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  • Federal Direct Holiday Office Hours

    Federal Direct will be closed Saturday December 24th through Monday December 26th in observation of the holiday season and will reopen at 9am Eastern on Tuesday December 27th. We will also be closed Monday January 2nd in observation of the New Year’s holiday and will reopen at 9am Eastern on Tuesday January 3rd. Happy Holidays […]

    e-file deadline close approaching!

    Be aware that the IRS annual e-file shutdown for rolling their systems over to the next year’s tax calculations is coming next week, November 30th.  The IRS will not accept returns electronically from this date on until they turn back on for filing in mid January 2017.  The IRS’ goal is to always accept 3 […]

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    From all of us here at Federal Direct we would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday! The corporate office will be closed Thursday through Sunday and will reopen Monday morning at 9am Eastern! Also, don’t forget that November 30th is the deadline for e-filing, until the IRS turn their system back on in […]

    Startup costs for starting a tax preparation business

    Research Costs-                 Thinking about starting a tax preparation business? Or, do you need tax business help as a preparer? Perhaps you have already decided and are doing cursory research.  If you do your homework on the steps to starting a tax preparation business, it will pay off big time.  Being prepared for your new […]

    Online Tax Software vs. Desktop Tax Software

    Benefits of Online Tax Software Online tax prep software can be used on any computer – Mac or PC Online tax software auto updates and is self-maintaining Acknowledgments automatically applied No need to back up files since they are stored in the cloud Functionally similar to desktop versions Fluid movement between software years Several preparer roles […]

  • 1 More Day to Timely File Rejected Returns

    Just a reminder that tomorrow, 4/20/2013 is the last day to timely file returns that were previously rejected. Also, be sure not to cause undue alarm to your clients that are getting refunds; there is no late filing penalty for filing a return after 4/15 if you are claiming a refund!  

    It’s Begun! Beware of Fake IRS Emails!

    Today I received an email, claiming to be from the IRS, stating that there was an additional sum of money to be refunded.  As a tax professional, I know I did my taxes right, but for those unaware of the system or too trusting of emails, this could be incredibly detrimental. Remember that the IRS […]

    Stop Procrastinating, April 15 is One Week Away! Time to File!

    Just a friendly reminder that tax season will NOT be extended even though it began late. You will have until April 15th, which is next Monday, to file your taxes or file an extension. Remember that if you paper file, your return must be postmarked by the 15th to be considered “timely,” and filing an […]

    You Can Now Track Your Amendment! Really? Yes!

    Beginning in March 2013, you can track your amended return status using a new web or toll-free application. Go to IRS.gov and click on “Where’s My Amended Return,” or call 1-866-464-2050. With either application, you will need to provide the following information: Your Taxpayer Identification Number (usually SSN), Your date of birth, and Your ZIP […]

    Tomorrow is Last Day to File Corporate Returns…Ante Up or File Extension.

    If you don’t have all your ducks in a row, don’t worry too much. You can always file a corporate return extension, BUT remember that filing an extension does not give you more time to pay what you owe. Penalties and interest will accrue, and those amounts are nothing to joke about. Corporate tax returns […]

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