My Tax Blog

  • End of 2020 Tax Filing Season Extended Hours & Tips

    We are now within 1 week of the May 17th filing deadline and many of you are as busy as ever assisting procrastinating clients!  Federal Direct will be available for extended support hours this Friday, Saturday and Monday leading up to the filing deadline.  Give us a call and we can help get those last […]

    Recovery Rebate Credits Getting Separated from 2020 Tax Refund?

    Over the last few days, as federal refunds have started to get disbursed, we have been noticing some unexpected behavior regarding tax return acknowledgements and tax refund figures. While investigating refund figure changes, we noticed that the discrepancy appears to be the exact amount of the recovery rebate credit from line 30 on the 1040. […]

    E-file Shutting Down November 18th

    Shutdown begins on Saturday, November 18th, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, in order to prepare the system for the upcoming Tax Year 2020 Filing Season. Any returns not in accepted status will either need to be mailed or e-filed after e-filing turns on for the upcoming tax season in January.  ***Revision to the e-file […]

    Get Your 2021 PTIN

    IRS.gov/ptin is open for renewals for the coming year. Log into or, if you’re a new preparer, create your PTIN account, verify personal information, and pay for your PTIN. Payment is now required again after many years of no charge. Pay the $35.95 renewal fee via credit/debit/ATM card or eCheck. Upon completion of your application […]

  • 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 […]

    IRS User Fees to Increase

    Overdue tax installment payments are about to become more expensive. The service is proposing a stiff IRS user fee hike to go into effect on Jan. 1 2017. The charge for new installment plans will be $225… a $105 jump from today’s cost. The outlay for direct debit installment agreements will more than double to […]

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