My Tax Blog

  • Federal Direct Closed for Thanksgiving

    The Federal Direct corporate office will close at 1pm this afternoon in observance of Thanksgiving and will remain closed until Monday, the 26th. We wish you and your families all the togetherness and happiness that holidays can bring. Send any emergency contact requests to support@fd.tax

    End of Tax Filing Season in 2018

    E-filing for taxes in 2018 will be shut down on November 17th at 10 pm filing center time. The shut down marks the beginning of preparation for the upcoming tax filing season which is slated to begin in mid to late January 2019.  Once e-filing is turned back on, tax returns for 2016, 2017 and […]

    Nice Tax Office Pop Up Stands Available

    If you are a FD partner and would like a nice pop up stand for your office or retail location, send an email to mkg@fd.tax.  Be sure to give your shipping address. These stands are about 5 ft tall and about 2 ft wide. We will send these out free of charge as long as […]

    TIGTA Warns of Tax Season Delays

    As the first major tax reform legislation in more than 30 years, the TCJA has made significant changes to the tax code which affects individuals, business and tax exempt organizations.  The IRS is tasked with updating or creating about 450 forms, pubs and instructions. In addition to updating the forms, the IRS will also have […]

    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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Federal Direct Closed for Thanksgiving

    The Federal Direct corporate office will close at 1pm this afternoon in observance of Thanksgiving and will remain closed until Monday, the 26th. We wish you and your families all the togetherness and happiness that holidays can bring. Send any emergency contact requests to support@fd.tax

    End of Tax Filing Season in 2018

    E-filing for taxes in 2018 will be shut down on November 17th at 10 pm filing center time. The shut down marks the beginning of preparation for the upcoming tax filing season which is slated to begin in mid to late January 2019.  Once e-filing is turned back on, tax returns for 2016, 2017 and […]

    Nice Tax Office Pop Up Stands Available

    If you are a FD partner and would like a nice pop up stand for your office or retail location, send an email to mkg@fd.tax.  Be sure to give your shipping address. These stands are about 5 ft tall and about 2 ft wide. We will send these out free of charge as long as […]

    TIGTA Warns of Tax Season Delays

    As the first major tax reform legislation in more than 30 years, the TCJA has made significant changes to the tax code which affects individuals, business and tax exempt organizations.  The IRS is tasked with updating or creating about 450 forms, pubs and instructions. In addition to updating the forms, the IRS will also have […]

    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 […]


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