Avoid the rush over Presidents Day holiday; online tools, resources can help
Feb17

Avoid the rush over Presidents Day holiday; online tools, resources can help

With a new tax law in effect and a surge of tax returns expected during the Presidents Day weekend, the Internal Revenue Service is offering taxpayers several tips and various time-saving resources to get them the help they need quickly and easily.   The IRS receives more phone calls on the day after Presidents Day than on any other day of the year. Ahead of the Presidents Day weekend, the IRS is reminding taxpayers to “Avoid the...

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Ten things for taxpayers to think about when choosing a tax preparer.
Feb10

Ten things for taxpayers to think about when choosing a tax preparer.

It’s the time of the year when many taxpayers choose a tax preparer to help file a tax return. These taxpayers should choose their tax return preparer wisely.  This is because taxpayers are responsible for all the information on their income tax return. That’s true no matter who prepares the return. Here are ten tips for taxpayers to remember when selecting a preparer: Check the Preparer’s Qualifications. People can use the IRS...

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Where’s My Refund? tool lets taxpayers check status of their refund.
Feb10

Where’s My Refund? tool lets taxpayers check status of their refund.

The best way for taxpayers to check the status of their refund is to use the Where’s My Refund? tool on IRS.gov. This tool gives taxpayers access to their tax return and refund status anytime. All they need is internet access and three pieces of information:   Their Social Security number Their filing status The exact whole dollar amount of their refund Taxpayers can start checking on the status of their return within 24...

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Don’t be victim to a ‘ghost’ tax return preparer.
Feb10

Don’t be victim to a ‘ghost’ tax return preparer.

Today, towards the end of the second full week of the 2019 tax filing season, the Internal Revenue Service warned 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...

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IRS Activities Following the Shutdown
Feb03

IRS Activities Following the Shutdown

The IRS has reopened following the end of the government shutdown, and IRS employees are working hard to resume normal operations and help taxpayers as much as possible.   As the IRS resumes operations, there are some important pieces of information for taxpayers and tax professionals to keep in mind in several areas:   Audits. For taxpayers and tax professionals with questions about examinations affected by the shutdown, we...

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