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  • Lauryn Hill Convicted of Tax Evasion & Compares It to Slavery…

    Singer/Songwriter Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to three months in prison and three months of home confinement for failing to file tax returns for five years and not reporting more than $2.3 million in income. In addition to being a singer and actress, Hill owned and operated four S corporations, and her primary source of […]

    Late Tax Filers May Qualify for Abatement of Penalties

    The IRS has a program called the First Time Abate which allows for a taxpayer to have the late filing penalties waived. The IRS abatement of penalties only applies if the taxpayer has been compliant for the past three years. This means paying on time, filing on time, etc. This also includes the penalty for […]

    Taxpayer Protection and Preparer Fraud Prevention Act of 2013

    Over the past few years we’ve seen the number of cases of fraud go from an occurrence that happened to “someone we know” to something that you can’t avoid reading or hearing about. It’s happening to hundreds of thousands of people in many different forms, but one of the most common forms in the tax […]

    IRS Closing for 5 days Due to Furloughs

    Due to budget cuts and sequestration, the IRS will be closing down all of its operations for 5 days, one at a time, from now to August. This will include all operations, including the call centers. The goal is to save money on utilities and man-power on slower days. Keep in mind that the IRS […]

    1 More Day to Timely File Rejected Returns

    Just a reminder that tomorrow, 4/20/2013 is the last day to timely file returns that were previously rejected. Also, be sure not to cause undue alarm to your clients that are getting refunds; there is no late filing penalty for filing a return after 4/15 if you are claiming a refund!  

  • Senators Press IRS to Adapt Tax Code for Same-Sex Couples

    8 democratic Senators have pressed the IRS for appeals to the tax code relating to the handling of same-sex couples.  Many states now allow for same-sex couples to file joint State returns, however these same couples must file separate federal tax returns.  A heavy portion of the problems these couples face are related to dealing […]

    Business Mileage Deductions Changes for 2nd Half of 2011

    The IRS has just released its’ adjusted mileage rates for the second half of tax year 2011. These rates will be in effect for all clients returns this coming January. Be aware, taxpayers always have the option of calculating and using actual expenses for their vehicle, but typically the mileage rates offer taxpayers the most […]

    Get your PTIN early this year

    The IRS is moving forward with implementing their testing requirement for tax preparers and they have stated that this will be in place for this coming 2011 tax season, starting January 2012.  One way to postpone having to take the preparer competency examination is to have your PTIN issued prior to the IRS implementing the […]

    IRS wants your input on Preparer Exams

    The IRS has selected Prometric to administer the forthcoming tax preparer examinations, but they would like to hear from you, the actual preparers, regarding the structure, length, specific areas and topics that should be covered, reporting, etc.  Prometric is the company that has been administering exams for Enrolled Agents and CPAs for years, but with […]

    Jackson Hewitt to file Bankruptcy

    Jackson Hewitt officially filed petition for bankruptcy on May 23rd in the Delaware District court.  Jackson completed the the 2010 tax season with over 700 franchisees operating 4,800 locations.  The Bankruptcy has been classified as a “packaged bankruptcy” for restructuring debt, but this official filing is certainly a negative blow to the second largest tax […]

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