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My Tax Blog

  • 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. […]

    Tax Preparation 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? […]

  • IRS Delays Retirement of EAR but Still Plans to Shut It Down.

    According to Accounting Today, the IRS will be extending the time before the retirement of the Electronic Account Resolution services on the IRS’s website. The IRS plans to extend the applications for three more weeks. There has been and continues to be much outrage over the shutting down of the system when there are drastic […]

    Free Obamacare Webinar Regarding Individual Mandate

    What is the hottest topic this off season?  ObamaCare!  This Affordable Care Act webinar will go over the latest provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to get your office up to speed for the coming tax season.  Be able to answer the most common questions that your clients will be asking when […]

    IRS to Send PTIN Warning Letters

    The Internal Revenue Service’s Return Preparer Office said it is sending letters to 3,000 tax preparers who failed to use a valid Preparer Tax Identification Number. Letter 4731 is being sent to more than 1,100 people who are using old PTINs that were obtained prior to September 2010 and have never been renewed in the […]

    IRS continues their plan to close 2 e-services used by tax pros

    Disclosure authorization and electronic account resolution programs will be closing as previously scheduled on August 11th, 2013.  Over 4,000 tax pros have signed petitions urging the service to reconsider, to no avail.  As it looks at this point be sure to get your POAs and document request forms filed ASAP, before these time saving services […]

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