IFTA is an agreement among American and Canadian jurisdictions that enables uniform collection and distribution of fuel taxes paid by motor carriers traveling in multiple jurisdictions.
Membership is voluntary and allows the carrier to reduce the paperwork and compliance burden for fuel tax reporting.
Once registered, a carrier must submit returns to Tax and Revenue Administration (TRA) on a quarterly basis and report all fuel purchased, and kilometres travelled, for all of their IFTA vehicles.
Carriers can renew their IFTA licence and receive new decal sets each year. See IFTA Top 10 Tips.
Benefits of an IFTA membership
- Carriers submit only one quarterly fuel tax return to their base jurisdiction, where they are registered.
- The single return covers the distance travelled in all IFTA jurisdictions, rather than the carrier being required to complete separate fuel tax returns for each jurisdiction.
- Each base jurisdiction then refunds or collects the net fuel tax for all member jurisdictions.
IFTA and the Prorate program
A carrier can register for IFTA in Alberta if it:
- operates one or more qualified motor vehicles base-plated in Alberta or the Northwest Territories
- travels to at least one other IFTA jurisdiction
- allocates some income to Alberta for income tax purposes
- does not have an amount owing or an unfiled IFTA return for a prior reporting period
Eligible motor vehicles
A qualified motor vehicle is one used, designed, or maintained for the transportation of persons or property and meeting one of the following size and weight requirements:
- 2 axles and a gross vehicle weight or registered gross vehicle weight exceeding 11,797 kilograms (26,000 lbs.)
- 3 or more axles regardless of weight, or
- if used in combination with a trailer, a combined weight that exceeds 11,797 kilograms (26,000 lbs.)
A recreational vehicle is not a qualified motor vehicle.
Special rules apply for farm-plated vehicles registered under IFTA as outlined in Information Circular IFTA-1R9 – Information for Interjurisdictional Carriers.
If you do not register your vehicle
If you are an Alberta carrier with qualified motor vehicles not registered for IFTA, your vehicles cannot travel in other IFTA jurisdictions without purchasing a trip permit for fuel tax purposes.
If you are not a member of a licensing Prorate plan, you will have to purchase a trip permit for licensing purposes. Contact the jurisdiction(s) you will be travelling to for information on the purchase of trip permits.
For complete information about the IFTA program administered by TRA, see the IFTA series of information circulars.
The registration, renewal and reactivation fees for each carrier are:
- an annual registration fee of $15
- an annual decal fee of $10 per set of 2 decals per qualified motor vehicle
Carriers must submit both the registration and decal fees with their initial registration or annual renewal application.
How to register
Complete the IFTA registration if you:
- will be travelling outside of Alberta, and have a qualified motor vehicle
- have never had an Alberta IFTA licence or it has been 4 years or more since you had an Alberta IFTA licence
- amalgamated and the successor corporation requires an IFTA licence
Step 1. Create a basic Alberta.ca Account or sign in using your existing account
Step 2: Select Program Registration
- Select 'Program Registration', then 'IFTA’.
- Complete the form and pay the registration and decal fees. TRA will not approve the registration until fees are paid in full.
Step 3. Submit the registration form
- After submitting your form, you will receive a pending status notification and a reference number. TRA may need to contact you for further information.
- You will receive an approval email once your registration has been approved.
Step 4: Once approved
- Your licence will be available in your TRACS account.
- Decals will be mailed, unless 250 or more decal sets were ordered and courier was requested.
For detailed step by step instructions, see:
How to file
IFTA requirements and due dates
IFTA returns and remittances are required quarterly, and are due on the last day of the month following the end of the calendar quarter reporting period. A return is still required when there is no travel, or when you only travel in Alberta.
You are required to report:
- all fuel put into qualified vehicles, including fuel provided by a third party
- all kilometres travelled by qualified vehicles, including off-road travel and personal use, on the IFTA fuel type schedule
Note: Licensed vehicles with IFTA credentials, including those with farm plates, can use only clear fuel. Using marked fuel is not permitted.
Step 1: Complete the IFTA return
- Sign in to your TRACS account and select 'File a Return'.
- If a return is filed late, a penalty of $50 or 10% of the assessed unpaid taxes, whichever is greater, will be charged.
Step 2: Submit your return
- Submit the return and print the confirmation page for your records.
Step 3: Remit the amount owing and view the Notice of Assessment
- See Making payments.
- Interest will be charged on late remittances and will accrue until the balance is paid in full.
- If changes were made to your return, or a balance is owing, a notice of assessment will be available in TRACS.
Watch the How to file the IFTA Quarterly Tax Return video for step-by-step instructions.
Additional decals and temporary permits
Additional decals will be mailed unless 250 or more sets are ordered. Any time a carrier is purchasing 250 decal sets or more, they may opt to arrange for the decals to be sent by courier at their own expense.
IFTA registrants in Alberta may purchase additional decals throughout the year.
- Sign in to your TRACS account and select ‘Additional Decals’ from the ‘Account Actions’ menu.
- Complete the form and make your payment. Credit cards accepted are Visa or MasterCard. If paying by cheque, print the Payment Slip from the Confirmation page and include it with your cheque. Or, see Making payments for other options.
- Once submitted, you may view the status of your request by selecting ‘Additional Decals’ from the menu.
For detailed instructions, watch this video.
