Are There any Penalties If I Don’t File Form 2290 HVUT?

Hey, Truckers!! The Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) Form 2290 deadline is approaching on August 31st every year. What happens if you miss filing truck tax by the due date or if you do not file Form 2290 on time? If you do not file the HVUT Form 2290 before the deadline, then you may attract IRS penalties for the 2017-2018 financial years. 


What is IRS Form 2290?

Every active trucker on the road needs to E-file IRS 2290 Form. Heavy vehicle operators/Owners with 55,000 lbs or more gross recipients to use public highways must e-file Form 2290, the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT). As they use the public highway roads for their transportation and this tax amount would be used for the maintenance of the roads. It is believed that the usage of the highway roads by heavy vehicles along with heavy loads could cause damage to the roads.

Penalties for Not/Late Filing IRS HVUT Form 2290

The IRS, FHWA, State, and local agents work together to spot and address HVUT evasions.

When you fail to pay the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) by the given due date of August, the penalty is 4.5% of the total HVUT tax which is on due and this is assessed every month for up to 5 months. You must also face the additional monthly penalty, which is equal to 0.5% of the total tax due. Excluding these charges, there are additional interest charges that are applied as well.

For instance, if you owe $ 500 to the IRS and failed to file the tax amount for 5 months. Then, the penalty amount would mount to its maximum by summing all the penalties and interest. After the IRS calculates the penalties along with the tax amount, you owe comes up to $ 638.5, which is a huge amount when compared to the actual tax amount.

In addition to the federal monetary penalties, registration of your vehicles will also be suspended when proof of HVUT payment is not provided. To say about the worst part, along with the fines, you need to face imprisonment in cases of guilt.

In order to get a clear picture of the penalties and the Interests of the IRS just check out the below table for reference.



IRS Penalties  & Interests


When the tax filer fails to pay the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) by the deadline

The penalty is 4.5% of the total HVUT tax, which is due, monthly for up to 5 months.


If the tax filer does not file the tax on time and fails to pay the tax due.

1)      An additional monthly penalty of 0.5% of the total tax due.

2)      Additional interest charges of 0.54% per month accrue as well.

Just remember that the penalties and the interests are always heavier than the actual pay. So why pay more and trouble ourselves, better pay the tax amount that you owe on time to avoid these extra troubles and unnecessary confusion.

Truck Tax Form 2290 Due Date/Deadline

The due date to pay the Truck taxes for the financial year 2017-18 is August 31st, 2017. So ensure that you file the Form 2290 on time and pay the due to the IRS. To e-file, your IRS 2290 Form just sign in at Tax2efile.

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