Western Express switches to OTS for fuel tax compliance

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Operating Tax Systems announced it has been selected to handle fuel tax compliance services for Western Express’ 2,500 satellite-tracked power units. Using its paperless solution, OTS will prepare Western Express’ IFTA and mileage tax returns by capturing GPS data directly from the company’s power units. Within 48 hours, OTS will process and post the data to its software system, RoadTax.net, giving Western Express Web-based access to its fuel tax reports in real time and on demand.

“The setup was quick, and the transition was smooth,” says Mike May, director of fuel and toll compliance for Western Express. “We were delighted that no issues arose with the transfer to OTS.”

Al Uritis, chief executive officer of OTS, believes many trucking firms turn to tax outsource suppliers to streamline the process, ensure compliance with the latest state and provincial regulations and systematize a process that many view as arduous, but easily can cost six figures upon audit if not done professionally.

“Western Express’ decision to switch to OTS confirms the fact that trucking companies are looking for ways to manage costs and increase efficiencies,” Uritis says. “The wealth of reports and automation available create a rich decision-making environment that is a value-add to the preparation of taxes themselves.”