Phising Schemes: Don’t Be a Victim to Fraud

2019-04-10T19:36:04+00:00March 5th, 2019|


WASHINGTON — Kicking off the annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, the Internal Revenue Service  warns taxpayers of the ongoing threat of internet phishing scams that lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft.

The IRS warns taxpayers, businesses and tax professionals to be alert for a continuing surge of fake emails, text messages, websites and […]

Information Worth Reading

2019-04-18T14:39:51+00:00February 24th, 2019|

In order to combat identity theft and fraud, the IRS may require additional information as part of the Taxpayer Protection Program. Failure to provide this information may result in the IRS flipping the taxpayer’s disbursement to an IRS-mailed check.

In these situations we do not receive your client’s refund, so we can’t collect your fees, […]

Beware of the Ghost Tax Preparer

2019-02-11T23:13:42+00:00February 11th, 2019|


The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers to avoid unethical tax return preparers, known as ghost preparers.

By law, anyone who is paid to prepare or assist in preparing federal tax returns must have a valid 2019 Preparer Tax Identification Number, or PTIN. Paid preparers must sign the return and include their PTIN.

But ‘ghost’ preparers do […]

What To Expect During the Shutdown

2019-02-05T15:29:51+00:00February 5th, 2019|

Many IRS operations are closed during the shutdown. An IRS-wide furlough began on December 22, 2018, that affects many operations.

During this period, the IRS reminds taxpayers that the underlying tax laws remain in effect, and all taxpayers should continue to meet their tax obligations as normal. Individuals and businesses should keep filing their tax returns […]

Official E-File Day Released

2019-02-12T16:17:51+00:00January 29th, 2019|

IR-2019-07, January 28, 2019

WASHINGTON ― The Internal Revenue Service successfully opened the 2019 tax-filing season today as the agency started accepting and processing federal tax returns for tax year 2018. Despite the major tax law changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the IRS was able to open this year’s tax-filing season one […]

Estimated Tax Penalty Waived for Many Taxpayers

2019-04-18T14:53:53+00:00January 21st, 2019|

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced  it is waiving the estimated tax penalty for many taxpayers whose 2018 federal income tax withholding and estimated tax payments fell short of their total tax liability for the year.

The IRS is generally waiving the penalty for any taxpayer who paid at least 85 percent of their total tax […]

Official Efile Date Has Been Released by the IRS

2019-01-11T02:03:46+00:00January 11th, 2019|


WASHINGTON ― Despite the government shutdown, the Internal Revenue Service today confirmed that it will process tax returns beginning January 28, 2019 and provide refunds to taxpayers as scheduled.

“We are committed to ensuring that taxpayers receive their refunds notwithstanding the government shutdown. I appreciate the hard work of the employees and their commitment to the […]

Delays to Tax Refunds Due to Government Shutdown

2019-01-04T01:40:01+00:00January 4th, 2019|

A protracted fight between President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders to fund the government could delay payouts of tax refunds to millions of Americans who are owed money.
The country’s tax collector is among the federal agencies affected by the government shutdown, now in its second week.

Retirees Retirement Plan Distributions

2018-12-27T16:16:54+00:00December 27th, 2018|

IRS reminder: Deadline Dec. 31 for most retirees who must make required retirement plan distribution

Retirees born before July 1, 1948, are required to take distributions from their individual retirement arrangements (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans by Dec. 31.

The payments, called  required minimum distributions (RMDs), are normally made by the end of the year. Those who reached age […]