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Tax and Accounting News for Practitioners from Main Street to Wall Street

  • Phyllis Kubey, EA, CFP, ATA, ATP, a member of the National Society of Accountants (NSA) who has more than 30 years of experience as a tax professional, has been appointed as a member of the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC). IRSAC is an advisory body designed to focus on broad...

  • As of Sunday Feb. 5, certain e-Services users who have not verified their identities with the IRS have had their accounts suspended. The IRS mailed letters 5903 between Dec. 1 and Dec. 16 to those users who had been active on their accounts in the past year and who had access to the Transcript Delivery...

  • Kathy Hettick, EA, ABA, ATP, who served as the 2015-16 President of the National Society of Accountants (NSA), has been appointed as a member of the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC). Hettick is principal of Hettick Accounting & Tax, LLC, in Enumclaw, Washington. IRSAC is an...

  • In compliance with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) laws, the IRS makes available a list of PTIN holders and a list of enrolled agents to interested parties. The lists are currently provided via CD-ROM to those who submit a request and pay a $35 fee to cover IRS costs. This process will soon...

  • A biennial survey conducted by the National Society of Accountants (NSA) reported detailed data about business practices, client fees, and spending for tax and accounting professionals. The 2016-17 NSA Income and Fees of Accountants and Tax Preparers in Public Practice Survey Report offers useful...

  • The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today renewed their warning about an e-mail scam that uses a corporate officer’s name to request employee Forms W-2 from company payroll or human resources departments. This week, the IRS already has received new notifications...

  • Mark Your Calendar The 2017 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums are coming to a city near you. Join your colleagues and IRS representatives for three days of education, training, and networking. This is a great opportunity to: Earn valuable CE/CFP Credits Learn about the latest tax laws...

  • NSA is warning all tax professionals and taxpayers of a new E-mail scam posing as National Taxpayer Advocate. The subject line for the fraudulent email is “URGENT NOTICE: IMPORTANT STEPS AND PROCEDUTES FOR NEW TAX SEASON” and uses an IRS logo at the bottom. The message purports to...

  • Tax return preparers should beware of various ruses and schemes used by cybercriminals. These scams allow criminals to gain access to passwords or computer systems which allows them to steal taxpayer data. Many schemes are currently making the rounds. Protect your clients and yourself from these...

  • Tax Professionals: Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself Due to the sensitive client data held by tax professionals, cybercriminals increasingly target the tax preparation community. Thieves use a variety of tactics, from remote computer takeovers to phishing scams. The IRS and NSA ask for your...


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