IRS: You must file Form 2290 by 1 p.m. EDT on Aug. 31

By Sandi Soendker, Land Line editor-in-chief | 8/9/2012

IRS Form 2290 – and the $550 heavy vehicle use tax payment that goes with it – is due Aug. 31. If you are planning to file electronically, do it early this year. The IRS says it’s shutting down its computerized e-filing system after 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, and it won’t be back up until noon Eastern on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

The IRS says it needs to shut down its e-filing system at 1 p.m. EDT (which would be 10 a.m. on the West Coast) on that day due to maintenance during the Labor Day holiday. The IRS says because of the shutdown of the e-file system, they are giving Form 2290 e-filers until Sept. 7 to file electronically.

For truckers filing paper forms by mail, the deadline remains Aug. 31.

Joe Mazzuca, policy analyst at IRS excise tax headquarters, told Land Line that a postcard is being printed this week to send to more than 675,000 e-filers. Mazzuca said the postcards would be mailed by Aug. 20.

State governments are required to receive proof of payment of the federal heavy vehicle use tax as a condition of vehicle registration. Fleets with 25 or more vehicles must pay online with the IRS. Smaller fleets still have the option of paying by check or money order, either mailed or walked into an IRS office.

Although you can make this payment yourself, the Business Services staff at the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association provides a service for OOIDA members to help them get the tax paid.

“For a service fee, OOIDA Permits and Licensing Department offers members the convenience and speed of filing the Form 2290s online,” said Cathy Koncilia. “It’s a special service for our members. Members who use the service should have information and payment to us by Aug. 23 to guarantee a timely filing.”

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