Bob Williams

Bob Williams
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Forget genes; I’ve got words in my DNA. Communication has been part of who I am nearly all my life. From a long career in radio news to another one in newspapers – and a University of Georgia journalism degree sandwiched between the two – language has been my life. I’ve also been fortunate to have learned the tax business from the ground up here at Drake, starting with 1040.com online forms some years ago before moving on to work on the Web. In all things tax-ish, we aim to give you tools you can use.
Audit Finds IRS Identity Theft Measures Come Up Short

TIGTA Audit Finds IRS Identity Theft Measures Come Up Short

An audit has discovered that the frequency of employment-related identity theft may be far worse than thought. Unfortunately, the audit also found the Internal...
PTIN Renewal Underway Once Again

PTIN Renewal Underway Once Again

A recent federal court ruling that struck down the Internal Revenue Service’s user fee for issuing or renewing Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTINs) took...
New Phone Scam Aimed at Taxpayers

New Phone Scam Aimed at Taxpayers

Scammers have dusted off an old racket and added a couple of new twists in hopes of swindling taxpayers out of their money. The Internal Revenue Service says this scheme has been reported across the country, and asks taxpayers to be alert.
Missouri Taxpayers Still Waiting on State Tax Refunds

Missouri Taxpayers Still Waiting on State Tax Refunds

The most popular phrase heard around Missouri these days may well be, “Show me the money.” Thousands of the state’s taxpayers say they’re still waiting for the state Department of Revenue to release their income tax refunds.
New Features Added to IRS Online Taxpayer Accounts

New Features Added to IRS Online Taxpayer Accounts

The Internal Revenue Service has announced that new bells and whistles have been added to its online accounts for individual taxpayers.
Missouri Storm Victims May Qualify for Relief

Missouri Storm Victims May Qualify for Relief

The Internal Revenue Service has granted tax relief for victims of the recent severe storms in Missouri. The April storms produced straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding in at least 26 counties.
IRS Improves Assistance to Identity Theft Victims

IRS Improves Assistance to Identity Theft Victims

The Internal Revenue Service got some good news from a recent audit, which found the agency has made substantial headway in its assistance to victims of identity theft.
PTIN Renewal on Hold After Ruling

PTIN Renewal on Hold After Ruling

The Internal Revenue Service’s Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) renewal system has been taken offline after a ruling by the United States District Court...
IRS Private Debt Collectors Raise Concerns About Scams

IRS Private Debt Collectors Raise Concerns About Scams

The decision to renew the use of private debt collectors to collect back taxes has the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) a little worried.
Tax Court Says Don’t Blame DIY Tax Software

Tax Court Says Don’t Blame DIY Tax Software

A recent Tax Court ruling is clear that do-it-yourself tax software is no shield against improper deductions.

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PTIN Renewal Underway Once Again

PTIN Renewal Underway Once Again
A recent federal court ruling that struck down the Internal Revenue Service’s user fee for issuing or renewing Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTINs) took away the fee, but left the PTIN itself in service. The renewal of PTINs – without charge – is now...

New Scam Targets Tax Professionals

Security Summit Warns of New Email Scam
The Internal Revenue Service today announced a new email scam from cybercriminals that targets tax professionals. Using a two-stage process, this latest phishing scheme attempts to collect private data from tax preparers.

IRS Announces the First Day of Tax Season, Issues Refund Delay Reminder

IRS Announces the First Day of Tax Season, Issues Refund Delay Reminder
Tax professionals across the country are gearing up for tax season, which the Internal Revenue Service today announced will officially begin on January 23, 2017. The press release included yet another reminder about PATH Act-delayed refunds: taxpayers claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) will not have their refund issued until February 15, 2017.

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