How to E-File Form 2290

E-File Form 2290 Online and Instantly Receive Your Stamped Schedule 1

  • Quick and Secure Filing Process
  • Get Email / Text Updates about Filing Status
  • Receive Schedule 1 through Email / Fax / Postal Mail

Here's how you e-file your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290 online:

  • Step 1: Log in or create a free account with us—it only takes a few minutes!
  • Step 2: Enter your trucking and business details, from your EIN to your VIN.
  • Step 3: After we verify your information, the next step is to transmit your HVUT Form 2290 to the IRS.
  • Step 4: In less than 15 minutes, you'll know your filing status! Once the IRS accepts your 2290, you'll receive your stamped Schedule 1 via email.
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What are the benefits of e-filing tax Form 2290?

There’s a huge difference between paper filing and e-filing.

If you are paper filing, you have to head to the nearest IRS office to file your HVUT Form 2290 in person. Waiting around at a government office is no fun. With the long lines and slow verification process, you could be there for hours before you’re able to complete your filing.

When you e-file, you can conveniently file Form 2290 from wherever you are, completing your filing in just a few minutes! Filing Form 2290 online will reduce your wait time for filing, as well as the time it takes to receive your stamped schedule 1.

ExpressTruckTax is one of the leading 2290 e-file providers, with a safe and secure interface to file your 2290 online. You can file your 2290 from any device, and your schedule 1 is sent to your registered email account within minutes!

What are the advantages of E-Filing Form 2290 with ExpressTruckTax?

Quick & Secure Filing

Quick & Secure Filing

It only takes a few steps to e-file your Form 2990. Just answer a few basic questions about your truck and receive your stamped schedule 1 within minutes. Because we are an IRS-authorized e-file provider, you can trust that all of your information is kept safe and secure.

Free VIN Correction

Free VIN Correction

Reported your Form 2290 with the wrong VIN? You can always come back and file a 2290 amendment to correct your VIN - for free!

Form 2290 Amendments

Form 2290 Amendments

ExpressTruckTax makes it easy for you to file your 2290 amendments with the IRS. Just follow the same simple steps and report the correct information on your HVUT.

Re-transmit 2290 for Free

Re-transmit 2290 for Free

If your Form 2290 is rejected due to errors, you can fix the errors and re-transmit the return for free.

Form 8849

Form 8849

Requesting a HVUT refund is easily done with ExpressTruckTax. File your Form 8849 (Schedule 6) and instantly claim a refund from the IRS.

Record Keeping

Record Keeping

Lost your schedule 1? Simply sign into your ExpressTruckTax account anywhere, anytime and download a copy. We keep all your data for up to 7 years.

Retrieve Vehicle Information

Retrieve Vehicle Information

Never deal with the hassle of entering vehicle information every time you file 2290. All your vehicle information will be stored in Truck Zone. Simply import vehicles from TruckZone and file your 2290.

Bulk Upload Template

Bulk Upload Template

With our bulk upload template, filers who have multiple vehicles can reduce the time it takes to add their vehicle information. Simply download our template, add the vehicle information, then upload it back to our system.

Bulk Upload Template

Save 10% with Prepaid Credits

Purchase prepaid credits with the Wallet System and you can receive a 10% or more discount on your 2290 filing fees. These credits will never expire and will be stored in your ExpressTruckTax Wallet.

100% U.S Based Customer Support located in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

If you get stuck while e-filing, our dedicated support team will be here to answer your questions. Best of all, we have both English & Spanish customer support professionals who will provide you with unlimited support via email, chat, or phone.

Simply email your questions to, or call us at 704.234.6005.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is IRS Form 2290?

Form 2290 is the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Return. It is the form used to figure out and pay the tax due on motor vehicles operating on public highways with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more. The taxation period runs from July 1st to June 30th of the following year and is due by August 31st. However, for first used vehicles your HVUT is due the last day of the month following the first used month. For example, if you first use a new vehicle in April then your 2290 is due by May 31st.

Anyone who is filing a return for 25 or more vehicles is required to file electronically.

The electronic version of IRS Form 2290 will improve excise tax processing, expedite refunds, save personal resources (e.g., time & postage), and reduce preparation and processing errors. Your 2290 Schedule 1 will be available almost immediately (once your return is accepted by the IRS).

E-file online with ExpressTruckTax to put an end to waiting for your form to come in the mail or standing in long lines at the IRS office!

All you will need to do is:

  • Create your FREE account with ExpressTruckTax
  • Enter your basic business details
  • Enter your EIN (Employer Identification Number)
  • Enter your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)
  • Enter the gross weight of your vehicle (Combined gross weight)
  • Choose your IRS payment method
  • Transmit your information to the IRS
  • Receive your stamped Schedule 1

Once you have transmitted your return to the IRS, and it is accepted, you will receive your stamped Schedule 1 in minutes! It's that simple.

