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Truckers: Highway Use Tax Return Due Friday

Taxpayers must e-file before 1 p.m. on Aug. 31 because of IRS facility maintenance over the Labor Day weekend.

Federal highway use tax returns are due for truckers and other heavy highway vehicles on Friday, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

A release from the IRS said that the "deadline generally applies to Form 2290 and the accompanying tax payment for the tax year that begins on July 1, 2012, and ends on June 30, 2013. Returns must be filed and tax payments made by Aug. 31 for vehicles used on the road during July."

Because of the Labor Day holiday weekend, the IRS said that e-filing of Form 2290 must be done before 1 p.m. on Friday. For mailed forms, the deadline remains the same: mail must be postmarked by midnight on Aug. 31, said the IRS. 

"The deadline generally applies to Form 2290 and the accompanying tax payment for the tax year that begins on July 1, 2012, and ends on June 30, 2013. Returns must be filed and tax payments made by Aug. 31 for vehicles used on the road during July," according to an IRS release. "For vehicles first used after July, the deadline is the last day of the month following the month of first use. This means that the temporary Nov. 30 deadline that generally applied in 2011 will not apply this year." 

The IRS said that "the highway use tax applies to highway motor vehicles with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more, which generally includes trucks, truck tractors, and buses." 

Taxpayers can file Form 2290 on paper, but the IRS offers an electronic version. The IRS said in a release that taxpayers reporting 25 or more vehicles must e-file. A list of IRS-approved software providers can be found on IRS.gov.

For more information on the federal highway use tax, visit www.irs.gov/truckers. Read the full release from the IRS here. 

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