April 3, 2018
One-quarter of all tax preparers who have participated in the AFSP program have NOT completed the AFSP process. They have NOT signed their Circular 230 consent. As such they will not be granted the AFSP designation for 2018 if they fail to sign the Circular 230 consent by Aril 17th.
To date the IRS has 60,100 participants in the 2018 Annual Filing Season Program. These preparers have fulfilled all of the AFSP requirements which include:
- Renewing their preparer tax identification number (PTIN)
- Obtaining 18 hours of continuing education
- Including a six hour federal tax law refresher course
- Passing the AFSP test (If required)
- Signing their Circular 230 consent
However, there are 21,600 more non-credentialed return preparers who have fulfilled all of the AFSP requirements except sign the Circular 230 consent. These tax preparers need to log into their online PTIN accounts and sign the Circular 230 consent to receive their AFSP Record of Completion. The deadline this year to participate is April 17. For information on how to sign the Circular 230 consent see the video at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=l6n_dAnQCn8
Don’t do all that work and fail to get your AFSP designation. Take the extra 5 minutes and sign the Circular 230 consent!
March 23, 2018
IR-18-50 contains information on how the IRS is granting an additional 5 days for some businesses to request a 6-month extension to file due to the recent winter storms. Click here to access the IR-18-50 document.
March 21, 2018
IRS Letter 5071C contains an update on IRS efforts to determine the validity of suspicious tax returns. At times, when the IRS receives suspicious tax returns, the IRS will send out Letter 5071C to taxpayers and ask the them to use an online identity verification process, in order to determine the validity of a tax return. Click here to access the IRS Letter 5071C.
March 19, 2018
IR-18-61 contains information on how tax practitioners PTINs, EFINs and CAF numbers are being targeted by data thieves and sold on the dark web. It also contains information on how to protect these numbers from being stolen. Click here to access the IR-18-61 document.
February 1, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jan Sorrentino (email@example.com)
The Northern New England Society of Enrolled Agents as part of working with The National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) and other state affiliates nationwide in efforts to raise awareness has requested the first week in February be proclaimed “Enrolled Agent Week.” Thus far for 2018, Governor Philip Scott for Vermont and Governor Chris Sununu for New Hampshire issued Enrolled Agent (EA) Week proclamations. For a full list of all the states go to naea.org.
The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration has issued this Technical Information Release relative to Guidance on M&R tax in relation to Airbnb Hosts.
On or after November 1, 2017
Airbnb will have an M&T tax license and file monthly returns, collect, and remit the full amount of M&R Tax due to the DRA on behalf of hosts.
Accommodations BOOKED on or after November 1, 2017
Airbnb host on Airbnb and other means: Hosts still needs to register and obtain an M&R tax license and file monthly returns, collect, and remit the full amount of M&R Tax due to the DRA booked through any other means other than Airbnb. Airbnb will file monthly returns, collect, and remit the full amount of M&R Tax due to the DRA.
Airbnb host on Airbnb exclusively: Hosts still need to register and obtain an M&R tax license and file monthly returns, collect, and remit the full amount of M&R Tax due to the DRA for accommodations booked prior to 11/1/17. Airbnb will file monthly returns, collect, and remit the full amount of M&R Tax due to the DRA in the month after hosts have collected all tax, surrendered M&R license and filed all required returns.
Non-Airbnb Hosts: Airbnb hosts need to register and obtain an M&R tax license and file monthly returns, collect, and remit the full amount of M&R Tax due to the DRA booked through any means including Airbnb.
Accommodations BOOKED prior to November 1, 2017
Airbnb hosts and non-Airbnb hosts need to register and obtain an M&R tax license and file monthly returns, collect, and remit the full amount of M&R Tax due to the DRA booked through any means including Airbnb.
Airbnb Hosts should contact the DRA to discuss their options for coming into compliance with the requirements of RSA 78-A. One option is the DRA’s Voluntary Disclosure Program.
