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Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, IRS Form 2290. the #1 IRS e-file service provider for the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290, is the best way to report taxes on the heavy trucks. We support truck owners, owner operators, business owners and tax practitioners to e-file IRS Form 2290. Now we have extended the support to Accountants/Book keepers to use TaxExcise to report Truck taxes. TaxExcise is the first application to introduce e-filing for all Excise Tax forms [2290, 8849 & 720], TEXT Alert, Schedule 1 copy by FAX service, Full Service, Seasonal Pricing, Bundle Offer, Refer a Friend, Bulk Upload, Import from previous years return, e-file for 2290 amendments, e-file VIN correction, e-file for Sold/Transferred credits now has enhanced to support book keepers.

Are you a Bookkeeper/Accountant, will be filing Heavy Vehicle Use Tax returns for your clients in bulk. We have a specialized package to support you through for an easy and hassle free e-filing experience.

We are the first IRS certified efile service provider for Highway Motor Truck Tax Form 2290; we rated #1 by tax payers. We also support e-filing 2290 Amendment returns, VIN correction, Sold/Transferred/Destroyed Vehicle Credits along with Low Mileage and Increased in Gross Weight reporting.

Electronic filing

Electronic filing is required for each return reporting 25 or more vehicles that the taxpayer files during the tax period. However, all taxpayers are encouraged to file electronically.

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Getting started with reporting 2290 return:To complete IRS Form 2290, have the following information available.

If your client does not have an EIN, apply for one online at and click on the “Employer ID Numbers” (EINs) link. You may also apply for an EIN by calling 1-800-829-4933, or you can fax or mail Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number, to the IRS.

The VIN of a vehicle can be obtained from the registration, title, or actual vehicle. Generally, the VIN is 17 characters made up of numbers and letters. Be sure to use the VIN for the vehicle and not from the trailer.

  • The taxable gross weight of each vehicle to determine its category. The taxable gross weight of a vehicle (other than a bus) is the total of:
  1. The actual unloaded weight of the vehicle fully equipped for service,
  2. The actual unloaded weight of any trailers or semitrailers fully equipped for service customarily used in combination with the vehicle, and
  3. The weight of the maximum load customarily carried on the vehicle and on any trailers or semitrailers customarily used in combination with the vehicle.

How To Pay The Tax

There are three methods to pay the tax with IRS.


If Form 2290 is filed electronically, a copy of Schedule 1 with an IRS watermark will be sent to We will forward you a copy by email. If required you have the option of receiving the Schedule 1 copy by FAX.

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Excise Tax e-File & Compliance (ETEC) Programs – Form 720, Form 2290 and Form 8849

The Excise Tax e-File project was initiated to satisfy the IRS’ requirement to provide electronic filing of Form 2290, Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return, as directed in the American Jobs Creation Act (October 2004). Excise Tax e-File & Compliance (ETEC) Programs (Form 720, 2290 and 8849) has joined the ever-growing-number of tax forms and schedules that can be electronically filed, providing taxpayers the speed and reliability that millions of taxpayers and business owners already enjoy. offers simple, easy and quick website to file all these excise tax form electronically with IRS. Efile, It’s as easy as 1-2-3!!!

Form 720, Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return is available for optional electronic filing at  Simply opt to do your taxes online and join millions of taxpayers enjoying the convenience and ease of on-line filing, immediate acknowledgement of receipt and faster service. Basic interview questions to complete your tax return.

Form 2290, Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return is available for electronic filing at The electronic version of Form 2290 will improve excise tax processing, expedite refunds, save personal resources (e.g., time & postage) and reduce preparation and processing errors.  Schedule 1 will be available almost immediately (once your return is accepted by the IRS) through – no more waiting for it to come in the mail!

By doing your Truck Tax reporting online [e-filing] you enjoy the maximum comfort:

  • IRS Stamped Schedule 1 copy in minutes
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  • Receive Schedule 1 copy by FAX
  • E-file 2290 Amendments, VIN correction, Sold / Transfer Vehicle Credits.
  • Bulk data upload, also retrieve prior year data by importing
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Electronic filing:

Taxpayers filing Form 2290 reporting 25 or more vehicles for any taxable period are required by statute to electronically file their Form 2290 tax return through an IRS at an approved & authorized software provider.

Form 8849, Claim for Refund of Excise Taxes (Schedules 1,2, 3, 5, 6 and 8) are now available for optional e-file. Electronically submitted Schedules 2, 3 and 8 refund claims will be processed within 20 days of acceptance by the IRS, versus the usual 45 day processing time on all other 8849 schedules.

