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IRS Grants Truckers A Tax Extension

The IRS recently changed the due date of the highway use tax. The federal highway use tax that truckers and owners of other heavy highway vehicles pay annually now has an extended deadline of three months. The payment, which is usually due in August, is due now on Nov. 30, the Internal Revenue Service announced on July 15.

The tax applies to trucks, tractors and buses that have a gross taxable weight of more than 55,000 pounds, the agency explains. It’s scheduled to expire on Sept. 30, and the three-month extension is designed to minimize confusion and multiple filings that are possible if Congress reinstates or modifies the tax, the IRS says.

By submitting proof that a vehicle had been purchased in the past 150 days, taxpayers who purchase or acquire a vehicle that is affected by the highway use tax can have it registered by the state without proof that the tax had been paid.

The new regulations apply to vehicles used in July, August and September, and returns should not be filed before Nov. 1. The tax of up to $550 per vehicle, depending on weight, saw 650,000 submissions last year, amounting to $886 million. 

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