Form 2290 Amendments: How to Correct Errors in Taxable Gross Weight? 

Form 2290 Amendments

Form 2290 is a crucial form for every heavy vehicle owner to report heavy vehicle use tax (HVUT). However, filing the heavy vehicle use tax (HVUT) or Form 2290 can be a tedious task for many of us. If you just realized that you’ve made an error in your form, fret not! The IRS offers the option to make amendments to your already filed Form 2290. This ensures that truck owners and fleet operators get a chance to make corrections to any misreported information. 


Form 2290 Amendment is an IRS return that must be filed when there is a change in the reportable information of the heavy highway vehicle. It must be filed separately in correspondence with the previously filed 2290 returns to “amend” the reportable vehicle information. 

A Form 2290 Amendment must be filed if:  

  • There is an increase in the taxable gross weight of the vehicle  
  • If the suspended heavy vehicle exceeds the mileage use limit 

These are the only two scenarios for which a Form 2290 Amendment must be filed.  
If you want to amend or correct other reportable information, such as a VIN, then a 2290 VIN Correction form must be filed separately. 

1. Increase in taxable gross weight:

If the taxable gross weight of your vehicle increases from 55,000 to a higher weight limit, then you must file Form 2290 Amendments to report this to the IRS. 
Heavier vehicles are taxed at a higher rate. So, for instance, if the gross weight of your vehicle increased from 55,000 to 72,000 pounds, then the IRS would start taxing you per the standardized rates as follows. 

Gross Taxable WeightHVUT Rates 
Below 55,000 lbs No tax 
55,000-75,000 lbs $100 plus $22 per 1,000 
pounds over 55,000 lbs 
Over 75,000 lbs $550 
Source: Federal Highway Administration 

Note: If the taxable gross weight of the vehicle decreases below the 55,000 pounds threshold or if your vehicle simply weighs less than 55,000 pounds, then your vehicle doesn’t qualify for the 2290 HVUT. 

2. Exceeded Mileage:

When a suspended vehicle exceeds the mileage use limit, you’d be required to file a Form 2290 Amendment. This is to communicate to the IRS about the increase in the mileage utility above the prescribed limits.  
A non-agricultural, commercial truck that meets the HVUT weight limit can utilize up to 5,000 miles without being taxed. Similarly, an agricultural vehicle can utilize up to 7500 miles without being taxed. When a vehicle is not taxed, it’s called a “suspended” vehicle because it is “suspended” from taxes.  
Even though you don’t have to pay taxes on suspended vehicles, you’ll still need to file a 2290 tax return. However, when the mileage limit exceeds, i.e., the commercial vehicle exceeds the 5000-mile limit (7500 miles for agricultural vehicle), the 2290 HVUT tax will be applicable to the vehicles, automatically revoking the “suspension” status of the vehicle.  

In both cases, you will need to file a Form 2290 Amendment to the IRS. 


Now you can e-file your Form 2290 Amendment with EZ2290 in a jiffy. Just follow these four simple steps and leave the rest to us. 

Login: Create your EZ2290 account, if you don’t already have one. If you’re a member, log in to your EZ2290 account. 

Fill in the Form: Select ‘2290 Amendment’ eFile service from your user dashboard.Even if you did not e-file with us previously, you can still transmit your 2290 Amendments to the IRS through EZ2290. 

Validate the information: When you’re eFiling the Form 2290 Amendment, it means that you are correcting a previously misreported information. So, be sure to validate your details thoroughly before you submit. 

Submit the Amendments: Submit your Form 2290 amendment with EZ2290’s secure e-filing platform. We directly transmit your submissions to the IRS, leaving no room for compromised security or data interceptions. 

When you eFile 2290 Amendments with EZ2290, the IRS will send an electronic version of the Schedule-1 for the amended return. If you want to amend a previous filing, you can go to your dashboard and select the period for which you want to file the amendment.

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8 Funny #Trucking Memes Of The Week 

Funny Trucking Memes Of The Week

Here are 8 funny memes we found on the internet to lighten up your day. 

  1. This all-too-relatable scenario
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  1. This harsh reality about the #trucking life
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  1. This amused truck
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  1. This low-key swag
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  1. This unfortunate but ironic event
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  1. This ford truck that’s doing the bare minimum
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  1. This truck driver who’s ready to give it all up 
  1. This not-so-subtle warning
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Keep checking this space for more #relatable truck memes (and truck tax info).

What Is Unified Carrier Registration (UCR)?

Unified Carrier Registration (UCR)

Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you learn everything about Unified Carrier Registration (UCR).

What Is UCR?

UCR means Unified Carrier Registration.

It’s a federal mandate requiring all qualified CMV carriers, fleet forwarders, brokers, motor carriers, and leasing companies to pay UCR fees annually for interstate travel.

The fee collected from motor operators for interstate travel is used to fund a variety of federal safety programs and USDOT officer training.

Qualified CMV carriers from Canada, Mexico, or any other country that operates interstate commerce on U.S. interstate lines are also required to follow this mandate and register with the UCR.

