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Thursday, October 22, 2020

TSNAmerica Is Now Offering Full-Service UCR Filing Services





Here at TSNAmerica, we are always looking for ways to make life easier for America’s truckers.

That’s why we’re adding full-service UCR registration to our list of services. All you need to do is call in, provide the appropriate information, and we’ll take care of your UCR registration for you! It's just like our Form 2290 solution!

Here are some frequently asked questions about UCR registration.

What is UCR registration?


The Unified Carrier Registration Agreement (UCRA) created the UCR, a federally regulated program for commercial motor vehicles that travel interstate.

Who has to register under the UCRA?


Every motor carrier based in one of the
se states that travels interstate must register under the UCR program. If you are in one of the states that do not participate, you don’t need to worry about UCR registration.


When do I have to register for UCR?


The UCR registration deadline is on December 31, 2020.

What information do I need to register?


All identifying information about your company including company name and address, owner name, and USDOT number.

The Make, Model/Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), Number of Passengers, License Plate Number, and State, and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of each vehicle you wish register.

Register today!


Call us today at (877) 520-8640 and register quickly! Our knowledgeable experts will take care of everything you need!






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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Hotshot Trucking: Everything You Need to Know



Though it’s been around for a while, it seems like hotshot trucking is now more popular than ever.

Truck drivers who want to start their own trucking company often look to hotshot trucking as a cheaper option.

Hotshot hauling supports a specific niche in the trucking community, and there are various things you can and cannot do when you start a hotshot business.

What is hot shot trucking and what are the hotshot trucking requirements?

Find the answers to these questions and more in this hotshot trucking guide.

Hotshot Business

What is Hot Shot Trucking?

Hotshot hauling involves using medium-duty or one-ton trucks to pull trailers containing time-sensitive loads.

The “term hotshot” originated from the Texas oil fields, where pickups used to deliver quickly-needed parts to off-road drilling and pumping stations.

Hotshot trucking has survived from them to now and is actually regaining momentum with the increase in truckers’ desire to be their own boss without the high startup costs.

Plus, certain hotshot driver requirements make it a bit easier to get started quickly.

Pros and Cons of Hotshot Trucking

Besides avoiding the trucking business startup costs of buying or leasing expensive equipment, many hotshot loads are local and close-by, which means plenty of time at home.

Smaller loads that most freight trucks don’t want to haul are perfect for hotshot hauling.

Circling back to equipment expenses, purchasing a dually or 1-ton new truck is, on average a $40,000 investment, much cheaper than a rig.

Also, that vehicle won’t burn through fuel the same way that a larger semi-truck or rig will.

Hot Shot Trucking Requirements

Another major perk of hotshot trucking is that hotshot drivers are not necessarily required to have a CDL license.

A CDL is meant for vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds or more, depending on the state.

However, depending on what loads you’ll be transporting, you may want to get a CDL if you’re crossing state lines.

You’ll also need a USDOT number and possibly an MC number.

Speak to the Department of Transportation to find out specifically which documents you’ll need.

So, are you ready to start your own hotshot business? Hopefully, this information helped!

If hotshot hauling isn’t for you, but you’re interested in owner operator trucking or fleet management, check out some of our other blogs for resources, or print the one-page guide below to help you get started!


If you’re already in business and you’re looking for a trucking business management solution, check out TruckLogics, trucking management software with features for dispatch management, maintenance planning, business report generation, expense management, and more.

Use the free 15-day trial to check it out today!








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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Do You Need to File Form 941 Online for Your Trucking Business?

Do You Need to File Form 941 Online for Your Trucking Business?


If you own a small trucking business, it can be tough to know which taxes you’re required to file.

IRS tax Form 941 is a quarterly tax, and the 3rd quarter 941 deadline is November 2, 2020.

Check out this article for information on the 941 federal tax form to determine whether or not you need to file before the November 2nd 941 deadline.

IRS Tax Form 941

What is the Form 941 Tax Return?

IRS Tax Form 941 is the employer’s quarterly tax return.

It is used to report employment taxes. All employers are responsible for withholding federal income tax, Social Security tax, and Medicare tax from each employee’s salary.

