3 Questions (Taxes, Searching, Contact Info)

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JoAnne EC's Comment
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1. I've seen people posting about issues w/ their taxes and it being complicated based on where you work (I don't recall the specifics) My question is this: Is it like other jobs where they just take it out of your paycheck and you do your taxes like "normal" at the beginning of the next year? If I live in Oregon but, let's say, work for a company based out of Alaska or any other state, would my company withhold taxes for my home state? Or would I end up just having to pay the state taxes at the beginning of the next year?

2. Is there a way to search for specific topics / posts on this site? I didn't want to ask about the tax stuff if I could find a similar post that already existed but I didn't want to scroll through the 3000+ threads that exist =)

3. Is there a way to "message" people on this site? For example, if there were someone I wanted to ask a specific question to, is there a way to do it without posting it and gumming up a thread? I almost sorta took over someone else's thread once and totally didn't mean to!

Thanks all! You guys are all appreciated and invaluable! =)

Errol V.'s Comment
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Here ya go: #1 (taxes) Your company payroll Dept. will handle your state withholding. You'll get paid in Oregon so it's Oregon tax rates regardless where you drive.

#2 (topics): The search box at the top here will cover the whole Trucking Truth web site. The box is kind of camoflaged just below the three-bar menu button, top left.

Also check out the TT Trucking Wiki, hit the three-bar menu button, Wiki's fourth from the bottom.

#3 (IM): We encourage open discussion, so there's no private messaging available. When necessary you could post an email right here, or set up a spam-proof one.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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#3 (IM): We encourage open discussion, so there's no private messaging available. When necessary you could post an email right here, or set up a spam-proof one.

Just open a hotmail account or something similar and only use it for stuff like this. That way you won't get spammed or harassed. The forum is public, so you don't want to post your real email address, spammers scour the web for email addresses.

JoAnne EC's Comment
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Helpful info! Thank you both!

Errol V.'s Comment
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There are other spam proofing services & methods but I use:

SpamGourmet

JoAnne EC's Comment
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Quoted from Errol V:

"#2 (topics): The search box at the top here will cover the whole Trucking Truth web site. The box is kind of camoflaged just below the three-bar menu button, top left."

****** Thank you!! Very helpful! One more question: When you do company sponsored training and say, for example, I get my license through Prime and test in Missouri - do I now have a Missouri license? Would I then transfer it to my home state? Does it make a difference? Thanks! =)

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Turtle's Comment
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Yes that will give you a Missouri license. Then you will transfer your license to your home state during your TNT phase. You can do it at any DMV office in your state. It doesn't need to be in your hometown, so if you're on a load that runs through your state you can take care of it then. , that's how I did it during training. We just dropped the trailer at a truck stop, bobtailed to DMV and took care of it.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14ยข per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

JoAnne EC's Comment
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Awesome; thanks Turtle!

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