Ryan Norton

Ryan Norton
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Whether designing superheroes, penciling caricatures, or just doodling, I always knew I was going to earn some sort of art degree while in college. That was my goal before I decided to trade Edgar Degas for Edgar Allan Poe during a Freshman English class. The BA in English soon morphed into a double-major in English and Philosophy, eventually becoming an MA in English. It only makes sense that I learned of a writing opportunity for a local marketing firm while teaching a first-year college English course. Before I knew it, I was writing and editing tax-related articles for Taxing Subjects, and this has been my home since 2014.
Extension Filers May Need 2015 AGI on October 16

Reconstructing Records for Federal Assistance?

To help hurricane victims in Flordia, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, the Internal Revenue Service this week issued twelve tips for reconstructing records that may have been lost in a natural disaster.
Equifax Data Breach

Equifax Data Breach

Criminals stole the financial information of around 143 million people from Equifax, a credit reporting agency. According to the Federal Trade Commission, the Equifax data breach included “names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers,” as well as 209,000 credit card records and 182,000 dispute documents.
Drake Voted Number 1

Drake Tax Earns High Marks in NATP and JoA Surveys

Every year, major publications survey readers to determine how various tax preparation software providers performed during tax season. These surveys are noted for helping...
IRS to Have Acting IRS Commissioner in November

IRS to Have Acting IRS Commissioner in November

Current IRS Commissioner John Koskinen’s term ends November 13, which means that Deputy Commissioner Kirsten Wielobob will become the acting commissioner if the White House fails to name a successor.
Hillsborough Community College Students Thank Drake Software

Hillsborough Community College Students Thank Drake Software

Drake received thank-you letters from several Accounting and Taxation students at Hillsborough Community College in Florida.
Taxpayer Advocate Releases Mid-Year Report

Taxpayer Advocate Releases Mid-Year Report

The Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson issued her mid-year report to Congress, noting that the IRS had “a generally successful filing season.” Despite the kudos, she identified several areas that need improvement.
Tax Professional Oversight is in the Budget

Tax Professional Oversight? It’s in the Budget

When presidents release budget proposals, they are more or less providing lawmakers with a wish list, and this budget includes tax return preparer oversight.
Last-Call-for-Tax-Forum-Early-Bird-Discount

Last Call for Tax Forum Early Bird Discount

The IRS yesterday reminded tax professionals that there is an early bird discount for tax forum registration.
Memorial Day Reminder IRS e-Services Down for Maintenance

Memorial Day Reminder: IRS E-Services will be Down for Maintenance

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced that it will again be performing its annual Memorial Day systems maintenance.
When the IRS Comes Knocking

When the IRS Comes Knocking

The Internal Revenue Service recently released information that could also help late filers: how to verify the person at the door is actually an IRS agent.

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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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