Tax Talk

  • IRS User Fees to Increase

    Overdue tax installment payments are about to become more expensive. The service is proposing a stiff IRS user fee hike to go into effect on Jan. 1 2017. The charge for new installment plans will be $225… a $105 jump from today’s cost. The outlay for direct debit installment agreements will more than double to […]

    IRS ITIN policy changes released 8/4/2016

    ITINs issued before 2013 will expire 12/31/2016.  Renewal process will open October 1st, 2016.  To identify if an ITIN was issued prior to 2013, the first individuals in this group are ITINs with 78 or 79 as the middle digits.    ITINs that have not been used on a US tax return for the past […]

    Benefits of Becoming a Tax Professional

    Should I become a tax preparer? That is a common question that we get to discuss with entrepreneurs on a daily basis. Becoming a tax professional is not glamorous, but it does place you into an industry that has proven over the years to be stable and in demand. Become your friends, family, and clients’ […]

    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 on how to make tax season easier that we try to adopt in our office to help stay at our best during […]

    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 […]

  • 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, […]

    Webinar on Tuesday! Education Credits & Tuition!

    Please join us next Tuesday for our webinar covering Education Credits & Tuition deductions, how to report them and which option is best for your clients.  This webinar will last approximately 2 hours, and for those of you who have signed up for an IRS continuing education package, will provide 2 CE credits in the […]

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