What is HVUT?
Federal Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, is an annual fee assessed on heavy vehicles
that operate on public highways at registered gross weights equal to or exceeding
55,000 pounds. One can determine the gross taxable vehicle weight
by adding together,
- the actual unloaded weight of the vehicle fully equipped for service
- the actual unloaded weight of any trailers or semitrailers fully equipped for service
customarily used in combination with the vehicle, and
- the weight of the maximum load customarily carried on the vehicle and on any trailers
or semitrailers customarily used in combination with the vehicle
If the gross taxable weight is from 55,000 to 75,000 pounds, the HVUT is $100, plus $22 per 1,000 pounds over 55,000 pounds.
For over 75,000-pound vehicles, the maximum HVUT is $550 per year. The table below illustrates these categories.
Gross Taxable Weight
Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Rates
Below 55,000 lbs
$100 plus $22 per 1,000 pounds over 55,000 lbs
There are a number of groups and vehicles that receive exemptions from the HVUT which is discussed under Suspended Vehicles section. The Heavy Vehicle Use Tax is a significant source of transportation
funding in the U.S. that helps develop good highway infrastructure. Check out HVUT revenue for more information on
how much revenue is raised each year using HVUT.
Who should pay the HVUT?
For the tax period beginning on July 1 every year and ending by June 30 the next
year, if a taxable highway motor vehicle is registered, or required to be registered
in your name under state, District of Columbia, Canadian, or Mexican law at the
time of its first use during the period and the vehicle has a taxable gross weight
of 55,000 pounds or more, you are required to figure and pay the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax to the
IRS. ‘You’ may refer to an individual, limited liability company (LLC), corporation,
partnership, or any other type of organization (including nonprofit, charitable,
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