Florida IFTA Information

“Feast of Flowers” or Florida in Spanish is the 4th most populous state in the U.S. and is home to more than 19 million people. In Florida, if you are qualified for IFTA you can choose to apply for a license or purchase fuel trip permits to travel into or through the state. The temporary fuel permit costs $45. Florida decals are updated annually for $4.

State IFTA Requirements for Florida Licensing

 

Understanding the IFTA rules and regulations can be a challenge when filing a Florida IFTA license application. We offer the following information to help clear up some of the main components.

According to flhsmv.gov, Florida is your base jurisdiction if you meet the following requirements:

  • Motor carrier operations are performed from an established place of business in Florida.
  • You maintain and can make available the operational control and records for qualified motor vehicles in Florida.
  • You have qualified motor vehicles that travel on Florida highways and are based in Florida.
  • You operated in at least one other IFTA jurisdiction.

 

Base State IFTA Requirements

 

A qualified motor vehicle is one that is used, designed, or maintained for the transportation of persons or property, and:

  • Has two (2) axles and a gross vehicle weight or registered gross weight of more than 26,000 pounds.
  • Has three (3) or more axles regardless of weight.
  • When used in combination, the weight exceeds 26,000 pounds.

Vehicles that are exempt from registration under the IFTA include (1) recreational vehicles not used in any business endeavors, and (2) government-owned vehicles. After filing or renewal, IFTA will send you IFTA stickers and IFTA permits via mail. 

 

Renewing Your IFTA License

 

This is a summary of the guidelines for renewing your Florida IFTA license.  (More detailed information is available on flhsmv.gov.):

  1. All outstanding taxes and penalties must be paid.  You cannot process delinquent tax returns at the walk-in counter.
  2. Your 3rd quarter tax return has been filed and payments made.
  3. If you don’t have a Florida IRP account, you must have IFTA qualified vehicles registered in the state.
  4. Florida can limit the number of IFTA decals issued on your account.  Additional documentation may be required to support the number of decals you can receive.
  5. Your license will not be renewed if you have filed IFTA tax returns indicating “no operations” or “Florida miles only” for 3 or more consecutive quarters.
  6. You must maintain detailed records of mileage and individual fuel purchases that support the mileage and tax paid purchases shown on your quarterly IFTA tax return.

 

Quarterly IFTA Due Dates

Q1 January – March April 30
Q2 April – June July 31
Q3 July – September October 31
Q4 October – December January 31

 

Should You Use a Trucking Management System?

 

A trucking management system makes it easy for you to file IFTA tax returns, process payments, order IFTA decals, and manage the different aspects of your business.  It simplifies your recordkeeping and helps meet your tax filing obligations. You’ll save time, stay compliant, pay only what you owe, and manage all your dispatches and expenses.  Taking control of these time-consuming tasks will result in improved profits. Also, all of your information is secure and available to you anytime. No more lost receipts and no more late payments.  

If you are tired of all the paperwork and confusion about rules and regulations, a trucking management team can make your life much easier and may even increase your profits.  We track everything you need for IFTA including miles by state and fuel gallons by state. Your miles are calculated automatically using PC*Miler. Contact us today if you would like more information about IFTA fuel tax forms or other IFTA forms or requirements. At TruckingOffice, we are your one-stop shop for all your IFTA reporting needs.  We can help you get organized and save time and money. Start filing your IFTA the easy way today!

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