My Tax Blog

  • IRS e-Services Moves to Secure Access Dec. 10

    With all the phishing emails relating to e-services we wanted to forward the authentic message that the IRS has been sending out today.  Be on the lookout for this message coming to you fromn the IRS.  It is legitimate.  This Sunday, December 10th, IRS e-services will be switching over to their new Secure Access system. […]

    Last Minute Checklist for New Tax Preparation Offices

    EFIN- Electronic Filing Identification Number Is your EFIN approved? If not, where are you in the process? Have you started your registration for your tax business?   PTIN- Preparer Tax Identification Number Is your PTIN renewed for the upcoming season? Are PTINs renewed for all the tax preparers in your tax business? Are you AFSP? […]

    Federal Direct Thanksgiving Hours

    Federal Direct will close at 6 pm EST tonight, Nov. 22nd, and we will reopen on Monday, Nov. 27th, at 9 am EST. We want to wish you all a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Spending time with our families is one of the things that we are most thankful for, especially as we prepare […]

    Post Completion Internal Return Auditing

    Every tax office should have a system of self-audit to ensure that all returns are filed timely. Use form 9325 to stay organized and prevent any clients from falling through the cracks.  Check your tax software for reporting tools that will allow you to separate out un-filed and/or rejected returns. Following up on the acceptance […]

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  • End of Filing Season is November 18th, 2017

    Last day to e-file returns will be November 18th, 2017. Until that day, you can e-file tax returns from 2014, 2015, and 2016. Once e-filing opens back up for the coming season, then you will be able to e-file returns for 2015, 2016, and 2017. 

    Important Upcoming Dates

    Head’s up on some important dates! This Year’s Extension deadline is : October 16th, 2017 -Individual, C-Corp (S-corp & partnerships were September 15th) -Disaster Areas: Added time to file returns on extension, January 31st, 2018 (Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria) CTEC renewal deadline is : October 3st, 2017  

    Is a Tax Preparation Business right for you?

    The tax industry is a delicate balance of chaos and repetition. Yearly updates on tax law, form revisions, tax software, and tax professional education requirements keep tax professionals busy during the off season while peak season shows just how truly chaotic tax season can be.  Every tax professional will develop their own methods of preparing […]

    Tax Office Training

    Training your tax preparers can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve compiled a list of important tax preparer training categories. Ranging from software and tax law training to online security, with our list of best practices for tax office training, we hope this will help to ensure that you and […]

    What is the real cost of starting a tax business?

    If you are considering starting a tax preparation business, there are a few different types of actual costs to consider.  Each type of cost will require sacrifice and planning. The three main types of small business start-up costs to consider are: finances, time, and effort (mental and physical costs).  To help measure the real financial […]

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  • IRS e-Services Moves to Secure Access Dec. 10

    With all the phishing emails relating to e-services we wanted to forward the authentic message that the IRS has been sending out today.  Be on the lookout for this message coming to you fromn the IRS.  It is legitimate.  This Sunday, December 10th, IRS e-services will be switching over to their new Secure Access system. […]

    Last Minute Checklist for New Tax Preparation Offices

    EFIN- Electronic Filing Identification Number Is your EFIN approved? If not, where are you in the process? Have you started your registration for your tax business?   PTIN- Preparer Tax Identification Number Is your PTIN renewed for the upcoming season? Are PTINs renewed for all the tax preparers in your tax business? Are you AFSP? […]

    Federal Direct Thanksgiving Hours

    Federal Direct will close at 6 pm EST tonight, Nov. 22nd, and we will reopen on Monday, Nov. 27th, at 9 am EST. We want to wish you all a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Spending time with our families is one of the things that we are most thankful for, especially as we prepare […]

    Post Completion Internal Return Auditing

    Every tax office should have a system of self-audit to ensure that all returns are filed timely. Use form 9325 to stay organized and prevent any clients from falling through the cracks.  Check your tax software for reporting tools that will allow you to separate out un-filed and/or rejected returns. Following up on the acceptance […]

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