September Maine Tax Alert
The September 2017 issue of the Maine Tax Alert can be viewed from our website at www.maine.gov/revenue/publications/alerts/index.htm.
- 2017 Tax Law Changes
- Maine Revenue Services (“MRS”) Rulemaking Activity
- Rule 104 Amended
- 2017 Maine Sales & Use Tax Symposiums
- Maine Revenue Services Conforms to Federal Tax Relief Provided to Taxpayers Affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration – Interest Rates Set For Calendar Year 2018
September 15, 2017
The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration has issued this Technical Information Release relative to the interest rates applicable to underpayments and overpayments of taxes for calendar year 2018, which can be viewed at: https://www.revenue.nh.gov/tirs/documents/2017-006.pdf
E-Services – migrating to new platform/problems with CAF checks failing
September 12, 2017
As we know there are various stages of changes to the IRS E-services that are in progress. I’ve just become aware of an immediate issue with TDS (transcript delivery service). The IRS is migrating data to a new platform and some E-Services users are experiencing CAF check failures for clients for whom we do have valid authorization on file. If you are experiencing this issue the only way to get transcripts is to call PPS. Hopefully this will be resolved soon!
Postponing Plan to Remove e-Services
August 17, 2017
Earlier this afternoon, IRS announced that the agency is postponing its plan to take e-Services tools and applications offline. Originally, the planned outage was scheduled to take place between 6 p.m. EDT, on Thursday, August 17th, and 6 a.m. EDT, on Monday, August 21st. All e-Services tools and applications will continue to be available to registered users until further notice, with the exception of Affordable Care Act Information Return (AIR) participants. AIR participants will be unable to submit new Transmitter Control Code applications or change existing applications until the platform upgrade takes place. The agency plans to make additional improvements to the e-Services platform for the final platform upgrade and will update e-Services users again in a follow up Quick Alert.
Planned Outage for all e-Service users; Impact to State e-file/TDS applications
The IRS is in the final stages of a technology upgrade for e-Services that will greatly improve the look and feel of various applications. However, there will be some temporary use issues that will occur as we make this transition:
- There will be a complete outage of all e-Services tools, including Registration, Transcript Delivery System (TDS), and TIN Matching, from 6 p.m. EDT, Thursday, August 17, until 6 a.m. EDT, Monday, August 21. Applications also will be offline and resume August 22, except for state users. E-Services must be taken offline to complete the platform transition and to perform testing. This outage will affect all users, including bulk users such as IVES and TIN Matching.
- All State tax agency users will be unable to submit new e-file and TDS applications for state coordinators or change existing e-file and TDS applications for state coordinators from August 17 until late October. This temporary issue will not affect state access to transcripts. If there is a critical need to add or remove an individual from a state application, states may contact their IRS government liaison representative who will notify appropriate IRS personnel.
- Affordable Care Act Information Return (AIR) filers may resume submission of applications for Transmitter Control Codes starting on August 22. The application process for AIR users has been offline since July because of the e-Services platform transition.
- A redesigned e-Services landing page will launch August 21.
The IRS urges all e-Services users to plan ahead to accommodate the temporary mid-August outage. States also should plan ahead for the temporary limitation on state e-file and state TDS applications. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please bear with us as we make these improvements.
This platform transition is part of a multi-year upgrade in technology support for e-Services. It is one in a series of steps being taken this year to improve e-Services usability and security.
IRS to Inactivate/Terminate EAs Who Haven’t Renewed
Beginning in June 2017, the Internal Revenue Service will send letters to EAs whose enrollment status is being inactivated or terminated because of failure to renew.
EAs with SSNs ending in 4, 5, or 6, who did not renew for the 2017 cycle will have their enrollment placed in inactive status. Anyone in inactive status can still submit a late renewal for approval with proof of CE.
EAs with SSNs ending in 4, 5, or 6, who have not renewed for the 2014 and 2017 cycles will have their enrollment placed in terminated status. Anyone in terminated status must re-take the SEE to apply for re-enrollment.
If you have questions about your enrollment status, please contact the Office of Enrollment at