Thursday, August 20, 2015

What's New With MassTaxConnect?

MassTaxConnect is the Department of Revenue's secure Web-based application that allows business taxpayers to register, file and/or pay certain tax obligations online. The latest version of the application includes many new features designed to provide certain businesses with more options to access and maintain their tax obligations.

  • Taxpayers can send and receive secure e-messages with attachments - It will be easier for taxpayers to quickly and safely talk with the DOR. 
  • View and print DOR letters and notices - Taxpayers will be able to view all DOR letters and notices right on their account.
  • Business tax types in one place - Almost all business tax types will be part of MassTaxConnect by the end of the year. It will be one-stop electronic filing and paying.   
  • Assign third party access electronically - Taxpayers will be able to assign access to an enrolled agent or other taxpayer electronically. They can assign, approve, and give access through a secure and streamlined platform.
  • Amend filed returns electronically - Filing an amended return will be just as simple as filing the original return.
  • Opt in or out of paper correspondence. 
For more information about MassTaxConnect visit the MA DOR website by clicking here.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

2015 MA/RI NATP Annual Meeting & Educational Seminar - Two Months Away

Massachusetts / Rhode Island NATP Chapter Annual Meeting & Educational Seminar October 27th 2015

Join the Massachusetts / Rhode Island NATP Chapter on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 for our Annual Meeting & Educational Seminar. This all day event will be held at the Holiday Inn in Mansfield, MA. Registration details are below, and is handled online by National. Take a look at the details on our speaker and topics provided in this great 8 CE Hour opportunity including continental breakfast, snacks, lunch, vendors and great networking opportunities. This seminar is limited to the First 100 Registrants!

  • For online registration with credit card, click here.
  • To register by phone, fax or mail, click for the registration form.
  • After October 26th, please print the form (see link above) and register at the door.

Speaker - Kathryn M. Morgan, EA, Fellow NTPI

Born and raised in the San Diego California area as a Navy “brat”, Kathy joined the US Air Force straight out of high school.  Serving for 13 years as a Military Police Officer in Washington DC, in the Presidential Security Squadron, in the United Kingdom as RAF Greenham Common, assisting in opening the first Ground Launched Cruise Missile base in the European Theater amid large protests, and at Barksdale AFB is NW Louisiana guarding our nations B52 fleet and participating in Desert Storm.

In 1993 Kathy took an early retirement from the military during the force reduction and went to work for the Bossier City Louisiana Police Department as a Police Communications Office and Dispatcher. She worked in this position for 13 years.

While working for the police department, Kathy decided to try something completely new and took a basic income tax class from H&R Block.  The rest, as they say, is history.  She just completed her 21st  year with H&R Block working in the Bossier City Premium office.  Kathy earned her Enrolled Agent license in 2002 and has completed the prestigious National Tax Practice Institute Fellowship (NTPI).  Kathy has also been the lead writer of the Louisiana State Manual for the H&R Block Income Tax Course for the last five years, assists with upper level courses, and teaches at every level for the company.  She proudly holds the titles of Enrolled Agent, Master Tax Advisor, Fellow NTPI, Speaker, Instructor, Representation Specialist and Consultant.

She has been published by several tax research companies, including Parker Tax Publishing and  She is a accomplished speaker and instructor on a wide variety of tax issues. Through her company, Puzzled By Taxes?, she offers speaking, writing, and instruction.

Kathy lives and practices in the Shreveport Louisiana area and when not “talking tax” she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and family, writing and reading.

Tax Research Tips & Techniques for Citations, Court Cases & Basis Reconstruction

Good research is necessary to keep up with the ever-changing tax laws and practical procedures. This course will include research methodology, tips and techniques.  Case studies will demonstrate research methods and locations as well as due diligence procedures for reconstructing basis in capital assets. Participants will learn the hierarchy of citation authority as well as the standards of reliance on opinions when working with tax positions. IRS #JSAQG-T-00016-15-I

Notice of Deficiency: It’s NOT The End Of The World!  Judicial Review, Collections Appeals and Collections Due Process

This presentation will discuss the actions that need to be taken when a client receives a Statutory Notice of Deficiency from the IRS. A thorough review of the timing aspects of appeals and Tax Court filings will be covered as well as case reviews of each option. (IRC §6212)  Participants will learn how to use the IRS Collections Appeal Program (CAP) or the Collection Due Process (CDP) program to their client’s benefit; the pros and cons of both programs; and Judicial Review procedures and restrictions.  We will also briefly review the integration of the collections and exams sides of this topic. IRS #JSAQG-T-00017-15-I 

Living Off The Grid:  Bringing Your Client Back Into Compliance

In this course, we will tackle the long term non-filer, (I.R.M. Sec. 4.19.17) taxpayers who live by working in an “under the table” environment.  We will learn the types of situations that make non-filers need to get compliant; what options for getting and remaining compliant the taxpayer has; how far back the taxpayer needs to go to get compliant; and review payment options for taxpayers who have large balances once the returns are filed.  IRS #JSAQG-T-00018-15-I

Identity Theft: Everyone Can Become A Victim!

Identity Theft: It’s a worldwide crime wave and it can affect every aspect of a taxpayer’s life.  We will discuss how to keep clients safe from this crime, what to do if they are a victim, steps the IRS is taking to help prevent identity theft, and ways to speed the process through the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit to get the clients back on track in a timely manner.  IRS #JSAQG-T-00019-15-I

Special Offer for the January 7, 2016 State Update Seminar
Sign up on October 27, 2015 and pay by November 9, 2015 for ½ Price