Tax Talk

  • IRS e-services Secure Authentication – You need to do it!

    If you have not already signed into your e-services account and gone through the Secure Authentication process to add 2-Factor Authentication to your e-services account, you are doing yourself and your tax business a real disservice.  9 out of 10 e-services users can complete this process online and in less than 10 minutes.  To initiate […]

    Government Shutdown Tax Season & E-file Implications

    In light of the government shut down, we would like to share pertinent information regarding IRS efiling and return processing.  It is important to know that you should continue to e-file returns and advise your customers to file as well.  Here are potential impacts to return processing from the IRS: -Guidance on 2017 Tax Act would stop […]

    Tax Season officially begins on January 29th 2018.

    Tax Season officially begins on January 29th 2018, however you may be able to file early if you are participating in hub testing. Hub testing is set to begin approximately on the 22nd or 23rd. Returns will be due on April 17th 2018.

    Federal Direct Holiday Hours 2017

    From our family to yours, wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Christmas holiday hours: Corporate offices closed Saturday December 23rd and will reopen Tuesday December 26th at 9am Eastern. New Year’s holiday hours: Corporate offices closed Monday January 1st and will reopen Tuesday January 2nd at 9am Eastern.

    IRS e-Services Moves to Secure Access Dec. 10

    With all the phishing emails relating to e-services we wanted to forward the authentic message that the IRS has been sending out today.  Be on the lookout for this message coming to you fromn the IRS.  It is legitimate.  This Sunday, December 10th, IRS e-services will be switching over to their new Secure Access system. […]

  • 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 IRS amended return status using a new web or toll-free application. Go to 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 […]

    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 […]

    Education Credits Causing Additional Delays for Taxpayers.

    If you filed your tax return with form 8863 for Tax Education Credits, you might be receiving this 8863 Letter in the mail requesting more information.  Typically, this is just a request for more information relating to credit eligibility. In this case, it seems that 4 of the questions on the form are either not […]

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