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Answers to common questions:

  • Yes! We are staffed with IRS Form 2290 e-file specialists who will answer the phones from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, CT except for holidays. If call volumes are heavy, just place your spot in the queue and we'll call you back the same day (usually within the hour).
  • IRS Form 2290 and the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax is unique in two ways:
    • It is paid in advance
    • The tax year renews every July 1
  • Pro tip: Think "I want to be paid through next June" and select the tax year accordingly.
  • Common mistake: Many truck owners file Form 2290 the same month their registration expires. But that's not necessarily when taxes are due, so the IRS charges penalties. Taxes are due in August-or, for new vehicles, the month after the date you put a new vehicle on the road.
  • Still not sure? Contact Customer Support if you need help.
  • Pro tip: Think about the maximum weight you are allowed on a scale according to your registration. The most common truck e-filed at i2290.com is the 18-wheeler, registered for 80,000 pounds.
  • Thousands of lighter trucks are also e-filed at i2290.com and the maximum Gross Vehicle Weight on your registration is usually the correct weight. (For IRP, use the state's highest gross weight.)
  • In some cases, determining your GVW can get tricky, so refer to these IRS instructions.
  • If you are still unsure-or if you filed the wrong weight, contact Customer Support for help.
  • For the tax year beginning July 2016:
  • If the vehicle is first used: Then IRS Form 2290 is due:
    On or before July 2016 August 31, 2016
    August 2016 September 30, 2016
    October 2016 November 30, 2016
    November 2016 January 3, 2017
    December 2016 January 31, 2017
    January 2017 February 28, 2017
    February 2017 March 31, 2017
    March 2017 May 1, 2017
    April 2017 May 31, 2017
    May 2017 June 30, 2017
    June 2017 July 31, 2017
  • To avoid penalties, file by this date regardless of when state registration for the vehicle is due.
  • Regardless of how you file your Form 2290, the IRS requires a business tax ID called an Employer Identification Number (EIN).
    • If you do not know your EIN or you are unsure whether you have one, call the IRS Business Support line at 800-829-4933.
    • If you need an EIN, you can get an EIN online here. Pro tip: Print or save the final confirmation page; it is very useful and the IRS will not provide a copy later.
  • E-file: E-file online using an IRS-authorized provider like i2290.com. This is the most convenient way to file. It is faster, simpler, and you can do it from your living room in your bathrobe. Good e-file providers save your information from the prior year to make it super easy to file.
  • By mail: Download and complete the IRS Form 2290 Fill-In PDF and mail it with a check for payment (if you owe taxes) to the address shown on the form
  • In person: Download and complete the IRS Form 2290 Fill-In PDF and take it to an IRS TAC (Taxpayer Assistance Center):
    • Pro tip: Before you drive to the IRS office:
      • Be sure that location provides service for Form 2290
      • Set an appointment in advance (beginning August 2016, the IRS is scheduled to turn away walk-in traffic)
      • Take your checkbook
      • Know your VIN number(s)
      • Know your Taxable Gross Vehicle Weight(s)
      • Know your EIN and Business Name as the IRS has them listed
  • For exempt filers, the Form 2290 is not only about payment-it is a statement that you agree you will not drive your vehicle(s) more than 5,000 miles (or 7,500 miles for farming vehicles) during the tax year. Your state will still require you to show proof you filed the Form 2290, even if your total tax is $0.
  • To e-file Form 2290 for an exempt vehicle, indicate your vehicle is "Suspended" in Step 2 of 7 while preparing your return. This applies a tax of $0 and shows a weight category of "W" on your Schedule 1. Most commercial vehicles drive much more than 5,000/7,500 miles on public highways.
  • Pro tip: If you think you may qualify for Suspended vehicle status, contact the IRS 2290 Assistors at 866-699-4096 (options 1, 4, 2) to be certain. There may be penalties for filing as Suspended if it is later determined you do not qualify.
  • Yes. The IRS Form 2290 instructions say:
  • If the state receives your application for registration of your highway motor vehicle during the months of July, August, or September, you may provide the immediately previous taxable period's approved Schedule 1 that was returned to you by the IRS, as proof of payment. Remember to file Form 2290 for the current period by the due date of the return...No proof of payment is required for a newly purchased vehicle, if you present the state a copy of the bill of sale showing that the vehicle was purchased within the last 60 days. However, you must file a return and pay any tax due.
  • In order for you to e-file at i2290.com, Step 5 of 7 asks whether you would like to "name a person to represent you with the IRS on this individual filing." This is what the IRS Form 2290 instructions say about this option:
  • If you want to allow an employee of your business, a return preparer, or other third party to discuss your Form 2290 with the IRS, check the "Yes" box in the Third Party Designee section of Form 2290. Also, enter the designee's name, phone number, and any five digits that person chooses as his or her personal identification number (PIN). The authorization applies only to the tax return on which it appears.
  • By checking the "Yes" box, you are authorizing the IRS to speak with the designee to answer any questions relating to the information reported on Form 2290. You are also authorizing the designee to:
    • Exchange information concerning Form 2290 with the IRS, and
    • Request and receive written tax return information relating to Form 2290, including copies of notices, correspondence, and account transcripts.
    • You are not authorizing the designee to bind you to anything (including additional tax liability) or otherwise represent you before the IRS. If you want to expand the designee's authority, see Pub. 947, Practice Before the IRS and Power of Attorney.
    • The authorization will automatically expire 1 year from the due date (without regard to extensions) for filing your Form 2290. If you or your designee wants to revoke this authorization, send a written statement of revocation to:
      • Department of the Treasury
        Internal Revenue Service
        Cincinnati, OH 45999
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