CCJ Daily Dispatch, July 20: FMCSA’s Trucking Safety Summit set for Aug. 5

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Updated Jul 21, 2020

Trucking news and briefs for Monday, July 20, 2020: 

FMCSA holding virtual Trucking Safety Summit on Aug. 5
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold its 2020 Trucking Safety Summit in a virtual format on Wednesday, Aug. 5. The meeting was originally scheduled for March 19, but it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agency is inviting motor carriers, drivers, safety technology developers and users, federal and state partners, safety advocacy groups and the general public to the summit to solicit information on improving the safe operation of property-carrying commercial trucks.

FMCSA will present and solicit information during six panel discussions. The agency says the sessions will be “intentionally structured to facilitate exchanges between experienced players in the trucking sphere who might not otherwise meet to collaborate.”

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration, when it opens, will be available here. Participation in the summit is free, but registration is required.

Heavy vehicle use tax still due Aug. 31
Trucking compliance assistance firm Compliance Navigation Specialists is reminding carriers that, despite many other tax deadlines being delayed due to COVID-19, the heavy vehicle use tax deadline is still due Aug. 31.

The IRS began accepting 2020-2021 Form 2290 on July 1, and all truck owners with a vehicle with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more will need to file new tax returns by Aug. 31 to renew their proof of HVUT payment.

The IRS notes that it has temporarily suspended the ability for taxpayers to pay the tax due on Form 2290 returns using a credit or debit card, but the form still includes a check box for credit and debit card payments. The tax can still be paid using an electronic funds withdrawal, the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, or check or money order.