Origin of UCR: Replacing Single State Registration System

Prior to the Unified Carrier Registration system, the Single State Registration System (SSRS) was in play. Trucking companies, motor carriers, freight forwarders, and other carriers that operate interstate, were required to provide regulatory information and register with a base state instead of registering with each individual state.

The interstate registration policy at the time required the motor carriers to pay the fees and furnish the operation authority and proof of insurance to the base state instead of each state (in which the carriers operate). This system was later concluded on January 1, 2007.

The Unified Carrier Registration was established on January 5, 2005. It replaced SSRS with its universal registration scheme for interstate carriers operating across the US, its territories, and of course, bordering states, such as Canada and Mexico.

How Does UCR Work?

Every company and individual who is traveling interstate is federally required to register with the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) system annually to be able to travel interstate.

Vehicles that weigh in excess of 10,000 pounds, passenger vehicles with 10 or more passengers (including the driver), and HAZMAT vehicles with regulated placards, traveling across the interstate lines are required to register with this federally mandated system. 

If you’re a fleet owner, and you want to register your fleet through the UCR system, you will need to gather some information.

For starters, you need to know whether your state is participating in the UCR system. And if your state is a part of the federal mandate, you will need to find the UCR office in the jurisdiction.

How To Register With UCR?

The majority of the states in the U.S. are following the UCR system, except for a few.

In order to register with the UCR system, your fleet company needs to contact the local UCR registration office in your state or fill out the UCR registration form online.

You can also log on to the individual state’s UCR portals and start the registration process.

Who Needs To Register With The UCR System?

  • Interstate operating fleet forwarders, brokers, leasing companies, and qualified CMV carriers are required to register under the UCR federal mandate.
  • CMV vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds or more must register with the UCR system.
  • Vehicles carrying hazardous material in permitted quantities with placard regulations are required to register with the UCRS.
  • Passenger vehicles with 10 or more passengers (including the driver) need to register with
  • Carriers and other qualified parties conducting interstate commerce in non-participating states are also required to register with the UCR system.


  • Qualified interstate operating parties need to register by November 30 of the calendar year.
  • The registration fee must be paid only once, annually.

Exceptions To UCR Registration

  • Vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds are exempt from this protocol. However, it is advisable to pay the lowest bracket of the fees and register with the federal mandate to prevent inconveniences on the interstate lines.
  • Non-interstate CMV carriers are exempt from UCR registration.
  • Private passenger carriers are exempt from the fees and the UCR registration

Unified Carrier Registration Fees

The UCR fee is the applicable per company or entity under which your interstate vehicles will be operating.  It’s not in accordance with the number of vehicles in your fleet.

The fee is about $76 for a company with a fleet consisting of up to two vehicles and goes up to $73,346 as your fleet size increases to 1000+ vehicles.

Fleet SizeFee Per Company
0 – 2$76
3 – 5$227
6 – 20$452
21 – 100$1576
101 – 1000$7511

Why Your CMV Carrier Must Register With The UCR System

If your CMV carrier is operating on the interstate lines, then you definitely need to be registered with the UCR system in order to avoid trouble with the authorities on the interstate lines.

The UCR registration is a mandatory protocol that every qualified interstate-operating company (and individuals) must follow.

So, if you’re an owner-operator or own a trucking business that travels interstate frequently, then it’s best to be registered with UCR to prevent penalties and possible detention and imprisonment from the state authorities.

UCR Penalties: Failure To Compliance

You cannot ignore UCR registration.

If you’re thinking, “It’s okay. I’ll do it later.” Think again.

Failure to pay your UCR fee and failing to renew your UCR can bring you heavy penalties and even punishment as severe as vehicle detention, and imprisonment for up to 6 months.

It is imperative that you do not miss the UCR fees because each state holds the power to exercise the penalty assessment in accordance with the jurisdiction’s regulations.

Even a first-time offense can be pretty hefty on your business and can drag your operations.

Here’s how each state penalizes for failing to comply with the UCR requirements.

