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  • 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.

    Closed for the Winter Holidays

    From everyone at Federal Direct, we wish you happy tidings this holiday season. Spending time with the ones you love is one of life’s greatest treasures.  Federal Direct main office will be closing Friday, Dec.21st at 7pm and remain closed until Wednsday, Dec. 26th at 9am.

    Federal Direct Closed for Thanksgiving

    The Federal Direct corporate office will close at 1pm this afternoon in observance of Thanksgiving and will remain closed until Monday, the 26th. We wish you and your families all the togetherness and happiness that holidays can bring. Send any emergency contact requests to support@fd.tax

    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 […]

  • New York Suspends Preparers & Tightens Rules

    It’s the biggest city in the nation, so reasonable it would have a proportionally higher crime rate, right? Yes, even for taxes. New York state recently sent out 56 tax suspension letters. 40 preparers seem to have accepted the judgement and the other 16 preparers are challenging the action. Due to the increased tax-related crimes, […]

    New Tax Preparer Annual Filing Season Certificate

    The IRS is at it again… Since they were shut down on their authority to mandate all tax preparers get continuing education and take a competency test, they have now developed a “voluntary certification” that preparers can opt into.  The program is called the Annual Federal Tax Refresher Course; and yes, successful completion of the […]

    Tax Preparation for Immigrants – The Rules Change Again…

    Just as quickly as we update our ITIN materials and guidelines the ITIN policy office within the IRS has changed their stance yet again! Just released: ITINs (Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers) will expire after 5 consecutive years of non-filing use.  This is a change from the services’ previously stated policy of automatically expiring ITINs after […]

    Alert of New Email Phishing Scam: “Update your IRS e-file”

    The IRS has been alerted to a new email phishing scam. The emails appear to be from the IRS and include a link to a bogus web site intended to mirror the official IRS web site. These emails contain the direction “you are to update your IRS e-file immediately.”  The emails mention USA.gov and IRSgov, […]

    IRS to Reconsider Outsourcing Tax Debt Collection

    A bill recently passed by the Senate taxwriters includes a provision that would revive and expand the use of private debt collectors, requiring the service to hand over to private firms nearly all the inactive tax receivables. The way the bill reads, that would include unpaid fines for not having health coverage, a penalty that […]


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