My Tax Blog

  • Getting Your EFIN (Electronic Filing Identification Number)

    The e-services portal has undergone many large changes over the last couple of years, but the application process is very similar…once you get in.  Go to IRS.gov and click on “Tax Pros” in the top right.  Then click on “Access E-Services” and scroll down to “E-File Provider Services.” Finally, click on “Access e-file Application.”  One […]

    Tax Deadlines Monday 9/17 2018

    EFTPS users: Payments must be scheduled by 8 PM ET at least one calendar day before the tax due date. Individuals: Pay the third installment of your 2018 estimated tax – Use Form 1040-ES. Corporations: Deposit the third installment of your 2018 estimated tax. Electing Large Partnerships: File Form 1065-B if you timely requested a […]

    ITINs Expiring in 2018

    Many individual tax identification numbers will expire at the end of 2018 unless renewed. Those not used on a return in any of the last three years expire on Dec. 31. Also expiring at year-end are ITINs with middle digits of 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 81 or 82. Affected individuals may renew their ITINs […]

    Bill to Regulate Preparers Proposed- RTRP May Come Back

    After the IRS created the Registered Tax Return Preparer program based on licensing of tax preparers they were sued.  In court, and in appeal, they were not found to have statutory authority to regulate unenrolled preparers.  Senator Rob Portman has introduced a new bill that would grant the IRS the authority that they need to […]

  • 4th Largest Tax Prep Chain in US Shut Down by Federal Gov.

    Instant Tax Service has had their doors closed by US district court Judge Timothy Black.  Instant Tax was said to have been promoting a “culture of fraud and deception” within its franchisee base.   Along with promoting  unrealistic and undeliverable refund options to clients, Instant Tax was also sited for filing returns based off of pay […]

    2014 IRS PTINs Now Available!

    Anyone who, for compensation, prepares or helps prepare any federal return or claim for refund must have a valid PTIN from the IRS. The PTIN must be used as the identifying number on returns prepared. “We ask that you renew your PTIN as soon as possible to avoid a last-minute rush. It’s easy to let […]

    Tax Season Delayed & IRS Sorting 1.4 Million Letters

    Citing the need for “adequate time to program and test tax processing systems,” the service announced that it expected a one- to two-week delay in the start of tax season, and that it would start accepting and processing 2013 individual tax returns no earlier than Jan. 28, 2014, and no later than February 4. Tax […]

    IRS to delay 2013/2014 e-filing season…Again!

    Late breaking news:  IRS to delay the start of e-filing season again this year, blaming the recent government shutdown. While the IRS reserves the right to issue the final decision for the start of the 2014 filing season until December they are estimating the start date being pushed back from the original date of January […]

    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 […]

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