No. The number of axles on the power unit is the determining factor, and the number of axles of a trailing unit has no bearing on the determination.
If a vehicle meets the definition of "qualified motor vehicle" by weight when pulling a trailing unit, but does not when operated alone, it is considered a qualified motor vehicle – regardless of whether it is pulling a trailing unit. However, enforcement personnel cannot require that a decal or IFTA license be displayed when the vehicle does not meet the definition. For example, if a mobile home toter is operating through a member jurisdiction, is not pulling a trailing unit and otherwise does not meet the definition of qualified motor vehicle, it's possible that the vehicle has never been qualified for IFTA. Therefore, enforcement personnel cannot cite the driver for failure to display IFTA credentials. Owners of these vehicles may choose a fuel trip permit if they only occasionally travel interstate.
Yes. If the vehicle, when traveling in combination, meets the IFTA weight requirement, it is considered a qualified motor vehicle (combination means both the two-axle vehicle and the trailing unit). As such, proper IFTA credentials or a fuel trip permit will be required for interstate travel. If the pickup is licensed under IFTA, all operations (including those when the pickup is not used in combination) must be reported for the license year.
If the lease is for a period of 30 days or more, the parties may stipulate which party (the lessor or the lessee) will report and pay the fuel tax. If the lease is for a period of less than 30 days, the lessor will report and pay the fuel tax unless the lease contract designates the lessee as the responsible party and the lessor has a copy of the lessee's valid IFTA license.
A farmer whose operations and vehicles meet the IFTA requirements for licensing should either obtain an IFTA license or purchase fuel trip permits. However, some jurisdictions rule that fuel used by motor vehicles in farming operations is tax exempt. If this is the case of the jurisdiction in which the farmer is based, but is not the case in another member jurisdiction in which the farmer travels, the farmer should license under IFTA. While the operations for the base jurisdiction are exempt from taxation, the farmer will use the IFTA tax return to report and pay taxes to other jurisdictions in which he travels.
Yes, a carrier that has fleets of qualified motor vehicles registered throughout member jurisdictions can be licensed under IFTA in each one. However, if all qualified motor vehicles are owned by the same company operating under the same federal employer identification number (FEIN) and one jurisdiction revokes the carrier's IFTA license, then all IFTA licenses the carrier holds are revoked until cleared.
If a licensee is registered in more than one jurisdiction, it can reduce the number of jurisdiction registrations to one state. However, each affected jurisdiction must approve the consolidation.
No. IFTA licensing is not based on miles traveled in jurisdictions. A carrier based in an IFTA member jurisdiction and traveling to at least one other jurisdiction is required to
Note – a round trip through Texas constitutes two separate entries, even when the round trip is completed within 20 days. For example, a trip originating in Arkansas, traveling through Texas to New Mexico, and then the return trip to Arkansas would require the purchase of two Texas trip permits.
Some jurisdictions require the licensee to submit a renewal application, but Texas-based carriers that are eligible for license renewal will automatically be issued a current year license and decals. The Comptroller's office may deny a license renewal if a carrier
No, bonds are generally not required from first-time IFTA license applicants.
If Texas is the base jurisdiction, the Comptroller's office may require a bond if a licensee fails to file returns or remit tax due on time. It may also be required if, during an audit of an IFTA licensee, severe problems are indicated and member jurisdictions' interests must be protected.
Two, one on each exterior side of the cab.
No, IFTA decals cannot be faxed.
No. The credentials issued by a licensee's base jurisdiction allow that licensee to travel through all member jurisdictions without further licensing requirements.
A carrier with fleets registered in more than one state may request to have its fleet consolidated to one base jurisdiction, regardless of which state’s license plate is displayed.
For example, a carrier has a fleet of qualified motor vehicles registered in Texas and a fleet registered in Arkansas, and approval has been granted for the consolidation of such fleets with Arkansas as the base jurisdiction. Arkansas IFTA licenses and decals should be displayed on all qualified motor vehicles the carrier operates through IFTA jurisdictions, regardless of the fact that the qualified motor vehicle may be displaying a Texas license plate.
