California IFTA State Tax: An Overview

Do you own a trucking business in California? It’s important you register the vehicles in your fleet for IFTA filing to avoid penalty. Let us guide you further.

It is of utmost importance that you file your California IFTA tax report before the due deadlines as late filing may result in a penalty of $50 or 10% of the net tax liability. You can renew an IFTA account by mail. Here’s how to file IFTA online in California in 5 easy steps:

  • Complete the application form to receive temporary credentials.
  • Pay $10 as the annual fee and $2 for each set of decals.
  • You are going to need one set of decals per qualified vehicle.
  • The process generally takes 5 to 7 business days.
  • Credentials are mailed within 24 hours.

Frequently asked questions

January, February, March: April 30

April, May, June: July 31

July, August, September: October 31

October, November, December: January 31

Yes, you would still need to file a ‘zero’ report in the state of California.

All IFTA eFiled returns must be filed and any amounts due must be paid by 12:00 a.m. (midnight) on the due date to be considered timely.

A vehicle used or designed to transport people or property is considered a qualified motor vehicle if it:

  • Has three or more axles; or
  • Has two axles and a gross vehicle or registered gross vehicle weight of more than 26,000 pounds or 11,797 kilograms; or
  • Is used in a combination that has a combined or registered gross vehicle weight of more than 26,000 pounds or 11,797 kilograms.

You can learn more about all the rules and regulations on