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Heavy Highway Vehicle Use (Form 2290) is an excise tax levied on heavy highway vehicles with a gross weight of 55,000 lbs or more, and is used on public highways. Internal Revenue System has framed certain rules for filing tax form 2290. Thus the form should be filed accordingly.

Due dates for filing Form 2290 : Form 2290 must be filed for each month when a taxable vehicle is first used on public highways during the tax year. The tax period for form 2290 begins July  and ends June of the following year. The Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) Form 2290 must be filed by the last day of the month following the month of first use. The filing rules apply whether you are paying the tax or reporting suspension of the tax.

Vehicles acquired after July : In case you acquire a vehicle and use it on the public highways in any month other than July, you are liable for the tax for the prorated tax period. You must file IRS Form 2290 and pay the tax by the last day of the month after the month you first use the vehicle.

What if due date falls on a weekend or public holiday : In case the due date for filing form 2290 falls on a Saturday, Sunday or Public holiday, it should be filed on the next business day.

Penalties : 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.

Based on these rates, an HVUT liability which is originally $550 would climb to over $700 by the end of the five-month period of law-breaking. In addition to these federal penalties, many states suspend the registrations of vehicles for which proof of HVUT payment has not been provided.

However the tax year for 2011-12 starts only from Nov 1st 2011, since just recently Congress has passed and the President has signed an extension of the Heavy Highway Vehicle Use tax through September 30, 2012. By November 30, 2011, taxpayers will be required to file Form 2290 for vehicles first used in July, August, September and October 2011. Although the Form 2290 is expected to be available in late October, the IRS will not provide a stamped (receipted) Schedule 1 until November 1, 2011. In the meantime, you can still pay your 2010 excise tax, get your 2011 tags and register your new or used vehicle. is committed to provide the Best in Quality and Service for all our users, / is a certified, IRS authorized, e-file service provider for Form 2290.Tax2290 is a product of ThinkTrade Inc and a part of We are a BBB accredited company with A+ certification.

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