Ohio IFTA Information
Ohio, also known as “The Buckeye State” is located in the Midwestern United States and is home to more than 11 million people. In regards to IFTA, Ohio requires you to submit an application to the Ohio Department of Taxation to receive your credentials. If you qualify but choose not to participate with the license you may purchase trip permits through member jurisdictions. Ohio currently does not charge any fees for IFTA permits or IFTA stickers.
State Requirements Ohio IFTA Licensing
The International Fuel Tax Agreement was created to simplify fuel use reporting by motor carriers. But, some of the rules and regulations can be somewhat confusing. To help you understand IFTA Ohio rules, based on state requirements, here is the basic information:
To determine if you need an IFTA Permit, the primary factor is as follows. If you travel interstate with a tractor, two-axle, or three-axle vehicle with a GVW greater than 26,000 pounds you will need an IFTA permit. You can find an IFTA license application and Ohio IFTA Fuel Tax Form here.
The Ohio IFTA tax works whenFuel taxes are paid at the pump, and then dispersed to each state according to the number of miles driven in each state.
In Ohio, there is an IFTA mile and a non-IFTA mile. Some states are non-IFTA jurisdictions. You will report all miles driven in these areas as “non-IFTA” miles. IFTA miles are calculated to two decimal places the overall fuel mileage for the quarter. For instance: total miles driven + total gallons purchased = overall fuel. You must do this for each state in which you travel that is an IFTA member.
Quarterly IFTA Due Dates
|Q1 January – March||April 30|
|Q2 April – June||July 31|
|Q3 July – September||October 31|
|Q4 October – December||January 31|
Renewing Your Ohio IFTA License
To renew your Ohio IFTA License there is a Ohio Department of Taxation Form that can be downloaded here. Fill it out the select the renew box. The penalties for missing a deadline can amount to 10% of the taxes you owe or $50; whichever is greater. In some cases, the IFTA license can be suspended.
You may be wondering if your vehicle qualifies for IFTA. Your vehicle qualifies if it travels between at least two IFTA jurisdictions and is used, designed, or maintained for transporting persons or property and has the following:
- If there are two or more axles with a gross weight exceeding 26,000 pounds
- Two or more axles and a gross registered weight exceeding 26,000 pounds
- Three or more axles regardless of weight
- A combination weight exceeding 26,000 pounds.
Base Jurisdiction is a word you will hear often, in conjunction with IFTA. What this means is the jurisdiction that the business and registrant is located. This is where you will measure the accured distance that the fleet (truck) makes and is also the place that all records are maintained. Essentially, it is your home base. Your base jurisdiction is determined by where your qualified motor vehicle is based for registration. It is also where your operational control and records are maintained and can be made available in the event of an audit.
Benefits of a Trucking Management Service
A Trucking Management System or TMS manages all aspects of the transportation business, from IFTA reports to driver records and more. You may still feel unsure about the IFTA regulations, but there is a way to ensure you stay compliant, report IFTA fuel taxes on time, and save money. A trucking management system organizes all your IFTA permits and stickers, reports, receipts, mileage, and all other aspects of your business.
You won’t have to worry about lost receipts, missed deadlines, or penalties. Other benefits include elimination of redundant data entry, streamlined accounting, DOT regulatory compliance, and more.
A trucking management service can help you keep pace with any recent changes in rules or regulations to ensure that you are always compliant.
More information about IFTA can be found online, or you can contact us at TruckingOffice.com. We will be happy to answer your questions and tell you more about our services.
If you have questions on the above information, or need help meeting IFTA Ohio requirements or gaining licensing, a Trucking Management Service may be helpful.
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