Form 2290 Frequently Asked Questions

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 What is Form 2290?

Form 2290 is a Federal Excise Tax levied on heavy vehicles by the IRS. If you own or operate vehicles with an estimated weight of 55,000 pounds or more, you are liable to pay 2290 tax. This is an annual tax, collected to construct and maintain highways.

 What are the different terms used to refer Form 2290?

Form 2290 is also referred as Heavy Vehicle Use Tax - HVUT, Truck Tax and Highway Vehicle Tax.

 Who must file 2290 tax?

If you have registered a heavy vehicle with the gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more, then you must file Form 2290.
A trucker or owner of heavy vehicles like trucks, large vans, owner of limited liability company (LLC), etc. If your vehicles are used for 5,000 miles or below that (7,500 for agricultural trucks), you must file the return but need not pay the tax.

 When is Form 2290 due?

Every year, the due date to file Form 2290 for the year is August 31. The tax filing period for the Form 2290 starts from July 1 of the current year to June 30 of the next year. If HVUT due date falls on a weekend or a federal holiday, you can file on the next business day.
Vehicles that were in use from the beginning of the tax period, 2290 filing due is August 31.

 How to e-file Form 2290?

  1. Register or login with eForm 2290and insert the business details (if you have already filed with us previously, your business details will be saved with us and you can easily copy the same).
  2. Select your ‘Filing type’, enter tax period, and choose the option to make the IRS payment.
  3. Review the entire filing by clicking ‘View Summary’ and finally submit
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 What do I do in case of rejections?

If your Form 2290 gets rejected by the IRS, please feel free to reach our support team. You can use our live chat or email your queries to us at support@eform2290.com
Note: We do not charge for editing and resubmission of rejected forms.

 What is a Taxable Vehicle?

A taxable vehicle will have a gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more. Some examples of taxable vehicles are trucks, tractors and buses. These are heavy vehicles, mainly used for carrying loads on public highways. Form 2290 enables you to pay the tax pertains to the use of these heavy vehicles.

 How to calculate Taxable Gross Weight of a heavy vehicle ?

Taxable Gross Weight is the total unloaded weight of the vehicle. It means weight of the truck, tractor or bus when it is empty or not loaded, but fully equipped for service.
A heavy vehicle, fully equipped for service includes the body part, all accessories and other equipments along with it.
Click on this link to calculate 2290 tax for your vehicle.

 How can I increase the gross weight on Schedule 1?

You can increase taxable gross weight by e-filing Form 2290 and selecting the Gross Weight Amendment. After that, you will receive Schedule 1 with the increased gross weight.

 Why DMV does not accept my Schedule 1?

DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) will only accept an IRS stamped watermark Schedule 1. So, you must ensure the same while submitting your Schedule 1 at the DMV office. It is suggested to use a quality printer or color print and for printing your Schedule 1 with the background image.

 I have bought a used truck this year. Do I still need to file a new Form 2290?

Yes, you have to file a new Form 2290. Please do reach us on our live chat or email support at support@eform2290.com

 If I buy another truck after e-filing my 2290 for the current tax period, do I need to e-file my original 2290 again and add the new vehicle to the Schedule 1?

No, in this scenario, you must file a new Form 2290 with the details of the new vehicle/vehicles. You may e-file that 2290 any time before the last day of the month when the new vehicle was first used on public highways.

 May I file one Form 2290 for two trucks that were operating on the road in two consecutive months?

No, the amount of tax you owe depends on the month when your trucks starts operating on road. In this case, you should file two Forms 2290, one for each vehicle and receive two separate Schedule 1 for each vehicle.
Note: You will have to pay more tax for the truck that started to operate at first. In the next tax year, you can file for all the trucks in one Form 2290 that were on the road for 12 months of the tax year. This comprises the duration between July 1 of the current year and June 30 of the following year.

 What should I do if my e-filed return gets rejected by the IRS for duplication?

Ensure that the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) is correct and not a duplicate number from any previous filing. But if that happens, you can correct any duplication and re-submit the return. If you are correcting VIN that is listed on a previously submitted and accepted return, you will need to file a paper return (hard copy) and check the designated "VIN correction" box on page 1. If the new VIN is totally different from what was listed on your original return (Schedule 1), you need to explain the reason to submit a different VIN.

 Can I use my SSN for EIN?

IRS does not allow/accept SSN (Social Security Number). You need to have EIN and business name while filing your HVUT Returns of Form 2290 to the IRS.
Apply for a new EIN online: Click here

 How will I know that IRS has received my return?

After we accept your return, you will receive an email notification. You will have access to an electronic version of the stamped watermark Schedule 1 from the IRS that can be printed.

 How do I make corrections to my e-filed return?

You can e-file a correction to weight and/or mileage. However, if you make any other type of error, you will have to make corrections on Form 2290 (hard copy) and mail it to the address shown in the Form 2290 instructions.

 After electronic submission of my Form 2290, I received an online duplicate filing error. Why did this happen?

This happened because the system detected that you had already filed a return under the same EIN, for the same tax period and the same vehicle(s) and/or the same VIN category. We will suggest to check your return to ensure that you are reporting new vehicles only and all other information provided is correct.

