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My Tax Blog

  • IRS User Fees to Increase

    Overdue tax installment payments are about to become more expensive. The service is proposing a stiff IRS user fee hike to go into effect on Jan. 1 2017. The charge for new installment plans will be $225… a $105 jump from today’s cost. The outlay for direct debit installment agreements will more than double to […]

    IRS ITIN policy changes released 8/4/2016

    ITINs issued before 2013 will expire 12/31/2016.  Renewal process will open October 1st, 2016.  To identify if an ITIN was issued prior to 2013, the first individuals in this group are ITINs with 78 or 79 as the middle digits.    ITINs that have not been used on a US tax return for the past […]

    Benefits of Becoming a Tax Professional

    Should I become a tax preparer? That is a common question that we get to discuss with entrepreneurs on a daily basis. Becoming a tax professional is not glamorous, but it does place you into an industry that has proven over the years to be stable and in demand. Become your friends, family, and clients’ […]

    11 Ways to Be More Efficient During Tax Season

    Tax office owners and tax preparers know all too well that preparing for tax season can be, well… Taxing! We work the long hours just like you. Here are 11 tips that we try to adopt in our office to help stay at our best during the busy time!   Get Enough Sleep Aside from […]

    Updated: When does tax season start in 2016?

    When does tax season start for 2016? The beginning of tax season 2016 will be January 19th, 2016. Since the bipartisan budget deal passed, there is no expected government shutdown which would have caused the beginning of tax season 2016 to be delayed. At this point, tax season 2016 will begin in late January. The […]

  • 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 […]

    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 […]

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