For situations where IFTA credentials are required urgently, TRA may issue a 30-day temporary permit for an additional fee of $10 per vehicle.
To request a temporary permit, send the following information to [email protected]:
- Account information
- Existing registrants: include your account number (BIN) and legal name.
- New carriers: complete the IFTA registration first. In your email, include the reference number from the confirmation page and the entity's legal name.
- Make, model and vehicle identification number (VIN) for each vehicle requiring a temporary permit.
- Explanation as to why a temporary permit is required.
Temporary permits will not be processed until payment has been received. Existing registrants can pay using a credit card in TRACS or see Making payments for other options.
Temporary permits can take 7-10 business days to process under normal circumstances. Contact the jurisdictions you will be traveling to if you need to travel immediately to arrange for a trip permit.
Once completed, TRA will email the temporary permit(s).
How to renew or reactivate your IFTA licence
The ‘Renew Annual Registration’ is available from October 15 to December 31. After December 31, carriers can reactivate their account in TRACS.
Carriers with an Alberta licence issued within the last four years can reactivate their account using ‘Reactivate Account.’
Carriers that had a licence more than 4 years ago must apply as a new registrant. See How to register.
Step 1: Complete the form in TRACS
- Select ‘Renew Annual Registration’ or ‘Reactivate Account’.
- Note: if you do not have a TRACS account, complete the TRACS Enrolment Request.
Step 2: Pay your renewal or reactivation fees
- The fees are $15 to renew or reactivate plus $10 per set of decals.
- Pay the fees using a credit card in TRACS or see Making payments for other options.
Step 3: Once approved
- You will be notified by email that your licence is available in your TRACS account.
- Decals will be mailed, unless 250 or more decal sets were ordered and courier was requested.
How to pay
TRACS has a ‘Make a credit card payment’ function to pay for certain fees, such as additional decals or temporary permits. Generally, carriers cannot use this function for paying balances owing from their IFTA quarterly return.
Visit Making payments for other options. You will need your account number to make a payment. The account number is located at the top of the page in your TRACS account. It will begin with a ‘4’ and must be 9-digits long (including the 4).
Authorize a representative
An individual with proper authorization for the business may consent to the release of confidential information to a specific firm or individual.
An individual with proper authorization for the business includes a(n):
- partner of a partnership
- corporate director
- trustee of an estate
- individual with delegated authority
Step 1: Fill out the Alberta Consent Form
- Complete the Alberta Consent (excluding Corporate Income Tax) Form (AT4931).
- See tip sheet: Representatives – How to Access TRACS (PDF, 130 KB).
Step 2: Submit the consent form
- Submit your completed consent form to TRA for review.
Step 3: Representative receives PIN (only for TRACS access)
- Once reviewed, TRA will review the consent form to ensure it is complete.
- TRA will issue a PIN number to the individual via secure email. TRACS access can only be provided to an individual.
The representative must enter the PIN and account number to access the TRACS account. See Step 2 and Step 3 of How to access TRACS for instructions.
IFTA quarterly tax rate
The quarterly tax rates will be updated and available in TRACS on the 1st day of the month following the quarter end. For example, the tax rates will be available April 1 for the quarter ending March 31.
If you require the tax rates prior to this date, see Tax Rate Matrix Downloads at the International Fuel Tax Organization’s website.
IFTA tax rate changes affecting Q2, Q3 and Q4-2022
- Q4-2022 IFTA Fuel Tax Relief in Alberta and Other Jurisdictions fact sheet – December 2022
- Q3-2022 IFTA Fuel Tax Relief in Alberta and Other Jurisdictions fact sheet – September 2022
- Q2-2022 IFTA Fuel Tax Relief in Alberta and Other Jurisdictions fact sheet – July 2022
IFTA Top 10 Tips (PDF)
- IFTA Top 10 Tips – July 2023
These documents discuss procedural matters and administrative policies and practices for programs administered by TRA. They are updated as necessary and a revision number assigned.
Cross-program information circulars
- TRA-1R2 – Introduction to Tax and Revenue Administration – December 2021
- TRA-2 – TRA Fairness and Service Pledge – June 2023
- TRA-3 – Alberta Commodity Tax Acts – Voluntary Disclosures – November 2018
IFTA information circulars
IFTA and Fuel Tax special notices
These documents are used to announce changes to the legislation administered by TRA, or changes to administrative policies and practices carried out by TRA. These notices are time-specific, and meant to be transitory in nature. The information may eventually be incorporated into other publications, such as information circulars or web content.
- Vol. 1 No. 47 – Extension of Alberta Fuel Tax Relief to December 31, 2023 – June 2023
- Vol. 1 No. 46 – Alberta Fuel Tax Relief – November 2022
- Vol. 10 No. 7 – Electronic Filing of IFTA Returns – January 2022
- AT4762 – Notice of Objection – December 2020
- AT4764 – Request for a Waiver of Penalties and Interest (PDF, 841 KB) – November 2023
- AT4931 – Alberta Consent (excluding Corporate Income Tax) – June 2023
- See tip sheet: Representatives – How to Access TRACS (PDF, 66 KB)
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Canadian Fuel Charge information from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA):
- What the new Canadian Fuel Charge means for interjurisdictional road carriers (PDF, 103 KB) – CRA Notice, February 25, 2019
- Please visit canada.ca for more information including registration forms and fuel charge notices.
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