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IRS Removes Debt Indicator for 2011 Tax Filing Season

The Internal Revenue Service today announced that starting with next year’s tax filing season it will no longer provide tax preparers and associated financial institutions with the "debt indicator," which is used to facilitate refund anticipation loans (RALs). Read more at IRS.gov.


 
IRS Releases Proposed Regulations Related to Fees for Preparer Tax Identification Numbers

The Internal Revenue Service today released proposed regulations that would establish a fee for individuals who apply for a preparer tax identification number (PTIN). Proposed regulations that were issued in March would require certain tax return preparers to obtain a PTIN. The IRS is working to finalize those proposed regulations, which are the first of a series of steps planned to increase oversight of federal tax return preparation. Read More at IRS.gov


 
Frequently Asked Questions about Taxes and SSA Disability Benefit Programs

The VCU Work Incentive Planning and Assistance National Training Center has published a list of Frequently Asked Questions on Taxes and SSA Disability Benefit Programs. Topics covered include taxable income, reporting requirements, tax deductions for individuals with disabilities, and tax credits. FAQs on Taxes and Benefits.


Seven Tax Tips for Disabled Taxpayers

Taxpayers with disabilities may qualify for a number of IRS tax credits and benefits. Parents of children with disabilities may also qualify. Check out these seven tax credits and other benefits that are available if you or someone else listed on your federal tax return is disabled. Seven Tax Tips for Disabled Taxpayers


Top 10 Tax Time Tips

While the tax filing deadline is more than three months away, it always seems to be here before you know it. To help your tax filing process run smoother than ever this year, check out the IRS's Top 10 Tax Time Tips.


 
IRS to Regulate Paid Tax Preparation

Starting with 2011 season, the Internal Revenue Service plans to test, register and screen people who get paid to prepare tax returns, stepping into a virtually unregulated business on which millions of Americans depend for crucial financial services. Read the Washington Post story here and the IRS Return Preparer Review here.


 
Link & Learn Taxes

Link & Learn Taxes, linking volunteers to quality e-learning solutions, is the web-based learning program providing online training in tax return preparation available on IRS.gov. This site is available 24 hours a day allowing vounteers to select their ideal time and place for training.

Practice Lab is the 2009 electronic tax software that is integrated with Link & Learn Taxes to help with the certification process and practice return preparation. It will enable employees and volunteers to prepare returns from the workbook (Publication 4491-W) and complete test scenarios (Form 6744). For more information on accessing and using Practice Lab, please download and read the Talking Points (PDF ) / (Word ) and Frequently Asked Questions (PDF ) / (Word ).


 
First-Time Homebuyer Credit Extended to April 30, 2010
Some Current Homeowners Now Also Qualify

A new law that went into effect on November 6th extends the first-time homebuyer credit five months and expands the eligibility requirements for purchasers. The Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 extends the deadline for qualifying home purchases from November 30, 2009, to April 30, 2010. Additionally, if a buyer enters into a binding contract by April 30, 2010, the buyer has until June 30, 2010, to settle on the purchase. For more details on the credit, please visit the First-Time Homebuyer Credit page on IRS.gov.

A note from the IRS: “Taxpayers who claim the First-Time Homebuyer Credit on their 2009 tax return will not be able to file electronically but instead will need to file a paper return.” Returns prepared with Form 5405, First-Time Homebuyer Credit, can be prepared using TaxWise software, but cannot be e-filed since the taxpayer must submit their settlement statement as proof of purchase. Sites preparing these returns should ensure their site identification number (SIDN) is accurately reflected on the return to receive credit for the returns prepared.