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Health-insurance exchanges open through Jan. for ‘Obamacare, round 4’

Affordable Care Act open enrollment is to purchase and change plans is open through January 31, 2017. The biggest issue this year include premium price increases and the need for many current policyholders to shop their plans due to the mass exodus of insurers from the exchanges.

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NY to pay owner-operators $44 million in settlement over out-of-state fees

The state’s Supreme Court agreed earlier this year with OOIDA’s challenge that the registration and decal taxes in the state were unconstitutional and discriminatory against out-of-state truckers who drive mostly in other states. New York will soon refund truckers for the tax.

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A look at truckers’ highway tax bill from 2014

The trucking industry in 2014 raked in $726.4 billion in freight revenue, according to a recent report from ATA. Here's how much of that went to highway use taxes.

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Heavy vehicle use taxes due Aug. 31

The IRS now requires an appointment for those who wish to file heavy vehicle use tax in person. The agency’s Form 2290, filed when paying the annual fee, is due Aug. 31.

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Prime wants $500,000 reimbursement from state of New York for truck taxes, fees

The taxes — a certificate of registration and a highway use tax decal — totaled about $19 per truck.

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Giving ’til it hurts

"It's a pretty well known fact that the trucking industry is one of the most charitable communities out there. ... Consequently, a lot of folks get burned by unscrupulous people or organizations ..." More on how to spot a legit charity or cause.

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Highway bill: So much, yet too little

The new highway bill did nothing to create stable user-based funding to make our infrastructure program self-sustaining.

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Georgia truckers challenging Peach State’s use of fuel taxes for non-highway spending

The Georgia Motor Trucking Association, J&M Tank Lines, F&W Transportation and Prolan Logistics filed the suit earlier this month, arguing all revenue obtained from state and locally collected fuel taxes should be spent “for public roads and bridges or road construction and maintenance."

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IRS to allow higher per diem for meal expenses for owner-ops starting Oct. 1

Truck operators starting Oct. 1 will be able to deduct up to $4 more a day from their yearly income for meal expenses. A change in IRS rules that goes into effect that day raises truckers’ per diem meal expense rates to $63 a day, up from the current $59 mark.

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Owner-operator John Raffone — for President?

Does he have a chance? Probably not. This question, however, is more in line with his professed goals: Could he at least help bring trucking into the national picture in some way other than just as a punching bag?

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