• How to Check Status and Expedite Delayed IRS Federal Excise Motor Fuel Excise Claims

  • How to Check Status and Expedite Delayed IRS Federal Excise Motor Fuel Excise Claims

    The Energy Marketers of America is continuing to hear from marketers that their federal motor fuel excise tax (FET) claims for credits or refunds are experiencing lengthy delays. These include claims by registered ultimate vendors of undyed diesel fuel, undyed kerosene, gasoline, aviation gasoline, and kerosene used in aviation as well as biodiesel fuel and alternative fuel blender claims. EMA has been in close contact with the IRS concerning the processing delays, emphasizing the extreme burden the delays place on small business energy marketers and the need to eliminate the backlog immediately. In addition, EMA has written letters urging action to the IRS Commissioner and key members of Congress sitting on committees with IRS oversite jurisdiction. According to the IRS, the backlog is due to the extension of the deadline for filing (and subsequent processing) of individual income tax returns to July 15th and employee shortages due to COVID-19. FUELIowa members experiencing delays should contact a FUELIowa staff member for assistance in reaching out to our Congressional Delegation.The IRS is required to pay interest on the amount of paper claims not paid after 45 days of submission and electronic claims not paid after 20 days.