If you have entered the wrong Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) while filing your Form 2290 and the deadline has already been exceeded, fret not! VIN error is one of the most common errors that people make when they file 2290 online.
In this article, we tell you everything you need to know about VIN correction after the due date, including whether you will incur any penalties and the steps you need to follow to make the correction.
Why Do You Need to Correct Your VIN?
Your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is a 17-character combination of numbers and letters that the automotive industry uses to identify individual motor vehicles.
If you have entered an incorrect VIN number, you will have trouble since carriers and DMV will not accept your Schedule 1. Remember, the VIN on your Form 2290 Schedule 1 must match the VIN on your truck.
VIN Correction After the Deadline
If you own a heavy vehicle with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more, you must file your form 2290 by August 31 every year. However, for newly purchased vehicles, the due date is the last day of the month following the month the vehicle was first used.
If you have already filed your Form 2290 with an incorrect VIN and paid your HVUT return, then you can make a VIN correction without incurring any penalties or fines from the IRS. Though there is no deadline to make VIN corrections, it is recommended to do it as soon as possible.
Note: VIN correction is filed for taxable or suspended vehicles. You cannot make VIN corrections for credit vehicles or suspended vehicles of the prior year. Also, the form you use to file VIN corrections shouldn’t be used to claim credits.
How to Make A VIN Correction?
If you have entered an incorrect VIN on form 2290, you can paper file or e-file for VIN correction. With e-filing, you will receive your corrected Schedule 1 copy within minutes, whereas manual filing will take longer.
How to e-File for VIN Correction
The process for VIN correction will vary slightly depending on the service provider you choose. However, it is more or less the same.
- To make a VIN correction on your previously filed form 2290, you must file an amended return.
- Click on the amended return option on the service provider’s website.
- Next, enter the necessary details, such as your business details and address and choose the tax period.
- Now, select the option for form 2290 VIN correction and enter the required information, including the right VIN.
- After submitting your form, you will receive the corrected Schedule 1 copy in your email within minutes.
How to Paper-file for VIN Correction
If you wish to make a VIN correction on your form 2290 manually, here are the steps you need to follow.
- Obtain a 2290 form from your local tax office or download the form from the IRS website.
- Enter the details such as name, EIN, and address.
- In the form, tick the ‘VIN correction’ box.
- Mention the corrected VIN(s) on Schedule 1 and specify the right tax period.
- Be sure to provide an explanation for VIN correction.
- Mail your form to the address:
Internal Revenue Service,
P.O. Box 932500,
We know that filling out tax forms can be confusing and is not the most interesting thing to do, especially if you have made an error. However, once you understand the process for VIN correction and the steps you need to take, you will be able to do it with ease.