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  • Federal Direct Holiday Office Hours

    Federal Direct will be closed Saturday December 24th through Monday December 26th in observation of the holiday season and will reopen at 9am Eastern on Tuesday December 27th. We will also be closed Monday January 2nd in observation of the New Year’s holiday and will reopen at 9am Eastern on Tuesday January 3rd. Happy Holidays […]

    e-file deadline close approaching!

    Be aware that the IRS annual e-file shutdown for rolling their systems over to the next year’s tax calculations is coming next week, November 30th.  The IRS will not accept returns electronically from this date on until they turn back on for filing in mid January 2017.  The IRS’ goal is to always accept 3 […]

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    From all of us here at Federal Direct we would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday! The corporate office will be closed Thursday through Sunday and will reopen Monday morning at 9am Eastern! Also, don’t forget that November 30th is the deadline for e-filing, until the IRS turn their system back on in […]

    Startup costs for starting a tax preparation business

    Research Costs-                 Thinking about starting a tax preparation business? Or, do you need tax business help as a preparer? Or, do you need tax business help as a preparer? Perhaps you have already decided and are doing cursory research.  If you do your homework on the steps to starting a tax preparation business, it […]

    Online Tax Software vs. Desktop Tax Software

    Benefits of Online Tax Software Online tax prep software can be used on any computer – Mac or PC Online tax software auto updates and is self-maintaining Acknowledgments automatically applied No need to back up files since they are stored in the cloud Functionally similar to desktop versions Fluid movement between software years Several preparer roles […]

  • A Farewell Letter to IRS Commissioner Shulman

    It was no surprise that IRS Commissioner Shulman announced today that he is ending his term. We knew he planned on it. He ends his term just after the presidential election. Shulman has been the Commissioner since March 24, 2008 and his term ends on the 9th day of November of this year.  He leaves […]

    Liberty Tax & Wal-Mart: Making Up for the Kids

    About five years ago, Walmart decided it really only needed two major tax preparation firms to satisfy the needs of its patrons, H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt. Before this decision, Liberty had operated 30-40 seasonal kiosks in Walmarts around the country. In a crazy game of tax-franchise “wife-swapping,” Jackson Hewitt recently assumed all of the […]

    Tax Filing Extension Deadline Quickly Approaching!

    There are more than 11 million taxpayers who have requested an automatic six-month extension this year and have yet to file. October 15 is the deadline, but there are exceptions. There are always exceptions. Are you serving in Iraq or Afghanistan or a combat zone? If so, you can stop reading, but the majority of […]

    DOJ and IRS Team Up to Combat Fraud

    The IRS has two main goals when it comes to ideal operations: fraud prevention and fast disbursements of refunds. These two distinctly different goals can be difficult to attain as the application of one could hinder the other.  Essentially, the DOJ plans to take information from local prosecutions to identify patterns in the cases and […]


    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 […]

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