State (By Code)UCR Enforcement Penalty
AL$100 for the first offense.$500 for all the subsequent offenses.No Out-of-Service.
AR$100-$500 for the first offense.$100-1000 for all the subsequent offenses.
CAState base fine of $300-$1,000 + specific fees that vary by county.
CO$1100 for the first offense.$2200 for the second offense.$3300 for the subsequent offenses.No Out-of-Service.
CT$170 penalty.
IDImprisonment in a county jail for up to 6 months, or by a fine not exceeding $1,000. Sometimes, it could be both.A citation would require a bond to be posted, the amount to be determined by a magistrate judge, but typically about $300.
IL$300 for the first offense.$500 for the second offense.
IN$150 for the first offense.$1000 for the subsequent offense.
IA$250 fine
KSCivil fine of $300 if discovered at roadside.Civil fines discovered through a compliance audit are $100-$1000 (if first offense)$100-$5000 for the subsequent offense.
KYRanging between $25-$250.
LA$250 fine.
MEA traffic infraction for which a fine of not less than $250 for the first offense and not less than $500 for a 2nd or subsequent offense may be adjudged.
MA$100 for the first offense.$200 for the subsequent offense.
MIUp to $500 for hire carriers.
MN$100 fine + $78 in court costs.
MSMisdemeanor; $100 to $500 + court cost and assessment fees that vary by county.
MODepends on the county and the audit report.The state can impose a general fine up to $2000 per day.
MTOnly a warning (for now).
NETreated as Class IV misdemeanor.Minimum fine is $100.Greater fines if the law enforcement finds evidence of multiple ongoing violations.
NH$100 + penalty assessment for a first offense and $500 + penalty assessment for a subsequent offense in a 12-month period.
NM$50 penalty assessment misdemeanor. With a formal proceeding, up to $10,000 per day.
NYWith a formal proceeding, up to $5000.
NC$1,000 penalty for each offense charged in violation of the Motor Carrier Safety Regulation Article
NDNone presently, but can hold IRP and IFTA renewals for UCR non-payment.
OHOperating a vehicle in violation of the UCR registration requirements. $500 fine per occurrence.  Any entity that fails to register and pay fees as required – $1,000 fine.Any entity found to be providing false or misleading information on application – $5,000.
OK$300 for the first offense.$400 for the second offense.$500 for the subsequent offenses.
PANone for now.
RI$300 fine.
SC$232.50 fine.
SD$154 fine.
TNState base fine of $50 + court costs that are county specific.
TXClass C Misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of $1 to $500 + court costs. The fine amount is determined by the assigned judge.
UTCVSA inspections for a first-time offense.
VAClass IV misdemeanor carries a $250 fine.
WA$124 fine.
WV$100-$1000 fine.
WI$750 fine.

UCR is an integral aspect of compliance.

However, there’s another important aspect to your compliance journey.

One that will help prevent trouble with the IRS and the authorities at DOT.

It begins with HVUT reporting through 2290 filing.

EZ2290 – an IRS-authorized eFile provider helps you eFile HVUT Form 2290 online in just a few quick steps.

Create your free account to get started.

  • Step 1: Import your bulk vehicle data
  • Step 2: Validate the 2290 information reported on the forms
  • Step 3: eFile 2290 securely with EZ2290
  • Step 4: Get Schedule 1 within a few minutes

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Understanding Farm Vehicles On Form 2290

Understanding Farm Vehicles On Form 2290

What are farm vehicles, and how do you report farm vehicles on Form 2290? Learn all about 2290 farm vehicles in this simple guide.

Defining Farm Vehicles

A farm vehicle is a vehicle that is exclusively used for farming purposes. 

Tractors, pickup trucks, track tractors, balers, 4-wheel drive tractors, and other similar types of vehicles that are exclusively used for farming and agricultural purposes are known as “farm vehicles”. 

Farm vehicles are used for transporting forestry goods, commodities, raw materials, wooden logs, and other kinds of tasks that fall within the “farming” framework. 

Special signage, placarding, or license plating is not necessary to identify a farming vehicle. 

However, the vehicle needs to be registered with the state authorities as a farming vehicle and must only be used for farming and agricultural purposes.

Farm Vehicles Vs Agricultural Vehicles On Form 2290: What’s The Difference?  

Farming and agricultural vehicles aren’t much different from one another. 

Some vehicles may be used for transporting agricultural commodities, such as seeds, fertilizers, and more. While other vehicles may be used for transporting bee hives, livestock, cattle, poultry, or even wildlife. 

Either way, the fundamental point for both types of vehicles is the same. They’re only used for farming and agricultural purposes.

In the HVUT 2290 form reporting narrative, farm vehicles and agricultural vehicles are categorized as “logging vehicles”. 

The logging vehicles, just like commercial highway vehicles, must meet certain requirements before they qualify for HVUT taxes. 

A vehicle, logging or non-logging, must weigh at least 55,000 pounds or more to qualify for HVUT. The same must be reported on IRS HVUT Form 2290. 

How Are Farm Vehicles Different From Commercial Motor Highway Vehicles? 

Farm Vehicles Commercial Vehicles 
2290 farm vehicles have a mileage use limit of 7500 miles. Regular 2290 vehicles have a mileage use limit of 5000 miles. 
2290 farm vehicles are taxed at a minimum of $75 for heavy highway vehicle usage tax.Regular 2290 vehicles are taxed at a minimum of $100 for heavy highway vehicle usage tax.
Farm vehicles are primarily used for farming and agricultural purposes. Regular HVUT 2290 vehicles are used for transportation and commerce purposes.  
Farm vehicles are categorized as logging vehicles. Non-farming vehicles are categorized as non-logging vehicles. 

How To Report Farm Vehicles On Form 2290? 

You will need the following information to report a farm vehicle or an agricultural vehicle on HVUT 2290 form. 

  • Business name
  • Vehicle identification number 
  • The Taxable gross weight of the vehicle
  • The month of first use 
  • Mileage use limit of the vehicle 
  • Vehicle category 
  • Tax suspension status of the vehicle 

In the “tax computation” section of Form 2290, you will need to enter the number of farm vehicles that qualify for HVUT. 

Multiply the number of farm vehicles with the tax rates in accordance with the taxable gross weight, as presented in the image below. 

Tax Computation

If the farm vehicles are suspended from HVUT, they need not be reported here. 

However, you will need to report the VIN and the period for which the vehicle remains tax-suspended in the preceding section, “Part II” of the 2290 form.

