My Tax Blog

  • “Can I still be a tax preparer if I owe the IRS?”

    Yes, you can. However, you will need to get compliant on your tax debt and get all your returns filed before you can become a tax preparer. File any previously unfiled returns, and pay your debt or set up payment arrangements. After a few months of regular payments on a payment arrangement, you will be considered […]

    E-services & E-filing Down Over Memorial Day Weekend

    If you have returns to send, send them today, tomorrow, or after the holiday.  E-filing and e-services systems will be unavailable from midnight Eastern Time on Friday, May 24, through 7 a.m. EST on Tuesday, May 28.

    Closed for the Winter Holidays

    From everyone at Federal Direct, we wish you happy tidings this holiday season. Spending time with the ones you love is one of life’s greatest treasures.  Federal Direct main office will be closing Friday, Dec.21st at 7pm and remain closed until Wednsday, Dec. 26th at 9am.

    Federal Direct Closed for Thanksgiving

    The Federal Direct corporate office will close at 1pm this afternoon in observance of Thanksgiving and will remain closed until Monday, the 26th. We wish you and your families all the togetherness and happiness that holidays can bring. Send any emergency contact requests to support@fd.tax

    End of Tax Filing Season in 2018

    E-filing for taxes in 2018 will be shut down on November 17th at 10 pm filing center time. The shut down marks the beginning of preparation for the upcoming tax filing season which is slated to begin in mid to late January 2019.  Once e-filing is turned back on, tax returns for 2016, 2017 and […]

  • 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.

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