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Electronic Excise Tax Returns Are Here - "ETEC" (Excise Tax e-File & Compliance) Programs - Form 2290, 720 and 8849 Join The Ranks of e-file!


The Excise Tax e-File project was initiated to satisfy the IRS' requirement to provide electronic filing of Form 2290, Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return, as directed in the American Jobs Creation Act (October 2004).

720 MeF - First Quarter of Tax Year 2009
Form 720, Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return will not be available electronically for the First Quarter (January through March) of Tax Year 2009.  As a result, all Form 720 returns must be filed on paper for the First Quarter.

A subsequent QuickAlert will be issued advising of future availability.

Form 2290, Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return
 is available for electronic filing. Effective August 2007 excise joined the ever-growing-number of tax forms and schedules that can be electronically filed, providing taxpayers the speed and reliability that millions of taxpayers and business owners already enjoy. The electronic version of Form 2290 will improve excise tax processing, expedite refunds, save personal resources (e.g., time & postage) and reduce preparation and processing errors.  Schedule 1 will be available almost immediately (once your return is accepted by the IRS) through your software developer/transmitter - no more waiting for it to come in the mail!

Form 720, Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return is also available for optional electronic filing.  Effective December 3, 2007 a totally electronic filing experience awaits you through one of the providers listed on the 720 e-file partner's page. Simply make your selection and join millions of taxpayers enjoying the convenience and ease of on-line filing, immediate acknowledgement of receipt and faster service. 

Form 8849, Claim for Refund of Excise Taxes (Schedule 3 & 6) is now available for optional e-file. Electronically submitted Schedule 3 refund claims will be processed within 20 days of acceptance by the IRS, versus the usual 45 day processing time on all other 8849 schedules. Schedules 1, 2, 5 and 8 are currently under development.

To file your excise forms electronically you will need to select an approved software provider for the tax forms you want to file. Form 2290 provider names and contact information can be found on the 2290 e-file partner’s page.  Form 720 provider information can be found on the 720 e-file partner's page.  Form 8849 provider information can be found on the 8849 e-file partner's page.

QUESTIONS? Call the Excise Hotline at 866-699-4096

E-filing Requirement for Taxpayers Registering 25 or More Highway Vehicles  (Updated 5/15/08)

Taxpayers who register 25 or more vehicles for any taxable period are required to electronically file their Form 2290 tax return. Though this requirement became effective July 1, 2005, excise e-file was not available until August 2007. Taxpayers are now able to e-file their Form 2290 through an IRS-approved software provider.

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Page Last Reviewed or Updated: April 28, 2009