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My Tax Blog

  • Windows Transition

    Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system turns 10 years old this month! While this has been the “go-to” operating system for many years, Microsoft has decided to end the operating system’s support in January of 2020. Once this happens, Microsoft will no longer be providing technical assistance or software updates for Windows 7, including security updates. […]

    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 […]

  • 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, […]

    Stopping Tax Offenders and Prosecuting (STOP) Identity Theft Bill of 2014

    Identity theft is a problem that affects millions of Americans and that nondescript number is growing exponentially. Years ago, there were fewer people filing fewer fraudulent returns, but now, with the ease of e-file and the lax security of some office’s document retention procedures, there are thousands of people who have built a type of […]

    Obama Pleas for Economic Patriotism from Corporate Deserters

    President Obama has openly and vehemently criticized the new corporate strategy of lowering its tax burden. This new strategy is called inversion, and for those who aren’t well versed in tax code, it’s a process by which a corporation buys a foreign corporation in order to take that corporation’s tax home which, in turn, lowers […]

    Another Tax Relief Company Goes Down.

    Yet another tax relief company now faces the long arm of the law after having been found guilty of challenged practices including fraudulently misrepresenting the company services in order to con more people. The FTC is mailing out 16 million dollars to over 18 thousand former clients of American Tax Relief. Apparently, each consumer will […]

    Tax Bill to Prevent Tax Refund Theft

    The Senate Finance Committee has introduced bipartisan legislation to improve protection for taxpayers against fraudulent tax refund claims made with stolen identities. The refund theft tax bill includes new assistance for taxpayers who have been victims of identity theft and requires the Internal Revenue Service to establish a new security feature that individuals can use […]

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