IRS Form 2290 is due Aug. 31

August 24, 2018

Land Line Staff


Truck owners have one more week before IRS Form 2290 is due and they have to pay the $550 fee that goes with it.

The fee is the federal highway use tax for heavy vehicles. The current tax period for heavy vehicles began on July 1, and ends on June 30, 2019. The balance due shown on the Form 2290 must be paid in full by the due date of the return.

For trucks and other taxable vehicles in use during July, the Form 2290 and payment are due this year on Aug. 31. State governments are required to receive proof of payment of the federal heavy vehicle use tax as a condition of vehicle registration.

Fleets with 25 or more vehicles must pay online with the IRS. Smaller fleets still have the option of paying by mailed check or money order or online.

Remember, in most places you can no longer just drive to nearest IRS office to process your Form 2290. OOIDA Permit and Licensing Department Supervisor Crystal Minardi says it is extremely difficult to get timely appointments at the IRS. She said the lead time on appointments is so long that it’s difficult to get one before the fee is due.

Also remember, you must have an Employer Identification Number to e-file. You cannot use your Social Security number. 

If you are comfortable filing them yourself online, you can do so at That service charges a small processing charge.

“If you feel like you need help, OOIDA Permits and Licensing Department can assist members with filing the Form 2290 for a service fee,” Minardi said.

In general, the federal heavy vehicle use tax applies to trucks, truck tractors and buses with a gross taxable weight of 55,000 pounds or more.