What is Heavy Vehicle Use Tax and Who Should Pay?

Posted by Author | Posted in IRS 2290 | Posted on 05-02-2015-05-2008


The Heavy Vehicle Use Tax is a tax that is charged each year to anyone who operated a vehicle on public highways that weigh over 55,000 pounds or more. Today we are going to talk about exactly what this tax will cost you and who is exempt from paying it.

What is the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290?

First, you should understand exactly how the truck is weighed to determine the cost of your tax.  The truck is first weighed completely unloaded as if it was ready for service and then the trailers and semi trailers fully equipped are weighed and added to that weight. Lastly, the weight of the max load that the truck is able to carry is added to the figure. All three of these figures added up will be the total weight of the vehicle and you will use this number to figure out how much tax you will need to pay.  If your truck is below 55,000 pounds you will not need to pay any extra truck tax.  If your truck weighs between 55,000 to 75,000 pounds you will have to pay $100 plus an extra $22 for each 1,000 pounds over 55,000 pounds.  If your truck exceeded 75,000 pounds you will be charged a flat rate of $550 each year for said truck.

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Who is exempt from filing this form?

There are many groups that are completely exempt from filing HVUT form 2290. This group includes the federal government, state and local governments, including D.C., The American Red Cross, not for profit volunteer fire, rescue, or ambulance service, Indian tribal Governments, and Mass transport authorities.  There are also a number of vehicles that are exempt as well that include vehicles that are not on the road for more than 5,000 miles a year, agriculture vehicles that are not on the road for more than 7,500 miles a year, vehicles that are not considered highway vehicles such as mobile machinery for nontransportation functions, off road trucks, and non-transportation trailers and semi-trailers and qualified blood collector vehicles used by licensed blood collector organizations.  The organization that has these types of vehicles may have to fill out a form claiming exemption if this is the case.

Where do I start if I have to fill out this form?

A great place to start is by looking at our website Etax2290.com and looking at how easy E-filing Form 2290 can be by using our service.  We offer low rates, step by step instructions, online help 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, and we will hold all of your information for up to three years if you ever need to look back at it or need it for the IRS. If you do need to end up needing to fill out Form 2290 for your truck fleet we can offer you help and assistance and will guarantee you to get the forms filled out fast and correct.

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