Any trucking company that hauls freight across state lines must comply with the International Fuel Tax Agreement or IFTA. The agreement lets states and Canadian provinces collect their share of fuel taxes based on the miles you drove in that territory. That means drivers need to keep trip sheets that record the miles they drove in each state or province, as well as a record of how much fuel was purchased.
IFTA fuel taxes are filed four times a year, and you must keep the record on file for four years. That includes those trip sheets and fuel receipts or tickets.
How to File IFTA Fuel Taxes
A lot of owner-operators and independent drivers spend a weekend every quarter to work on their IFTA fuel tax returns. You can get that weekend back by letting DAT Fleet Services handle the paperwork for you. This helps you to make sure that you’re not paying any more than you have to.
Three options for having DAT file your IFTA fuel taxes:
- Paper: Send your trip sheets, and DAT will audit them and take care of the rest
- Paperless: DAT can download data from your GPS or ELD system
- Do It Yourself: Enter the info online and generate reports
Filing IFTA reports with DAT also gives you access to a fuel optimization and routing module, which helps you plan more efficient routes, and to find the cheapest diesel on each route.
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