The IRS Tax Form 941 is also used to calculate the employer’s portion of Social Security and Medicare tax. 

Do You Need to File 941 Form 2020 for Your Trucking Business?

The first question to ask yourself is, “Do I have employees?”

If you own and operate a business with employees, you’ll need to file Form 941 online.

Note: Independent contractors are not considered employees.

If you have independent contractors, you are not responsible for withholding taxes, you are simply responsible for paying the gross wage agreed upon in the contract.

Therefore, if you only have independent contractors working for you, you do not need to file 941 Form 2020.

The second question is, “Is my trucking business an S-corporation?”

S-corporations, or S-corps, are taxed on a pass-through basis, like sole proprietorships or partnerships.

Due to this, the S-corp does not pay tax on its profits. Instead, those profits pass on to shareholders who are taxed on it as part of their personal income.

Even though an S-corp may have no employees in the traditional sense (people working for the business without ownership stake), for tax purposes, any shareholder who performs duties on behalf of the business may be treated as a shareholder-employee.

Therefore, the money each shareholder receives in dividends may be treated as income, meaning you’ll need to file Form 941 online.

How to File Form 941 Online

If, after these two questions, you’ve determined that you need to file Form 941 for 2020, check out TaxBandits.

In just a few minutes, you could be done filing your Form 941 tax return. Don’t wait until the 941 deadline - knock it out now!

Here’s how it works:

1.  Create a free TaxBandits account
2.  Choose Form 941 for 2020
3.  Enter your employer details
4.  Follow the interview-style process
5.  Pay & transmit your Form 941 tax return

Still unsure if you need to file a 941 federal tax form?

Give the TaxBandits support team a call at 704-684-4751 and speak with a live, US-based agent who can help you determine whether you need to file a Form 941 for 2020. 






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Friday, September 18, 2020

How To Set Up Your Trucking Business For Success

How To Set Up Your Trucking Business For Success


Starting a trucking company is a great step into the ever-growing trucking industry.

Truck drivers account for about 6% of full-time jobs in the US, which will only grow as consumer demand for products does.

Owning a truck might be nice, but owning a successful trucking business is where you really want to focus.

Here are 3 tips for success as an owner-operator, leased operator, or fleet manager in the trucking industry.

Tips for Owning a Trucking Business

Understanding the Industry

Keep up with the latest news regarding the trucking industry. Stay on top of trends.

Plus, it’s important to have an understanding of what your future customers want and know how to take care of them better than your competitors.

Consider how you find customers who will give you repeat business, and determine what you need to do to keep them.

Understanding Business

Business is all about maximizing profit and minimizing expenses.

The trucking business is the same.

For starters, be sure you’re finding the best-paying loads. You can do this by knowing the current lane rates, researching which freight markets are hot, and always looking ahead to your next load.

Focus on cutting costs where you can, but more importantly, know where to step ahead and grab profit.

Stop throwing money away on unnecessary things. For instance, did you file your Form 2290 yet this year? If not, you’ve missed the 2290 due date and will face severe IRS penalties that only get worse with time. 

File now over the phone with TSNAmerica at 803.386.0320 to keep your money in your pocket.

Managing Time and Paperwork

Most importantly, your trucking business’s success depends on your ability to juggle all things at once.

Luckily, we know of the perfect tool to help you.

TruckLogics is a trucking company software program designed to take the paperwork out of trucking business for owner-operators, leased operators, and fleet managers.

With tons of unique features, you won’t believe how easy it makes your day-to-day tasks.


Owner-operators can use TruckLogics to manage their entire business. 

From managing dispatches and tracking income & expenses, to scheduling maintenance and sending invoices, it’s the one-stop-shop for your trucking business to make it happen.



Plus, leased operators can use TruckLogics to streamline record-keeping. Track income, run profit & loss reports and keep compliance records for your maintenance and trip details.

TruckLogics even has tools for fleet managers, including access to TruckZone, which keeps fleet details organized and accessible. You can even set automatic reminders for vehicle maintenance.

It truly is an all-inclusive trucking company software program.

Owning a trucking business can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be! Sign up for a free 15-day trial and give TruckLogics a test drive today.









