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  • Happy Fourth of July!

    Federal Direct offices will be closed in observance of Independence Day on July 4th, 2014.  Our offices will reopen Monday July 7th, 2014 at the normal time of 9am EST. If you have an emergency during this time please contact your account representative directly or contact support at:  An after hours representative will contact […]

    Alert of New Email Phishing Scam: “Update your IRS e-file”

    The IRS has been alerted to a new email phishing scam. The emails appear to be from the IRS and include a link to a bogus web site intended to mirror the official IRS web site. These emails contain the direction “you are to update your IRS e-file immediately.”  The emails mention and IRSgov, […]

    IRS to Reconsider Outsourcing Tax Debt Collection

    A bill recently passed by the Senate taxwriters includes a provision that would revive and expand the use of private debt collectors, requiring the service to hand over to private firms nearly all the inactive tax receivables. The way the bill reads, that would include unpaid fines for not having health coverage, a penalty that […]

    Federal Direct Office Closed in Observation of Memorial Day

    The Federal Direct office will be closed on Monday, May 26th in observation of Memorial Day. Office hours will resume Tuesday, May 27th at 9 am EST. We would also like to send sincere gratitude to all of those who have served and continue to serve our country. Thank you for putting your lives on […]

    Want to pay less tax? Keep these receipts during the year.

    Want to know how to pay less taxes? One of the easiest ways to reduce one’s tax liability is to itemize his or her deductions. While not everything is tax deductible, saving receipts for taxes is pretty easy and will help you keep good track of your deductions without doing any work! I suggest (for the […]

  • Updated: IRS will shut down 1040 e-filing on November 23rd

    The IRS will officially shut down all 1040 e-filing for the year on November 23rd. Legacy e-filing ended last month, but modernized e-filing (Mef) is still operational until November 23, 2012. Mef will resume on January 22nd with the start of the 2012 tax filing season. If you need to file 2011 returns you CAN […]

    Fiscal Cliff & Taxmageddon or Fear Mongering? Probably the Latter…

    A couple of weeks ago we wrote about the “Fiscal Cliff”, tax provisions set to expire at the end of 2011, and, as of right now, they are not applicable to 2012 Federal returns. With the upcoming presidential election, congress still has no plan to act on extending the Bush era tax cuts. Each presidential […]

    Fiscal Cliff & “Taxmageddon” Approach with Expiring Tax Credits

    There are more than 30 different tax breaks set to expire at the end of 2012. Nearly everyone will be effected if the credits are not renewed. If the credits are not renewed everyone will pay more income taxes, and workers will bring home a little less money in each paycheck. Groups that will be […]

    IRS Taking Action Against Fraud Potential in EIC & AOC

    The IRS has been working with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) to make improvements to the tax system in 2019. The plan is that working together they will be able to find ways to prevent erroneous payments to taxpayers who incorrectly or fraudulently claim refundable credits that they are not entitled to. […]

    PTINs for 2013 are Ready for Issuance.

    The PTIN renewal and registration for 2013 are now available. Regulations require all paid tax return preparers obtain a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). Preparers must renew their PTIN each year by December 31. The renewal fee is $63.00 and the initial application fee is $64.25. Please remember to confirm that your credentials and all […]

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