Harvest weight limit extended for 15 more days; more
Harvest weight limit extended for 15 more days
JOHNSTON — The Iowa Corn Growers Association reports a request to extend the Harvest Weight Proclamation for farmers has been granted by Gov. Branstad.
The extension starts Saturday and runs for 15 days.
The proclamation specifically increases the weight allowable for shipment of corn, soybeans, hay, straw and stover, by 12.5 percent per axle up to a maximum of 90,000 pounds without the need for an oversize/overweight permit.
“We thank the governor for recognizing the need to move quickly during harvest, and this extension will help those who are still bringing in the 2012 corn crop,” said Bruce Rohwer, a farmer from northwest Iowa and president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association. “We also understand that the harvest weight proclamation is not a right by law, but a petition to the governor.”
The proclamation applies to loads transported on all highways within Iowa, excluding the interstate system. Trucks cannot exceed the truck’s regular maximum by more than 12.5 percent per axle and must obey the posted limits on all roads and bridges. The Iowa Department of Transportation is directed to monitor the operation of the proclamation to assure the public’s safety and facilitate the movement of the trucks involved.
Deadline extended for Iowa taxpayers
DES MOINES —The Iowa Department of Revenue announced Thursday it is granting taxpayers affected by Hurricane Sandy until Wednesday to file sales/use and withholding returns, as well as accompanying payments normally due Oct. 31.
The relief applies to taxpayers in an area affected by Hurricane Sandy or otherwise impacted by the storm that hit the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States this week.
This relief applies to businesses whose quarterly Iowa sales/use tax and withholding returns for the period ending Sept. 30 were due Wednesday. Those returns can be filed by Nov. 7 without penalty or interest, for taxpayers located in the impacted area. The IDR eFile & Pay system will automatically calculate penalty and interest if the September return is filed after Oct. 31. If the filer is located in the impacted area and files no later than Nov. 7, disregard the penalty and interest calculated for the September 2012 quarter and pay only the tax due.
Individuals or corporations filing Iowa income tax returns for a fiscal year ending June 30 also have until Nov. 7 to file without penalty or interest if they are located in an affected area. Individuals and corporations are granted an automatic six-month extension to file Iowa income tax returns if 90 percent of the tax due was paid by the original due date; therefore, calendar year filers who are filing under this automatic extension have until Nov. 7 to send their Iowa income tax return without penalty.
Interest will be due on any remaining balance paid after the original due date of the return. Calendar year filers who did not have 90 percent of the tax paid by April 30 are subject to penalty and interest whether or not located in an area impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Time changes Sunday
Daylight saving time will end at 2 a.m. Sunday.
Remember to turn all clocks back one hour.