Weight Distance Tax and Your Trucking Business

The mileages are the backbone of the IFTA report. Getting this wrong during the calculation is an invitation to IFTA audit and hefty penalties. Whether if you have a good understanding or not let us know the IFTA mileages in detail in this report. So let’s just get started. The first question is what are Total IFTA miles? Total miles means the miles your fleet ran in the jurisdiction areas in the quarter. It covers the IFTA miles; it does not include non-IFTA miles and non-taxable miles. The international fuel tax agreement miles or IFTA miles are the distance your vehicle ran in all jurisdiction areas. The distances can be personal conveyance, mechanical shops or deadhead miles. All the distances have to be accounted for.

However, drivers can mention the cause of deadhead miles in the highway use tax. Reporting the miles is quite beneficial for the trucking owners. This will help in higher MPG. This greatly helps to lower the IFTA tax balance. The non-IFTA miles are the miles covered by your automobile in the areas of non-jurisdiction. The non-jurisdiction region includes Alaska, Hawaii, District of Columbia, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territory, Nunavut, and Mexico. The distances covered during the miles are Non-IFTA miles. Exemptions are exceptional in each state. Nontaxable miles are related to heavy highway use tax. The exemptions are also of different types. They are fuel exemptions, space exemptions and vehicle exemptions.

The exemptions vary annually. The most common examples of exemptions areas are like Forest Roads in California, Agricultural Roads in Utah, Trip Permits in New York, Pike Miles or Toll Roads in Massachusetts. Some jurisdictions in the form of exemptions are fuel permitted. This means if you purchase a fuel permit the miles drove won’t be under the tax. It is very important to know about these exemptions and when to utilize. As well as saving taxes, it will also help in filling IFTA reports correctly. To know what is IRP miles.

It is the IRP mileage that’s equivalent to your IFTA mileage. Accurate mileage and miles covered are important in IFTA reporting. Generally, an IFTA audit occurs randomly and auditor wants to check miles covered very closely. You should be aware of the miles covered in heavy highway use tax and IFTA audit, so to avoid any penalties due to any miscalculations. Using the IFTA tax calculator is a great help in solving complex and lengthy mathematical calculations involved in IFTA. Total IFTA miles don’t cover non-IFTA miles. The distance covered under the member jurisdictions is IFTA miles. Total Taxable miles don’t have applicable exemption mile. The IFTA report contains only the IFTA miles.

Updated: January 14, 2020 — 4:09 am


  1. …when was the smart-license plate that is possible for police to get the driver’s entire record at their finger tips? Was it not introduced in California not too far back?
    Of course one must not be surprised about it, because, so much of OUR PERSONAL PRIVATE DATA has been stored and now it is possible for LIVE-UP-DATES…. right? Of course! How then can one explain THE LIVE-CENSORSHIP going on within the INTERNET = WEB????

    1. …for truckers it also much of computerization has been done lately, for “their protection and safety”… right? Or is it for LIVE-CONTROLLING?!:wpml_scratch:

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