My Tax Blog

  • End of Tax Filing Season in 2018

    E-filing for taxes in 2018 will be shut down on November 17th at 10 pm filing center time. The shut down marks the beginning of preparation for the upcoming tax filing season which is slated to begin in mid to late January 2019.  Once e-filing is turned back on, tax returns for 2016, 2017 and […]

    Nice Tax Office Pop Up Stands Available

    If you are a FD partner and would like a nice pop up stand for your office or retail location, send an email to mkg@fd.tax.  Be sure to give your shipping address. These stands are about 5 ft tall and about 2 ft wide. We will send these out free of charge as long as […]

    TIGTA Warns of Tax Season Delays

    As the first major tax reform legislation in more than 30 years, the TCJA has made significant changes to the tax code which affects individuals, business and tax exempt organizations.  The IRS is tasked with updating or creating about 450 forms, pubs and instructions. In addition to updating the forms, the IRS will also have […]

    Have You Applied for Your EFIN?

    This tax season will be especially turbulent with the new pre-season tax loans and preparing estimates using the new tax law.  Pre-season tax loans, up to $5,000, will be approved as a percentage of the refund and the approval will be based on return criteria (as in the past). However, this year, you will be […]

    Start a Tax Business from Home

    If you’re thinking about starting a tax preparation business from home, then you’re in good company.  For many new tax preparers, this is a great way to get started and build some tax preparation experience while having the lowest amount of overhead as possible.  In addition to reducing your overhead, you’ll be able to deduct […]

  • 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 […]

    IRS ITIN policy changes released 8/4/2016

    ITINs issued before 2013 will expire 12/31/2016.  Renewal process will open October 1st, 2016.  To identify if an ITIN was issued prior to 2013, the first individuals in this group are ITINs with 78 or 79 as the middle digits.    ITINs that have not been used on a US tax return for the past […]

    PTIN Price Change & Other PTIN Updates

    In years past the cost of a new PTIN or renewing a PTIN was $64.25 or $63 respectively. However, the price has recently changed and may stay at this new price point for an undetermined period of time. The new cost, whether applying for a new PTIN or renewing your PTIN, will be the same, […]

    Annual Filing Season Program CE Certification

    How Do I Obtain the AFSP – Record of Completion? • Take eighteen (18) credit hours of Continuing Education, comprised of: – Six (6) hours of Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) course that covers filing for the tax year and includes a knowledge-based, open book comprehension test administered at the end of the course through […]

    1040 Extension Deadline Approaching 10/15

    Do not forget that if you filed an extension for additional time to file, the deadline is fast approaching. You will be able to file returns for a while longer but your client may face additional penalties as a result of the delay. Play it safe, and file before the deadline, or, if nothing else, […]

  • End of Tax Filing Season in 2018

    E-filing for taxes in 2018 will be shut down on November 17th at 10 pm filing center time. The shut down marks the beginning of preparation for the upcoming tax filing season which is slated to begin in mid to late January 2019.  Once e-filing is turned back on, tax returns for 2016, 2017 and […]

    Nice Tax Office Pop Up Stands Available

    If you are a FD partner and would like a nice pop up stand for your office or retail location, send an email to mkg@fd.tax.  Be sure to give your shipping address. These stands are about 5 ft tall and about 2 ft wide. We will send these out free of charge as long as […]

    TIGTA Warns of Tax Season Delays

    As the first major tax reform legislation in more than 30 years, the TCJA has made significant changes to the tax code which affects individuals, business and tax exempt organizations.  The IRS is tasked with updating or creating about 450 forms, pubs and instructions. In addition to updating the forms, the IRS will also have […]

    Have You Applied for Your EFIN?

    This tax season will be especially turbulent with the new pre-season tax loans and preparing estimates using the new tax law.  Pre-season tax loans, up to $5,000, will be approved as a percentage of the refund and the approval will be based on return criteria (as in the past). However, this year, you will be […]

    Start a Tax Business from Home

    If you’re thinking about starting a tax preparation business from home, then you’re in good company.  For many new tax preparers, this is a great way to get started and build some tax preparation experience while having the lowest amount of overhead as possible.  In addition to reducing your overhead, you’ll be able to deduct […]

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