Miles traveled while using a fuel trip permit should be included on Form 56-102, IFTA Fuel Tax Report Supplement (PDF) (used to file IFTA tax quarterly), in total IFTA miles (Item A) and as part of the total IFTA miles (Item H) traveled in the applicable jurisdiction, but not as taxable miles (Item I) traveled for that jurisdiction. Fuel purchases, while operating under a fuel trip permit, should be included in total gallons purchased (Item D) to calculate the miles per gallon and in the tax paid gallons (Item L) purchased (if taxes were paid at the time the fuel was purchased) for the appropriate jurisdictions.
No. Only the operations of "qualified motor vehicles" should be reported on IFTA tax returns.
Yes. A licensee may include the travel and gallons consumed of qualified motor vehicles that operate exclusively within a jurisdiction by obtaining IFTA decals for the intrajurisdictional vehicle(s). Once decaled, the intrajurisdictional vehicle(s) must continue to be reported until either the expiration date of the decal or the vehicle(s) are no longer under the control of the licensee.
Jurisdiction tax rates may change from quarter to quarter, so a licensee must use the tax rate chart for the specific quarter being amended. Contact the Comptroller's office or visit www.iftach.org for the current tax rate chart.
Interest due to member jurisdictions cannot be waived by a base jurisdiction without written approval from the other member jurisdictions.
No. Interest is not earned from a jurisdiction on delinquent tax returns.
Using Form 56-102, IFTA Fuel Tax Report Supplement (PDF), the total tax paid (Item L) gallons purchased should never exceed the total gallons consumed (Item D). Licensees with bulk storage should include in tax-paid gallons the number of gallons actually removed from their bulk storage and delivered into their IFTA-qualified vehicles.
Using Form 56-102, IFTA Fuel Tax Report Supplement (PDF), non-IFTA miles (Item B) include only the miles traveled in the non-IFTA jurisdictions of the Northwest Territories and Yukon Territory of Canada, Mexico, Alaska and the District of Columbia. Miles traveled in Oregon and the miles traveled while utilizing a fuel trip permit should be included in the total IFTA miles (Item A) and in the total IFTA miles (Item H) for the appropriate jurisdictions.
Gap miles are the difference in the miles recorded for a trip on your trip sheet and the actual miles traveled based on the beginning and ending odometer or hubmeter readings for that trip. Gap miles are usually an audit issue. Generally, audited gap miles are allocated to the jurisdiction(s) where the travel most likely occurred. You should make every effort to make sure miles traveled are accurately reported on your quarterly IFTA tax report.
Yes. Fleet fuel card receipts are acceptable as long as the receipt documents the delivery of fuel into a specific vehicle. This requirement can be satisfied by
It is an audit issue if the fuel card receipts do not identify the vehicle into which the fuel is delivered. A monthly summary of miles traveled and fuel consumed by each licensed vehicle is also required.
The minimum penalty is $50 or 10 percent of your total tax liability, whichever is greater. The minimum penalty applies to all late reports, including no operations, no tax due and credit reports.
Interest is assessed on all delinquent taxes for each month or fraction of a month beginning on the first day after the due date. The interest rate is adjusted each year on January 1. The current interest rate is available on our IFTA webpage.
Jurisdiction interest begins to accrue one day after the report is due through the report postmark date. Once the report is filed, additional interest accrues on any net tax due until the total net tax due is paid in full.
Records must be kept for four years from the due date of the return or the date the return is filed, whichever is later.
The purchaser is the company for which the fuel purchase is being made.
No, the prior credit is not applied before calculating the interest on tax due on the delinquent return.
A licensee has eight calendar quarters after the calendar quarter in which the credit is earned to either request a refund or use the credit to offset an IFTA tax liability. For example, if a credit accrues in the third quarter, 2018, the licensee has until Oct. 1, 2020, to request a refund or to apply the credit toward a liability.
No. The IFTA tax report cannot be used to claim a refund for tax-exempted uses of motor fuel other than for tax-exempt miles as discussed on page 4 of the International Fuel Tax Agreement Texas Guidebook (PDF). An IFTA return must report all fuel delivered into IFTA-licensed vehicles and all miles traveled. A separate refund request for exempted uses must be made directly to each jurisdiction in which the motor fuel was consumed.
No. Jurisdictional laws vary greatly, and carriers must check with each jurisdiction.
Texas tax is not imposed on biodiesel fuel (B-100) or the volume of biodiesel fuel that is blended with petroleum diesel fuel. A blend of biodiesel fuel with petroleum-based diesel fuel is designated B-xx, where the xx represents the volume percentage of biodiesel fuel in the blend. For example: B-20 is 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel. Texas fuels tax is paid on the percentage (80 percent) of petroleum diesel fuel gallons.
