My Tax Blog

  • Coronavirus Tax Filing Deadline Change

    President instructs IRS to Change April 15 Tax Filing Deadline Due to Coronavirus.  The President’s national address last night indicated that we will be seeing action by the Treasury Department and IRS to waive the late filing penalties & interest for those missing the April 15, 2020 deadline due to the Coronavirus.  Specific details are […]

    Windows Transition

    Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system turns 10 years old this month! While this has been the “go-to” operating system for many years, Microsoft has decided to end the operating system’s support in January of 2020. Once this happens, Microsoft will no longer be providing technical assistance or software updates for Windows 7, including security updates. […]

    Reminder: Filing Deadline Approaching

    For taxpayers who had previously requested extensions, the tax filing deadline is approaching. The filing deadline is October 15th and the IRS suggests that returns are e-filed as it is the easiest, safest and most accurate way to file, but if you chose to paper file, be sure that the tax return is postmarked by […]

    IRS Warns of new Impersonation Email Scam

    At a security summit held by the IRS and its security partners, IRS reminds everyone that they will not send unsolicited emails and they never email taxpayers about the status of refunds.  The IRS warns of phishing email scams from bad actors pretending to be the IRS in a new, but not uncommon, scheme to […]

    Federal Direct Tax Services Discounts & Coupons

    Federal Direct Tax Services is happy to extend the various discounts on tax software & partnerships: Federal Direct 10% Military Discount on all partnerships. Professional Courtesy Discount is available to industry professionals, Enrolled Agents and CPAs with current licensure. The Professional Courtesy Discount is $1,000 off Platinum level partnership and $400 off Gold partnership. 

  • 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 […]

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