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Bad actors have found newer and better ways to trap businesses. It’s essential to be picky and choose eFile providers that are authorized by the IRS – like EZ2290

10,000+ truckers, owner-operators, fleet companies, and small trucking businesses trust EZ2290 for its secure and convenient e-filing experiences. 

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Did you know that Form 2290 is due this August 31, 2022? If you want to avoid late filing penalties and stay compliant with the IRS, now’s the time to do something about it. 

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⏰ Only A Few Days Left To eFile Your 2290 Forms. Are You Ready? 💪

Only A Few Days Left To eFile Your 2290 Forms

Trucking businesses like yours are preparing to eFile their 2290 forms before the August 31 deadline. Are you? 

When was the last time you filed your 2290 tax returns?

Must be a long time ago. 

The thing is, 2290 tax returns must be filed every year whether or not your vehicles are suspended from the 2290 HVUT tax

So, if you’re operating a perfectly functional, regular vehicle to transport goods all over the U.S., then this is the right time to prepare your 2290 forms and file your HVUT returns online. 

And do it quickly because the 2290 due date for 2022 is just around the corner, and you might just miss it if you don’t get started now. 

And while you’re at it, be sure to file your 2290 returns with an IRS-authorized eFile provider like EZ2290 that 10,000+ truckers like you trust. 

It’s true. 

Businesses like yours file 2290 returns with IRS-authorized eFile providers to avoid being scammed by fraudulent companies pretending to be “legit” eFile providers. 

And when you eFile with EZ2290, you have all these amazing features and advantages that help your business save time and effort. (More on this later)

The following discussion will focus on 2290 form filing requirements, the due date for Form 2290, and of course, authorized eFiling options to eFile Form 2290 online. 

So, let’s get started.

Topics Covered

  • IRS 2290 Form For 2022: A Quick Overview 
  • Form 2290 Instructions 2022: Information You Need To File 2290 Form Online
  • IRS Form 2290 Due Date 2022: When Is 2290 Due In 2022?
  • How To eFile Form 2290 Online With EZ2290?

IRS 2290 Form For 2022: A Quick Overview

  • Form 2290 is an IRS return that exclusively deals with heavy highway vehicle usage tax information or HVUT. 
  • Use Form 2290 to report vehicle information, such as vehicle weight, vehicle category, vehicle identification number (VIN), tax suspension details, mileage use limit, and other information. 
  • Businesses need to file the HVUT Form 2290 and pay the 2290 tax due on or by the IRS deadline (as applicable from the month of first use).
  • The filing cycle begins in June and ends by the end of July of the successive year, making it a June-July filing cycle.
  • File Form 2290 before the IRS Form 2290 deadline to avoid late filing penalties and notices from the IRS. 

Form 2290 Instructions 2022: Information You Need To File 2290 Form Online

You will need a variety of vehicle and business information in order to fill out the 2290 form per the IRS instructions.  

Use the following checklist to make sure you have all the details you need to prepare and file your 2290 forms.

  • The legal name of the business or DBA (Doing Business As) name
  • EIN (Employer Identification Number) or TIN (Taxpayer Identification Number) 
  • Business address 
  • The taxable gross weight of the vehicle
  • Vehicle categories
  • Vehicle identification number 
  • The month of first use
  • Mileage use limit (miles utilized or exceeded or under-utilized by vehicles)
  • Logging status of the vehicle 
  • Suspension status of the vehicle 
  • Total number of vehicles 

IRS Form 2290 Due Date 2022: When Is 2290 Due In 2022?

Use the following 2290 due date chart 2022 to file your 2290 forms on or by the IRS deadline.

If The Vehicle Is First Used In This MonthFile Form 2290 & Pay HVUT Tax By
July 2022August 31, 2022
August 2022September 30, 2022
September 2022October 31, 2022
October 2022November 30, 2022
November 2022January 3, 2023
December 2022January 31, 2023
January 2023February 28, 2023
February 2023March 31, 2023
March 2023May 01, 2023
April 2023May 31, 2023
May 2023June 30, 2023

How To eFile Form 2290 Online With EZ2290 

Did you know that 10,000+ trucking businesses like yours use and trust EZ2290 for its super quick, secure, and convenient e-filing experiences? 

EZ2290 enables: 

And much more.

The best part is that you don’t need any technical expertise to get started with EZ2290. Our service offerings are designed to suit your unique filing requirements, no matter the size of your business. 

You can always use our online guides to navigate your way through our tools should you need help.

Use EZ2290 anywhere around the world, track your filing requests from any device, and most importantly, manage all your IRS communications in one place.

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How Trucking Companies Are Saving Time With EZ2290’s Bulk Upload

Trucking Companies Are Saving Time With EZ2290 Bulk Upload Feature

Here’s how the bulk upload feature from EZ2290 would make your life easy and why you should consider using it for your bulk 2290 form filings.

Businesses love convenience. 

Honestly, who doesn’t?

You can tell how much someone loves convenience by looking at some of the apps and internet products they use. 

If you’ve used EZ2290 to submit your 2290 returns to the IRS, then you’re already one of those sophisticated internet users who love all things great and convenient. 

But convenience doesn’t just end at secure e-filings and 24×7 support. 