Biodiesel fuel/renewable diesel fuel and biodiesel fuel/renewable diesel fuel blends, such as B-20, are included in the total gallons consumed (Form 56-102, IFTA Fuel Tax Report Supplement (PDF), Item D) to calculate a fleet's average miles per gallons. It is presumed that biodiesel fuel/renewable diesel fuel and biodiesel/renewable diesel fuel blends are consumed in the jurisdiction where the fuel was purchased. Biodiesel fuel that is purchased in Texas and delivered into the fuel supply tank(s) of IFTA-licensed motor vehicles is considered consumed in Texas. Therefore, biodiesel fuel/renewable diesel fuel and biodiesel fuel/renewable diesel fuel blends purchased in Texas should be included in the tax paid gallons (Item L) for Texas. See Texas Administrative Code Rule 3.443, Diesel Fuel Tax Exemption for Water, Fuel Ethanol, Biodiesel, Renewable Diesel, and Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Mixtures.
Yes, if the licensee shows that the total gallons of biodiesel fuel or biodiesel fuel blends purchased in the IFTA jurisdiction is greater than the amount of total gallons of diesel fuel used in that jurisdictions by all diesel-powered motor vehicles the licensee operated during the reporting quarter. IFTA licensees who overpay the tax on biodiesel fuel or biodiesel fuel blends by way of their IFTA tax return may request a refund from the Comptroller. Use Form 06-106, Texas Claim for Refund of Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Taxes (PDF), and include purchase invoice(s) and the IFTA tax return on which the tax was paid to Texas.
Texas assesses a delivery fee on all petroleum products when they are withdrawn from a bulk facility and delivered into a cargo tank or barge, or imported into the state in a cargo tank or barge for delivery to another location for distribution or sale.
Defined as fuels for motor vehicles or aircraft, "petroleum products" include gasoline, gasohol, other alcohol-blended fuels, aviation gasoline, kerosene, distillate fuel oil, and #1 and #2 diesel fuel. The fee is not assessed on naphtha-type jet fuel, kerosene-type jet fuel, or petroleum products destined for use in, or feedstock for, chemical manufacturing.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) sets the amount of the petroleum product delivery fee rates, which is based on the total net temperature-corrected quantity delivered.
|Gallons Delivered (All Petroleum Products)
|Less than 2,500
|2,500 but less than 5,000
|5,000 but less than 8,000*
|8,000 but less than 10,000*
|10,000 or more, per 5,000 gallon increment
*For gasoline deliveries of at least 7,000 but less than 8,000 gallons (whether single product type or split load), special rules continue to apply:
On split loads, the PPD fee is based on the total of gasoline and diesel fuel and not a separate fee on each product. If there is less than 7,000 gallons of gasoline in the split load, the fee is based on the total net temperature gallons of all products withdrawn. If there are 7,000 gallons or more of gasoline in a split load, the fee is based on the presumption that the withdrawal is into a cargo tank with a capacity of at least 8,000 gallons but less than 10,000 gallons. See Rule 3.151(d), Imposition, Collection, and Bonds or Other Security of the Fee for more information.
|Diesel Fuel Gallons
|Delivery Fee Due
Bulk facility operators and petroleum products importers collect the PPD fee, then report and pay their collections to the state. All bulk facility operators and importers must have a Petroleum Products Delivery Fee Permit.
A bulk facility includes pipeline terminals, rail and barge terminals, and associated underground and aboveground tanks, connected or separate, from which petroleum products are withdrawn and delivered into a cargo tank or barge for transport.
The fee is not assessed when fuel is exported to another state or delivered to another bulk facility, an electrical generating plant or a common carrier railroad for its exclusive use. Withdrawals from a bulk facility into a cargo tank or barge are also exempted from the fee when the entire withdrawal, prior to any delivery into intermediate storage, is delivered into the fuel supply tanks of vessels or boats.
Persons exempt from the fee must request in writing a letter of exemption from the Comptroller. The Comptroller's letter of exemption or a copy must be given to the seller each time exempt purchases are made.
Revenue from the fee is used to fund the Petroleum Storage Tank Remediation account, a groundwater protection program that TCEQ administers.