To file your excise forms electronically you will need to visit an IRS approved & authorized software provider for the tax forms you want to file.   Form 720 filing information can be found on the web page.  Form 2290 filing information can be found on the 2290 web page Form 8849 filing information can be found on the 8849 web page

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Form 2290 – Frequently Asked Questions
Form 8849 -Frequently Asked Questions

Excise Summary Terminal Activity Reporting System (ExSTARS)

Excise Summary Terminal Activity Reporting System (ExSTARS)

What is ExSTARS?

ExSTARS is a fuel reporting system developed with the cooperation of the IRS, Department of Transportation, States, and Motor Fuel Industry, which details the movement of any liquid product into or out of an IRS approved terminal.

The ExSTARS system requires each terminal operator and bulk carrier to file monthly reports. Reports are filed for each approved terminal with a Terminal Control Number. The Terminal Control Number (TCN)/Terminal Locations Directory contains terminal control numbers and locations for IRS approved terminals.

Who is required to use ExSTARS?

Terminal Operators and Bulk Fuel Carriers (pipeline, vessel and barge operators) are required to file monthly information returns – Fuel Transaction Reports. All receipts and disbursements of liquid products to and from an approved terminal are reportable. If reportable transactions equal or exceed 25 during a monthly reporting period, electronic reporting through ExSTARS is required. Each receipt of liquid product and each disbursement of liquid product constitutes a separate transaction even if it is a single movement of fuel.

Form 720-TO Terminal Operator Report. Form 720-TO is required to be filed by a terminal operator to report monthly receipts and disbursements of all liquid products to and from all approved terminals.

Form 720-CS Carrier Summary Report. Form 720-CS is required to be filed by bulk transport carriers (barges, ships, and pipelines) who receive or deliver products in or out of storage at a terminal, or any other location designated by a facility control number (FCN).  Pipelines only file for receipt or delivery transactions at an approved terminal.

Facility Control Number System (FCN)

A facility control number designates a storage location within the motor fuel, or renewable fuel production or the bulk transfer / terminal system. Facilities include refineries (RCN), approved terminals (TCN), biodiesel production facilities (BCN), or ethanol production facilities (ECN). Currently, only TCNs are required to file returns.  Information in the RCN directory is required for reporting purposes for carriers. The BCN and ECN numbers will be released at a later date. Information regarding the use of FCNs was made public by an announcement in the Federal Register on April 12, 2010.

When to file?

The report is due the last day of the month following the reporting period. If any due date for filing a return falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the report maybe filed on the next business day.

How to file?

• Apply to participate in electronic filing using letter(s) of application. Fill-in letters of application are available for Terminal Operator/Carriers and Transmitters.

• Electronic Filing (Electronic Data Interchange) over the Internet

• A test cycle will be used to test the exchange of files between the electronic filer and the IRS prior to submitting production files. These tests will ensure the successful submission of qualifying electronic Form720-TO, and Form 720-CS information returns.

• Paper submission of Form 720-TO and/or 720-CS

Why is filing required?

•  Implementation of Treasury Regulation 48.4101-2 requiring “taxable fuel registrants” to provide information reports.

• Match Information Returns against Excise Tax Returns.

The new electronic format will be available for testing beginning in early December 2010.

Please see a  summary of these changes for further details.

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Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Tax Refunds

Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Tax Refunds – How to claim refund using Form 8849 is a certified efile service provider for all Excise Tax forms. We support Form 8849 claims on excise taxes including Schedule 1,2,3,5,6 & 8.

Through LUST claim can be made to IRS.

What is LUST?

The LUST tax is a $.001 per gallon tax imposed on taxable fuels to fund the cleanup of leaking underground motor fuel storage tanks.

On Dec. 29, 2007, the President signed the Tax Technical Corrections Act of 2007. Section 6(d) of the Act amends Section 1362 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and Sections 4041, 4042, 4082 and 6430 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) to remove a double LUST excise tax that was previously imposed on dyed diesel fuel used in trains and fuels (other than Bunker C residual fuel oil) used on inland waterways, and to allow a refund of any second LUST tax paid. Additionally, the amendments exempt fuel used in foreign trade from the LUST tax and allow a refund of any LUST tax previously imposed on that use.

Due to amendments to the Tax Technical Corrections Act of 2007, some taxpayers are entitled to a LUST excise tax refund. Taxpayers eligible for a refund are encouraged to use Form 8849, Claim for Refund of Excise Taxes, to file a refund claim. No interest will be paid on LUST tax refunds.

