Legislation to relieve truckers from Georgia IFTA miles

By Jami Jones, senior editor | 9/9/2005

A bill moving through the Georgia General Assembly will temporarily remove the IFTA obligation on the miles truckers run in Georgia.

Gov. Sonny Perdue has suspended collection of motor fuel taxes in Georgia on all fuels except jet fuel. But the governor could not suspend the tax obligation for anyone using the fuels, according to the Georgia Trucking Association President Ed Cole.

"What it means is that somewhere on down the road, you could be asked to pay that tax," Cole said.

For truckers that would happen on their quarterly International Fuel Tax Agreement reports.

However, Cole explained, the Georgia State Legislature could do just that - suspend the tax obligation, including the IFTA obligation.

"The legislature is meeting . to make sure the tax itself is suspended," Cole said. "The language of the bill provides for complete tax exemption for all the taxes due on all motor fuels, including diesel fuel."

There will be no tax due on IFTA miles traveled in Georgia from Sept. 3 through Sept. 30 this year. Truckers will owe the normal tax due on miles run Sept. 1 and 2.

Cole said truckers will still have to report their IFTA miles, but there will be no tax obligation on the Georgia miles they run from Sept. 3 through Sept. 30 - which may lead to some confusion around the quarterly report deadline.

"(The) Revenue (Department) will have to address that," Cole said about the need to report exempt miles. "I don't know if they will change the form or what - but that is what the law will say."

Cole said the bill was expected to be passed by both houses in the Georgia Legislature sometime Saturday, Sept. 10.