A quick guide to help trucking businesses and paid preparers with their 2290 e-files + tips to improve reporting accuracy.
The filing season is one of the most crucial times for businesses. For trucking businesses, however, filing season has paramount importance as noncompliance could mean that the trucking business could be off the road.
Trucking businesses pay hefty fees to licensed CPAs to calculate and prepare their HVUT 2290 returns accurately. While this is a smart move, the reporting or calculation inconsistencies could be further streamlined with an organized approach.
The following guide will help you attain HVUT compliance while ensuring reporting accuracy. Feel free to use this guide in the order of your reporting priorities.
Review Due Dates & Penalties
Before you or your preparer starts working on your e-files, it is essential to understand the timelines you have to work with. For example, you can approach your 2290 returns with a comprehensive viewpoint if you have at least 3-4 months before the due date.
If you’re looking at the due date in a couple of weeks, the process has to be accelerated to meet the compliance requirements before or by the due date.
And by the time you come around to reading this guide, you will have very little time to work with it. In such a case, you have to gather all the required information at once before you start entering the information in the forms.
Validate TIN & Business Name
IRS is paying special attention to TIN discrepancies in light of heightened AML/KYC risks. If you’re a licensed preparer working with a number of clients, it is absolutely essential that you verify the tax details of your clients and report the information accurately before you proceed to other steps.
If you do not have a TIN/EIN, you can use your social security number to report your vehicle information on the 2290 return.
Do note that the IRS reserves its right to reject returns if you report an incorrect taxpayer identification number or employer identification number.
The taxable weight of the vehicle, logging status, and the month of first use must be derived clearly before you start calculating the HVUT tax for a heavy vehicle.
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For newly purchased vehicles, the 2290 return must be filed in the successive month after the first use.
For example, if you have started using your new heavy vehicles in March 2021, then you must file the IRS 2290 returns by the end of April 2021.
If the IRS has approved any tax refunds, the refund amount can be deducted from your total tax and the product of that is your tax payable.
Vehicle Weight & Logging Status
A vehicle has to weigh at least 55,000 pounds or more for it to be qualified for HVUT taxes. Since the weight of the vehicle could change due to mechanical and loading changes, the tax burden will also change simultaneously.
The vehicle must utilize the federal highways for it to be qualified for HVUT and if any of your heavy vehicles do not meet the criteria, you can request for suspension of taxes.
The logging status of your vehicle will bring you lower rates of tax. If you have logging vehicles; meaning, if you are utilizing the vehicles for transporting forestry goods, the tax rates will be slightly lower.
Vehicle identification number plays a significant role when the IRS has to tax your vehicles. If you enter a wrong VIN, the return will be rejected. For this, you have to submit a VIN Correction to report the correct VIN.
Validate VINs here
In the unlikely situation of the IRS accepting a wrongful VIN, the tax burden (no matter how high) has to be borne by your trucking business. However, such instances are pretty rare since preparers and businesses alike go through plenty of paperwork and registration forms to confirm the official vehicle identification number of a vehicle.
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The IRS deadline for HVUT Form 2290 is fast approaching, and there is very little time to prepare your returns and submit the forms before the deadline.
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