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What is Form 8849?

Form 8849 is used to claim a refund of excise taxes. If you paid additional 2290 tax to the IRS while filing a tax return, you can file the IRS Form 8849 to get a refund. You need to ensure that you choose the right schedule when filing claims for the excise tax refund.


What is Schedule 6 (Form 8849)?

The IRS Form 8849 (Schedule 6) helps you claim tax refund for vehicles that were sold, destroyed, or stolen. You can also use Schedule 6 to claim credit for low mileage vehicles.

Who should fill out IRS Schedule 6 (Form 8849)?

You must use Schedule 6 (Form 8849) if:

  • You overpaid your tax due to a mistake in tax liability previously reported on IRS Form 2290
  • You own a vehicle that is sold, stolen or destroyed after filing the Form 2290 during the HVUT period
  • You own a vehicle that traveled 5,000 miles or less on public highways during the HVUT period
  • You own an agricultural vehicle that traveled 7,500 miles or less during the HVUT period

When do you file Form 8849 Schedule 6?

You can file Schedule 6 (Form 8849) within 3 years of filing your return to which the claim relates, or 2 years from when the tax reported on the return was paid, whichever is later.

Here are a few more schedules that can help you understand section 8849 better:

Please note that these links get updated every year & will redirect you to the latest version while you are accessing the respective document

Documents required to Claim a Refund of Tax Paid on Heavy Vehicles

Below are all the details that are required to file your IRS Schedule 6 Form 8849:

How to Claim Refund of your HVUT Credits?

There are two ways to file your IRS Schedule 6 and claim HVUT credits:

  1. You can e-file your Schedule 6 (Form 8849) through a trusted, IRS-approved e-filing provider like eForm2290
  2. You can manually mail your Schedule 6 (Form 8849) to the IRS

Instructions for filing online

You can easily file your Schedule 6 (Form 8849) on eForm2290 by following the below steps:

  1. Log in

    Log in to your eForm2290 account using your email address and password.

  2. Choose e-File 8849

    Click on the second box that says ‘start an e-file 8849’.

  3. Business selection

    Select the business information that you want to file Schedule 6 (Form 8849) for. If you want to file for a new business, click on the ‘add new business’ button and fill in the details of your business. Click on the ‘Start e-filing’ button.

  4. Select the month

    Choose the ending month of your tax year and click ‘Next’.

  5. Specify the loss event

    Select the reason why you are filing Schedule 6 (Form 8849). Upon selection of your loss event, you will be prompted to enter additional details based on the selection. Once you enter the necessary information, click on ‘Next’.

  6. Review and pay service fee

    Review all the information that you’ve entered and make the payment by entering your credit card details. Before clicking the submit button, tick mark the ‘I consent to IRS Disclosure’ box.

  7. Filing confirmation

    Once you’ve submitted your filing details, we will send you updates about the return via your registered email.


Instructions for paper filing

If you are manually filing your Schedule 6 (Form 8849), you can follow the below instructions:

  1. Get the form

    Procure Schedule 6 (Form 8849) from your nearest IRS office. You can also download the form from the IRS

  2. Fill in personal details

    Specify the following details:

    1. Name of claimant
    2. Employer identification number (EIN)
    3. Address
    4. City and state or province
    5. ZIP code
    6. Month claimant’s income tax year ends
    7. Daytime telephone number (optional)
  3. Specify the schedule

    On the ‘schedule attached’ section, tick mark the ‘Schedule 6’ box

  4. Signature

    Write down your signature and your title.

  5. Specify the nature of claims

    On the ‘Other claims’ section, fill in the following details:

    1. Name as shown on Form 8849
    2. EIN
    3. Total refund
    4. Earliest and latest dates of the events in MMDDYYYY format
    5. Details of tax (Overpayment of tax Form 2290) / Sold, destroyed or stolen vehicle / Low mileage vehicles), Amount of refund, and CRN (HVUT CRN is 365)
  6. Explain the reason for the tax claim

    Depending on the type of claim, you need to enter the necessary details along with an explanation for the refund request. If you are claiming for a sold vehicle, you need to attach a receipt of sale

  7. Mail the claim form

    After completing the form, carefully review all the details that you’ve entered. If you attach additional sheets, write your name and EIN on each sheet. Once reviewed, mail the form to the below address:

    Department of the Treasury

    Internal Revenue Service

    Cincinnati, OH 45999-0002

  8. Confirmation

    Once you’ve filed your form, you can track the status of your refund by calling the automated IRS refund hotline at 800-829-1954.

Frequently Asked Question around 2290 Refund Claim

Q. How long will it take for you to receive your refund?

A.You can start checking on the status of your refund within 24 hours after e-filing your return. For manual filers, it takes 4 to 6 weeks for the IRS to process your refund.

Q. How will you receive your refund?

A.You will receive an IRS refund check on your registered address once your refund has been processed. Tax refunds are not distributed online but the IRS is working on an electronic refund option as well.

Q. How to find the status of your refund?

A.If you filed your Schedule 6 (Form 8849) through a trusted e-filing provider like eform2290, you will receive notifications regarding the status of your form. You can also call the IRS at 800-829-1954 to check on the status of your refund.

Q. Is it possible to file multiple refunds in the same year?

A.No. it is not possible to file multiple refunds for your vehicle in the same year.

Q. Is there a service charge for filing Schedule 6 (Form 8849)?

A.When you e-file your Schedule 6 (Form 8849) with eForm2290, we will charge a service fee that you will need to pay during the submission of your Schedule 6 (Form 8849).

Q. Who should you talk to for help regarding Schedule 6 (Form 8849) filing?

A.If you are a registered customer, you can reach out to our 24/7 customer support team by dialling (866) 881-6767 should you have any questions or concerns about the filing process


Final Thoughts

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