There’s so much more to 2290 filings that trucking businesses like yours need. 

For example, a convenient solution that enables you to import all your vehicle and business data in just a simple click. 

We’re referring to EZ2290’s bulk Data Upload/Import feature that enables you to import all the data you need at once, saving you time and effort. 

These are the times that need quick thinking and smart working. No one has the time to wait and manually enter the data for hundreds and thousands of forms. It’s practically not viable. 

EZ2290 is on a mission to make 2290 e-filing and HVUT compliance a no-nonsense ordeal for users by bringing together some of the easiest solutions in one place. 

This includes making bulk filings easy for businesses. 

Let’s discuss this in some detail. 

What Is The EZ2290’s Bulk Upload Feature? 

EZ2290’s bulk data upload enables a user to upload or import bulk vehicle data, business EIN/legal name information, and other 2290-related data in a single click. 

With predefined Excel templates, you can easily import and format the imported data for appropriate comprehension. 

If you’re a tax practitioner or a paid preparer or have multiple trucking companies to manage, EZ2290’s bulk data upload feature comes in handy.  

Here’s how you can access this feature. 

Step 1: Create your EZ2290 account for free 

Step 2: Log in to your account and go to your user dashboard

Step 3: Select ‘Bulk Upload’ 

Step 4: Select the file on your computer and the upload process will begin 

Don’t worry. EZ2290 is encrypted with a 256-bit bank-grade advanced encryption standard. This means your data is only yours and no one will be able to access it (not even us). 

The uploaded data can be formatted for comprehension with the predefined Excel templates on your data management dashboard. 

This helps you populate the data on your 2290 forms appropriately. EZ2290 will even prompt you to enable the ‘auto-populate’ feature to complete the 2290 HVUT forms quickly. 

How Is Bulk Upload/Import Useful For Your Trucking Business? 

Import bulk data easily within seconds 

You may have a few vehicles to report on a 2290 form, or you may have a bunch of businesses for which you need to file 2290 forms in the volumes of hundreds or even thousands.

No matter your filing requirements, you will be able to upload your bulk data easily within a few seconds, securely, without interruptions. 

Import data for multiple EINs easily

If you’re someone who owns multiple trucking companies or files for multiple trucking businesses, EZ2290 has got you covered. You can upload the data for multiple business profiles separately with the bulk upload feature. 

Remember that you will need to create separate business profiles before you start the upload process. After this, you can eFile 2290 forms for all the EINs at once seamlessly. 

You will need to make the 2290 tax payments for each of the businesses separately to receive separate IRS-stamped Schedule 1 forms. 

Meet deadlines faster

Bulk data uploads make way for a faster form completion process. 

What this essentially means is that you’re uploading all the necessary data at once, creating multiple forms, and reviewing them. 

The entire process of importing data, completing your 2290 returns, and reviewing the forms takes you a handful of minutes before you’re eFiling your HVUT returns with the IRS. 

This would normally take hours or maybe even days if you were to manually enter the data and complete the forms. 

What’s more? You’re able to meet your deadlines faster and prevent late filing penalties because you have a super smart compliance product by your side. 

Get more work done in less time 

When you’re utilizing the bulk upload feature, you can simultaneously make use of our bulk filings feature to optimize your 2290 filing process.  eFile thousands of 2290 forms at once. eFile 2290 forms for multiple EINs at once. 

You’re essentially optimizing your 2290 compliance ecosystem with an IRS-authorized compliance enabler that works to help you. 

eFile without interruptions 

EZ2290 not only brings you bulk filings and bulk upload functionalities. You can also leverage a variety of other useful features that help you eFile your 2290 returns with the IRS seamlessly. 

We directly transmit your electronic filing requests to the IRS and help you receive the stamped Schedule 1 almost instantly. 

What’s even better is that you can easily address your rejected returns and incorrect VIN reports at no additional cost. 

Ditch hours and even days of paperwork, and switch to the smarter approach to HVUT compliance with EZ2290.  Prepare and eFile your 2290 forms without any obstacles. 

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5 Ways To Reduce 2290 Vehicle Downtime

5 Ways To Reduce 2290 Vehicle Downtime

Here are 5 effective and useful ways to reduce vehicle downtime.

Humans need time to rest and de-stress.

They need to “rejuvenate” to get back to living and thriving.

This is just us after a long day of work.

Your vehicles go through a lot more.

After all, vehicles are man-made things. And they are bound to experience downtime every now and then.

If you’re a truck owner, you can easily tell if your vehicle is in bad shape.

There are almost too many signs that you just can’t ignore.

Yet, you choose to ignore them because you keep telling yourself that’s normal and that’s not urgent.

Only a week later, your vehicle makes a sudden pause and won’t start.

There are so many ways to get out of this tricky situation.

But the best approach is to incorporate certain strategies that aim to reduce vehicle downtime.

The following discussion will primarily focus on various ways in which vehicle downtime can be prevented.

Let’s get to it.

