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Form 2290 Instructions

Every year, truckers and vehicle owners must pay a federal tax on their heavy highway vehicles. This tax is referred to as a heavy vehicle use tax, and it is administered by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The tax must be paid by filing Form 2290 - the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Return. If you are a trucker or vehicle owner who needs to file Form 2290, then here’s what you need to know

Before You Begin

Before you start your 2290 filing, make sure you have all the necessary information. This includes:

  1. Your Employer Identification Number (EIN). You will also need the EINs of any business entities that own, lease, or register a heavy highway motor vehicle with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more.
  2. The Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) for each vehicle that you need to file for.
  3. The total taxable gross weight of each vehicle.
  4. A valid U.S. postal address, street address, or foreign address.
  5. A valid email address and phone number.

Filing Form 2290

Once you have all the necessary information, you’re ready to begin filing your 2290 form. Here are the steps:

  1. Gather Your Materials: Gather the documents listed above and make sure you have them handy before beginning the filing process.
  2. Go to IRS E-File for Businesses: Visit and select “File Form 2290 Now” to get started.
  3. Create an IRS e-file Account: If this is your first time filing a form with the IRS, you will need to register for an e-file account by providing your contact information.
  4. Enter Your Vehicle Information: Enter the VINs and other information for each vehicle that you need to file for on the Form 2290 e-file screen.
  5. Complete Payment: Pay the amount due and select a payment method on the Form 2290 e-file screen.
  6. Submit Your Return: Once your payment has been processed, submit your return electronically by submitting your 2290 form through your e-file account or through an authorized partner like
  7. Print Your Stamped Schedule 1: Once your return has been accepted, print or save your Stamped Schedule 1 for your records and for proof of payment for registration purposes if needed.

That’s it! Following these instructions will help ensure that you file Form 2290 correctly and on time so that you can stay compliant with federal regulations and avoid paying any penalties or incurring any interest charges from the IRS.

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