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  • 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 tax season tips that we try to adopt in our office to help stay at our best during the busy time!   Get Enough Sleep […]

    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 […]

    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 […]

  • Delay To start of Filing Season 1/30/2013

    The IRS has made official that they will be delaying the start of the electronic filing season to 1/30/2013.  This relates to 1040, Individual tax returns.  The IRS also indicates that they expect additional delays associated with less common individual forms that they will be releasing a list of later.   We will keep you […]

    Fiscal Cliff Tax Deal Details A.K.A Governmental “Tough Love”

    Well, with this new deal we averted the cliff or did we? Maybe we had a parachute that kept us safe for a while, gave us a nice feeling that we’d land softly and smoothly, but then, half the way down we noticed large hole in the chute. The Good- The deal restores the top […]

    *EITC Update* The IRS Choses Identity Protection Over Speed

    Not only has the IRS announced that they will not be releasing a funding cycle, they will also only tell callers, requesting refund dates, that they should see their refund within 23 days. The IRS has been fighting with itself over maintaining it’s two main goals: Identity protection and the quick disbursement of refunds. Well, […]

    IRS Not Conducting Church Audits and Getting Sued

    The Freedom From Religion Foundation is suing the IRS for failing to enforce the ban on churches contributing to/intervening with political campaigns. Separation between Church and State? Not lately. The IRS says that the audits are on hold until finalizing rules that requires “high-level” official to approve the examinations.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation believes […]

    The IRS Ripped off Its Shirt to Reveal Green Flesh Atop Muscles Made of 1099-Ks

    Yes, it’s true. The IRS has recently become the green-fleshed Hulk of our governmental body.  This year the IRS has been on a roll changing things to improve the system, prevent fraud, smash identity theft, and, in the writer’s opinion, get it’s act together before facilitating the facilitation of the individual mandate come 2014.  Really, […]

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