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  • Tax Preparation Checklist for New Tax Preparation Offices

    EFIN- Electronic Filing Identification Number Is your EFIN approved? If not, where are you in the process? Have you started your registration for your tax business?   PTIN- Preparer Tax Identification Number Is your PTIN renewed for the upcoming season? Are PTINs renewed for all the tax preparers in your tax business? Are you AFSP? […]

    Federal Direct Thanksgiving Hours

    Federal Direct will close at 6 pm EST tonight, Nov. 22nd, and we will reopen on Monday, Nov. 27th, at 9 am EST. We want to wish you all a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Spending time with our families is one of the things that we are most thankful for, especially as we prepare […]

    Post Completion Internal Return Auditing

    Every tax office should have a system of self-audit to ensure that all returns are filed timely. Use form 9325 to stay organized and prevent any clients from falling through the cracks.  Check your tax software for reporting tools that will allow you to separate out un-filed and/or rejected returns. Following up on the acceptance […]

    End of Filing Season is November 18th, 2017

    Last day to e-file returns will be November 18th, 2017. Until that day, you can e-file tax returns from 2014, 2015, and 2016. Once e-filing opens back up for the coming season, then you will be able to e-file returns for 2015, 2016, and 2017. 

  • DC District Court Upholds Obamacare Tax Credit Provisions

    Another day, another lawsuit. This time the plaintiffs argued that the IRS’s interpretation of the ACA was contrary to the statute, which, they asserted, authorizes tax credits only for individuals who purchase insurance on state-run exchanges, but not on federal exchanges. The court ruled “that the plain text of the statute, the statutory structure, and […]

    IRS Using More Automation For Taxpayers

    The IRS is working on switching over to more automated tax payer services intended to reduce the cost of manpower required to handle tasks that can be easily handled with online applications. Amendments are now trackable on the IRS’s website. Your refund can be tracked, as well. You can get your transcripts on the website. […]

    IRS May Fine 122,133 Paid Tax Preparers $345 Million in Penalties

    Last tax season marked an increasing level of noncompliance by tax preparers with the Internal Revenue Service’s due diligence reporting requirements for the Earned Income Tax Credit, according to a new report reviewing the IRS’s performance during the delayed tax season. The report, from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, found that as of […]

    2014 Tax Season Opens on January 31st

    According to IR-2013-100, the IRS plans to open the 2014 filing season on January 31. The IRS cautioned that it will not process any tax returns before January 31, so there is no advantage to filing on paper before the opening date. Until tax season officially begins, the stockpiling rule doesn’t apply. The April 15 […]

    New IRS Commissioner Koskinen Approved

    John Koskinen, a 74-year-old multimillionaire with a resume full of accomplishments, will be the new Commissioner of the IRS. The Senate Finance Committee approved his nomination Friday.

  • Tax Preparation Checklist for New Tax Preparation Offices

    EFIN- Electronic Filing Identification Number Is your EFIN approved? If not, where are you in the process? Have you started your registration for your tax business?   PTIN- Preparer Tax Identification Number Is your PTIN renewed for the upcoming season? Are PTINs renewed for all the tax preparers in your tax business? Are you AFSP? […]

    Federal Direct Thanksgiving Hours

    Federal Direct will close at 6 pm EST tonight, Nov. 22nd, and we will reopen on Monday, Nov. 27th, at 9 am EST. We want to wish you all a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Spending time with our families is one of the things that we are most thankful for, especially as we prepare […]

    Post Completion Internal Return Auditing

    Every tax office should have a system of self-audit to ensure that all returns are filed timely. Use form 9325 to stay organized and prevent any clients from falling through the cracks.  Check your tax software for reporting tools that will allow you to separate out un-filed and/or rejected returns. Following up on the acceptance […]

    End of Filing Season is November 18th, 2017

    Last day to e-file returns will be November 18th, 2017. Until that day, you can e-file tax returns from 2014, 2015, and 2016. Once e-filing opens back up for the coming season, then you will be able to e-file returns for 2015, 2016, and 2017. 

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