 Can I claim a refund electronically for a vehicle that was sold, destroyed or stolen during the tax period?

Yes, you can claim a refund for the tax paid when you file Form 2290 in the same or subsequent tax period.

 Is there a fee to re-submit my Form 2290 in case of rejection?

No, if your return has been rejected by the IRS for any reason, you may retransmit your return absolutely FREE after making the required corrections. If your return gets rejected, you will receive an email from eForm 2290 with details that needs to be incorrect and how to make the corrections.
Also, you can make amendments to your Form 2290 or e-file VIN corrections at any time. Corrections are easy to file. Simply login to your www.eform2290.com account and get started. If you have any questions, we are here to help you in every step. Contact our support team via live chat or email.

 Can I claim a refund electronically for a vehicle that was used less than 5,000 miles during the tax period?

Yes, if you have already paid tax for a vehicle which you used for less than 5,000 miles, you can claim a refund on the first Form 2290 you file for the next tax period. A credit, lower tax, exemption or refund is not allowed for an occasional light, decreased load, a discontinued or changed use of a vehicle.

 How safe is your website?

eForm 2290 is an IRS authorized e-file service provider that is basically an Electronic Return Originator or ERO that transmits tax return information to the IRS. Our software is tested by the IRS to ensure that every program is operating in a secure and proper way.

 Whose name should I use if I am leasing my truck to a company?

Form 2290 should be filed under the name of the vehicle owner who is solely responsible for filing taxes on it.

 Why Employer Identification Number (EIN) is needed to e-file?

IRS uses EIN to protect your privacy and know your identity. IRS uses the combination of your EIN and name as unique identifier. If the unique ID does not match IRS records, that filing would get rejected.

 What are the details required to file Form 2290?

  • Business Name
  • Address Details
  • Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

 How can I pay my 2290 taxes to the IRS?

There are three types of payment options that you can select:
You can login at eform2290.com and use our easy, fast and safe modes of payment to file your taxes to the IRS.
(EFW) (Electronic Fund Withdrawal) – Provide your account information and IRS will withdraw the amount directly from your account.
EFTPS (Electronic Federal Tax Payment System) - Funds are mostly withdrawn from an account within 24-48 hours. If payments are done on weekends or federal holidays, fund withdrawal may be slightly delayed. The payment will be directly drawn from your bank account and will appear on your bank statement.
Credit/Debit card - You can use your credit card to pay the tax amount to the IRS. For using this mode, you will have to pay a convenience charge to the third party provider. This additional charge is the processing fee for your payment processor.
Click the link below to pay with Credit/Debit Card:
https://www.irs.gov/payments/pay-taxes-by-credit-or-debit-card

 Can I add a new vehicle to my existing Form 2290?

You cannot add a new vehicle to an existing From 2290 for which Schedule 1 has already been processed and accepted by the IRS. We suggest you to kindly file a new Form 2290 with the information of the new vehicle. For further assistance, please feel free to reach our support team. https://www.eform2290.com/form2290-support/irs-form2290-contact.aspx

 How can I receive the receipt of tax payment?

IRS does not provide any receipt of tax payment. Your bank statement would act as the proof of payment that you have paid to the IRS.

 What is an EFTPS?

Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) is a free service provided by the U.S. Department of Treasury. With this mode of payment, you can schedule payments 24/7. You can even enter payment instructions for your business 365 days prior to your actual payment date.
Payments should be scheduled at least one day before due date to pay the tax. The payment will be automatically moved to Treasury from your banking account, on your selected date and records will be updated at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

 What is an EFW?

Electronic Funds Withdrawal (EFW) is an integrated online payment option, offered only when you file your federal taxes with the help of any tax preparation software or through a tax professional. You can use this payment option to submit one or more payment requests from your bank account.
If you are using EFW, you can make the online payment in one step without any additional charges. And because it is an electronic mode of payment, you need not submit a voucher.

 What is Schedule 1 and how do I get Schedule 1 copy?

Schedule 1 copy is the proof of payment to the IRS for filing Form 2290.
You can receive a copy of Schedule 1 with an IRS watermark within minutes in your email or your preferred FAX number.

 What is 2290 Amendment?

  • Additional tax to be paid due to an increase in taxable gross weight
  • Suspended vehicles exceeding the mileage use limit.

 What are the penalties for filing late returns or not filing at all?

The law imposes penalties for failing to file returns or pay taxes on time. There are also penalties for filing false returns. These are additional penalties along with the interest charge on late payments.
The penalty for filing a return late or paying late tax will not be imposed if valid reasons can be provided for not filing Form 2290 on time. In case, you are filing after the due date (including extensions), attach a valid explanation to the return.

 How can I pay 2290 tax using credit or debit card?

From July 1st 2018, IRS is accepting the new payment option to pay 2290 tax through your credit or debit card. Once you file Form 2290 and submit, you can use your credit card to pay the tax amount to the IRS. But along with the 2290 tax amount, you will have to pay a convenience charge to the third party provider. This additional charge is the processing fee for your payment processor.