My Tax Blog

  • IRS Funding for EITC returns & Clients effected by the Extenders Bill

    The first large IRS funding for the tax season should hit this week, with early filed clients starting to see refunds posting as early as tomorrow evening. We suggest directing taxpayers to the IRS’ “Where’s My Refund” tool on the IRS’ webpage: www.irs.gov for information on their individual refund dispersal. Confirm that you have an […]

    Hub Testing Closed & Upcoming Outages

    -IRS HUB testing officially closed at 5PM Eastern Today. -Returns can still be “e-filed” but no acks will be coming back until Monday   Upcoming Outages: -1/30/18 from 5AM – 9AM TWO will be offline for maintenance = Unavailable. -1/30/18 the EFC will be offline from 10pm – 2AM for maintenance, returns can still be […]

    IRS e-services Secure Authentication – You need to do it!

    If you have not already signed into your e-services account and gone through the Secure Authentication process to add 2-Factor Authentication to your e-services account, you are doing yourself and your tax business a real disservice.  9 out of 10 e-services users can complete this process online and in less than 10 minutes.  To initiate […]

    Government Shutdown Tax Season & E-file Implications

    In light of the government shut down, we would like to share pertinent information regarding IRS efiling and return processing.  It is important to know that you should continue to e-file returns and advise your customers to file as well.  Here are potential impacts to return processing from the IRS: -Guidance on 2017 Tax Act would stop […]

    Tax Season officially begins on January 29th 2018.

    Tax Season officially begins on January 29th 2018, however you may be able to file early if you are participating in hub testing. Hub testing is set to begin approximately on the 22nd or 23rd. Returns will be due on April 17th 2018.

  • 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 Prep Fees on The Rise

    According to Accounting Today, average fees for tax prep are rising. While it certainly does depend on which forms you need, all tax prep fees are steadily increasing a few percentage points, and will very likely continue to rise as the individual mandate is facilitated through tax filing.

    IRS Commissioner Nominee Vows to Rehabilitate Tax Agency

    John Koskinen, President Barack Obama’s nominee to run the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, said at a Senate panel’s confirmation hearing that he would work to restore the public’s trust in the tax agency. “With 95,000 employees and the range of challenges the agency faces, mistakes will happen,” Koskinen said today in prepared testimony for the […]

    IRS Launches 2012 EITC Audits for Preparers

    The IRS is starting this year’s Earned Income Tax Credit due diligence compliance audits of return preparers. To select preparers for audits,  the service will “look at returns with a high chance of errors competed by the same preparer,” according to the IRS.gov. The audits review at least 25 EITC returns for the preparer’s due-diligence […]

    Important- New Federal Tax Forms for Tax Year 2013

    This coming tax year will be host to some new tax forms that will probably be around for the long haul. The new forms relate to the impending facilitation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and the child tax credit. New forms to the 1040 series package: -Form 8959, Additional Medicare Tax […]

  • IRS Funding for EITC returns & Clients effected by the Extenders Bill

    The first large IRS funding for the tax season should hit this week, with early filed clients starting to see refunds posting as early as tomorrow evening. We suggest directing taxpayers to the IRS’ “Where’s My Refund” tool on the IRS’ webpage: www.irs.gov for information on their individual refund dispersal. Confirm that you have an […]

    Hub Testing Closed & Upcoming Outages

    -IRS HUB testing officially closed at 5PM Eastern Today. -Returns can still be “e-filed” but no acks will be coming back until Monday   Upcoming Outages: -1/30/18 from 5AM – 9AM TWO will be offline for maintenance = Unavailable. -1/30/18 the EFC will be offline from 10pm – 2AM for maintenance, returns can still be […]

    IRS e-services Secure Authentication – You need to do it!

    If you have not already signed into your e-services account and gone through the Secure Authentication process to add 2-Factor Authentication to your e-services account, you are doing yourself and your tax business a real disservice.  9 out of 10 e-services users can complete this process online and in less than 10 minutes.  To initiate […]

    Government Shutdown Tax Season & E-file Implications

    In light of the government shut down, we would like to share pertinent information regarding IRS efiling and return processing.  It is important to know that you should continue to e-file returns and advise your customers to file as well.  Here are potential impacts to return processing from the IRS: -Guidance on 2017 Tax Act would stop […]

    Tax Season officially begins on January 29th 2018.

    Tax Season officially begins on January 29th 2018, however you may be able to file early if you are participating in hub testing. Hub testing is set to begin approximately on the 22nd or 23rd. Returns will be due on April 17th 2018.

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