Tax Talk

  • 4th Largest Tax Prep Chain in US Shut Down by Federal Gov.

    Instant Tax Service has had their doors closed by US district court Judge Timothy Black.  Instant Tax was said to have been promoting a “culture of fraud and deception” within its franchisee base.   Along with promoting  unrealistic and undeliverable refund options to clients, Instant Tax was also sited for filing returns based off of pay […]

    Tax Office Marketing Webinar Tonight! Vote for Mkg Materials & A Big Surprise!

    Federal Direct’s next webinar will be covering Tax Office Marketing.  This webinar will go through the custom marketing programs available in your partner portal, debut the new partner website design, and break down the new low cost “To Every Door” direct mail campaign that any tax office marketing on a budget should be aware of!  […]

    2014 IRS PTINs Now Available!

    Anyone who, for compensation, prepares or helps prepare any federal return or claim for refund must have a valid PTIN from the IRS. The PTIN must be used as the identifying number on returns prepared. “We ask that you renew your PTIN as soon as possible to avoid a last-minute rush. It’s easy to let […]

    Tax Season Delayed & IRS Sorting 1.4 Million Letters

    Citing the need for “adequate time to program and test tax processing systems,” the service announced that it expected a one- to two-week delay in the start of tax season, and that it would start accepting and processing 2013 individual tax returns no earlier than Jan. 28, 2014, and no later than February 4. Tax […]

    IRS to delay 2013/2014 e-filing season…Again!

    Late breaking news:  IRS to delay the start of e-filing season again this year, blaming the recent government shutdown. While the IRS reserves the right to issue the final decision for the start of the 2014 filing season until December they are estimating the start date being pushed back from the original date of January […]

  • Schedule C Clients and How Then Can Beat An Audit

    IRS statistics show that approximately 4% of all returns including schedule C income eventually get audited.  Half of these returns are audited due to a random selection and the other half are chosen based upon a scoring assessment based upon IRS standardization charts for different acceptable business expenses.  The IRS released that the most common […]

    Extended Deadline for E-Filing 2010 Tax Returns… Oct. 31st, 2011

    Oct 15th is the date published on the IRS’ official e-file chart, but they have changed it to 8am Eastern, Monday October 31st.  There is no additional time past this date to electronically resubmit returns that have been rejected, they will have to be paper filed. What does this mean for my office?  –  Any […]

    New Earned Income Credit Filing Requirements for the 2011 Tax Year

    The IRS announced that they will be continuing their “Knock and Talk” EIC preparer education program, along with sending compliance letters, initiating preparer due dilligence audits, and requiring additional information be attached to all returns claiming EITC.  Prepareres will not notice much differece in the preparation process as now the tax preparation software will submit the EITC checklist […]

    Final PTIN registration details released

    Provisional PTINs: available through 4/18/2012.  This means that you WILL be able to get a PTIN prior to completing the preparers examination up to this date.  If you already have a PTIN, you will need to renew that PTIN for a fee of $64.25 after October 15th, 2011 for the coming tax season.  You will […]

    Get Your PTIN NOW!

    For anyone who has not heard the deadline for avoiding having to take the RTRP Examination until December 2013 is October 1st.  Federal Direct can assist you get your PTIN now, but if you delay, you will experience multiple additional charges and an examination before you can preparer taxes this year!  If you do not […]

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