Instructions for Completing Form 8849

Use to complete your LUST clams, also use the available efile service to claim it electronically.


Aviation fuel “Kerosene for use in aviation, LUST tax on foreign trade, the Credit Reference Number (CRN) 433.

Dyed diesel fuel used in trains and inland waterways,  “LUST tax on dyed diesel fuel used in trains and inland waterways” and the CRN 434.

Mail Form 8849 and Schedule 6 to:

IRS prefer electronic method to do Excise Tax claims, still you want to do it over mail, use prepare your claim form 8849 return and mail it to

Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 312
Covington, KY 41012-0312

IRS’ preferred method for claiming the LUST tax refund is the use of Form 8849. Form 8849 will be the most timely and convenient. As an alternative to filing Form 8849 to claim a refund, taxpayers may claim a credit on their federal income tax return by using line 17 on Form 4136, Claim for Federal Tax Paid on Fuels.

Taxpayers Eligible to Claim a LUST Tax Refund Under the Provisions of the Tax Technical Corrections Act of 2007

Only taxpayers involved with the tax on fuel used in inland waterways, trains and aircraft engaged in foreign trade are eligible for the LUST tax refund.

For fuel used in aircraft in foreign trade: The ultimate purchaser unless it waives its right to the claim to the ultimate vendor under IRC Section 6427(l)(4)(C).

For fuel used in inland waterways: The person that paid the tax as the operator of the vessel in which the propulsion fuel was consumed.

For fuel used in trains: The operator of the train, unless the deliverer of the fuel paid the tax under Treasury Regulation Section 48.4082-4(b)(2)(ii).

The LUST tax imposed under IRC Section 4041(a)(1)(C)(ii) does not apply after Dec. 31, 2006.

Explanation of the Term “use in foreign trade”

Generally, use in foreign trade includes any use of an aircraft in a commercial international flight that leaves the United States (subject to the reciprocity rules of IRC 4221(e)(1)).  Commercial aviation is any use of an aircraft in the business of transporting persons or property by air for compensation or hire.

Receipt of Refund

The IRS anticipates issuance of refunds within 20 days of receipt of Form 8849.

General Scenarios

If you own a taxable fuel terminal and in 2007 reported the LUST tax on Form 720, Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return, under abstract 119, you are not entitled to the LUST tax refund because only one LUST tax was paid on your fuel.

If you used undyed diesel fuel in your train, you are not entitled to the LUST tax refund.

If you used undyed diesel fuel in your inland waterways vessel, you may be eligible but only if you paid the inland waterways tax of $0.201 per gallon.

If you used dyed diesel fuel in your inland waterways vessel to operate generators that are not part of the propulsion system of the vessel, you are not entitled to the LUST tax refund. This fuel use is excluded from the tax imposed by IRC Section 4042, so no double LUST tax would have been paid.

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Excise Tax:

Nine Tips on the 10 Percent Tax on Tanning Services

Starting July 1, 2010, many businesses offering tanning services must collect a 10 percent excise tax on the tanning services they provide. This excise tax requirement is part of the Affordable Care Act that was enacted in March 2010. Indoor Tanning tax has to be reported for the 1st Quarter of 2011 is due by May 2nd, 2011.

Use IRS Form 720, Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return to report and pay the indoor tanning tax due by May 2, 2011. Act fast and report it electronically at

Here are nine tips on the tanning excise tax that providers must collect.

1. Businesses providing ultraviolet tanning services must collect the 10 percent excise tax at the time the customer pays for the tanning services.

2. If the customer fails to pay the excise tax, the tanning service provider is liable for the tax.

3. The tax does not apply to phototherapy services performed by a licensed medical professional on his or her premises.

4. The tax does not apply to spray-on tanning services.

5. If a payment covers charges for tanning services along with other goods and services, the other goods and services may be excluded from the tax if they are separately stated and the charges do not exceed the fair market value for those other goods and services.

6. If the customer purchases bundled services and the charges are not separately stated, the tax applies to the portion of the payment that can be reasonably attributed to the indoor tanning services.

7. The tax does not have to be paid on membership fees for certain qualified physical fitness facilities that offer indoor tanning services as an incidental service to members without a separately identifiable fee.

8. Tanning service providers must report and pay the excise tax on a quarterly basis.

9. To pay the tax, businesses must file IRS Form 720, Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return using an Employer Identification Number assigned by the IRS. Businesses that don’t already have one can apply for an EIN online at

Find more information about the excise tax on tanning services, IRS Form 720 and other tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act at

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