My Tax Blog

  • IRS e-services Secure Authentication – You need to do it!

    If you have not already signed into your e-services account and gone through the Secure Authentication process to add 2-Factor Authentication to your e-services account, you are doing yourself and your tax business a real disservice.  9 out of 10 e-services users can complete this process online and in less than 10 minutes.  To initiate […]

    Government Shutdown Tax Season & E-file Implications

    In light of the government shut down, we would like to share pertinent information regarding IRS efiling and return processing.  It is important to know that you should continue to e-file returns and advise your customers to file as well.  Here are potential impacts to return processing from the IRS: -Guidance on 2017 Tax Act would stop […]

    Tax Season officially begins on January 29th 2018.

    Tax Season officially begins on January 29th 2018, however you may be able to file early if you are participating in hub testing. Hub testing is set to begin approximately on the 22nd or 23rd. Returns will be due on April 17th 2018.

    Federal Direct Holiday Hours 2017

    From our family to yours, wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Christmas holiday hours: Corporate offices closed Saturday December 23rd and will reopen Tuesday December 26th at 9am Eastern. New Year’s holiday hours: Corporate offices closed Monday January 1st and will reopen Tuesday January 2nd at 9am Eastern.

    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. […]

  • IRS Attempts to Catch Up, Resumes processing refunds & Says Wait to Call

    The IRS has reopened phone lines and says that they expect an increased demand in phone services. Due to the back log of work due to the government shutdown, the Service politely requests that you wait to call or contact them based on the severity of your situation. The service expects to be caught up […]

    2014 PTIN Renewal Period Delayed Due to Lapse in Funding

    When asked about the status of the 2014 PTIN, the IRS stated, “Due to the lapse in government funding, the 2014 PTIN renewal season is delayed. An email or letter will be sent to all current PTIN holders notifying you when the 2014 renewal season opens.  The online PTIN system is still available for users […]

    Government Shutdown Over & IRS Open

    The government reopens! All governmental bodies should be open after the end of the shutdown and congress goes back to work. While offices are open, there is now a backlog of work for these governmental departments and workers, so keep in mind that call times could be longer than normal, even hours.  IRS phone lines […]

    IRS Getting Stricter on Enforcing Preparer Penalties

    According to a report by TIGTA (requested by the IRS Oversight Board to determine its efficiency in using the existing requirements and penalty regime that applies to unenrolled paid tax return preparers) there are several areas where the IRS could improve.   The overall objective was to determine whether controls are in place to ensure […]

    RTRP Goes To Appeals Court for Oral Arguments

    The IRS is appealing the court’s decision in the case of Loving vs the IRS.  While their defense calls upon an 1884 law, the judges were noted to have been “engaged.” There is no doubt that this ability for the IRS to regulate preparers is long over due and much needed, but if this appeal […]

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