Business Tax Update for 2013

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  After the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA)     Congratulations on surviving the end of the “Mayan Calendar” and the United States “Fiscal Cliff”.  This article will focus on some domestic business tax issues resulting from recent legislation that may affect your … [Read more...]

WHAT IS A MVR (MOTOR VEHICLE RECORD)?

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  A MVR (motor vehicle record) is an important compliance tool for qualifying moving company drivers.  A MVR will help the moving company verify license type, current standings and any restrictions of an applicant or current driver.  It can also verify name and address information (helpful in … [Read more...]

UNSAFE DRIVING BASIC: CSA 2010 CALCULATION

Unsafe Driving Basic

  The CSA 2010 has updated the original calculation of the unsafe driving basic and it is important for movers (and other trucking companies) to understand the new system.  To arrive at a company’s Unsafe Driving Basic, the company is rated on applicable violations it has received during … [Read more...]

BEWARE OF THE 2010 “DIRTY DOZEN” TAX SCAMS

The 2010 "Dirty Dozen" tax scams are illegal.

    The Internal Revenue Service has issued its list of tax scams for 2010. According to the IRS Commissioner: “Taxpayers should be wary of anyone peddling scams that seem too good to be true.”  Tax schemes that are illegal can lead to imprisonment and fines for both scam artists and … [Read more...]

UPDATE OF CSA 2010 VIOLATION LIST

Driving Ticket

  Which Violations are Most Severe? In the CSA 2010, the severity weighting tables previous list of 900 violations has been trimmed to 650 and is broken up into 6 different categories including unsafe driving, drugs/alcohol, fatigued driving, driver fitness, vehicle maintenance and cargo … [Read more...]

DRIVERS LICENSE CLASSIFICATIONS AND MOVING COMPANYS’ DRIVERS

It is important if you own or run a moving company to understand driver classifications.

  With compliance becoming a bigger issue (CSA 2010, etc) it’s important that moving companies are in line with driver regulations.  Here’s a general idea of classifications for moving company drivers. Moving Company Drivers That Require a Class D License: Single vehicle with a GVWR (Gross … [Read more...]

CSA 2010 DELAYED

CSA 2010 delayed

  The North American Transportation (NTA) Association report in Breaking News From NTA that the new rating program that was originally supposed to be implemented July of 2010 with all states up to speed and functioning by December has been delayed.  The time table looks to be pushed back to … [Read more...]

INTERSTATE MOVERS PAY ATTENTION! EAB QUARANTINE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Emerald Ash Borer quarentined in many states, take note before you move firewood.

Emerald Ash Borers FAQ Interstate movers and movers in the states of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio take note!  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has expanded the emerald ash borer (EAB) quarantine to include these states.  In the article (Emerald Ash Borers FAQ), the questions covered include why … [Read more...]

DON’T MOVE A SERIOUS PEST TO A NEW NEIGHBORHOOD

The Gypsy Moth

  Dont Move a Serious Pest to a New Neighborhood is an article posted by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) about the gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) and the areas in the U.S. and Canada that are considered “quarantined”.  Most people and some moving companies aren’t familiar with … [Read more...]

NEW DRIVER PRESCREENING PROGRAM

New driver prescreening program

By: News From FMCSA FMCSA has launched Phase 1 of the Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) today.  The PSP is a screening tool that allows motor carriers and individual drivers to purchase drivers’ inspection and crash records contained the Motor Carrier Management Information System … [Read more...]