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  • Have You Applied for Your EFIN?

    This tax season will be especially turbulent with the new pre-season tax loans and preparing estimates using the new tax law.  Pre-season tax loans, up to $5,000, will be approved as a percentage of the refund and the approval will be based on return criteria (as in the past). However, this year, you will be […]

    Start a Tax Business from Home

    If you’re thinking about starting a tax preparation business from home, then you’re in good company.  For many new tax preparers, this is a great way to get started and build some tax preparation experience while having the lowest amount of overhead as possible.  In addition to reducing your overhead, you’ll be able to deduct […]

    2017 Tax Refund Bank Product Deadlines

    EPS Last day to apply 10/15/18 Last day to print in office 10/31/18 Checks go stale 10/31/18 TPG & PSCOM Last day to apply 10/20/18 Last day to print in office 10/31/18 Checks go stale 11/30/18

    Getting Your EFIN (Electronic Filing Identification Number)

    The e-services portal has undergone many large changes over the last couple of years, but the application process is very similar…once you get in.  Go to IRS.gov and click on “Tax Pros” in the top right.  Then click on “Access E-Services” and scroll down to “E-File Provider Services.” Finally, click on “Access e-file Application.”  One […]

    Tax Deadlines Monday 9/17 2018

    EFTPS users: Payments must be scheduled by 8 PM ET at least one calendar day before the tax due date. Individuals: Pay the third installment of your 2018 estimated tax – Use Form 1040-ES. Corporations: Deposit the third installment of your 2018 estimated tax. Electing Large Partnerships: File Form 1065-B if you timely requested a […]

  • 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 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 […]

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