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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

What to Do in the Event of an IFTA Audit




Even though the 3rd quarter IFTA deadline is still over a month away, don’t think you can put IFTA out of your mind entirely. Even though you filed your 2nd quarter 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 using ExpressIFTA to generate your report. All you have to do is enter your fuel and mileage information and they'll calculate everything for you!


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Monday, August 31, 2020

Waited Until Last Minute? How to File by the 2290 Due Date



The 2020 Form 2290 due date is today!!

That’s right… Your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax is due on August 31, 2020.

Filing the 2020-21 Form 2290 by the 2290 due date is critical to avoid penalties and receive an updated 2290 Schedule 1.

Still need to file?

Here’s a comprehensive list of Form 2290 instructions 2020 for filing before the 2290 due date. 

Form 2290 Due Date 2020

The 2020 Form 2290 Rundown

Federal Heavy Vehicle Use Tax is an annual truck tax that covers the damage that heavy vehicles do to public highways.

In return for filing Form 2290 for 2020, you’ll receive an updated 2290 Schedule 1, which is necessary for truck operation.

Your 2290 Schedule 1 acts as a receipt of federal Heavy Vehicle Use Tax payment, and must be presented when renewing tags, traveling internationally, and more.

IRS Late Filing Penalties

Failing to file 2020 Form 2290 before the Form 2290 due date will result in penalties.

The IRS enacts a late filing penalty of 4.5% of the total federal Heavy Vehicle Use Tax amount for these filers, with an added 0.54% interest each month.

In contrast, those who file Form 2290 for 2020 but do not pay their federal Heavy Vehicle Use Tax will face a penalty of 0.5% of the tax amount, with 0.54% interest each month.

Failing to file will also cost you an updated 2290 Schedule 1, which you’ll need on the road.

Don’t risk it. Filing on time is simple.

Filing On Time

The fastest way to file is over the phone or online.

To file over the phone, simply call TSNA at 877.520.8640 and we'll file for you!

You also have the option to file IRS 2290 online with our sister product, ExpressTruckTax.

To file 2020 Form 2290 online quickly before the 2290 due date, follow these simple Form 2290 instructions 2020:

1.  Gather Your Information

Speed up your Form 2290 for 2020 filing process by gathering your information ahead of time. You’ll need business information, EIN (Employer Identification Number), VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), gross taxable weight, and authorized signatory details.

2.  Call TSNAmerica

Simply call 877.520.8640.

3.  Tell Them Your Business Information

Simply give your business name, address, and EIN. You must have an EIN to file.

4.  Choose Your Tax Year & First Used Month

Your tax year is 2020-21. If your vehicle has been in service in previous years and will continue to be in service this year, your first use month is July.

5.  Tell Them Your Vehicle Information

This includes VIN and gross taxable weight, which is the weight of your vehicle when fully equipped for service, minus the weight of you and the load. Find this number on your cab card or a sticker inside the door of your cab.

6. Decide how to pay your HVUT tax.

You can pay by Check or Money Order, EFTPS, or EFW.

That’s it!

Follow these IRS 2290 instructions and you’ll be finished in no time.


Never miss another 2290 due date. File now with TSNAmerica.










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Friday, August 28, 2020

Here is the Easiest Way To File 2290 Form 2020




There’s a little over two days left in the race to the 2290 Form 2020 due date finish line. If you weren’t aware, your Heavy Highway Use Tax must be filed by Friday, August 31st.

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 for 2020.


Here is the Easiest Way To File 2290 Form for 2020

With the 2290 tax due date quickly approaching it is important to mark “Form 2290 Filing” off your to-do list. Unsure of what Form 2290 for 2020 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.

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:

  • 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 Form 2290 for 2020

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.



Call Us Today to File Form 2290 for 2020



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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

We're Days Away From the 2290 Deadline–Here's What You Need to Know


The countdown for the 2290 deadline is coming for you!

Owner-operators must e-file IRS 2290 by Monday, August 31, 2020. If not, expensive IRS penalties for failing to file will be headed your way.

The clock is ticking and time is running out, so here’s what you need to know before calling in to file.

Am I Required To File a 2290 Form?


If you’re reading this then we're 99.9% sure you are required to file by the upcoming 2290 deadline!

