Tax Talk

  • Tax Preparation Checklist for New Tax Preparation Offices

    EFIN- Electronic Filing Identification Number Is your EFIN approved? If not, where are you in the process? Have you started your registration for your tax business?   PTIN- Preparer Tax Identification Number Is your PTIN renewed for the upcoming season? Are PTINs renewed for all the tax preparers in your tax business? Are you AFSP? […]

    Federal Direct Thanksgiving Hours

    Federal Direct will close at 6 pm EST tonight, Nov. 22nd, and we will reopen on Monday, Nov. 27th, at 9 am EST. We want to wish you all a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Spending time with our families is one of the things that we are most thankful for, especially as we prepare […]

    Post Completion Internal Return Auditing

    Every tax office should have a system of self-audit to ensure that all returns are filed timely. Use form 9325 to stay organized and prevent any clients from falling through the cracks.  Check your tax software for reporting tools that will allow you to separate out un-filed and/or rejected returns. Following up on the acceptance […]

    End of Filing Season is November 18th, 2017

    Last day to e-file returns will be November 18th, 2017. Until that day, you can e-file tax returns from 2014, 2015, and 2016. Once e-filing opens back up for the coming season, then you will be able to e-file returns for 2015, 2016, and 2017. 

  • 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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