— Staff reports
SURFACE TRANSPORTATION TRADE among the United States, Canada and Mexico rose 12 percent to $74 billion in April compared with April 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
THE NATIONAL Transportation Safety Board has announced its new list of the most critical transportation issues that need to be addressed to improve safety. This year’s action items are: Address human fatigue, require safety management systems and require image and onboard data recorders.
IRS delays new HVUT forms
The IRS has not published Form 2290 for reporting Heavy Highway Vehicle Use tax for the period that began July 1.
The transportation funding bill that governs this annual tax on vehicles with registered gross weights equal to or exceeding 55,000 pounds expires Sept. 30, forcing the agency to wait on the new law.
Currently, truckers can still pay their 2010 excise tax, get their 2011 tags and register new or used vehicles.
U.S. regulations allow states to register a heavy highway vehicle when the owner applies during July, August or September. “If you have your receipted Schedule 1 for the previous year’s taxable period, in this case, July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011, states can accept it as proof of payment,” the IRS stated.
States must register newly acquired heavy highway use vehicles without proof of tax payment if presented with the original or a photocopy of the bill of sale. This only applies if the vehicle was bought during the 60 days before the date the state receives the application for registration.
Taxpayers who no longer have their Schedule 1 for the taxable period July 1, 2010, through June 30, can call the Excise Tax division at (866) 699-4096 to get a copy.
More information on HVUT is available by calling (800) 829-4933.
— Jill Dunn
State diesel tax rates change