5 Ways To Reduce 2290 Vehicle Downtime

  1. Choose The Right Fleet For The Right Job
  2. Conduct Timely (And Effective) Inspections
  3. Schedule Repair & Maintenance
  4. Leverage Vehicle Downtime
  5. Monitor Vehicle Performance

1. Choose The Right Fleet For The Right Job

When you want to buy a new vehicle for your trucking operations or when you want to upgrade your fleet, it’s important to choose vehicles with sturdy exteriors, modern features, and advanced configurations.

Your new vehicle should add value to your operations, become a reliable asset, and most importantly, perform at its best for a long time.

Even when you’re working with your existing fleet, make sure that you assign the right kind of vehicle for the right job. A heavy, full-size truck is always a good option for heavy loads. But it’s not always ideal for lighter loads within short distances. 

Make sure that you’re not over-utilizing your best fleet on loads that don’t need that level of sturdiness.

2. Conduct Timely (And Effective) Inspections

At the end of the day, your vehicle is just machinery and the probability of malfunction cannot be ignored. This is why it’s ideal to conduct timely inspections, not just to stay compliant, but also to actually make sure that everything is in good shape.

The inspection is primarily conducted to evaluate the safety and functionality of the vehicle. Consider inspecting your vehicle carefully after every trip or after hitting a certain milestone (literally).

For example, it’s good to inspect your vehicle after every 2000 miles.  This will give your vehicle enough time to perform at its best, and then give you enough time to examine if something’s wrong. 

3. Schedule Repair & Maintenance

This is a necessary step you have to take to ensure that your vehicle performs at its best.

Don’t just address the issue when the vehicle finally gives up in the middle of nowhere.

Set aside some time, schedule repair and maintenance, and make sure that the issue at hand is addressed effectively.

4. Leverage Vehicle Downtime

Speaking of vehicle downtime.

It doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It can be a good excuse to get your vehicle checked thoroughly.

When your vehicle shows signs of trouble, it’s best to go with the “holistic” approach.

This means addressing not just the issue at hand, but also addressing other factors and source factors that are leading to such undesirable eventualities.

This improves the performance of your vehicle, keeps the vehicle in good condition for a longer time, and reduces the cost of frequent repairs (because you’re addressing all issues in one go).

5. Monitor Vehicle Performance

Your vehicle performance must be monitored to check if the vehicle is malfunctioning on its own or if factors such as distance, elements, or load weight are affecting the performance.

Extreme weather, aged/older components, rust, insufficient engine oil, and other factors slow down the performance of your vehicle.

Are your vehicles performing better when you’re not overloading your vehicles?

Are your vehicles performing poorer after a long, uninterrupted trip?

Draw the conclusions after thoroughly analyzing the data.

Downtime or not, if you’re operating your heavy highway vehicle on public highways, and it weighs 55,000 pounds or more, then you need to report your vehicle information on IRS Form 2290.

Trucking companies, small trucking businesses, truck owners, owner-operators, and fleet owners need to prepare and eFile IRS Form 2290.

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Understanding Your Commercial Motor Vehicle Classification: A Quick Guide

Commercial Motor Vehicle Classification

Here’s a simple guide to help you understand CMV classification.

Did you know that there are approximately eight types of commercial motor vehicle categories in the U.S.? That’s right. The U.S. recognizes eight different classes of commercial motor vehicles and these classes are further clubbed and sub-divided into three, smaller categories.

Each of these categories designates vehicles in accordance with their gross weight. For starters, there are light-duty vehicles, medium-duty vehicles, and heavy-duty vehicles.

The gross vehicle weight rating or GVWR is considered to classify the vehicles or trucks that operate on U.S. highways.

This is why the HVUT tax laws specifically talk about ‘Heavy Highway Vehicles’ which meet the gross taxable weight qualifications.

If you don’t already know, the IRS requires trucking businesses to report and file a 2290 HVUT form if the gross weight of the vehicle is 55,000 pounds or more. The vehicle is taxed per the gross taxable weight and the month of first use.

Let’s learn more about the commercial motor vehicle classifications in the following discussion.

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: An Overview

Here’s a simple way to understand this concept.

  • GVWR is a safety standard that applies to all heavy vehicles that operate on highways.
  • It’s a safety regulation mandated to prevent vehicle overloading.
  • The combined weight of the maximum weight-bearing components, such as the axles; and the weaker components, such as the body, frame, ​suspension, and tires, are considered when determining the GVWR
  • The manufacturer defines the maximum safest weight capacity of the vehicle.
  • This is the safest weight recommended for a vehicle for commercial transportation purposes.

Driving a heavy truck within the GVWR classifications is not easy.

This is why truck drivers are required to get special training and licenses to drive the vehicles.

Let’s take a look at different commercial motor vehicle classifications.

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Classification For Commercial Motor Vehicles

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, here’s a simplified representation of trucks in accordance with their GVW rating.

Gross Vehicle Weight RatingVehicle ClassGVWR Category
Less than 6000 poundsClass 1: <6000 IbsLight Duty
10,000 poundsClass 2: 6001-10,000 IbsLight Duty
14,000 poundsClass 3: 10,001-14,000 IbsMedium Duty
16,000 poundsClass 4: 14,001-16,000 IbsMedium Duty
19,500 poundsClass 5: 16,001-19,500 IbsMedium Duty
26,000 poundsClass 6: 19,501-26,000 IbsMedium Duty
33,000 poundsClass 7: 26,001-33,00 lbsHeavy Duty
More than 33,000 poundsClass 8: <33,001 IbsHeavy Duty

Light Duty Vehicles

  • Vehicles with a gross weight of 6,000 pounds or less are usually considered to be light-duty vehicles.
  • These vehicles are classified as ‘Class 1’ and ‘Class 2’ vehicles.

