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.
Last Days of Tax Season Busy Ones for IRS

Last Days of Tax Season Busy Ones for IRS

Preliminary numbers are in on income tax return filings for Tax Year 2016, and they add up to a busy season.
148 Some 40 Million Yet to File This Tax Season

Some 40 Million Yet to File This Tax Season

With the April 18 income tax filing deadline just days away, millions of American taxpayers will soon have just two choices to avoid a penalty: File or get an extension.
Tax Professional Organizations Join Forces for IRS Improvements

Tax Professional Organizations Join Forces for IRS Improvements

A group of organizations that represent areas of the tax professional community have joined to let federal lawmakers know they’re not happy with the Internal Revenue Service's performance.
Thousands Affected by Federal Site Hack

Thousands Affected by Federal Site Hack

The Internal Revenue Service is mailing out written notices to thousands of taxpayers who may have had their identities compromised due to a recent hack of the student aid application process.
Are Bitcoin Users Cheating on Taxes

Are Bitcoin Users Cheating on Taxes?

The use of virtual currency such as Bitcoin has been growing for all sorts of online financial transactions. But the Internal Revenue Service says they’re finding that very few of those transactions are being reported for tax purposes.
Identity Theft Scam Aimed at W-2 Data

Identity Theft Scam Aimed at W-2 Data

With the deadline for submitting income tax returns in sight, identity thieves are increasing their efforts to steal valuable data than can help them file bogus tax returns.
New e-Services Scam Aimed at Preparers

New e-Services Scam Aimed at Preparers

Tax professionals are being warned to watch out for a new round of email scams that seek to steal their professional credentials and other critical information.
IRS Mishandled Security Breach Recovery, Audit Finds

TIGTA Report Examines IRS’s IP PIN Security Breach Recovery

An audit into how the Internal Revenue Service responded to a 2015 security breach has found the agency hasn’t taken sufficient steps to ensure that such a breach doesn’t happen again.
Study Finds Employment Tax Noncompliance Growing

TIGTA Finds Employment Tax Noncompliance Growing

An evaluation by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) shows that the Internal Revenue Service isn’t managing to keep up with the...
IRS Has Extra Staff This Week for eServices Accounts

IRS Has Extra Staff This Week for eServices Accounts

Tax professions who need to reinstate their e-Services accounts have a little unexpected help available this week. The Internal Revenue Service added extra staff Tuesday with the mission of assist tax pros.

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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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Improve Your Efficiency in 2016 For the tax industry, the months leading into January build tension in increments, like a banjo string tightening from every turn of the tuning peg. The days are filled with preparatory tasks for tax professionals and software developers alike, a...

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