Owner-operators that have a vehicle with more than 55,000 pounds in gross weight must file Form 2290 for 2020 to receive their stamped Schedule 1.

You must have a Schedule 1 Form 2290 to renew your tags with the DMV or register for IRP.

File My 2290


What Information Do I Need When FIling?


Guess what?! You only need five pieces of information when you call for us to file your 2290 Form:

  • Business Name & Address
  • EIN (Employer Identification Number)
  • VIN (Vehicle Identification Number
  • Gross Taxable Weight
  • Authorized Signatory Details

Wait, TSNAmerica Will File My 2290 Form for Me?

Yep, you read correctly! Filing your Form 2290 for 2020 is as simple as giving us a call.

Simply call 877.520.8640 and you’ll be greeted by one of our friendly US-based bilingual support team members ready to file your 2290 Form.

You’ll be prompted to provide the information listed below and in just 5-10 minutes your annual filing requirements will be complete! Best of all, a digital copy of your stamped Schedule 1 will be sent via email!


Call TSNAmerica Now
877.520.8640




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Thursday, August 13, 2020

How to get an EIN for your Form 2290




With the 2020-21 Form 2290 renewal season happening right now, you should have already filed your heavy vehicle use tax. But many of you may still be wondering if you can file using your Social Security Number. 

Unfortunately, the good old days of simply using your Social Security Number to file those 2290’s are long gone, and if you don’t already have an EIN, you don't have much time left to apply for one before the August 31 deadline.


What’s an EIN?


An EIN, also known as an Employer Identification Number or a Federal Tax Number, is a unique nine-digit number that is used to file heavy vehicle use tax. TSNAmerica can help you get one, right now!

EIN numbers:


  • Contain nine digits in the form of XX-XXXXXXX
  • Cannot be transferred or cancelled
  • Are used for business activities only
  • Should not be used in place of your SSN

Why Do I Need One Now?


You may be wondering why you should begin this process now if you haven’t already. Well, the process of filing for and receiving an active EIN can be a bit time-consuming, and if not done in time, can delay your 2290 filing and even potentially cost you late penalties. 

On average, it takes the IRS 10 business days to activate an EIN, and in some cases, it can even take up to 15. Until your EIN becomes active, your return will be rejected again, and again, and again. With the August 31 deadline only 18 days away, it's time to get that EIN, now!


How Can I Get One?


Although the process of obtaining an EIN is free through the IRS, it can be somewhat of a daunting task to handle on your own. The good news is that even if you don’t have the time to go through the strenuous process of filing and waiting for an EIN to become active, we can do it for you!

Truck Services of North America specializes in making the entire process as simple and hands-off as possible for truck owners and operators. TSNAmerica’s tax specialists provide countless services for truckers and will take care of the EIN process in its entirety with a simple five-minute phone call.

Be sure to exercise caution, however, as there is no shortage of people out there charging upwards of $400 in return for assistance with the process. TSNAmerica provides this service for only $80.

After you have your active EIN, there’s only one thing left to do and that’s to file your 2290. Don’t want to deal with that process either? With another simple five-minute phone call, TSNAmerica will take care of that for you too and have your stamped Schedule 1 sent to you in a matter of minutes. If your return is rejected for any reason, TSNAmerica will even make any necessary changes and resubmit your 2290 until it is accepted by the IRS.


Misplaced Your EIN?


If you have already received your EIN number but forgot or misplaced it, here’s what you can do:

  • If you’ve ever E-filed your 2290 with our friends over at ExpressTruckTax, then your EIN is automatically stored in your account. Just log in and view your business details on your dashboard, or pull up a previously filed return to find your EIN.
  • Check with the bank or the institution that you applied for a license with. Both should have your EIN on record.
  • If all else fails, call the IRS Business and Specialty Tax Line at 1-800-829-4933. After you verify your identity, the IRS will be able to provide you with your EIN.

Get Your EIN Now!

To get in contact with TSNAmerica, you can call (877)-520-8640, email support@TSNAmerica.com, or use live chat support. TSNAmerica support is available every Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and we are always more than happy to assist with any questions or issues you may have. So don’t cost yourself extra time and money by waiting until the last minute. Let TSNAmerica help you today!