Medium Duty Vehicles

  • Vehicles that have a GVWR of 10,001–14,000 pounds are classified ‘Class 3’ vehicles.
  • Vehicles that have a GVWR of 14,001–16,000 pounds are classified ‘Class 4’ vehicles.
  • Vehicles that have a GVWR of 16,001–19,500 pounds are classified ‘Class 5’ vehicles.
  • Vehicles that have a GVWR of 19,501–26,000 pounds are classified ‘Class 6’ vehicles.

Heavy-Duty Vehicles

Vehicles that have a GVWR of 26,001 to 33,000 pounds are classified ‘Class 7’ vehicles.

Vehicles that have a GVWR of more than 33,000 pounds are classified ‘Class 8’ vehicles.

Truck drivers need to get a special Commercial Driving License (CDL) for heavy duty vehicles to stay compliant with the highway authorities and the DOT.

If you’re an owner-operator/truck driver, it’s important to keep yourself posted on this information and familiarize yourself with the vehicle classifications. This will help you determine the load weight capacity of the vehicles and the gross taxable weight of the truck. This will also help you plan your load trips accordingly.

The vehicle classification information can be used to determine the HVUT qualifications.

If you’ve been in business long enough, you must already be familiar with 2290 return filings.

Every owner-operator, small truck business, and even a fleet company that operates trucks weighing 55,000 pounds or more, is required to file a Form 2290, according to the IRS.

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5 Useful Tips For New Truckers Starting In 2022

Useful Tips For New Truckers

New to the trucking life? Here are some useful tips that will come in handy when you’re on the job.

If you’re new to trucking, or undertaking training to be certified as a qualified commercial motor vehicle driver, then this read is for you.

Truck driving is a relatively easy job.

However, it’s a lot of hard work and sacrifice. You will be required to spend time away from your loved ones for a long time. Some loading assignments require you to stay on the road for weeks.

The job requires your 100% focus and attention, all day, for most days of the year (excluding paid time off and holidays).

But of course, the job also comes with its perks. The pay is really good, and you can eventually gain enough experience to start your own trucking business. Alternatively, you will be recommended by contractors and companies in accordance with your performance, giving you a long and fruitful career.

While every job comes with its own pros and cons, the cons of this job should be considered carefully.

The following tips will help you find the answers you’re looking for, as you navigate through this new chapter of your life as a new truck driver.

1. Your training is not customary. It’s useful in real life

It’s important to pay attention in your CDL training. The methods and mechanisms you learn in your training will be useful in real-life situations. Even the troubleshooting and vehicle fix workshops are necessary to help you get familiar with the vehicle and the job.

2. Be prepared to drive for 10-11 hours a day

From a layman’s perspective, truck driving might seem like a dream. The long drives across picturesque landscapes, traveling from one state to another, and exploring different kinds of local cuisine may all seem appealing.

But here’s what you need to remember.

Driving alone for 10-11 hours a day will tire you out. It even gets boring after the first few trips because you’re on your own in the middle of nowhere with nothing to support you but your truck.

A study even shows that truck drivers are more prone to stress and anxiety due to a variety of reasons, including work and the distance away from home and family.

3. Be flexible & patient

You will be required to travel interstate and even across borders for some loading orders. The IRP trip permits are testimony to that.  You have to be open to driving for days, and you’ll need to budget your trips accordingly.

You will have to stay at remote motels, or no motels at all (if you can’t find parking for your truck), and just function with a few essential items for an entire trip.

A typical day for a truck driver looks something like this.

  • Waking up + freshening up
  • Coordinating with the back-office staff to get details of the load assignment
  • Inspecting the vehicle
  • Driving
  •  Grabbing a quick breakfast at a nearby travel center (that has parking available for heavy trucks)
  • Driving for a few hours until lunchtime
  • Lunch at a travel center + re-fueling + quick repairs
  • Driving for a few more hours until the shipment is delivered (before the deadline)
  • Unloading
  • Confirming the load details with the back office coordinator
  • Dinner

This was a single-day trip. If the loading is to be shipped to a far-off location, then just include a lot more driving for days, and uncomfortable sleep in the schedule.

And let’s not forget how all of this has an impact on your physical and mental health.

4. Pay/salary will get better with experience

You’re not going to be at the top of the pay scale right off the bat. It takes time and experience to understand the gravity of the job and the responsibilities.

It’s the same for any job in the world.

And once you gain enough expertise, you will be paid well.

Truck driving is a promising career with good pay and a variety of benefits. So, if you’re patient and consistent, and learn the job well, you will be rewarded in the long term.

5. Regulatory compliance is very important

Getting the CDL training and license is not enough. You need IFTA fuel permits, IRP trip permits, credentials, and other paperwork as you pass through each state.

