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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 e-File & Compliance (ETEC) Programs – Form 720, 2290 and 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.

Form 720, Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return is also available for optional electronic filing.  Simply make your selection on the 720 e-file partner’s page and join millions of taxpayers enjoying the convenience and ease of on-line filing, immediate acknowledgment of receipt and faster service.

Form 2290, Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return is available for electronic filing. 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 your software developer/transmitter – no more waiting for it to come in the mail!

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-approved software provider.

Form 8849, Claim for Refund of Excise Taxes (Schedules 1,2, 3, 5, 6 and8) are now available for 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 select an approved software provider for the tax forms you want to file.   Form 720 provider information can be found on the 720 e-file partner’s page.  Form 2290 provider information can be found on the 2290 e-file partner’s page. Form 8849 provider information can be found on the 8849 e-file partner’s page.

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Form 8849, Schedule-3 is up for Efiling…

The IRS is offering electronic filing of Form 8849 will satisfy the Congressional mandate to provide filers an electronic option for filing Form 8849, Schedule 3. Schedules 1, 2, 5, 6 and 8, are also available for efiling through

How will Form 8849 e-file improve results? Refunds for an electronically filed Form 8849, with Schedule 2, 3 or 8,  will be processed within 20 days of acceptance by the IRS. All other Form 8849 schedules are processed within 45 days of acceptance. Much faster than Paper filing method

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