My Tax Blog

  • Reminder: Filing Deadline Approaching

    For taxpayers who had previously requested extensions, the tax filing deadline is approaching. The filing deadline is October 15th and the IRS suggests that returns are e-filed as it is the easiest, safest and most accurate way to file, but if you chose to paper file, be sure that the tax return is postmarked by […]

    IRS Warns of new Impersonation Email Scam

    At a security summit held by the IRS and its security partners, IRS reminds everyone that they will not send unsolicited emails and they never email taxpayers about the status of refunds.  The IRS warns of phishing email scams from bad actors pretending to be the IRS in a new, but not uncommon, scheme to […]

    Federal Direct Tax Services Discounts & Coupons

    Federal Direct Tax Services is happy to extend the various discounts on tax software & partnerships: Federal Direct 10% Military Discount on all partnerships. Professional Courtesy Discount is available to industry professionals, Enrolled Agents and CPAs. The Professional Courtesy Discount is Platinum level partnership at the price of Gold.

    “Can I still be a tax preparer if I owe the IRS?”

    Yes, you can. However, you will need to get compliant on your tax debt and get all your returns filed before you can become a tax preparer. File any previously unfiled returns, and pay your debt or set up payment arrangements. After a few months of regular payments on a payment arrangement, you will be considered […]

    E-services & E-filing Down Over Memorial Day Weekend

    If you have returns to send, send them today, tomorrow, or after the holiday.  E-filing and e-services systems will be unavailable from midnight Eastern Time on Friday, May 24, through 7 a.m. EST on Tuesday, May 28.

  • 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, […]

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