Instructions to file Form 2290

To file Form 2290 the below information are mandatory

  1. Employer Identification Number (EIN). You must have an EIN to file Form 2290. You can’t use your social security number.
  2. The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
  3. The taxable gross weight of each vehicle that determine its category.

Employer Identification Number (EIN)

Enter a valid Employer identification number (EIN). Employer Identification Number is a unique documentation number that is allotted to a business entity so that it can easily be identified by the Internal Revenue service (IRS). If you don’t have EIN apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) it is a free service offered by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). EIN application is the preferred method for customers to apply by phone, online, fax, or by mail

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

Enter the valid Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). VIN is a unique 17 digit long alpha-numeric number which is used to identify the vehicle and to report form 2290 heavy vehicle used taxes with the IRS for tax purposes. The VIN of your vehicle can be obtained from the registration, title, or actual vehicle.

Taxable Gross Weight

Select the proper taxable gross weight of the vehicle. The taxable gross weight of a vehicle (other than a bus) is the total of:

  1. The actual unloaded weight of the vehicle fully equipped for service,
  2. The actual unloaded weight of any trailers or semitrailers fully equipped for service customarily used in combination with the vehicle, and
  3. The weight of the maximum load customarily carried on the vehicle and on any trailers or semitrailers customarily used in combination with the vehicle.

Final return

If you no longer have vehicles to report, file a final return. Check the Final Return check box and submit your form. Remember to check through the entered details before hitting submit.

Amended return

Select the Amended Return box only if you have VIN correction or reporting additional tax from an increase in taxable gross vehicle weight or suspended vehicles exceeding the mileage use limit or don’t check the box for any other reason.

  • VIN Correction - Check the VIN Correction box if you are correcting a VIN listed on a previously filed Schedule 1. List the corrected VIN(s) on Schedule 1. Be sure to use the Form 2290 for the tax period you are correcting. Attach a statement with an explanation for the VIN.
  • Gross Weight Increase - Check the Gross Weight Increase box if the taxable gross weight of a vehicle increases during the period and the vehicle falls in a new category.
  • Mileage Exceeded – Check Mileage Exceeded box if your vehicle crosses the mileage limit during the tax year.