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AFSP Record of Completion – Circular 230 Consent

Circular 230 Consent for the Annual Filing Season Program For the upcoming tax season, tax preparers who have completed an IRS-approved Annual Filing Season Program course and met all the requirements of the ASFP still have one more task to complete: obtaining their AFSP Record of Completion. […]

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2015 PTINs Now Being Processed

Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) applications and renewals are now being processed for the upcoming tax season. Anyone who prepares or assists in preparing federal tax returns for compensation must have a valid 2015 PTIN before preparing tax returns. Before you begin your 2015 PTIN renewal application, […]

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Tax Relief for Drought-Affected Farmers or Ranchers

IRS Offers Tax Relief for Drought-Affected Farmers or Ranchers If you’re a farmer or rancher and drought forced you to sell your livestock, special IRS tax relief may help you. The IRS has extended the time to replace livestock that farmers were forced to sell due to […]

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IRS Annual Filing Season Program

About the IRS Annual Filing Season Program What is the Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP)? The IRS’s Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) is a voluntary program designed to encourage tax return preparers to participate in continuing education (CE) courses. Unenrolled return preparers can elect to voluntarily take […]

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Short Sale Tax Relief in California

For tax years 2013 and later, California did not enact legislation to conform to the 2013 extension of the federal Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act and Debt Cancellation. However, there is short sale tax relief for taxpayers who sell their principal residence for less than the outstanding […]

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PTIN Renewals Delayed

2014 PTIN renewals delayed… On October 16, the IRS posted information regarding a delay in PTIN renewals. Due to the lapse in government funding, the 2014 PTIN renewal season is delayed. An e-mail or letter will be sent to all current PTIN holders, notifying them when the […]

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IRS Cutbacks Due to Government Shutdown

Have an audit coming up in the next couple of days? You may have been granted a temporary reprieve. The IRS announced today that “due to the current lapse in appropriations, IRS operations are limited.” But individuals and businesses should keep filing their tax returns and making deposits with […]

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Same Sex Marriages Legal For Tax Purposes

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today ruled that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes. The ruling applies regardless of whether the couple lives in a jurisdiction that […]

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Need a Free Copy of Your Tax Return?

Get a free copy of your tax return and tax account information free online A transcript is acceptable as a substitute for a copy of a previously filed tax return in many situations. The IRS offers two types of transcripts: A tax return transcript shows most line items from […]

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Free Printable Tax Reference Now Available

Free Printable Tax Reference Back this year is our free printable tax reference for 2012 (Quick Look 2012). This handy .pdf lists 2012 tax amounts including the standard deduction, filing requirements, standard mileage rates, tax rate schedules and more. Print it out and keep it nearby to […]

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