My Tax Blog

  • Have You Applied for Your EFIN?

    This tax season will be especially turbulent with the new pre-season tax loans and preparing estimates using the new tax law.  Pre-season tax loans, up to $5,000, will be approved as a percentage of the refund and the approval will be based on return criteria (as in the past). However, this year, you will be […]

    Start a Tax Business from Home

    If you’re thinking about starting a tax preparation business from home, then you’re in good company.  For many new tax preparers, this is a great way to get started and build some tax preparation experience while having the lowest amount of overhead as possible.  In addition to reducing your overhead, you’ll be able to deduct […]

    2017 Tax Refund Bank Product Deadlines

    EPS Last day to apply 10/15/18 Last day to print in office 10/31/18 Checks go stale 10/31/18 TPG & PSCOM Last day to apply 10/20/18 Last day to print in office 10/31/18 Checks go stale 11/30/18

    Getting Your EFIN (Electronic Filing Identification Number)

    The e-services portal has undergone many large changes over the last couple of years, but the application process is very similar…once you get in.  Go to IRS.gov and click on “Tax Pros” in the top right.  Then click on “Access E-Services” and scroll down to “E-File Provider Services.” Finally, click on “Access e-file Application.”  One […]

    Tax Deadlines Monday 9/17 2018

    EFTPS users: Payments must be scheduled by 8 PM ET at least one calendar day before the tax due date. Individuals: Pay the third installment of your 2018 estimated tax – Use Form 1040-ES. Corporations: Deposit the third installment of your 2018 estimated tax. Electing Large Partnerships: File Form 1065-B if you timely requested a […]

  • What is the real cost of starting a tax business?

    If you are considering starting a tax preparation business, there are a few different types of actual costs to consider.  Each type of cost will require sacrifice and planning. The three main types of small business start-up costs to consider are: finances, time, and effort (mental and physical costs).  To help measure the real financial […]

    Tips on Basic Online Security & Identifying Tax Related Email Scams

    Start by knowing that the IRS or software vendor will never ask you for your personal information and security questions via email. Please take some time to read our online information security tips below.  Always be suspicious of unexpected emails, even if it appears to come from a legitimate source.  Triple check emails before ever […]

    Alert: Watch for Scam/Phishing Emails!

    Please be on the alert for fraudulent email messages requesting sensitive personal and business tax information.  These emails can appear to come from many different sources pretending to be the IRS, Federal Direct, State Departments of Revenue, Tax Software Companies, etc.  One such recent IRS tax scam email has been identified as coming from a […]

    ITIN Credit Rules Enforced. Here are some tips.

    No, an ITIN holder cannot claim credits for back year’s returns. The law changed in Dec. 2015 with HR2029.  This means no Child Tax Credit or American Opportunity Credit (among others) for any year beyond a current and timely filed tax return. If you file late, as in after April 15th, you will NOT get […]

    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 […]

  • Have You Applied for Your EFIN?

    This tax season will be especially turbulent with the new pre-season tax loans and preparing estimates using the new tax law.  Pre-season tax loans, up to $5,000, will be approved as a percentage of the refund and the approval will be based on return criteria (as in the past). However, this year, you will be […]

    Start a Tax Business from Home

    If you’re thinking about starting a tax preparation business from home, then you’re in good company.  For many new tax preparers, this is a great way to get started and build some tax preparation experience while having the lowest amount of overhead as possible.  In addition to reducing your overhead, you’ll be able to deduct […]

    2017 Tax Refund Bank Product Deadlines

    EPS Last day to apply 10/15/18 Last day to print in office 10/31/18 Checks go stale 10/31/18 TPG & PSCOM Last day to apply 10/20/18 Last day to print in office 10/31/18 Checks go stale 11/30/18

    Getting Your EFIN (Electronic Filing Identification Number)

    The e-services portal has undergone many large changes over the last couple of years, but the application process is very similar…once you get in.  Go to IRS.gov and click on “Tax Pros” in the top right.  Then click on “Access E-Services” and scroll down to “E-File Provider Services.” Finally, click on “Access e-file Application.”  One […]

    Tax Deadlines Monday 9/17 2018

    EFTPS users: Payments must be scheduled by 8 PM ET at least one calendar day before the tax due date. Individuals: Pay the third installment of your 2018 estimated tax – Use Form 1040-ES. Corporations: Deposit the third installment of your 2018 estimated tax. Electing Large Partnerships: File Form 1065-B if you timely requested a […]

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