What is Taxable Gross Weight?
Last modified 7/30/2020 7:37:35 AM EST

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The taxable gross weight of a vehicle is a sum of the following: 

  1. The actual unloaded weight of a fully equipped vehicle.
  2. The actual unloaded weight of any trailers or semi-trailers fully equipped and is generally used in combination with the vehicle. 
  3. The weight of the maximum load usually carried on the vehicle and the trailers or semi-trailers. 

The taxable gross weight of a vehicle is used to figure out the HVUT required to be paid while filing the Form 2290. If the taxable gross weight of your vehicle is less than 55,000 pounds, you are not required to file Form 2290. Vehicles that travel less than 5000 miles during the tax year (Suspended vehicles) are not required to pay the HVUT irrespective of their taxable gross weight. 

Suspended vehicles are categorized as Category W vehicles. A vehicle is considered as a suspended vehicle if it runs on the public highway for less than 5000 miles (7500 for agricultural vehicles) during the tax period. 

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