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September 9, 2014

Lawsuit Against New York Truck Taxes Given Class Action Status

The case was filed nearly a year ago by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and four of its members against the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.

April 16, 2014

Carrier Sues Illinois Over Rolling Stock Tax Exemption

A trucking company has filed a lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Revenue over it disallowing the states rolling stock sales tax exemption on one of its pieces of equipment.

April 3, 2014

Alabama Legislature Votes to Shift to Point-of-Sale Tax on CNG, LNG

Alabama senators Thursday approved legislation to change the way motor fuel road taxes are collected on natural gas sold in the state, which supporters say will help expand the market for alternative fuels.

March 31, 2014

Ohio Supreme Court Rejects Local Income Tax on Trucking

Motor carriers operating in Ohio can breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to taxes following a March 19 ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court.

March 24, 2014

Alabama Considers Tax Reforms on CNG, LNG Sold in State

Commercial vehicle drivers and motorists fueling with natural gas in Alabama could ultimately start paying motor fuel road taxes at the pump rather than by buying an annual decal.

March 17, 2014

Taking the Infrastructure Message to the Streets

As the federal government struggles to figure out how to fund the nation's infrastructure, states are increasingly taking matters into their own hands. One group in Iowa is pushing state legislators to act.

March 6, 2014

Tax Committees Debate Highway Funding as Money is Running Out

Ideas for infusions into the Highway Trust Fund got conflicting receptions before congressional tax committees this week, as Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden said he's looking for solutions while Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp expressed concerns about the Obama administration's proposal.

February 10, 2014

IRS Going After Late HVUT Payments

A break the IRS gave to trucking over the filing of the heavy vehicle use tax more than two years ago is coming back to haunt some people.

February 5, 2014

FET Exemption for Glider-Kitted Trucks Might End, IRS Indicates

Exemption from the 12% FET is a major benefit of buying gliders instead of new trucks, but new IRS thinking would take away that break.

December 4, 2013

Fuel Tax Hike Proposal Draws Broad Support

Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s bid to raise federal fuel taxes to pay for more investment in roads and bridges drew strong support from a wide range of interests, including American Trucking Associations.

December 3, 2013

Blumenauer to Propose Diesel and Gasoline Tax Hikes

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., will introduce bills to raise federal fuel taxes, index them to inflation and test a vehicle-mile tax. The proposals, which Blumenauer is scheduled to discuss on Capitol Hill Wednesday, come as Congress begins to consider ways to revive funding for U.S. roads and bridges.

October 28, 2013

Tax Reform Effort Could Include Infrastructure Funding

Two congressional leaders who have been working on tax reform for the past couple of years are getting closer to drafting proposals that could include renewed commitment to highway funding.

October 14, 2013

House Freight Panel Takes on the Most Difficult Issue: Funding

The House panel studying freight transportation saved the toughest for last: how to pay for it. It was a sign of the enduring paralysis over funding that the panel had Jack Schenendorf and Robert Atkinson as witnesses in its final hearing last week.

October 14, 2013

OOIDA Files Lawsuit Against New York Over Highway Taxes

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed a class action lawsuit on Oct. 8 against the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance challenging the constitutionality of certain highway taxes for all trucks using its state highways.

September 19, 2013

Truckers Supposedly Aware of Biodiesel Scheme, Six Indicted

Truck drivers supposedly knew of an alleged fuel scheme involving fraud in biofuels was going on but may not have said a word.

September 13, 2013

Lawmakers, Industry Press for No FET Hikes on Trucks

Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House to discourage any increase in the 12% Federal Excise Tax on the purchase of heavy-duty trucks and trailers, a measure that has been discussed as one way to raise more money for highways.

August 26, 2013

Reminder: Highway Use Tax Return Due Sept. 3

The Internal Revenue Service is reminding owners of heavy highway vehicles that in most cases, their next federal highway use tax return is due on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

July 10, 2013

Court Strikes Down Diesel Tax on Railroads

Railroads have gotten a break in Alabama when it comes to competing with trucking, thanks to a court ruling regarding diesel fuel tax purchases.

May 24, 2013

Bill Would Reduce Tax Burden on LNG Users

New bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Congress would change the way liquified natural gas is taxed as a transportation fuel, making it more equal to the diesel fuel tax by using diesel-gallon equivalents as a measure.

May 6, 2013

What To Do If The IRS Comes Knocking

April 15 has come and gone, so you can breathe easy for another year -- that is, unless the IRS decides to audit you and become a major pain in your life. Here's how to handle it if they do.

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