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The start of the New Year naturally brings with it new responsibilities that make us pause and tread with caution. The Trucking Industry has an unstable market and makes us all wonder what the government will do next since New Laws and Regulations are quite common in the trucking business.
A new transportation bill was passed by Congress which will allow the trucking industry to create more jobs and strengthen our transportation system by monitoring and improving highway safety.
The Clearinghouse is a secure online database that will give employers, FMCSA, State Driver Licensing Agencies, and State law enforcement personnel real-time information about CDL driver drug and alcohol program violations, thereby enhancing safety on our Nation’s roadways. This new rule will allow employers as well as the FMCSA mandate drug and alcohol testing programs. This will allow employers to know if the hired driver is capable of performing functions safely while operating a vehicle.
As per the new bill the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse has come into effect from January 6, 2020. Employers, drivers, medical review officers (MROs), substance abuse professionals (SAPs), and consortia/third-party administrators (C/TPAs) must register to access the Clearinghouse. Registration are available at https://clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov/register.
Spoiler Alert !!!
That being said, let’s get back to business, we would also like to keep you reminded about the upcoming tax form deadlines. The following tax forms are due by 31st January 2020.
HVUT Form 2290
Any vehicle used after July in a tax period would only pay a pro-rated tax amount due by the last day of the month following the month the vehicle was first used on public highways. Form 2290 is due for vehicles first put into service in the month of December 2019, January 31st will be the last day to file Tax Form 2290 on those units.
Tax Form 720
Form 720 is used to pay the quarterly Federal Excise Tax that is prepared by any business that deals with goods and services subject to excise tax. Excise Tax Form 720 for the 4th is due on or before January 31, 2020, do have this completed on time to avoid any penalties with interest for late filing.
Tax Form IFTA
The International Fuel Tax Agreement is also due Quarterly for drivers who travel between two or more member jurisdictions (48 states and 10 Canadians Provinces) this report needs to be filed and taken to their respective Local Jurisdictions for renewing their IFTA license. Tax Form IFTA for the 4th Quarter of 2019 is also due by January 31, 2020.
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