Monthly Archives: December 2013

PTINS need to be renewed

Tax Preparers Must Renew Their PTINs for 2014 IR-2013-101, Dec. 23, 2013 WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded professional tax return preparers to renew their Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTINs) if they plan to prepare returns in 2014. Current PTINs expire Dec. 31, 2013. Anyone who prepares or helps prepare all or substantially all of a federal tax return, claim for refund or other federal forms for compensation must have a valid PTIN. All enrolled agents also must have a PTIN. Tax professionals can obtain or renew their PTINs at www.irs.gov/ptin. Those renewing their PTINs can complete the process in about 15 minutes. The renewal fee is $63. Tools are available to assist any preparers who have forgotten their user name, password or email address. New tax return preparers who are obtaining a first-time PTIN must create an online PTIN account as a first step and then follow directions to obtain a PTIN. Their fee is $64.25. The annual PTIN requirement is part of...

2014 Tax Season to Open Jan. 31; e-file and Free File Can Speed Refunds

IR-2013-100, Dec. 18, 2013 WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced plans to open the 2014 filing season on Jan. 31 and encouraged taxpayers to use e-file or Free File as the fastest way to receive refunds. The new opening date for individuals to file their 2013 tax returns will allow the IRS adequate time to program and test its tax processing systems. The annual process for updating IRS systems saw significant delays in October following the 16-day federal government closure. “Our teams have been working hard throughout the fall to prepare for the upcoming tax season,” IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel said. “The late January opening gives us enough time to get things right with our programming, testing and systems validation. It’s a complex process, and our bottom-line goal is to provide a smooth filing and refund process for the nation’s taxpayers.” The government closure meant the IRS...

[caption id="attachment_787" align="alignnone" width="300"]Midge dances at USO holiday party Midge dances at USO holiday party[/caption] Barbara and I traveled to Glen Burnie on December 13 to photograph the annual USO-Metro holiday party for BWI and Fort Meade volunteers.  It was a great party with lots of good food, dancing, games and good company.  For the 40 or so volunteers who attended, they were treated to great music by Captain Richard Barnes, US Army Retired and a ugly sweater contest. See the photoshow by going to my site's  photography tab and clicking on "all photoshows."...