Except for some exceptions, all heavy highway vehicles with a gross weight of 55,000 lbs. and more and using the public highways need to pay the tax as per the Federal Heavy Vehicle Use Tax regulations. So it becomes mandatory for heavy highway vehicles users to file Form 2290. This article deals about the consequences that need to be faced if you don’t file Form 2290for a taxable heavy highway vehicle.
- What if I don’t file Form 2290?
- Not signing the return
- Claiming refund of Heavy Vehicle Use Tax already paid
- Sale of vehicle
- Getting stamped Schedule 1 on short notice
Importance of e-file
Gone are the days when tax payers need to stack paper over paper for filing tax returns. E-filing has arrived as a boon to tax payers. It is interesting to note that close to 80% of tax returns were e-filed in the year 2010. Another news bit states that by 2019 IRS expects 80% e-filed tax returns.
IRS has mandated e-filing for taxpayers with 25 or more vehicles with registered gross weight of 55,000 lbs or more, but always encouraged everyone to do e-filing.
So you are all set to know:
Penalties and Interest:
The law provides penalties for failing to file returns or pay taxes when due. There are also penalties for filing false or fraudulent returns. These penalties are in addition to the interest charge on late payments. The penalty for filing a return late or paying the tax late will not be imposed if you can show reasonable cause for not filing (or paying) on time. If you file after the due date (including extensions), attach an explanation to the return to show reasonable cause.
The penalty for failing to file IRS Form 2290 by August 31st is equal to 4.5 percent of total tax due, assessed on a monthly basis up to five months. Late filers not making an HVUT payment also face an additional monthly penalty equal to 0.5 percent of total tax due. Additional interest charges of 0.54 percent per month accrue as well. An HVUT liability that was originally $550 would climb to over $700 by the end of the five-month period of delinquency. In addition to these federal penalties, many states suspend the registrations of vehicles for which proof of HVUT payment has not been provided.
The Secretary of Transportation has the authority to withhold up to 25 percent of the state’s Interstate Maintenance funds [23 U.S.C. 104(b)(5)] if it fails one of its periodic compliance reviews.
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