Utica, NY (WIBX) - Truckers who operate large vehicles weighing over 55,000 pounds are getting a break from the IRS. The agency just announced an extension in filing and paying their Highway Use Tax. Dianne Besunder is the IRS spokesperson for the New York region. She says generally when truckers pay their Highway Use Tax, they are able to use their receipt to register their vehicles. However, due to an upcoming expiration date, an extension was in order.

Besunder said, "Because this Highway Use Tax is currently scheduled to expire on September 30th, the usual due date for paying these taxes has been extended. Normally truckers would have to pay them by August 31st, and now we're going to give them until November 3oth." She says the IRS is also notifying states on how to proceed accordingly with the changes. State officials are being asked to issue truck registrations using an applicant's previous year Highway Use Tax receipt. Besunder says owners of new vehicles can simply present their bill of sale when registering their vehicles.

The changes and Highway Use Tax applies to truck tractors and buses weighing 55,000 pounds or more. Truckers must still complete Forms 2290 and make the necessary payment, which is now due on November 30, 2011.  According to the IRS, last year, the agency received about 650,000 Forms 2290 and highway use tax payments totaling $886 million.