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  • Upcoming Deadlines for TY2017, Processing year 2018

    Reminder – Federal Partnership and S Corp Returns Deadline is March 15, 2018 Remember, the federal filing deadline for federal calendar year partnership (1065) and S Corporation (1120S) returns is Thursday, March 15, 2018. For returns that are rejected on March 15, the return will be considered timely filed if it is re-transmitted and accepted […]

    IRS Funding for EITC returns & Clients effected by the Extenders Bill

    The first large IRS funding for the tax season should hit this week, with early filed clients starting to see refunds posting as early as tomorrow evening. We suggest directing taxpayers to the IRS’ “Where’s My Refund” tool on the IRS’ webpage: www.irs.gov for information on their individual refund dispersal. Confirm that you have an […]

    Hub Testing Closed & Upcoming Outages

    -IRS HUB testing officially closed at 5PM Eastern Today. -Returns can still be “e-filed” but no acks will be coming back until Monday   Upcoming Outages: -1/30/18 from 5AM – 9AM TWO will be offline for maintenance = Unavailable. -1/30/18 the EFC will be offline from 10pm – 2AM for maintenance, returns can still be […]

    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 […]

  • 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 […]

    IRS Proposes Higher Fees for OIC & Payment Arrangements

    Due  to continuous budget cuts for the IRS, the Agency has proposed plans to raise fees for programs that help taxpayers who are struggling with enormous tax debt. These proposed raise will be on fees which are charged for an Offer in Compromise or fees to set up payment installation agreements.  These fees have not […]

    Gov to Allow “Unbanked” to Buy Insurance with Prepaid Debit Cards

    Remember that report stating that folks with out bank accounts were going to face a ton of problems? Well, that crisis has been avoided. The Obama administration said Wednesday that there will be a rule preventing health plans from not accommodating households that do not have traditional bank accounts. An estimated 8.5 million people without […]

    IRS Sends Thousands of PTIN Letters to Preparers

    This week the IRS Return Preparer Office is mailing letters to approximately 3,000 return preparers who are preparing tax returns without a valid preparer tax identification number (PTIN). Letter 4731 is being sent to 1,100+ people who are using a legacy PTIN that was obtained prior to September 2010 and has never been renewed in the new […]

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