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My Tax Blog

  • Unbanked: Prediction of Challenges To Come Regarding PPACA

    With the impending enforcement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, research groups all over are attempting to find loop holes to provisions, cracked logic, anything to cause a stir and potentially create fear. There are concerns about those who do not have bank accounts, or, as the research groups have labelled them, the […]

    IRS Under Fire for Line Dancing and Loads of Misc. Expenses

    Can the IRS’s situation become more sadly laughable? At this point, I’m beginning to think not.  Released this weekend was a video of a line dancing instructor teaching some IRS employees to dance. Apparently the IRS has spent somewhere near $50 million to hold at least 220 conferences for employees between 2010 and 2012.  A […]

    Federal Direct Corporate Office Closed for Memorial Day

    Federal Direct would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.  Our offices will be closed Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day.  We will resume normal (off season) business hours of 9am to 5pm Eastern on Tuesday May 28th.

    PTIN Certificate Email is Unofficial- Don’t Det Duped!

    Third party for-profit organizations have obtained the PTIN list under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and created an online directory of tax professionals. Be aware that the information these services received includes names, addresses and phone numbers, but not actual PTINs. We want to warn you not to provide these websites with your PTIN, […]

  • Tax Credit for Hiring a Veteran Proposed

    President Obama just recently proposed a new tax credit for hiring veterans that have recently returned from combat overseas.  The credit ceilings would range from $4,800 to $9,600, depending on the longevity of the position these veterans are employed for and the length that they have been unemployed and if they have any disabilities.  This […]

    Average Tax Prep Fees Remained Unchanged for Tax Year 2010

    Average fees for a 1040 individual tax return prepared during 2011 were $233, according to a survey of over 8,000 accountants and tax preparers across the country done by The National Society of Accountants.  This figure actually reflected a slight increase, 1.7%, over fees charged for preparing 2009 tax returns.

    Tax Implications of Federal Government passing Debt Ceiling Increase

    The bill to increase the US debt ceiling passed both the House and Senate Monday evening.  The bill raises the debt ceiling in several increments throughout the next year and gets us past the 2012 election.  A “super committee” comprised of both Republicans and Democrats will convene to approve another 1.5 trillion in borrowing for […]

    Over 50% of all households paid NO federal tax for 2009

    Over 50% of all US households paid NO federal tax for the tax period of 2009.  Even more impressive than that is that almost 30% of all households got a check back for MORE than all of their income taxes they paid in.  This is due to the refundable credits such as Earned Income Tax […]

    100,000 Tax Preparers to be target by the IRS for PTIN violations in 2010 season

    The IRS has began sending letters to about 100,000 tax return preparers who either used outdated PTINs or used social security numbers instead of a PTIN when filing returns this past tax season. The letters explain the new oversight program, inform preparers of how to register for a new PTIN, or renew an old PTIN, […]

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