My Tax Blog

  • PTIN Price Change & Other PTIN Updates

    In years past the cost of a new PTIN or renewing a PTIN was $64.25 or $63 respectively. However, the price has recently changed and may stay at this new price point for an undetermined period of time. The new cost, whether applying for a new PTIN or renewing your PTIN, will be the same, […]

    What you need to know about CTEC.

    What is CTEC? CTEC is short for the “California Tax Education Council,” which is a non-profit Corporation founded to promote competent tax preparation within the State of California. “CTEC” is also used as the common name for the Identification Number given to preparers registered in California to prepare tax returns. People who complete the CTEC […]

    What You Need to Know about an EFIN.

    What is an EFIN? An EFIN is an Electronic Filing Identification Number. The EFIN is used to identify the location from where an e-file was sent. How does one get an EFIN? You can get your EFIN though the IRS’ website at e-services. There is a registration process followed by an application process which includes […]

    Annual Filing Season Program CE Certification

    How Do I Obtain the AFSP – Record of Completion? • Take eighteen (18) credit hours of Continuing Education, comprised of: – Six (6) hours of Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) course that covers filing for the tax year and includes a knowledge-based, open book comprehension test administered at the end of the course through […]

    1040 Extension Deadline Approaching 10/15

    Do not forget that if you filed an extension for additional time to file, the deadline is fast approaching. You will be able to file returns for a while longer but your client may face additional penalties as a result of the delay. Play it safe, and file before the deadline, or, if nothing else, […]

  • IRS MeF System Overwhelmed/ Update for 8812

    Acknowledgements are taking longer than expected recently due to the modernized e-file system being swamped with returns coming in.  Try not to worry too much about it, but rather, let your client know that the system is bogged down and that it should return to normal in the following week or so. The 8812 (Additional […]

    Fake IRS Emails, Calls, Letters More Prevalent.

    There is nothing more financially terrifying than getting a letter from the IRS.  Pranksters have long been able to superimpose the IRS’s logo onto a letterhead and mail it off for laughs, but now, these pranksters have grown up into identity thieving crooks using more than a letterhead. Identity thieves have an arsenal of weapons […]

    List of IRS forms that 1040 filers can begin filing in March 2013

    The following tax forms will be accepted by the IRS during the first week of March after updating forms and completing programming and testing of its processing systems. A specific date will be announced in the near future. Form 3800 General Business Credit Form 4136 Credit for Federal Tax Paid on Fuels Form 5074 Allocation of […]

    “Where’s My Refund?” Tool on IRS’s Website Overloaded…Again

    The IRS is experiencing high traffic on “Where’s My Refund?” as more tax returns come in. Because of the heavy volume of refund inquiries, the IRS anticipates “Where’s My Refund?” will have limited availability during busier periods. Due to the large number of inquiries and to avoid service disruptions, the IRS strongly urges taxpayers to […]

    Forms 8863 (Education) and 4562 (Depreciation) To Be Accepted and Processed This Week

    The Internal Revenue Service announced that it would begin accepting tax forms covering depreciation on Sunday, February 10, and forms covering education credits on Thursday, February 14, a.k.a Valentine’s Day. “This step clears the way for almost all taxpayers to start filing their tax returns for 2012,” the IRS wrote in a statement. “These forms […]

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