My Tax Blog

  • 10 Dos and Don’ts of Starting a Tax Preparation Business

    Dos: 1. Find tax software that meets your needs. Do you need the ability do corporate returns or other special module types of returns? Do you need the ability to prepare prior year returns? Generally speaking, additional years and specialty modules are not included so be mindful of what you are actually getting in your […]

    Check Cashing Guidance

    The last few days the IRS released its largest funding ever. While our systems are functioning properly there may be times over the next 24-48 hours where delays are experienced due to high traffic on our Interactive Voice Response (IVR) check verification system. In order to streamline your customer’s experience with tax check cashing, we’d […]

    California Tax Preparer CTEC Deadline Warning

    To all California tax preparers: Stay up-to-date with CTEC renewal deadlines. Sunday the 15th is the last day to renew your CRTP license with CTEC for the coming season! Preparers with access to our California renewal package should verify that they have obtained five (5) hours of California credits, and fifteen (15) hours of Federal […]

    ITIN Renewal Confirmation Information

    IRS ITIN Operation info regarding ITIN Renewal Confirmation with relation to e-filing your 2016 returns in early 2017. Q. Will the IRS be sending out ITIN renewal confirmation letters after renewal? If so, what is the time frame for when a taxpayer should expect to receive one? A. IRS will issue Notices to taxpayers renewing […]

  • IRS Under Fire for Line Dancing and Loads of Misc. Expenses

    Can the IRS’s situation become more sadly laughable? At this point, I’m beginning to think not.  Released this weekend was a video of a line dancing instructor teaching some IRS employees to dance. Apparently the IRS has spent somewhere near $50 million to hold at least 220 conferences for employees between 2010 and 2012.  A […]

    PTIN Certificate Email is Unofficial- Don’t Det Duped!

    Third party for-profit organizations have obtained the PTIN list under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and created an online directory of tax professionals. Be aware that the information these services received includes names, addresses and phone numbers, but not actual PTINs. We want to warn you not to provide these websites with your PTIN, […]

    EITC Fraud Continues to Vex IRS

    It is estimated that the IRS erroneously paid out 11 to 13 BILLION dollars in EITC.  The IRS thought forcing preparers to send in the 8867 Due Diligence worksheets would put “a dent” in the fraud. The number of fraudulent/erroneous EITC payments has gone down 2-3 billion compared to last year’s numbers. Have your own […]

    Have a Great Idea? Tax Reform Committee Wants Your Opinion & Ideas!

    It’s here. You can stop waiting now. The age where the online socio-political arena is just as important (and way more volatile) as real life has finally come. Of course, there are benefits and drawbacks. Everyone knows the internet makes it easier for a person to say what he or she really thinks which leads […]

    Information on RTRP Refunds Finally Released!

    There has finally been some information released regarding refunds for RTRP Exam fees. Requests for refunds can only be made by phone to Prometric directly at the 855.477.3926.  You must speak with to a customer service representative, and they can complete & initiate a refund request.  The refund review process can take up to 60 […]

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