My Tax Blog

  • Bill to Regulate Preparers Proposed- RTRP May Come Back

    After the IRS created the Registered Tax Return Preparer program based on licensing of tax preparers they were sued.  In court, and in appeal, they were not found to have statutory authority to regulate unenrolled preparers.  Senator Rob Portman has introduced a new bill that would grant the IRS the authority that they need to […]

    How to become a Tax Return Preparer

    Thinking about becoming a tax return preparer? If you are feeling overwhelmed by the tax code changes, business start up costs, or timeliness of your endeavor, stop.  Becoming a tax return preparer is easier than it may seem.  At least the technical aspects are not too difficult.  Finding time to develop your stills may be […]

    The Best Time to Become an Enrolled Agent is Now.

    With the passing of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, many tax laws will be changing.  The tax law changes will not be represented on the Enrolled Agent Special Enrollment Exams until next year.  If you can find the time and motivation to complete your Enrolled Agent exams between May 1, 2018 — February 28, […]

    Post Tax Season Clean-Up

    Audit yourself- Audit your professional tax software for any e-files that might have not been accepted. Sometimes state tax returns may fall through the cracks. Ensure all e-files that were sent or previously rejected have been accepted. Be sure that any tax refund checks to be printed from bank funded returns have been printed and […]

  • 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 […]

    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 […]

  • Bill to Regulate Preparers Proposed- RTRP May Come Back

    After the IRS created the Registered Tax Return Preparer program based on licensing of tax preparers they were sued.  In court, and in appeal, they were not found to have statutory authority to regulate unenrolled preparers.  Senator Rob Portman has introduced a new bill that would grant the IRS the authority that they need to […]

    How to become a Tax Return Preparer

    Thinking about becoming a tax return preparer? If you are feeling overwhelmed by the tax code changes, business start up costs, or timeliness of your endeavor, stop.  Becoming a tax return preparer is easier than it may seem.  At least the technical aspects are not too difficult.  Finding time to develop your stills may be […]

    The Best Time to Become an Enrolled Agent is Now.

    With the passing of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, many tax laws will be changing.  The tax law changes will not be represented on the Enrolled Agent Special Enrollment Exams until next year.  If you can find the time and motivation to complete your Enrolled Agent exams between May 1, 2018 — February 28, […]

    Post Tax Season Clean-Up

    Audit yourself- Audit your professional tax software for any e-files that might have not been accepted. Sometimes state tax returns may fall through the cracks. Ensure all e-files that were sent or previously rejected have been accepted. Be sure that any tax refund checks to be printed from bank funded returns have been printed and […]

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