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  • 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, […]

    EITC Fraud Continues to Vex IRS

    It is estimated that the IRS erroneously paid out 11 to 13 BILLION dollars in EITC.  The IRS thought forcing preparers to send in the 8867 Due Diligence worksheets would put “a dent” in the fraud. The number of fraudulent/erroneous EITC payments has gone down 2-3 billion compared to last year’s numbers. Have your own […]

    Have a Great Idea? Tax Reform Committee Wants Your Opinion & Ideas!

    It’s here. You can stop waiting now. The age where the online socio-political arena is just as important (and way more volatile) as real life has finally come. Of course, there are benefits and drawbacks. Everyone knows the internet makes it easier for a person to say what he or she really thinks which leads […]

    Information on RTRP Refunds Finally Released!

    There has finally been some information released regarding refunds for RTRP Exam fees. Requests for refunds can only be made by phone to Prometric directly at the 855.477.3926.  You must speak with to a customer service representative, and they can complete & initiate a refund request.  The refund review process can take up to 60 […]

  • 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, […]

    Tax Clients Liens & Levies – IRS offers “Fresh-Start Open House” Tomorrow

    The Internal Revenue Service will open the doors to dozens of its Taxpayer Assistance Centers across the country this coming Saturday, July 16, 2011, to answer taxpayer questions and provide help with tax filing issues. This special event is particularly intended for people who want to make a “fresh start” by taking steps to have […]

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