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E-signing for forms, tax compliance documents extended

  • 6 December 2021
  • Author: machele
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In a pair of internal memos (NHQ-10-1121-0005 and NHQ-01-1121-0004), the IRS has extended until Oct. 31, 2023, procedures that allow taxpayers and their representatives to sign digitally or by an image of their signatures an array of forms and returns as well as certain compliance-interaction-related forms and documents. The memos also reapprove for that period the IRS's ability to receive the compliance-related forms and documents and to transmit encrypted related documents by email when no other approved electronic alternative is available.

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Private tax debt collection contracts awarded

  • 6 December 2021
  • Author: machele
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In News Release IR-2021-191, the IRS advised that three private companies had been awarded contracts to collect tax debts from taxpayers in new contracts beginning Sept. 23. The companies are CBE Group Inc. of Waterloo, Iowa; Coast Professional Inc. of Albion, N.Y.; and ConServe of Fairport, N.Y. CBE and ConServe were among the four previously contracted companies. The news release states that taxpayers will be contacted by one of the private collection agencies only after the IRS has notified the taxpayer and the taxpayer’s representative, if any, of the account’s assignment, along with the company’s name and contact information. The company will then send its own letter to the taxpayer and representative confirming the account transfer. Both letters will include information to help taxpayers identify the tax amount owed and confirm that any phone calls from the company are legitimate.

Tax provisions in the Build Back Better act

  • 22 November 2021
  • Author: machele
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The House of Representatives on Friday morning passed H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act, by a vote of 220–213. The bill encompasses a wide range of budget and spending provisions and has been the focus of protracted negotiations for the past several weeks. For more on the nontax provisions of the bill, see, "House Passes Build Back Better Act With Universal Paid Leave." The vote on the bill was held after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its cost estimate for the bill. The CBO estimates the bill will cost almost $1.7 trillion and add $367 billion to the federal deficit over 10 years.

Howard, Moore & McDuffie Announces SafeSend Returns

For your Security and Convenience

  • 8 September 2021
  • Author: machele
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Fast, easy to use, completely secure SafeSend Returns - new this year for Howard, Moore & McDuffie, PC.

Howard, Moore & McDuffie is excited to partner with SafeSend Returns to electronically deliver your tax returns securely with ease.  This process will save our clients time, reduce cost of ink, paper and postage making the process more convenient and faster than ever.  You will be able e-sign your e-file forms, receive estimated tax reminders and pay your taxes all in one place with an intuitive application using a step-by-step, automated filing experience.   

Oh my aching backlog: What tax pros tell clients about IRS delays

  • 8 September 2021
  • Author: machele
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Many clients still have two questions: “Where’s my federal refund?” swiftly followed by, “Well, why haven’t they processed my return?”

“I’ve informed my clients of the backlog with the tax agencies. So my clients know that processing times are going to take much longer than normal,” said Robert Seltzer, a CPA at Seltzer Business Management in Los Angeles. “All we can do is check every couple months to get a status update.”

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