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Thursday, July 16, 2020

What Happens If You File Your 2020 Form 2290 Late



There’s not much time left to file the IRS 2290 Form for 2020! Heavy highway use taxes must be filed by midnight on Friday, August 31.

If you thought not filing your truck taxes by August 31 was a good idea, you'll definitely want to rethink that. There are tons of penalties waiting for you if you fail to file your Form 2290 for 2020.

The penalties for not filing will end being far more costly than not paying your truck tax.

What Happens If You File Your IRS Form 2290 for 2020 Late?


It's time 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 be hit with big penalties. Failing to file will result in penalties that are equal to 4.5% of the total truck tax amount due, and will increase monthly by .54% for up to five months.



If those IRS penalties weren’t enough, your vehicle will be suspended until you can provide proof of the HVUT payment. You'll need the stamped Schedule 1 that you receive after you transmit your Form 2290 to the IRS in the cab of your truck to remain legal.


Easily File Your Form 2290 for 2020 Over the Phone


You can easily file your Form 2290 for 2020 over the phone with TSNAmerica! Just gather all your required information and give us a call at 877.520.8640. 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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Friday, June 26, 2020

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should File With TSNAmerica




TSNAmerica is now offering Form 2290 for 2020. TSNAmerica users have the opportunity to score additional benefits by filing Form 2290 for 2020. Here are some of the ways TSNAmerica can help you.

Right Your Wrongs: TSNAmerica's expert customer support team will make sure your filing is accurate so you can avoid costly mistakes. Filing with TSNA also gives users a chance to amend their return in case it is rejected due to mistakes.

Plus, before transmitting your Form 2290 to the IRS, we run an instant error check to look for any errors located that may cause rejection from the IRS.

File Now, Pay Later: Just because you are filing earlier, doesn’t mean you are required to pay any earlier than you normally would. There is also no extra charge applied for filing earlier, making it a top-rated value. File as early as today and have up to three months to save before paying your taxes.

Never Miss A Deadline: We know it's easy to forget deadlines, so as a courtesy to all clients, TSNA sends reminders of important dates by email. We are here to help you avoid late fees and additional penalties.

Quick And Easy: TSNA makes sure you receive your Stamped Schedule 1 within minutes and eliminates the need to wait to renew your vehicle at the registration office.

Short Wait Time: Avoid the hassle of long lines over the phone and in the office. When you file with TSNAmerica you eliminate having to listen to hold music As the deadline approaches hold times can get longer and longer. You can beat the rush easily when you file.

Paper Free: TSNAmerica prepares your paperwork so you won’t have to. With one phone call, you can wipe your hands of Form 2290 stress. This is the easiest method to file.

Multiple Ways To Pay: There’s no difference between what the IRS accepts and the methods of payment TSNAmerica accepts. You can use EFTPS, EFW, Check/ Money Order.

Client Support: Although the process of filing is quick and easy, TSNAmerica’s US-based bilingual support team is available to answer any questions you may have regarding your Form 2290

Top Security: Filing with TSNAmerica is a secure process. Your information will be protected by the latest data encryption.

Call TSNAmerica at (803) 386-0320 to reach a support team member and file your Form 2290 for 2020 today. Take the time to have the following items on hand to make filing as quick and easy as possible.
  • Business name & address
  • EIN (Employer Identification Number)
  • VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)
  • Gross Taxable Weight
  • Authorized Signatory Details

File your Form 2290 for 2020 today!





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Monday, June 1, 2020

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

Truckers 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.

So we're here to break them all down for you!

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 a temporary trip and fuel permits may be issued in lieu of IRP and IFTA. However, even for temporary interstate travel, you will still need to change your existing DOT Number, if you have one, to an interstate number. (Exception: unless you are operating under someone else’s DOT and/or MC Number.)

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), a USDOT Number is required for vehicles that travel interstate either hauling cargo or transporting passengers and that meet one or more of these requirements: 

1. A 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 Number


An MC Number serves as your interstate authority, or your right to travel between states. In addition to your DOT Number, you may be required to obtain one or more types 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.

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 IFTA 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.

File your 2020-21 Form 2290 with us today!







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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.

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