My Tax Blog

  • ITIN Credit Rules Enforced. Here are some tips.

    No, an ITIN holder cannot claim credits for back year’s returns. The law changed in Dec. 2015 with HR2029.  This means no Child Tax Credit or American Opportunity Credit (among others) for any year beyond a current and timely filed tax return. If you file late, as in after April 15th, you will NOT get […]

    PTIN System Open and Free

    Today, the IRS re-opened the PTIN System and is again issuing PTINs. Since the IRS is enjoined from charging a fee, it will issue the PTINs at no cost to the preparer. If you currently have a PTIN, you can now log into your account to make changes and view CPE information as normal.

    Email Scam Targeting IRS E-Services Users

    Another IRS scam email has been plaguing the tax preparation industry for months now, scammers have crafted a fake IRS s-services page that is identical to the real one. They blast password expiration/reset emails to everyone who has a PTIN as that info is open information and many PTIN holders are also EROs or hold active […]

    Does opening a tax office really mean working only 4 months per year?

    Does opening a tax office really mean working only 4 months per year? The simplest answer is probably not.  Can you earn a living wage salary in only 4 months? Yes, a seasonal tax preparer can earn a living wage salary in only 4 months, but that doesn’t mean that all the work stops after April. Some […]

  • IRS Appeals Ruling In Tax Preparer Lawsuit Against RTRP

    The IRS is appealing the district court’s ruling in Loving vs. IRS.  Three independent tax preparers and a rally of libertarian lawyers sued the IRS for imposing regulations on tax preparers saying that the IRS doesn’t have statutory authority to do so.  The IRS is appealing the ruling and oral arguments for the case are […]

    IRS Could Review Previously Processed ITINs for Fraud Patterns

    According to Accounting Today, the IRS and TIGTA have almost made up.  Not entirely, but TIGTA is letting the IRS move back into the house (personification- no actual move took place). While the IRS is only, at this point, satisfying 7 of 9 measures that TIGTA wants to see, the Service plans to really work […]

    IRS Closed Tomorrow. Call Today or Wait Until Monday!

    The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers that, due to the current budget situation including the sequester, the agency will be shut down on Friday, June 14. As was the case on May 24, the first furlough day, all IRS operations will again be closed on June 14. This means that all IRS offices, including […]

    Unbanked: Prediction of Challenges To Come Regarding PPACA

    With the impending enforcement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, research groups all over are attempting to find loop holes to provisions, cracked logic, anything to cause a stir and potentially create fear. There are concerns about those who do not have bank accounts, or, as the research groups have labelled them, the […]

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