Alabama IFTA Information
Alabama, otherwise known as the “Yellowhammer state” and the “Cotton state” is home to roughly 4.8 million people. Like most states, Alabama requires you to have an IFTA license if you are a qualified motor vehicle. Currently there is a $17 fee for each set of decals, one set is needed for each qualified vehicle.
State Requirements Alabama IFTA Licensing
Whether you are new to the trucking industry or have been driving for years, you will have questions about the International Fuel Tax Agreement requirements (IFTA). Although the IFTA was designed to simplify the process of reporting quarterly fuel taxes, some of the stipulations can be confusing. For that reason, we provide the following information to help you gain a better understanding of the overall process of IFTA Alabama licensing and reporting.
Under the IFTA, the quarterly fuel use tax return is filed with the base jurisdiction. The return must be filed quarterly to report miles traveled, fuel purchased, and the taxes or credits due in each jurisdiction. Alabama is your base jurisdiction if your qualified motor vehicle(s) is based and registered in the IFTA member state of Alabama and operates in two or more member jurisdictions. Your base jurisdiction is responsible for the administration and collection of your fuel use taxes.
To get your IFTA stickers and IFTA permit, you must submit an Alabama IFTA License Application (MV: IFTA-1). When filing your quarterly fuel use tax reports, you can find the Alabama IFTA Fuel Tax Form here.
If you’re wondering about exemptions, you’ll find that there are several jurisdictions that are considered “non-IFTA” miles. Also, some states allow exceptions for specific types of fuel, where you drove or bought fuel, and certain vehicles. You can find the information listed by state here. After filing, you will receive IFTA stickers and IFTA permits via mail.
Renewing Your Alabama IFTA License
In the state of Alabama, your IFTA license is issued for one year, from January 1st to December 31st. Licenses that are renewed before December 31st many continue to operate with the previous year’s decals through January and February. This grace period allows time to display renewal decals on all qualified vehicles in the fleet.
The state also requires that a photocopy of the original license be placed in each qualified vehicle. If a vehicle is operating without an IFTA license aboard, the operator is subject to a citation or court fines.
An IFTA license can be revoked for the following reasons:
- Failure to file quarterly IFTA fuel use tax returns.
- Failure to pay taxes due all jurisdictions.
- Failure to protest or pay an audit assessment.
- Revocation of the IRP license.
If you have questions about renewing your license or about meeting IFTA Alabama requirements, a Trucking Management Service can provide the answers you seek.
Why You Need a Trucking Management Service
Knowing how to manage a trucking business involves more than being a great trucker. The paperwork alone can use up far too much of your valuable time. The best way to stay organized and maintain compliance is with the expertise of a professional trucking management service. All aspects of your business, such as renewing IFTA stickers and IFTA permits and managing dispatches, expenses, and invoices, can all be handled all in one place. Also, you’ll never be late filing IFTA reports and taxes. A trucking management service tracks the miles driven by state and even helps you keep your logbook in order!
Learn more about how to save time, meet deadlines, and increase profits, by contacting us at TruckingOffice. We make filing your quarterly IFTA easy by keeping all of your information in one place. We track everything you need for IFTA including miles by state and fuel gallons by state. Your miles are calculated automatically using PC*Miler. One of our representatives is available to answer your questions about IFTA and tell you more about the services we offer.
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