The IRS encourages taxpayers who file federal excise taxes to file and pay electronically. Here are the excise forms currently available for e-filing:
- Form 720, Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return
- Form 2290, Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax
- Form 8849, Claim for Refund of Excise Taxes Return; Schedules 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 8 only
Advantages of excise e-file
- E-filing excise tax returns is safe, secure, easy, and accurate.
- Form 720 e-file is convenient, plus taxpayers receive faster service and an acknowledgment from the IRS that the agency accepted their e-filed Form 720.
- Form 8849 e-file offers faster refunds than through paper filing. Form 8849 Schedules 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 8 may be e-filed.
- Form 2290 e-file provides taxpayers their Schedule 1 (Form 2290) almost immediately after the IRS receives the e-filed form.
Excise tax e-file facts
- Only providers who have passed the IRS Assurance Testing System requirements for software developers of electronic IRS Excise returns are listed on the excise tax e-file providers’ pages.
- IRS-approved excise tax e-file providers do charge a fee. This fee is not part of the excise tax payment.
- Filers must have an Employer Identification Number to e-file excise tax returns. Taxpayers who don’t already have an EIN can learn how to apply for one on IRS.gov.
- Service is available 24/7.
- Filers reporting 25 or more trucks on Form 2290 must e-file.
Paying the excise taxes completes the filing process, and there are multiple ways to pay any excise tax due, including electronic methods.
- Excise Tax e-file for Forms 720, 2290 and 8849
- Frequently Asked Questions — Form 8849, Claim for Refund of Excise Taxes
- Frequently Asked Questions — Form 720, Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return e-file
- FAQs for Truckers Who e-file