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Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Returns for 1st Quarter is Due this April 30

Federal Excise Taxes are taxes paid when purchases are made on a specific good, such as gasoline. This excise taxes are often included in the price of the product and collected from the buyer and paid at end of every quarter with the IRS. There are also excise taxes on activities, such as on wagering or on highway usage by trucks. One of the major components of the excise program is motor fuel, offering services like indoor tanning services, PCORI etc.

1st Quarter Federal Excise Tax Due on April 30

The first quarter federal excise taxes that a business has collected will consolidate it in the IRS Tax Form 720, and report it with the IRS by end of a quarter and pay,  it is due this April 30.

Form 720 Due for 1st Quarter Filing Continue reading Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Returns for 1st Quarter is Due this April 30

“e-file makes life easy”, says an experienced Tax professional

The doors of Tax2290 were wide open, this time offline, in position for the much awaited entry of an otherwise busy tax professional (TP hereafter). In a blue jean and white formal shirt he came in and took his interview-ready clean seat. “Sorry for eating up some of your precious time this tax season”, said one of our Tax2290 professional (T2290P hereupon) with a gentle smile.

TP: Oh not really! e-file makes it pretty easy these days.

T2290P: Happy to be servicing professionals like you any day. So, everyone’s talking about going paperless including the IRS. What does this mean for you?

TP: Of course, it means tax returns would be filed electronically instead of filling out in papers and mailing them to the IRS for processing. Now that’s not as easy as just said. It involves a lot of overhead related to postage charges, errors and cycles of corrections. The IRS has made it mandatory that any tax professional who prepares 11 or more tax returns has to electronically file all of those returns. This also means that your tax preparer is as well getting transitioned to being paperless as well. More and more tax professionals are storing their back-up documentation and past tax returns electronically as PDF’s. So, e-filing for clients on websites like yours makes our life as tax professionals so easy and I only wish this was available years ago itself for I would not have seen my dad getting troubled with papers and tension all around him. (Smiles)

T2290P: What would you point out as advantages of e-filing to clients who come to you or in general to those who file Form 2290 themselves online?

TP: You go green immediately, contributing your little part to pause the green-eating society. The ability to file your tax returns round the clock throughout the week right at your desk at home makes life very comfortable and easy. The speed of the entire tax return process dramatically increases with e-filing over paper due to advanced internet capabilities thus saving you money and energy worked out on postage/fax/courier/delivery charges, which of course can be used over a million other valuables. You can readily keep yourselves away from legendary difficulties like waiting endlessly for approvals, moving here and there for additional information etc because everything is checked and verified for errors right at the tax internet stop. And to add pie to all this, comes your schedule 1 copy to your desk within minutes as a proof of payment. What more reasons does anyone need to use e-file services online?

T2290P: Ahh. If only I was a trucker, I would have immediately used such a tax life pacifier. So one last question. How strongly would you recommend the e-file option this tax season for its safety?

TP: I have long been a serious advocate of the electronic filing (e-file) system. In my experience in both paper as well as today’s modernized e-file systems, I can confidently say e-filing tax returns is definitely quicker than mailing a paper return, much secure, and certainly reduces the risk for errors. It doubtlessly saves time and reduces headache for all the parties involved as long as the files are securely stored over the internet like now. I’d rather have ten years worth of CD’s on my shelf than ten years worth of boxes. Does anyone need anything stronger?

Before we could send him off in warmth for spending some valuable time with us, his phone rang and we could hear him say “Yes. Please stay right there. Am coming in minutes. And yes, I do use only e-file system for Form 2290 this season so you don’t have to worry too much.

He turned to us and said, “Thanks for this interview. I hope everything will shine like sun this season. Bye” and we said, “Thanks a ton for your time. Bye.

Not to forget, the closing date for filing Form 2290 for the year 2012-2013 is, the 31st of August, 2012. Get back to your computer-facing seats before that and start the e-file form 2290 process at Tax2290.com. Need assistance in between, make a call @ 1-866-245-3918 or write to support@taxexcise.com.

Excise Taxes – Tax Tips for Construction Companies

Construction companies may be liable for the federal highway vehicle use tax. These companies may also be eligible to claim an income tax credit or a refund for gasoline, diesel fuel, or kerosene that is used in nontaxable uses.

Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax

A truck or truck tractor is subject to the highway vehicle use tax if it:

Is a highway motor vehicle (generally, a vehicle moved by its own motor and designed to transport a load over the public highways, even if it is designed to do other  things)

Is registered or required to be registered for highway use

Is used on a public highway, and

·Has a taxable gross weight of at least 55,000 pounds (taxable gross weight means the weight of the vehicle plus the weight of the trailers and semi-trailers customarily used in connection with vehicles of the same type, plus the weight of the maximum load customarily carried on vehicles, trailer, and semi-trailers of the same type)
The tax applies to the first use of a taxable vehicle on a public highway during the taxable period, which is each July 1st through June 30th. The person in whose name a taxable vehicle is registered or required to be registered must pay the tax on Form 2290, Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return. The tax is due by the last day of the month following the month in which the vehicle is first used during the taxable period. Thus, if you use a taxable vehicle in July, you must file Form 2290by August 31st.

Fuel Tax Credits and Refunds

A federal excise tax is imposed on gasoline ($.184 per gallon), clear diesel fuel ($.244 per gallon), and clear kerosene ($.244 per gallon). The amount of these taxes may be credited or refunded if these fuels are used in many types of off-road uses. Common off-road uses include use as heating oil, use in stationary engines, use in non-highway vehicles, and use in separate engines mounted on highway vehicles.

Generally, refunds of $750 or more may be claimed quarterly on Form 8849, Claim for Refund ofExcise Taxes. Claims not made on Form 8849 may be claimed as income tax credit on Form 4136,  Credit for Federal Tax Paid on Fuel(PDF).

Note that a credit or refund is not allowable for the following:

· Any use in the propulsion engine of a registered highway vehicle, even if the vehicle is used off the highway·   Any fuel that is lost or destroyed through fire, spillage, or evaporation·         Any use of dyed diesel fuel or dyed kerosene. In fact, you may be subject to a substantial penalty if you use dyed fuel as a fuel in a registered diesel-powered highway vehicle
It is important to keep records to support your claim. Keep these records at your principal place of business. These records should establish the number of gallons used during the period covered by the claim, the dates of purchase, the names and addresses of suppliers and amounts bought from each in the period covered by the claim, the purposes for which you used the fuel, and the number of gallons used for each purpose.

**If you use propane or other special fuels in registered highway vehicles, you may be liable for tax on this use.

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