No more paper reminders will be mailed by IRS for Form 2290
Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return
If you are used to waiting until you receive your Form 2290 reminder in the mail from the
IRS to pay your taxes, consider this your reminder. The IRS no longer mails paper Form
2290 as a reminder. The IRS requires electronic filing for each return reporting 25 or more
vehicles; however, everyone is encouraged to file electronically. The IRS officially released,
the 2012-2013 tax period begins July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013. Beginning on July 1,
2012, you are able to pay your HVUT for the New Year. The deadline for payment is August
What is the HVUT? It is a Federal Excise Tax for highway motor vehicles with a taxable
gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more. The tax ranges from $100 to $550 per year based
on the vehicle weight.
Why is the HVUT important and what is it used for? The damage to the road surface
caused by heavy trucks is 160,000 times more than that of a car, according to the findings
of the American Association of State Highways Official (AASHO) road test. The tax, which is
based on the vehicle weight, is a significant source of transportation funding in the US.
Helping you understand the process. The vehicle owner is responsible for e-filing or
paper filing Form 2290 and paying the taxes to the IRS, who return a stamped Schedule 1
to you. The stamped Schedule 1 is used to show proof of payment when registering your
How do you file? E-filing is the easiest and is mandatory for each return reporting 25 or
more vehicles. There are recommended software providers on the IRS website that enable
you to e-file yourself or you can choose a service provider to file for you. Paper filing is still
available for returns under 25 vehicles. The form 2290 can also be found at www.irs.gov.
When do you file? Form 2290 must be filed for the month the taxable vehicle is first used
on public highways during the current period. The current period begins July 1, 2012, and
ends June 30, 2013. August 31, 2012 is the deadline for any vehicle that will be on the road
in July. If you purchase a vehicle anytime during the tax period, Form 2290 must be filed by
the last day of the month following the month of first used. For example, if the vehicle is
purchased and put on the road anytime in November 2012, the deadline to file Form 2290
and pay the tax will be December 31, 2012. The tax will be based on the number of months
used within the tax period.
What do you need to file your HVUT return? You will need your Federal Tax ID# or EIN
(Employer Identification Number), VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) and Taxable Gross
Weight of Vehicle(s).
How do you pay your taxes? There are three methods to pay the tax. Electronic funds
withdrawal (direct debit) if filing electronically. Electronic Federal Tax Payment System
(EFTPS), you must enroll in EFTPS before you can use it. To get more information or to
enroll in EFTPS, visit the EFTPS website at www.eftps.gov. Check or money order using
the payment voucher. If you use this method, you must also complete the payment voucher.
So remember, July 1, 2012 is the beginning of the new tax period for your HVUT and you
will not receive a reminder in the mail from the IRS. August 31, 2012 is the deadline for
filing your return and paying any tax due.
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