Tag Archives: Tax preparation

Ask TaxMama Issue 654 – Still Summer

  Dear Family, Friday is a nice, gray day here in the Valley. The sun is not burning brightly down upon our heads and shoulders – at least, not yet. Thank goodness. It’s been tough out there – and my car’s A/C unit seems to have a leak. It only blows cool air when Rick […]

Catching Up

Today TaxMama® hears from Richard, who wants to come in from the cold. “I was in rough financial shape for several years and have not filed a tax return in three years. How do I go about squaring up with the IRS now that my finances have improved?”

Missed the Income Tax Deadline – IRS Offers Help for Taxpayers

Courtesy of the IRS The IRS has some advice for taxpayers who missed the tax filing deadline. Don’t panic but file as soon as possible.If you owe money the quicker you file your return, the less penalties and interest you will have to pay. Even if you have to mail us your return, the sooner […]

IRS Offers Last-Minute Tweets As April 17 Deadline Nears

Courtesy of the IRS WASHINGTON — As the final stretch of the 2012 tax filing season unfolds, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that they can get valuable last-minute tips by following the IRS on Twitter. The IRS Twitter news feed, @IRSnews, provides the latest federal tax news and information for taxpayers. The focus of […]

Free Tax Help for Military Personnel and Their Families

Free tax return preparation assistance is available for eligible military members and their spouses. The IRS and U.S. Armed Forces participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which provides free tax advice, tax preparation, return filing and other tax assistance to military members and their families. Here are five things you need to know […]

Free Tax Help Available Nationwide

Courtesy of the IRS [TaxMama note: Read this in conjunction with today’s MarketWatch article – How to file your taxes for free WASHINGTON — Over 12,000 free tax preparation sites will be open nationwide this year as the Internal Revenue Service continues to expand its partnerships with nonprofit and community organizations providing vital tax preparation […]

IRS Urges Tax Professionals to Prepare Now for New e-File Rules

[TaxMama Note: This is wise advice, my friends. The time has come, the Walrus said…to get with the program. If you plan to prepare tax returns next year, and get paid to do so, you must be filing electronically, now.  It may be hardship for folks who have been preparing tax returns manually, or who […]

IRS Gives One-Week Filing Extension to Taxpayers

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced it is granting taxpayers whose preparers were affected by Hurricane Irene until Sept. 22 to file returns normally due Sept. 15. The taxpayer’s preparer must be located in an area that was under an evacuation order or a severe weather warning because of Hurricane Irene, even if […]

NAEA Testifies about New Preparer Oversight Program

A Tiered Approach to Credentialing Is Recommended WASHINGTON, DC (July 28, 2011)—The National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) today presented testimony at a hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Oversight. The focus of the hearing was to review the new requirements for paid tax return preparers developed by IRS as part […]

Five Tax Scams to Avoid this Summer

Courtesy of IRS Hiding income offshore, identity theft and return preparer fraud topped the IRS’s list of tax scams in 2011. The Internal Revenue Service issues an annual list of the top 12 tax scams, known as the “Dirty Dozen.” These scams are illegal and can lead to significant penalties and interest and possible criminal […]

IRS Identifies 100,000 Preparers Who Failed to Follow New PTIN Rules

WASHINGTON — As part of its new oversight program of the nation’s tax return preparation industry, the Internal Revenue Service today announced it will send letters to approximately 100,000 tax return preparers who prepared returns in 2011 but failed to follow new requirements.