

It feels like everyone in the world is spending time alone with their partner.

It might already be Valentine’s day, but it’s not too late to make the trucker in your life feel special.

To make things a little bit easier on you and your trucker, here are three things you can do to support them this Valentine’s day.

1. Skype or Facetime


One of the easiest things you can do to help your trucker to know you care is to Facetime or Skype them.

Your trucker should be able to find Wi-Fi at their truck stop or connect to cellular service

A regular phone call is great too but being able to see another familiar face can make a big difference when you miss home.

2. Help them feel connected


Similarly, anything else you can do to make your trucker feel connected with the outside world is awesome!

Consider using an online service to order them a special meal. Or try sending them a romantic email since it can be difficult to get a real letter to them.

Female trucker happy on valentines day

3. Celebrate later


Another great way to console your trucker on Valentine’s day is to decide that you will celebrate it later.

Choose a day when you can be alone together and make it your own Valentine’s day.

If you pick your own day, there’s nothing stopping you from having a great Valentine’s day with your trucker!

4. Show them you care by helping with their taxes


Nobody likes taxes. Show your trucker you care by taking those taxes off their plate.

Here at Truck Services of North America, we do all the hard work for you! We file Form 2290, apply for EIN's, and deal with the IRS on your behalf!

Show your trucker you care by calling us today!




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Friday, January 31, 2020

How To Report IFTA In No Time

Trucker in field using ExpressIFTA for IFTA fuel tax reporting
The 4th quarter IFTA deadline is today!

We know IFTA reporting can be a serious hassle -- especially when you’re short on time.

The calculated and reporting process can be maddening when done alone. 

IFTA exemptions and rates change every year, constantly complicating the process.

But you don’t have to be a mathematician to accurately report and calculate your IFTA taxes. 

You just need ExpressIFTA.

Reporting ExpressIFTA


With ExpressIFTA, reporting IFTA taxes is super simple.

Just enter your miles and fuel purchases for each date or bulk upload from a spreadsheet or ELD. Then, ExpressIFTA will take that information and automatically calculate your tax due and give you a detailed report that you can use to file with your base jurisdiction.

Truckers at gas station using ExpressIFTA for IFTA fuel tax reporting


ExpressIFTA will even check for common errors in your IFTA reporting.

Use ExpressIFTA Today


ExpressIFTA is convenient, accurate, and affordable. Generate your report today!



Want more help?

Check out this helpful step-by-step guide to generating your report with ExpressIFTA!




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