Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Due Aug. 31

Truckstops that operate fleets are reminded that Aug. 31 is the filing deadline for federal highway use tax returns.

Owners of commercial trucks are required to file Form 2290, Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return, and pay the tax for the tax year that began July 1, 2016 and ends June 30, 2017. 

Returns must be filed and tax payments made by Aug. 31 for vehicles used on the road during July. For vehicles first used after July, the deadline is the last day of the month following the month of first use.

The highway use tax applies to highway motor vehicles with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more. The tax of up to $550 per vehicle is based on weight, and a variety of special rules apply, explained in the instructions to Form 2290.

Taxpayers that operate more than 25 trucks must file electronically

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