The IRS is reminding truckers and other owners of heavy highway vehicles that in most cases, their next federal highway use tax return is due on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.
This year's September 3 due date, pushed back three days because the normal August 31 deadline falls on a Saturday, generally applies to Form 2290, Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return, and the accompanying tax payment for the tax year that begins on July 1, 2013, and ends on June 30, 2014. Returns must be filed and tax payments made by September 3 for vehicles first 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.
Though some taxpayers have the option of filing Form 2290 on paper, the IRS encourages all taxpayers to take advantage of the speed and convenience of filing this form electronically and paying any tax due electronically. Taxpayers reporting twenty-five or more vehicles must e-file. A list of IRS-approved software providers can be found on IRS.gov.
Due to facility maintenance taking place over the Labor Day weekend, the IRS will be unable to accept or acknowledge receipt of any electronically filed returns from 10:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 31, to 5:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, September 3. The IRS asks taxpayers to e-file Form 2290 before 10:00 p.m. ET on August 31. Paper returns must be mailed and postmarked by midnight on September 3. IRS offices will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 2.
The highway use tax applies to highway motor vehicles with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more. This generally includes trucks, truck tractors, and buses. Ordinarily, vans, pick-ups, and panel trucks are not taxable because they fall below the 55,000-pound threshold. 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.
More information on the impact of the facility maintenance and the federal highway use tax is available at IRS.gov/truckers.