How Do You File for IFTA Fuel Taxes?


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To file taxes under the International Fuel Trade Agreement, a driver fills out a fuel tax return and sends it to the IFTA office in his base jurisdiction each quarter, states Foley Carrier Services. A driver must first register and get an IFTA license to file the tax return.

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How Do You File for IFTA Fuel Taxes?
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The International Fuel Trade Agreement is an agreement between the contiguous 48 states of the United States and 10 Canadian provinces to cooperate in the collection and distribution of fuel taxes, explains Foley Carrier Services. A driver's base jurisdiction is the state or province in which he travels, registers his qualified motor vehicles, and keeps records of his operation. The base jurisdiction collects the fuel taxes and distributes them to other states and provinces. Even if a driver doesn't travel outside of his base jurisdiction, he still must file a fuel tax return with his IFTA office each quarter.

Qualified motor vehicles either have three axles, have two axles and weigh over 26,000 pounds, or have a combined total weight over 26,000 pounds when operated, according to Foley Carrier Services. A driver must keep his IFTA license with his vehicle and must renew his license annually. He also must display IFTA decals on both sides of his vehicle's cab.

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