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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Think Trade Inc.

On Thursday, the holiday season will officially kick off. Last year more than 100 million people went shopping over #Thanksgiving weekend and nearly 35 million hit the stores on #ThanksgivingDay.
Whether you will be camping out to grab those outrageous door buster sales on Black Friday, supporting the mom and pop shops around your home on Small Business Saturday, or counting down the days to those special Cyber Monday deals, here are a few things to keep in mind while shopping this holiday season.
#BBB recommends following these approved tips:

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Important Reminders to Individual Taxpayer Identification Number Holders

Important Reminders about ITIN from IRS

  • Your ITIN may expire before you file a tax return in 2019. All ITINs not used on a federal tax return at least once in the last three years will expire on December 31, 2018. Additionally, all ITINs issued before 2013 with middle digits of 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 81, or 82 (Example: (9XX-73-XXXX) will also expire at the end of the year.
  • If you need to file a tax return in 2019, IRS recommends you submit a Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, or Form W-7(SP), Solicitud de Número del Identificación Personal del Contribuyente del Servicio de Impuestos Internos, now to renew your ITIN. As a reminder, ITINs with middle digits 70, 71, 72, 78, 79 or 80 that expired in 2016 & 2017 can also be renewed.
  • See the ITIN Fact Sheet for more information
  • Along with your Form W-7, you will need to:
    • attach your original identification documents or certified copies by the issuing agency and any other required attachments.
    • select the reason for needing the ITIN as outlined in the Form W-7 and W-7(SP) instructions.
      Note: A tax return is not required with a renewal application.

What is an ITIN?

An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is a tax processing number issued by the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS issues ITINs to individuals who are required to have a U.S. taxpayer identification number but who do not have, and are not eligible to obtain, a Social Security number (SSN) from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Continue reading

Oct. 15 tax-filing extension deadline approaches for millions of taxpayers

Have you requested for six month extension on reporting your income tax returns? then this is a wake-up call from IRS. Your 6-month extension is about to due on October 15…

The Internal Revenue Service today urged taxpayers who requested the six-month filing extension to double check their tax returns and file on or before the mid-October deadline. IRS e-file and Free File are excellent filing options and are still available.

More than 14 million taxpayers filed for an extension in 2018 and, although Oct. 15 is the last day for most people to file, some may have more time. They include:

  • Members of the military and others serving in combat zone localities still have more time. They typically have until at least 180 days after they leave the combat zone to both file returns and pay any taxes due.
  • Taxpayers in several disaster area localities who already had valid extensions now have more time to file. Currently, taxpayers in parts of California, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas qualify for this relief. For details, see the disaster relief page on IRS.gov. However, like other extension filers, these taxpayers were required to pay what they owed by April 18, which was this year’s filing deadline for 2017 tax returns.

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IRS extends upcoming deadlines, provides tax relief for victims of Hurricane Florence

In the latest communication issued by the IRS (Issue Number: IR-2018-187), there is a relief for Hurricane Florence victims.


WASHINGTON — Hurricane Florence victims in parts of North Carolina and elsewhere have until Jan. 31, 2019, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

The IRS is offering this relief to any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as qualifying for individual assistance. Currently, this only includes parts of North Carolina, but taxpayers in localities added later to the disaster area, including those in other states, will automatically receive the same filing and payment relief. The current list of eligible localities is always available on the disaster relief page on IRS.gov.  Continue reading

Report your 2290 HVUT returns as early as possible to cut down your charges

The Federal Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290 for the tax period 2018-19 is due on August 31 for vehicles put to use on highway from July 2018. For most truckers August 31 is the deadline to report 2290 and renew their IRS Stamped Schedule1 proof. However if you have missed your filing deadline you can still report it online at TaxExcise.com and Tax2290.com. Prorate 2290 taxes for vehicles used after August 2018 and file it online (e-file) to receive your IRS watermarked Schedule-1 proof in minutes.

fast faster and fastest 2290

2290 Late Filing Charges

Late filing means you will end up paying more as late filing charges, penalty of 4.5% of the total amount of HVUT you owe for not on time, monthly fee of 0.5% for the period you missed to pay 2290 tax dues with additional interest charge of .54%. You now can make use of your credit card / debit card payment option to pay 2290 dues and pull yourself off from these extra charges… Continue reading

Women In Trucking’s SiriusXM show on Road Dog Channel 146

Before satellite radio became a reality in 1990, professional drivers and anyone who traversed the country had to either listen to their cassettes (or eight tracks!) or they would be forced to change channels as the moved across the nation.  Satellite radio allowed the listener to maintain one channel for hours without losing a signal.

