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  • Federal Direct Holiday Hours 2017

    From our family to yours, wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Christmas holiday hours: Corporate offices closed Saturday December 23rd and will reopen Tuesday December 26th at 9am Eastern. New Year’s holiday hours: Corporate offices closed Monday January 1st and will reopen Tuesday January 2nd at 9am Eastern.

    IRS e-Services Moves to Secure Access Dec. 10

    With all the phishing emails relating to e-services we wanted to forward the authentic message that the IRS has been sending out today.  Be on the lookout for this message coming to you fromn the IRS.  It is legitimate.  This Sunday, December 10th, IRS e-services will be switching over to their new Secure Access system. […]

    Tax Preparation Checklist for New Tax Preparation Offices

    EFIN- Electronic Filing Identification Number Is your EFIN approved? If not, where are you in the process? Have you started your registration for your tax business?   PTIN- Preparer Tax Identification Number Is your PTIN renewed for the upcoming season? Are PTINs renewed for all the tax preparers in your tax business? Are you AFSP? […]

    Federal Direct Thanksgiving Hours

    Federal Direct will close at 6 pm EST tonight, Nov. 22nd, and we will reopen on Monday, Nov. 27th, at 9 am EST. We want to wish you all a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Spending time with our families is one of the things that we are most thankful for, especially as we prepare […]

  • Say “Goodbye” to These Common Tax Deductions

    Tax planning help may be needed for taxpayers who, through a combination of tax credits, usually receive a tax refund as opposed to owing, which may be just the opposite in the next couple of years as many common and often used tax credits are set to expire. The following common tax deductions and credits […]

    4th Largest Tax Prep Chain in US Shut Down by Federal Gov.

    Instant Tax Service has had their doors closed by US district court Judge Timothy Black.  Instant Tax was said to have been promoting a “culture of fraud and deception” within its franchisee base.   Along with promoting  unrealistic and undeliverable refund options to clients, Instant Tax was also sited for filing returns based off of pay […]

    2014 IRS PTINs Now Available!

    Anyone who, for compensation, prepares or helps prepare any federal return or claim for refund must have a valid PTIN from the IRS. The PTIN must be used as the identifying number on returns prepared. “We ask that you renew your PTIN as soon as possible to avoid a last-minute rush. It’s easy to let […]

    Tax Season Delayed & IRS Sorting 1.4 Million Letters

    Citing the need for “adequate time to program and test tax processing systems,” the service announced that it expected a one- to two-week delay in the start of tax season, and that it would start accepting and processing 2013 individual tax returns no earlier than Jan. 28, 2014, and no later than February 4. Tax […]

    IRS to delay 2013/2014 e-filing season…Again!

    Late breaking news:  IRS to delay the start of e-filing season again this year, blaming the recent government shutdown. While the IRS reserves the right to issue the final decision for the start of the 2014 filing season until December they are estimating the start date being pushed back from the original date of January […]

  • Federal Direct Holiday Hours 2017

    From our family to yours, wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Christmas holiday hours: Corporate offices closed Saturday December 23rd and will reopen Tuesday December 26th at 9am Eastern. New Year’s holiday hours: Corporate offices closed Monday January 1st and will reopen Tuesday January 2nd at 9am Eastern.

    IRS e-Services Moves to Secure Access Dec. 10

    With all the phishing emails relating to e-services we wanted to forward the authentic message that the IRS has been sending out today.  Be on the lookout for this message coming to you fromn the IRS.  It is legitimate.  This Sunday, December 10th, IRS e-services will be switching over to their new Secure Access system. […]

    Tax Preparation Checklist for New Tax Preparation Offices

    EFIN- Electronic Filing Identification Number Is your EFIN approved? If not, where are you in the process? Have you started your registration for your tax business?   PTIN- Preparer Tax Identification Number Is your PTIN renewed for the upcoming season? Are PTINs renewed for all the tax preparers in your tax business? Are you AFSP? […]

    Federal Direct Thanksgiving Hours

    Federal Direct will close at 6 pm EST tonight, Nov. 22nd, and we will reopen on Monday, Nov. 27th, at 9 am EST. We want to wish you all a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Spending time with our families is one of the things that we are most thankful for, especially as we prepare […]

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