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Security Starts at the Home Office

Security Starts at the Home Office

If there’s one word to describe the income tax filing process in 2017, it’s “security.” And while we’ve told you about the steps needed to keep your financial and client data secure, security is more than just computers and software.
Welcome to Tax Season 2017

What to Expect This Tax Season

With the passage of the New Year, the tax return filing machinery is tuning up and preparing for the race to April 18. The Internal Revenue Service will begin accepting returns Monday, Jan. 23....
Take News of Identity Theft Schemes Very Seriously

Take News of Identity Theft Schemes Very Seriously

As we prepare to step into another tax season, it serves us well to take stock of our security measures and how we keep our data safe and secure. Let’s face it: the line between being a target and merely an observer of identity theft is being more blurred all the time.
Health Care-Related Tax Responsibility

Health Care-Related Tax Responsibility

The Internal Revenue Service recently suggested that taxpayers consider checking their eligibility for health care-related tax exemptions. Taxpayers who plan their finances around a refund check may be better able to budget during tax season by researching their options before January 23, 2017.
Standard Mileage Rates Decreased for 2017 Business, Medical and Moving Deductions

IRS Releases 2017 Standard Mileage Rates

Declining energy prices have apparently made their mark on the rates used to figure deductible costs of operating a vehicle for business, medical or moving purposes. The Internal Revenue Service has shaved those rates, beginning January 1, 2017.
Additional Security Measures Added to IRS Online Tools

Additional Security Measures Added to IRS Online Tools

The Internal Revenue Service has toughened its security for their online applications. The upgrade was taken this year in an expanded effort to protect the nation’s taxpayers from identity theft. The new process means a few more steps for taxpayers using the IRS tools – but much better security in the long run.
Scammers Turning up the Heat on Taxpayers

Scammers Turning up the Heat on Taxpayers

Apparently the Internal Revenue Service and tax professionals aren’t the only ones getting ready for income tax season. Scammers and identity thieves are getting busy as well, hitting taxpayers – and tax pros –...
New Security Safeguards Coming in 2017

New Security Safeguards Coming in 2017

All week, we’ve been passing along tips to guard your financial data as part of National Tax Security Awareness Week. And hopefully we’ve given you some important points to ponder, then put to use. But what’s next?

When That Call from the IRS Isn’t

It always seems to happen when you’ve just settled down for dinner. You get a phone call out of the blue and the man on the other end of the line says he’s Agent Such-and-Such from the Internal Revenue Service, Badge number something-or-Other.
Tax Pros May be the Next Ground Zero in Cybersecurity Battle

Tax Professionals May Be the Next Ground Zero in Cybersecurity Battle

America’s income tax professionals are being enlisted into a growing force of industry partners who are focused like never before on protecting their financial information – and that of their customers.

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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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