My Tax Blog

  • PTIN Fees Return With Extra Fees

    The IRS has announced the return of fees for a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN).  Additionally, they have outsourced processing of applications and payments so there is an additional fee on top of the basic application fee. The IRS fee is set to be $21 per application or renewal plus a $14.95 fee to the […]

    IRS Payment Options

    There are many IRS payment options that they will accept. Pay your balance due at the time of filing. (No cost to set up beyond preparation fees) Direct Pay (No cost if it’s from a checking or savings account) Businesses can use EFTPS (The electronic federal tax payment system) Taxpayers can pay with a credit […]

    Michigan Funding Opportunity for Grants or Loans

    Michigan businesses may be eligible for a recovery grant or a business microloan to help them during this time of uncertainty. There are several requirements for eligibility but most are easy to meet.  There is even a webinar to help potential applicants gather and complete their required documents for a grant or loan.  Grant money can […]

    Economic Impact Payment Web Portal Open for Non-filers

    The non-filer tool, developed in partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, provides a free and easy option designed for people who don’t have a return filing obligation, including those with too little income to file. The feature is available only on IRS.gov, and users should look for Non-filers: Enter Payment Info Here […]

    Tax Year 2019 Tax Filing Deadline Extended to July 15th

    Due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, the current administration has decided to push back the tax filing deadline to July 15th. It was announced previously that tax payments, penalties and interest were all waived through July 15th, but that was contingent on still having filed the return.  At this point, tax filing, tax payments, penalties […]

  • 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 […]

    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 […]

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