“Don’t reinvent the wheel, just realign it.” Anthony J. D’Angelo, author
We’ve all heard the adage about reinventing the wheel. Why spend a great deal of time and effort on working through something that someone has already explored? When Women In Trucking Association was formed, we looked at other trade and professional organizations and determined what parts worked for us and what didn’t.
In fact, we took a lot of ideas from an organization called Women In Aviation International (WAI). At the time, I was working on my private pilot’s license and joined the WAI because I wanted to meet other women who fly. The airline industry isn’t all that different from the trucking industry, and both have a very small percentage of women behind in the cab or the cockpit. Many of our challenges are similar, so why not cooperate on our efforts?
Have you ever questioned how some terms or phrases are either outdated or don’t even make any sense? For example, when was the last time you actually “dialed” the phone? Except for your great aunt Edna, rotary dial phones are no longer in existence. We don’t dial anything; we just tap it or touch it.
What about taping a video? We don’t use tape anymore. We’re not using VCRs to record anything, we record it with bytes, not footage. Footage implies the film is measured in feet, but there aren’t any length measurements when it comes to recording a video.
I never thought I could be friends with a piece of technology that is exceptionally nosey. I’m a pretty private person, and the thought of sharing my physical data makes me pretty uncomfortable.
Sharing my sleeping patterns, my eating habits, and how often my heart rate was elevated isn’t my idea of privacy. However, we recently partnered with Rolling Strong to do a wellness competition, and I donned a Fitbit Versa for the challenge.
Mistakes are a part of life, we take action and we learn from them. Most mistakes made on tax returns are due to trial or human error and can be easily corrected by filing amendments. There are however few instances where certain errors might go unnoticed and the IRS will send you a notice by mail to keep you informed. The notice or letter will explain the reason for the contact and brief you with detailed instructions on how to have this resolved.
There are many reasons why the IRS may send a letter or notice. It typically is about a specific issue on your federal tax return or tax account. The IRS generally sends notices and letters based on the following grounds:
Taxpayers who e-file can get a stamped Schedule 1 within minutes after the IRS accepts the form. Due to COVID-19, those who choose to file on paper can expect a significant delay in receiving their IRS stamped Schedule 1.
Truckers, owner operators and heavy haulers need to report vehicle use tax Form 2290 on vehicles put to use on public highways. IRS Form 2290 is used to report and pay Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, or HVUT. You must file Form 2290 with Schedule 1 annually if a taxable highway motor vehicle, in this case any heavy vehicle weighing 55,000 lbs or more, is registered in your name in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico.
The highway use tax (HVUT Form 2290) applies to highway motor vehicles with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more. 2290 tax returns must be filed and tax payments must be paid by August. 31st for the heavy motor vehicles used on the road during July. The deadline generally applies to Form 2290 and the accompanying tax payment for the tax year that begins July 1, 2020, and ends June 30, 2021. For motor vehicles first used after July, the deadline is the last day of the month following the month of first use.
Do you remember when you were a child and someone would ask you what you wanted to be when you grew up? The typical elementary school response was firefighter, police officer, teacher, doctor, pilot, or even astronaut cited by children.
For many of you reading this blog, perhaps you already knew you wanted to drive a truck or work in supply chain when you were older. I’m guessing you were in the minority. Most of the occupations children mentioned had high profiles and were considered more glamorous than working in the trucking industry.
Professional drivers have often been the “invisible” ones on the road. When you do your job well and are operating in a safe and efficient manner, no one seems to notice you. It’s only when a motorist thinks you are going too fast, too slow, or driving erratically when they seem to pay attention to the eighteen wheelers alongside them.
The trucking industry has long been a male-dominated environment, and although things are changing, it’s still predominantly men behind the wheel, in the corner office, and the shop. As women are drawn to the industry, they are often unprepared to deal with some of the issues they may face, specifically when it comes to coping with diversity challenges.
Many of the women who are seeking tuition funding from the Women In Trucking Scholarship Foundation cite negative reasons for getting a CDL. Often, they are survivors of domestic abuse, spousal harassment, or worse. Yet, when we offer them a scholarship, education doesn’t include topics to include needed coping skills.
Today the IRS has urged people to use electronic services in a new release (Issue Number: IR-2020-68) and announced that is it closing the Taxpayer Assistance Centers and stop processing paper returns etc. The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers and tax professionals to use electronic options to support social distancing and speed the processing of tax returns, refunds and payments.
To protect the public and employees, and in compliance with orders of local health authorities around the country, certain IRS services such as live assistance on telephones, processing paper tax returns and responding to correspondence are extremely limited or suspended until further notice. All Taxpayer Assistance Centers remain temporarily closed as are many volunteer tax preparation sites until further notice. This will not affect the IRS’s ability to deliver Economic Impact Payments, which taxpayers will begin receiving next week.
Electronic filing is the fastest way to get your returns processed by the IRS. For many owner operators and trucking businesses, 2290 tax reporting is crucial and IRS watermarked Schedule 1 proof is required to register the vehicle with the state authorities and to renew their permits. You don’t want to wait the whole day at a taxpayer assistance center to report 2290 taxes? then move on and choose efile for convenient and comfortable filing.
Remember IRS is encouraging every trucker and 2290 tax filer to choose eFile for faster and accurate filing, and also to receive back the IRS watermarked schedule 1 proof in minutes. Those days are long gone. Today 50% of the 2290 tax filers choose electronic filing, where IRS mandates efile for carriers reporting 25 or more trucks in a return.
Pro rated taxes are also due now for heavy motor trucks that is first used in October 2019 for the first time on a public highway since July 2019. November 30 is the due date and start with eFiling at http://Tax2290.com. ordering online in October or earlier, and they keep spending until after those post-holiday sales are over.
eFile allows you to spend time with your business fortune and we take care of your 2290 filing needs. There are four best practices to get ready and maximize the chance of obtaining IRS watermarked Schedule 1 proof in one go.