My Tax Blog

  • 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 […]

    Tips on Basic Online Security & Identifying Tax Related Email Scams

    Start by knowing that the IRS or software vendor will never ask you for your personal information and security questions via email. Please take some time to read our online information security tips below.  Always be suspicious of unexpected emails, even if it appears to come from a legitimate source.  Triple check emails before ever […]

    Alert: Watch for Scam/Phishing Emails!

    Please be on the alert for fraudulent email messages requesting sensitive personal and business tax information.  These emails can appear to come from many different sources pretending to be the IRS, Federal Direct, State Departments of Revenue, Tax Software Companies, etc.  One such recent IRS tax scam email has been identified as coming from a […]

  • ITINs & Changes to the CAA Program Tonight in an hour!

      ITINs – Recent changes to the ITIN program and a general overview on the filing process. Join us for a Webinar on July 22 Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/325968471 This course will cover the continuing changes to the ITIN program, affecting how to file and get ITINs for your […]

    IRS Furlough Day Canceled

    Tax Business Owners take note: The previously scheduled IRS furlough day due to budget constraints of Monday, July 22nd has been cancelled, and the IRS will be on the job.  We will continue to update you on the status of the next scheduled agency-wide employee furlough day, August 30, 2013, as more info from the […]

    IRS Pushes Back Employer Mandate

    The Internal Revenue Service has issued a formal notice that officially delays the employer shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act, also known as the employer mandate, for a year and postpones the information reporting requirements. The White House and the Treasury Department posted announcements about the delay last week on blogs (see Obama […]

    Republicans Propose Cutting IRS Budget By 24%…Retaliation?

    In a completely unsurprising turn of events, the GOP is proposing a 24% budget decrease for the IRS as punishment for recent events. The recent events that actually call for the reduction are up for speculation, but many things have been putting the IRS in a unwanted spotlight lately. For example, the 4.1 million dollar […]

    IRS to Shutter Two Services Used by Tax Pros

    The Internal Revenue Service plans to end the Disclosure Authorization and Electronic Account Resolution on August 11th 2013. The Service claims that these electronic services aren’t used much and account for only 3% of all account-related issues. Tax practitioners are irate. It’s a newer service much faster than calling and waiting on hold. After the […]

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