Our present time is indeed a criticizing and critical time, hovering between the wish, and the inability to believe. Our complaints are like arrows shot up into the air at no target: and with no purpose they only fall back upon our own heads and destroy ourselves. It’s true that we live in a busy & schedule filled world, but with evolution we have learned to prioritize our tasks and now we know what to do first & the consequences of not doing things on time.
Working behind the wheel is not a job where everything is scheduled; chaotic would be a simpler description of hindrances faced by the hard working, ever busy men and women in the Trucking who almost work round the clock for the betterment of the Nation. Many non constant factors affect their lifestyle HOS, weather, loading and unloading delays, appointments, breakdowns, traffic, etc. Also depends on what they haul, Flat beds don’t usually get unloaded at night. Most shipping hubs are 24/7 but not all receivers. Midst of all these things, time with their beloved ones happens once in a while. Continue reading →
“The tax code is now nine times longer than the Bible, and not nearly as interesting.” –Rob Portman. No one would deny to the fact that we have a list of Taxes lined up starting March. It all begins with your Business Income taxes and goes on to your personal Income taxes. Are these the only two taxes that are due during March and April? No is the answer and a very BIG NO from the ever working Trucking Community.
Like every month your Federal Excise Tax Form 2290 (HVUT), is due by this Month end for vehicles that went into service last month for the first time since July 2016. To make it more clear, Any Heavy vehicle with a gross weight of 55,000 lbs or above, that was first used on road in the month of February 2017, since July 2016 is due for a Federal Excise Tax Form 2290 (HVUT) by March 31st 2017. Continue reading →
‘Prevention is better than cure’ is one of the oldest phrases that we hear from time to time. In business when it comes to financial matters, it is important to keep records of all transactions as a precaution; be it small or a big transaction. The sole and the most important reason to perform business activities is to earn profit; increase the zeros in our bank accounts. At the same time, we want to make sure that no mistakes or problems occur while earning those hard earned dollars for IRS or anybody else to snatch it away from us. Hence we need a good record keeping system that can actually help you save money. Keeping records to maintain the progress of our business is just as important. As per the IRS, Keep records of all your Excise taxes for at least 3 years after the date the tax is due or paid, whichever is later. They must be available at all times for inspection by the IRS. When it comes to tax 2290, it is important to maintain records for the following reasons: Continue reading →
“According to the IRS, the wealthiest 400 Americans, who earned an average of roughly $270 million in 2008, paid an average tax rate of just 18.2 percent that year. That’s about the same rate paid by a single truck driver in Rhode Island” – Sheldon Whitehouse. Anyone in the Trucking Industry will sure accept to this. Along with the huge responsibility on the condition of the goods they carry on their heavy rigs because the loads that they transit are not their property but they take complete ownership of the timely delivery they also have to remember and take care of the taxes they owe.
Not only the goods they transit become their responsibility, but they have to take care of many things other than that as well. First comes the Vehicle itself, they have to maintain their vehicles and it should be in proper shape to hit the high ways. Trucker’s health, they have to be fit and fine to handle the load and the vehicle. Family Of course, which is the reason they work so hard and stay mostly on the road. Continue reading →
When a new vehicle is put into service, the Form 2290 must be filed by the last day of the following month. If a vehicle was used during any part of a month, the tax will be calculated for that month as a whole. For example, if a vehicle was used on February 15th, it will be taxed as though it was used the entire month. If you first placed your vehicle on the road anytime in February, you can file your Form 2290 anytime between now and March 31st, 2016.
The tax will be prorated based on the number of months the vehicle will be used during the tax period. So vehicles that were placed in service during the month of February 2016 has to have a HVUT filed for it using the Form 2290 by March 31, and the tax will be based on 05 months, instead of the full year. For vehicles first used in March, the tax will be based on 4 months and so on. Continue reading →