Each state has its regulatory obligations. And you need to familiarize yourself with these mandates and comply.

Speaking of regulatory obligations.

If you’re an owner-operator who’s new to the trucking industry, you will need more than just highway compliance to stay in the good books.

You will also need to comply with the IRS.

When you drive a heavy vehicle that weighs 55,000 pounds or more (be it for agricultural or commercial purposes), your vehicle will be taxed by the IRS.

Every self-employed truck driver and trucking business needs to file a 2290 HVUT form to report the vehicle information.

The weight of your vehicle, month of first use, and mileage utility information will be considered to tax your trucking business.

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10 Ways To Save Fuel: For Fleet Owners

10 Ways To Save Fuel For Fleet Owners

Save fuel on your fleet operations in 2022 with these smart hacks.

The world runs on energy.

This is an obvious truth for many industries across the globe.

And if you’re a fleet owner or manage a fleet company, you know that with the rising costs of fuel, it becomes more and more important to keep a track of fuel utility and save it with practical approaches.

So, here are 10 different approaches to save fuel and drive efficiency for your fleet operations.

Let’s get to it.

1. Reduce vehicle idling time 

When the vehicle or the truck is “idling”, meaning: when the engine is keyed but static, the vehicle is likely to utilize more fuel. So, turn off the engine when not on the road or when you’re parking or stop for a break.

Incorporate these instructions in the post-onboarding training modules to educate your drivers about the same.

While many truck drivers do this to get the engine up and running during winters, the counter effects outweigh the benefits.

2. Pay attention to driving patterns

Advanced fuel consumption tracking apps enable you to check and review the miles utilized and the fuel consumed by the vehicle.

If the vehicle is going long distances but utilizes proportionately less fuel, the overall consumption ratio is fair and efficient.

However, if the number of miles is reasonable but the fuel consumption is high, the overall fuel consumption ratio is unsustainable and requires you to review the vehicle’s performance.

3. Leverage connected transit experiences

Consider splitting a trip between different trucks if certain shipment destinations require your truck drivers to drive for longer hours. Long driving hours don’t just burn out the driver, but also the vehicle, which results in higher fuel consumption.

It would be ideal to split a long trip between two connected drivers to save fuel and improve operational efficiency.

Loading time and effort must also be considered for the same. 

4. Make scheduled maintenance a priority

Sometimes, it’s not the shipment locations.

Sometimes, it’s just the vehicle.

If repairs are due for your truck, then it’s likely that the vehicle is going to rely less on its performance and more on the fuel to power it through long trips.

Consider a bi-weekly truck repair and maintenance schedule to make sure that everything is in optimal condition.

5. Monitor vehicle performance

Review the performance of your vehicle every month and check if the truck is delivering the required miles efficiently.

If a truck breaks down or experiences downtime, the vehicle is more likely to expend fuel.

You should also consider reviewing the make of the trucks to measure their performance. Advanced trucks with simplified motion technologies usually outperform older trucks.

6. Deadhead miles can be used productively

Before assigning the loading order to a truck driver, make sure that there are no deadhead miles (which is a casual case in the trucking industry). And if there is one, assign a second shipment en route home destination to avoid deadhead miles.

This helps you operate your fleet much more efficiently because there are no empty miles and the distance back home is worth the fuel consumed by the truck. 

7. Don’t overload your truck

Every truck comes with a capacity.

Although heavy-duty, not all trucks are built to accommodate massive weights.

Check out this guide to understand the vehicle weights and the laws which restrict overloading your vehicles in each state.

It’s essential to note that an overloaded truck is going to move slower, which wears down the vehicle in the long term, requiring it to depend on excessive fuel for its performance.

8. Look for routes with less traffic

Stagnation pushes your vehicle to drink up the fuel. This is similar to idling. Avoid routes that require your truck to be stagnated on highways (or anywhere) for longer.

Choose alternative routes that permit heavy-duty trucks yet enable you to reach places faster.

Use advanced GPS and truck route software systems to find the best routes that allow your truck to utilize less fuel and help you reach the locations in time.

9. Evaluate tire pressure

Always inspect your trucks after every load trip, especially the tires and axles as they carry most of the weight.

If the tire pressure is off, the vehicle is likely to tremble or slow down, which puts more pressure on your engine. This could lead to not just increased fuel consumption but even accidents (which can be avoided with regular inspections).

10.  Embrace electric trucks for short load trips

Be it fuel or alternative energy. Most industries are dependent on energy in some form.

The demand for fuel is only increasing to a level, where “regular” fuel utility might become unsustainable.

Hence, electric vehicles and alternative energy options are being embraced by emerging industries. The drive around sustainability begins with being resourceful and embracing the latest technologies, such as e-vehicles that are known to be more sustainable when compared to regular, traditional fuel-based vehicles.

Managing a fleet company is not easy. It requires a lot of effort to stay compliant.

Every good fleet company wants to stay compliant (and on the road).

And one cannot comply 100% unless you also address the HVUT tax-filing responsibilities.

2290 HVUT Form is a mandatory IRS vehicle information reporting form.

Every owner-operator, small truck business, and even a fleet company that operates trucks weighing 55,000 pounds or more is required to file a Form 2290.

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