Maine IFTA Information
At the most Northeastern part of the United States is Maine, also known as “The Pine Tree State” with a little over a million in population. In Maine to obtain an IFTA license you need to complete an application to be sent into The Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Currently there is no charge for a license, however there is a $5 fee per set of decals. You must have one set for each qualified vehicle operating in IFTA jurisdictions.
State Requirements Maine IFTA Licensing
The International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) was created to streamline fuel use tax reporting and disbursement. Members of the IFTA include all 48 contiguous states in the U.S. as well as 10 Canadian provinces. You can file an IFTA license application online or print the form and submit it by mail. There are a number of qualifications you must meet in order to obtain an IFTA license.
Maine is your base jurisdiction if you meet the following IFTA Maine requirements:
- Operational control and records are maintained in or made available to the state of Maine.
- You have an established a motor carrier business in the state.
- Qualified motor vehicles travel in the state of Maine and at least one other IFTA member jurisdiction.
Before applying for an IFTA license, you must determine whether your vehicle(s) qualify. A qualified motor vehicle is one that is designed, used, and maintained for transporting persons or property and:
- Has two axles and a GVW or registered GVW exceeding 26,000 pounds
- Has three or more axles and a GVW that exceeds 26,000 pounds
- Has combined gross weight exceeding 26,000 pounds.
Motor vehicle operators are required to keep records of all fuel purchased and used in each jurisdiction on their route. These records are used when filing IFTA quarterly fuel use taxes. The IFTA rules stipulate that quarterly fuel use taxes be submitted according to the following schedule:
Quarterly IFTA Due Dates
|Q1 January – March||April 30|
|Q2 April – June||July 31|
|Q3 July – September||October 31|
|Q4 October – December||January 31|
Failure to file by the due date can incur a penalty of 10% of the amount owed in each jurisdiction, or $50, whichever is greater. Non-compliance can also interfere with renewing your IFTA license.
IFTA Sticker Renewal in Maine
A Maine IFTA license is issued for one year from January 1st through December 31st. To qualify for a renewal, you must be in compliance with all IFTA quarterly fuel use taxes. A copy of current IFTA permits must be carried in each qualified vehicle. Also, a valid IFTA decal must be displayed on each side of the cab(s). Maine IFTA Licensing provides an IFTA sticker grace period which allows you until the end of February to display the renewed permits and decals. You should submit renewals before November 30th to avoid missing the grace period deadline and end up paying penalties.
How TruckingOffice Can Help
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