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  • IRS Attempts to Catch Up, Resumes processing refunds & Says Wait to Call

    The IRS has reopened phone lines and says that they expect an increased demand in phone services. Due to the back log of work due to the government shutdown, the Service politely requests that you wait to call or contact them based on the severity of your situation. The service expects to be caught up […]

    2014 PTIN Renewal Period Delayed Due to Lapse in Funding

    When asked about the status of the 2014 PTIN, the IRS stated, “Due to the lapse in government funding, the 2014 PTIN renewal season is delayed. An email or letter will be sent to all current PTIN holders notifying you when the 2014 renewal season opens.  The online PTIN system is still available for users […]

    Government Shutdown Over & IRS Open

    The government reopens! All governmental bodies should be open after the end of the shutdown and congress goes back to work. While offices are open, there is now a backlog of work for these governmental departments and workers, so keep in mind that call times could be longer than normal, even hours.  IRS phone lines […]

    IRS Operations During The Lapse In Appropriations

    (Taken from the website of the IRS) Due to the current lapse in appropriations, IRS operations are limited. However, the underlying tax law remains in effect, and all taxpayers should continue to meet their tax obligations as normal. Individuals and businesses should keep filing their tax returns and making deposits with the IRS, as they are required […]

    IRS Getting Stricter on Enforcing Preparer Penalties

    According to a report by TIGTA (requested by the IRS Oversight Board to determine its efficiency in using the existing requirements and penalty regime that applies to unenrolled paid tax return preparers) there are several areas where the IRS could improve.   The overall objective was to determine whether controls are in place to ensure […]

  • IRS e-file System Down for Processing

    IRS will be conducting Disaster Recovery exercises on Saturday June 9th and again on Saturday June 16th .  They will not be processing returns beginning at 6PM Eastern on Friday June 8th, and they intend to bring the system back on line at 8:00 AM Eastern on Monday June 11th.  The Same procedure and timeline […]

    Did You Receive A Warning Letter From The IRS?

    According to TaxProToday, the IRS has sent out its regular warning letters to inactive EFIN holders. However, this year it seems that there was some error and current, active EFIN holders could be getting one, as well. If you have used your EFIN to e-file at least one return in the last two years, you […]

    CAA/ITIN Application Update- Regarding Dependents

    If you have a client who is attempting to get ITINs for dependents, he or she must be a parent or use a Power of Attorney form for immediate family (grandparents, brothers, sisters, etc). If your client is an aunt or uncle, the Power of Attorney will not work. In this instance, you will notarize […]

    Time To Start Thinking About Your RTRP Test!!!

    Ladies and gentlemen, it is time to begin thinking about your plans regarding the impending Registered Tax Return Preparer exam.  As much as many of us unintentionally procrastinate, it is advisable to go ahead and begin preparing to take the test. Do not wait until the last minute. Here are a few facts about the […]

    Warning: Failure to File or Pay Penalties

    Here are eight important points about the two different penalties you may face if you file or pay late. If you do not file by the deadline, you might face a failure-to-file penalty. If you do not pay by the due date, you could face a failure-to-pay penalty. The failure-to-file penalty is generally more than […]

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