Legislation relieves truckers from Georgia IFTA miles

By Jami Jones, senior editor | 9/13/2005

A bill passed by the Georgia Legislature temporarily removes the IFTA obligation on miles truckers run in Georgia.

Gov. Sonny Perdue 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 have happened on their quarterly International Fuel Tax Agreement reports.

However, the Georgia General Assembly suspended the tax obligation, including the IFTA obligation when it passed a special session bill Saturday, Sept. 10.

There will be no tax due on IFTA miles 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 Sept. 3 through 30 miles run - which may lead to some confusion around the quarterly report deadline.

"Revenue 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."