|Fleet Admins, Fleet Managers
IFTA is the cooperative agreement between 48 states in the U.S. and 10 provinces in Canada. It allows inter-jurisdictional carriers to report and pay taxes for the fuel their vehicles consume across states using a single fuel tax license.
Some points to remember for IFTA include:
- Constant GPS no-fix data normally can’t be retrieved for insufficient GPS information coming through intermittent GPS.
- Bad or inaccurate GPS data can result in missing jurisdictions.
- Wrong Fuel Purchase entries can be a result of abnormal fuel values.
4. Before submitting your quarterly report, check your mileage to ensure no data entry errors or inaccurate trip records.
5. When auditors process fuel taxes, they often come across these issues:
- Filing the IFTA report late or forgetting to report will lead to a penalty of $50.00 or ten percent of the net tax liability, whichever is greater, which will be assessed on late-filed returns and potentially result in an audit.
- Estimating fuel calculations
- Not reporting every mile, including personal or unloading miles
- Inaccurate miles per gallon (MPG), which is expected to fall between 5 to 10 MPG for trucks and remain relatively the same each reporting period
- If you can resolve these common fuel tax issues, you will be well-prepared for an IFTA audit.