What is the purpose of IFTA?

The International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) is an agreement between the 48 contiguous US states and 10 Canadian provinces that simplifies the reporting of fuel use by qualifying motor vehicles operating in more than one jurisdiction. Anyone who wishes to maintain their IFTA license must file with their base jurisdiction on a quarterly basis to accurately report the total miles driven and fuel purchased in each state or province. The purpose of filing IFTA is to equally reallocate fuel taxes to all states and provinces where miles were driven during the quarter.

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When is IFTA Tax Filing Due Date?

Your IFTA return is due on the last day of the month following the end of the quarter. For example, the first quarter ends in March, so the due date is the last day of the next month, which is April 30. Use the table below to find your IFTA Filing dates for 2023

First Quarter

1st Quarter

January - March

May 01

Second Quarter

2nd Quarter

April - June

July 31

Third Quarter

3rd Quarter

July - September

October 31

Fourth Quarter

4th Quarter

October - December

January 31

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How Do I File My IFTA Quarterly Fuel Tax Report?

Your quarterly IFTA return must be filed with your base state/jurisdiction by the fuel tax due date every quarter. The best way to manage and track your IFTA fuel and distance records is with our program, then you can simply generate and print your IFTA report each quarter to quickly complete your return. After creating your free account, you can select your base jurisdiction and add your vehicle information. Add your trip sheets for all of your trips during the quarter to enter your mileage information, or you can add it based on distance or odometer readings. You will also need to list all of your fuel purchases from each trip and every jurisdiction. If you travel through multiple states per day you can add multiple trip logs for the day to keep an accurate IFTA report for the quarter.


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Accurate IFTA Fuel Tax Calculation

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What is the penalty for failing to file my IFTA Tax return?

You will be charged $50 or 10% of the fuel tax you owe depending on which amount is greater for failing to file your IFTA return, filing late, or for failing to fully pay the amount of taxes due. If your net tax liability is zero, or you have a credit, you will still be charged $50 for filing late. The interest rate is 1% per month. Interest builds on all delinquent taxes due to each jurisdiction at a rate of .4167% per month. Even if you have a net refund, interest will still apply to all jurisdictions with an underpayment of fuel taxes. This amount is calculated the day after your return is due for every month until the taxes owed are paid in full.

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An interstate motor carrier or “qualified motor vehicle” operating between at least 2 member jurisdictions (the 48 contiguous US states and 10 Canadian provinces) must have an International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) license and decals issued by their base jurisdiction.

You’re required to have an IFTA license and file fuel tax returns if you travel between two or more member jurisdictions and your vehicle weighs more than 26,000 pounds, or if your vehicle has three or more axles regardless of weight.

The two records you need for an accurate IFTA reporting are your mileage logs and fuel purchases for each state per jurisdiction A mileage log is a broad term that refers to the way you track your miles traveled. If you have your mileage entered into an Excel sheet for the quarter, you can quickly import it into your account so you won’t have to reenter your data.

If you use a fuel card, then you can import digital copies of your fuel receipts to your account. Some states require copies of your fuel receipts, while others don’t. IFTA is state-specific. if you’re unsure what’s required to complete your return, contact your base jurisdiction.

  • Mileage logs for the total miles and total taxable miles traveled in each member jurisdiction for the quarter.
  • Fuel receipts for the total taxable gallons of fuel purchases in each member jurisdiction. Make sure each receipt has the date, fuel type, gallons/liters, and the name and address of the seller.