Sirius Satellite radio originated in Washington DC and was launched in 2001, just following the debut of XM radio in 2001. In the early years, subscribers had to choose between Sirius and XM. Most drivers seemed to prefer the trucking-related content of XM which featured hosts from America’s Trucking radio network such as bill Mack, Dave Nemo and the Truckin’ Bozo (Dale Sommers). Continue reading

Last few days to renew 2290s and receive IRS watermarked Schedule-1 proof

Truckers hope you’re aware of the fast approaching HVUT Form 2290 Deadline. Yes, August 31 is the last day and IRS anticipate to get a huge volume of 2290 returns this week. Act fast and report your 2290 truck tax returns well in advance and get it done before you got up into this virtual traffic.

AUGUST 31 – DEADLINE REMINDER FOR IRS TAX FORM 2290

Filing taxes online is generally safer, faster, and easier ― and you will get your IRS watermarked (stamped) Schedule-1 proof with IRS e-File Logo and the date on it much sooner (according to IRS you may receive yours in 10 minutes) and you could choose to pay 2290 taxes through Direct Debit (EFW) from your US bank account. You also have the option of paying taxes with your Credit / Debit Card from this year onwards.  Continue reading

Taxpayers filing Form 2290: What’s new this year; file in three simple steps

According to the latest release from IRS. highlighted What’s new? section in Form 2290 reporting and the best ways to pay the tax 2290 dues online. Check out here…

Anyone who has registered or is required to register a heavy highway motor vehicle must file Form 2290, Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return. This applies to vehicles with a gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more. The deadline for filing Form 2290 is Aug. 31.

People who have filed Form 2290 before will notice a couple new things in 2018:

  • Filers may now use a credit card or debit card to pay the Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax.
  • The Form 2290 has been revised. Filers will now enter the month of first use on the Schedule 1 exactly as it was entered on the Form 2290 in Part I, line 1. [No need to worry about this when you choose electronic filing at http://TaxExcise.com, we take care of this automatically. ]

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Truckers should consider using e-file to submit Form 2290 by Aug. 31

Owners of heavy highway vehicles should mark Aug. 31 on their calendars. That’s the deadline to file Form 2290, Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return. Just few days left to get it done, choose efile this time as it would be the best option to report at the last minute. Here are some things that these vehicle owners should know about this form:

  • The highway use tax applies to highway heavy motor vehicles with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more, termed as Taxable Heavy Vehicles.
  • The weight limit generally includes large trucks, truck tractors and buses.
  • The tax is based on the weight of the vehicle and a variety of special rules apply. These special rules are explained in the instructions to Form 2290.
  • Taxpayers may now pay the heavy highway vehicle use tax with a debit card or credit card. Payment can be made over the internet, phone or mobile device. Also EFW – Direct Debit and EFTPS are available for them to choose from.
  • Some taxpayers have the option of filing Form 2290 on paper. However, taxpayers with 25 or more taxed vehicles must e-file Form 2290.
  • Vehicle owners must file returns and make tax payments by August 31, 2018, for vehicles used on the road during July.
  • All owners should consider filing and paying electronically. They don’t need to visit an IRS office because owners can file the form and pay any required tax. IRS.gov has a list of approved e-file providers for Form 2290 on the 2290 e-file partner’s page.
  • Generally, e-filers receive their IRS-stamped Schedule 1 electronically minutes after filing. They can then print the Schedule 1 and provide it to their state department of motor vehicles, without visiting an IRS office.
  • For those who want face-to-face service, all IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers now operate by appointment and taxpayers can call 844-545-5640 to schedule one.

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IRS launches new easy-to-use web pages to help all taxpayers understand tax reform

In a recent update from IRS, there is an announcement about a new website to help taxpayers to understand the tax reforms and this release itself is tagged as IRS Tax Reform Tax Tip…

IRS Tax Reform Tax Tip 2018-132, Dated, August 23, 2018

With an updated tax reform section and frequent updates, the IRS website should be the first stop for taxpayers looking for information about how tax reform legislation – the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – affects their taxes. Here are some facts about these new easy-to-read, easy-to-use pages and what taxpayers can find on them: Continue reading