What is Heavy Vehicle Use Tax?

The Heavy Vehicle Use Tax is paid by Form 2290 annually for heavy vehicles operating on public highways with registered gross weights equal to or exceeding 55,000 pounds.

How do you determine the gross taxable weight of a vehicle? It’s simple, just add the following:

  • The actual unloaded tare weight of the vehicle fully equipped for service.
  • The actual unloaded weight of any trailers or semitrailers fully equipped for service customarily used in combination with the vehicle, and
  • The weight of the maximum load customarily carried on the vehicle and on any trailers or semitrailers customarily used in combination with the vehicle.
  • For buses, the taxable gross weight is its actual unloaded weight fully equipped for service, plus 150 pounds for each seat provided for passengers and the driver.

How Are HVUT Form 2290 taxes calculated?

The tax year for Form 2290 starts in July of each year and ends on June 30 of the following year. If the gross taxable weight is between 55,000 to 75,000 pounds, the HVUT is $100, plus $22 per 1,000 pounds over 55,000 pounds. For over 75,000-pound vehicles, the maximum HVUT is $550 per year. The taxes are lower for logging vehicles—vehicles primarily used for exclusive transport of products harvested from the forest and that are registered with a state agency as such.

The table below shows the taxes for logging and regular trucks:

Taxable Gross Weight Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Rate Logging Vehicle Rate
Below 55,000 lbs No Tax No Tax
55,000 to 75,000 lbs $100 plus $22 per 1000 lbs over 55,000 lbs $75 plus $16.5 per 1000 lbs over 55,000 lbs
Over 75,000 lbs $550 $412.50

For any vehicles placed into service after July, the taxes are prorated.

Are there any HVUT exemptions?

There are a number of groups that receive exemptions from the HVUT, including:

  • The Federal Government
  • State or local governments, including the District of Columbia
  • The American Red Cross
  • Nonprofit volunteer fire departments, ambulance associations, or rescue squads
  • Indian tribal governments (for vehicles used in essential tribal government functions)
  • Mass transportation authorities

There are also a number of vehicles exempted from the HVUT:

  • Vehicles not considered highway motor vehicles - e.g., mobile machinery for non-transportation functions, vehicles specifically designed for off-highway transportation, non-transportation trailers, and semi-trailers
  • Qualified blood collector vehicles used by qualified blood collecting organizations
  • Mobile machinery that is used for non-transportation purposes

Exempt carriers may be required to file tax forms with the IRS or notify the local department of motor vehicles (DMV) of the exempt status being claimed.

There are other vehicles that are exempt based on the number of miles it is driven:

  • Commercial vehicles traveling fewer than 5,000 miles annually
  • Agriculture vehicles traveling fewer than 7,500 miles annually

The vehicles above are called Suspended Vehicles but must be reported to the IRS.

Why do I have to pay an HVUT?

The HVUT is a significant source of transportation funding in the U.S. In 2006 the HVUT generated more than $1.4 billion in Federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF) revenue.

The Federal HTF protects the nation's investment in our transportation infrastructure. In 2007 Federal HTF receipts topped $39.9 billion, with $34.9 billion dedicated to the HTF's Highway Account. The Federal HTF finances a broad spectrum of transportation investments, including:

  • Highway improvements (e.g., land acquisition and other right-of-way costs, preliminary and construction engineering, construction and reconstruction, resurfacing and restoration costs of roadways and bridges)
  • Highway and bridge maintenance
  • Highway law enforcement
  • Safety programs (e.g., driver education and training, vehicle inspection programs, enforcement of vehicle size, and weight limits)
  • Congestion relief projects
  • Debt service
  • Administrative costs (e.g., research, engineering)

Investing in our nation's highway infrastructure helps:

  • Save lives, time, and money
  • Reduce the number and severity of crashes for all kinds of vehicles
  • Enhance the ability of the entire community of emergency responders
  • Lower fuel and insurance costs
  • Increase mobility
  • Ease congestion
  • Decrease energy consumption
  • Boost air quality
  • Improve the transportation of goods
  • Raise business productivity
  • Strengthen the nation's economic productivity

Since the vast majority of all funds contributed by states to the Federal HTF are returned through highway fund apportionments, there is a direct incentive for state agencies to take necessary actions to enhance HVUT compliance.

Form 2290 or the 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. Your Schedule 1 will be available almost immediately (once your return is accepted by the IRS) through - 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 to file Form 2290 online with an IRS authorized e-file provider.

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