My Tax Blog

  • IRS Funding for EITC returns & Clients effected by the Extenders Bill

    The first large IRS funding for the tax season should hit this week, with early filed clients starting to see refunds posting as early as tomorrow evening. We suggest directing taxpayers to the IRS’ “Where’s My Refund” tool on the IRS’ webpage: www.irs.gov for information on their individual refund dispersal. Confirm that you have an […]

    Hub Testing Closed & Upcoming Outages

    -IRS HUB testing officially closed at 5PM Eastern Today. -Returns can still be “e-filed” but no acks will be coming back until Monday   Upcoming Outages: -1/30/18 from 5AM – 9AM TWO will be offline for maintenance = Unavailable. -1/30/18 the EFC will be offline from 10pm – 2AM for maintenance, returns can still be […]

    IRS e-services Secure Authentication – You need to do it!

    If you have not already signed into your e-services account and gone through the Secure Authentication process to add 2-Factor Authentication to your e-services account, you are doing yourself and your tax business a real disservice.  9 out of 10 e-services users can complete this process online and in less than 10 minutes.  To initiate […]

    Government Shutdown Tax Season & E-file Implications

    In light of the government shut down, we would like to share pertinent information regarding IRS efiling and return processing.  It is important to know that you should continue to e-file returns and advise your customers to file as well.  Here are potential impacts to return processing from the IRS: -Guidance on 2017 Tax Act would stop […]

    Tax Season officially begins on January 29th 2018.

    Tax Season officially begins on January 29th 2018, however you may be able to file early if you are participating in hub testing. Hub testing is set to begin approximately on the 22nd or 23rd. Returns will be due on April 17th 2018.

  • 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 […]

    IRS Looks to Distribute $760 Million in Unclaimed Tax Refunds

    The Internal Revenue Service is giving the Mega Millions jackpot some serious competition, with tax refunds totaling $760 million ready to be handed over to an estimated 918,600 taxpayers who did not file a federal income tax return for 2010.

    The Obama, Congress, Koskinen Tax Triangle

    In decades past, and the last year especially, it has become clear that congressional office holders have more trouble working with each other than against each other. While that would be totally acceptable if our mail goal as a nation, as a people was complete stagnation, this is a real problem when applied to our […]

  • IRS Funding for EITC returns & Clients effected by the Extenders Bill

    The first large IRS funding for the tax season should hit this week, with early filed clients starting to see refunds posting as early as tomorrow evening. We suggest directing taxpayers to the IRS’ “Where’s My Refund” tool on the IRS’ webpage: www.irs.gov for information on their individual refund dispersal. Confirm that you have an […]

    Hub Testing Closed & Upcoming Outages

    -IRS HUB testing officially closed at 5PM Eastern Today. -Returns can still be “e-filed” but no acks will be coming back until Monday   Upcoming Outages: -1/30/18 from 5AM – 9AM TWO will be offline for maintenance = Unavailable. -1/30/18 the EFC will be offline from 10pm – 2AM for maintenance, returns can still be […]

    IRS e-services Secure Authentication – You need to do it!

    If you have not already signed into your e-services account and gone through the Secure Authentication process to add 2-Factor Authentication to your e-services account, you are doing yourself and your tax business a real disservice.  9 out of 10 e-services users can complete this process online and in less than 10 minutes.  To initiate […]

    Government Shutdown Tax Season & E-file Implications

    In light of the government shut down, we would like to share pertinent information regarding IRS efiling and return processing.  It is important to know that you should continue to e-file returns and advise your customers to file as well.  Here are potential impacts to return processing from the IRS: -Guidance on 2017 Tax Act would stop […]

    Tax Season officially begins on January 29th 2018.

    Tax Season officially begins on January 29th 2018, however you may be able to file early if you are participating in hub testing. Hub testing is set to begin approximately on the 22nd or 23rd. Returns will be due on April 17th 2018.

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