Montana IFTA Information
Located in the Western United States is Montana, also known as the “Treasure State.” Regarding IFTA, to obtain a license you must submit an application to the Motor Carrier Services with all the required documents. Montana does not charge a fee for the application or your decals.
State Requirements Montana IFTA Licensing
If you’re thinking about becoming a professional driver, there are some things you will need to know about the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) and how it benefits truckers. The IFTA implements uniform fuel use taxation among 48 U.S. member jurisdictions and 10 Canadian provinces. The following requirements must be met to qualify for an IFTA Montana license:
- Your business is based in Montana, and all operational controls and records are maintained and can be made available in the state.
- You operate a qualified motor vehicle and accrue miles in Montana and in at least one or more member jurisdictions.
- A qualified vehicle is one that is designed, maintained, and used for transporting of persons or property; has two axles and a GVW or registered GVW of more than 26,000 pounds, or has three or more axles regardless of weight, or has a combination GVW or registered GVW over 26,000 pounds.
Before the IFTA was created, truckers were required to display IFTA stickers for each state on their route and pay taxes individually to those states. The current process saves valuable time and can reduce administrative costs.
For IFTA licensees, the new method for reporting fuel use taxes is simple. You’ll only need to file one tax return each quarter with your base jurisdiction. Also, only one IFTA license is required for operating through all member jurisdictions.
The IFTA quarterly due dates are as follows
Quarterly IFTA Due Dates
|Q1 January – March||April 30|
|Q2 April – June||July 31|
|Q3 July – September||October 31|
|Q4 October – December||January 31|
It’s vital that you file before the deadlines to avoid penalties of 10% of the amount owed, or $50, whichever is greater. Delinquent payments can also interfere with the renewal of your license.
Renewing Your Montana IFTA License
Montana IFTA permits are issued for one year, expiring on December 31st. It’s best to file for renewal before November 30th to avoid delays. However, in the event of an unexpected delay, you have a grace period that extends through February to display renewed IFTA decals. The grace period only applies if you have submitted your renewal application on time.
You will receive a license and two decals. The IFTA decal must be permanently affixed to the outside of the cab, one on each side. If the decals are lost, stolen, or destroyed, you may apply for replacement IFTA decals at an additional cost.
How TruckingOffice Can Help
If you’re new to the trucking industry and want help keeping up with the IFTA rules and deadlines, TruckingOffice can be your solution. Our program uses the latest technology to manage all aspects of your business, keeping all of your information in one place. We are helping hundreds of professional drivers save time and increase profits. You won’t have to worry about missing IFTA due dates, and we will track your invoices, fuel purchases, fuel use, dispatches, vehicle maintenance, and more. We track everything you need for IFTA including miles by state and fuel gallons by state. Your miles are calculated automatically using PC*Miler.
Our program also allows drivers to access their information anytime from any computer. Find out more about how we can help you get organized and save time and money. Call and speak to one of our representatives today.
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