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    From our family to yours, Federal Direct would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!  Federal Direct corporate offices will be closed on Christmas Eve December 24th and Christmas Day December 25th. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

    IRS May Fine 122,133 Paid Tax Preparers $345 Million in Penalties

    Last tax season marked an increasing level of noncompliance by tax preparers with the Internal Revenue Service’s due diligence reporting requirements for the Earned Income Tax Credit, according to a new report reviewing the IRS’s performance during the delayed tax season. The report, from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, found that as of […]

    2014 Tax Season Opens on January 31st

    According to IR-2013-100, the IRS plans to open the 2014 filing season on January 31. The IRS cautioned that it will not process any tax returns before January 31, so there is no advantage to filing on paper before the opening date. Until tax season officially begins, the stockpiling rule doesn’t apply. The April 15 […]

    New IRS Commissioner Koskinen Approved

    John Koskinen, a 74-year-old multimillionaire with a resume full of accomplishments, will be the new Commissioner of the IRS. The Senate Finance Committee approved his nomination Friday.

    Tax Prep Fees on The Rise

    According to Accounting Today, average fees for tax prep are rising. While it certainly does depend on which forms you need, all tax prep fees are steadily increasing a few percentage points, and will very likely continue to rise as the individual mandate is facilitated through tax filing.

  • IRS RTRP ALERT!

    Information from the Return Preparer Office: The Return Preparer Office will be mailing more than 312,000 letters this week to people who have not yet scheduled an appointment to take the Registered Tax Return Preparer test. (SAMPLE RTRP NOTICE LETTER) This summer the RPO sent two different emails on this topic, but  the RPO Office […]

    Why is Tax Season Starting Later and Later?

    An interesting question was posed this morning that made me think and question it myself. That question was “why does tax season seem to begin later and later every year?” My first thought was simply the day of the week that that date range falls on, but then I pulled up the calendar. Tax season […]

    Attention- CAAs- Important Warning!!!!!

    This notice is particularly for Certified Acceptance Agents. Hopefully, you all have kept appropriate documentation on returns which had W-7 applications for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.  The word on the street is that the IRS is taking a sample pool of ITINs per CAA and investigating the appropriateness of the work done. By that […]

    Reminder! Live CE Webinar Thursday, Sept. 6th!

    Our next webinar will be covering General Tax Law Updates for the coming tax season.  The webinar will be hosted next Thursday, September 6th at 5:30pm Eastern.  As always, if you are not able to attend the live webinar, it will be available for archive viewing on your partner portal 24-48 hours after the live […]

    Medical Marijuana Business Deduction Surprise!

    Many businesses sell medical marijuana in the retail sector. Of course, having legalized marijuana on a state level, makes this business practice legitimate for state taxes but what about federal taxes? For federal tax purposes, since marijuana is still illegal, it prevents this business from being treated as a real business with deductible expenses. However, […]


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