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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.

IFTA membership is voluntary and allows the carrier to significantly 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.

Benefits of an IFTA membership

  • A carrier licensed under IFTA is required to submit only one quarterly fuel tax return to its base jurisdiction, where it is registered.
  • The single return covers the distance traveled 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 does not have to register under the Prorate program to register under IFTA. The programs are not related. You may register for one, both, or neither program.

Eligible carriers

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 and can be found in Information Circular IFTA-2, Alberta IFTA Licensing and Reporting Requirements.

If you don’t 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.

Cost

The registration fees for each carrier are:

  • an annual registration fee of $15 for the Alberta IFTA Fuel Tax Licence
  • 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.

Form instructions

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To submit your forms

Forms cannot be sent through email. Complete and print your forms and bring, mail or fax them to TRA.

How to register

Only register if you will be travelling outside of Alberta, and have a qualified motor vehicle.

Step 1: Fill out the IFTA Registration form

Step 2: Submit registration documents

  • Bring, mail or fax your completed IFTA registration form to TRA.

Step 3: Submit payment

Step 4: Once approved

You will receive the following by mail:

  • IFTA licence
  • IFTA decals
  • information sheet

How to file

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

You will be charged a penalty if you file your return late. The penalty is $50 or 10% of the assessed unpaid taxes, whichever is greater.

Step 2: Submit your return

  • Online: submit the return in TRACS and print the confirmation page for your records.
  • Paper copy: bring, mail or fax your completed IFTA Quarterly Tax Return to TRA.

Step 3: Remit the amount owing and view the Notice of Assessment

  • Remit the amount owing (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 your TRACS account under “View Assessments” (or mailed if you do not have a TRACS account).

Additional decals and temporary permits

Additional decals

IFTA registrants in Alberta may purchase additional decals throughout the year.

Additional decals will only be processed once payment has been received (for more information, see Making payments).

Temporary permits

For situations where IFTA credentials are required more urgently, TRA may issue a 30-day temporary permit for an additional fee of $10 per vehicle.

  • Existing registrants may contact TRA and provide the make, model and vehicle identification number (VIN).
  • New carriers must include the above information and the IFTA Registration form (AT2054) (PDF, 1.1 MB).

Temporary permits will not be processed until payment has been received (see Making payments).

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.

Temporary permits and a copy of the IFTA licence will be faxed to the carrier.

How to renew your IFTA licence

Step 1: Complete the IFTA Renewal Form

  • Online: complete the IFTA Renewal Form in TRACS.
    (Note: if you do not have a TRACS account, complete the TRACS Enrolment Request).
  • Paper: complete and submit the preprinted IFTA Renewal Form and bring, mail or fax it to TRA.

Step 2: Pay for your renewal and decals

Step 3: Once renewed

You will receive the following by mail:

  • IFTA licence
  • IFTA decals

Maintain your account in TRACS

TRA Client Self-Service (TRACS) is a secure online system for authorized Tax and Revenue Administration (TRA) clients to conveniently conduct business with TRA. You can do the following tasks in TRACS:

  • file quarterly IFTA returns
  • confirm receipt of submitted returns
  • view status of prior assessments, financial details and notices of assessment and reassessment
  • access financial information and view account period balances
  • apply for annual renewals
  • update address and contact information
  • delegate account access to other employees or authorized individuals
  • make credit card payments

For more details, instructional videos and to log in to your TRACS account, see TRACS information.

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