Instructions for Form 2290 - Introductory Material

Future developments

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What's New

For dispositions of vehicles on or after July 1, 2015, Treasury Decision 9698 changed the following.

  • The information to be submitted for credit or refund claims for vehicles sold.

  • The tax computation for privately purchased used vehicles.

See Information to be submitted under Line 5, and New tax computation for privately purchased used vehicles and required claim information for privately sold used vehicles, under Used vehicles, later.


U.S. Customs requires proof of payment for entering a Canadian or Mexican vehicle into the United States. See Proof of payment for state registration and entry into the United States, later.

Expanded Schedule 1.   You should complete and file both copies of Schedule 1. The second copy will be stamped and returned to you for use as proof of payment.

Electronic filing.   Electronic filing is required for each return reporting 25 or more vehicles that you file during the tax period. However, you are encouraged to file electronically regardless of the number of vehicles being reported. File Form 2290 electronically through a provider participating in the IRS e-file program for excise taxes. Once your return is accepted by the IRS, your stamped Schedule 1 can be available within minutes. For more information on e-file, visit and search “2290 e-file” or visit

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