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My Tax Blog

  • 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 […]

    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 […]

  • 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 […]

    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 […]


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