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  • 22 Nov 2021 12:33 PM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)

    Leslie Book in ProcedurallyTaxing.com picked up on a hot issue that often comes before our Area Practitioner Stakeholder Liaisons. ENQ is a phone service that predials IRS phone lines and holds a place in the queue for its subscribers. Critics complain that this service contributes to clogged IRS phone access. Les mentions that US Senators Warner, Young, Menendez & Cassidy have contacted IRS Commissioner Rettig to assess the service.

    You can download the letter by click the link below.

    Senators IRS Letter re Call EnQ (11_18_2021).pdf

  • 27 Sep 2021 10:24 AM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)

    SAVE THE DATE!

    FY22 Monthly Continuing Education (Topics And Speakers Are Subject To Change)

    • Oct 21Interactive Class on Partnership Basis with Alan Pinck, EA
    • Nov. 181041 Trusts Returns with Michael Miranda, CPA
    • Dec. 16 —  Fixing Businesses — Form 3115 and Misclassified Employees with AJ Reynolds, EA
    • Jan. 20Cryptocurrency with Beth Logan, EA
    • Feb 17Taxpayer Advocate with Bob Allen
    • March 17Share Shop with Joyce Mohr, EA and Terry Durkin, EA
    • April 21Kids! Kiddie Tax and College tuition/scholarship with Bill Nemeth and Beth Logan
    • May 19Ethics (details TBD)
  • 9 Aug 2021 9:49 AM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)

    The folks at Krumsiek & Associations, P.C. are hiring for the following positions: 

    Office Assistant/Client Service Specialist

    http://www.taxationservices.com/Office-Assistant-Client-Service-Specialist.php

    Senior Tax Accountant

    http://www.taxationservices.com/Senior-Tax-Accountant.php

    Tax Accountant

    http://www.taxationservices.com/Tax-Accountant.php

    Contact: 

    Matthew P. Krumsiek, EA

    matthew@taxationservices.com

    Krumsiek & Associates, P.C.

    Metro Boston Office

    327 Union Avenue STE 300
    Framingham, MA 01702

    Metro West Office
    112 Turnpike Road STE 110
    Westborough, MA 01581

    www.TaxationServices.com

    (508)532-8544 | Phone
    (508)969-2845 | Fax

    www.AuthorMatthewKrumsiek.com

  • 5 May 2021 4:26 PM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)

    Speaking at the MaSEA Annual Meeting on June 10th is Nina Olson, yes you read that correctly. Nina Olson, the taxpayer team leader for about 20 years as US Taxpayer Advocate, author of The Taxpayer Rights, promoter of the Taxpayer First Act, an annual fixture before Congress to critique the IRS, and a former tax preparer. Her last almost 1,000 page Congressional report, (the Purple Book), contained several dozens of recommendations to strengthen Taxpayer Rights and Improve Tax Administration. EA’s Sharon Kay Flynn and Nancy Goedecke will moderate a panel discussion. Nancy first shared the stage with Nina in 1998 as a NAEA representative at an IRS Conference in Atlanta. Sharon has worked directly with Nina for decades.

    This discussion and presentation is priceless. That’s right; there is no fee. Those attending Annual Meeting are automatically registered. Those who want access just to the Nina Olson portion of the program agree to accept one low income tax clinic case as part of the New England EA LITC Pro Bono group.  MaSEA has organized fifty enrolled agents to assist low income tax clinics in ME, NH, VT, RI and MA.

    For more about Nina Olson since her retirement, visit www.Taxpayer-Rights.org

    For more about the June 10th program, stay tuned to upcoming MaSEA emails and the homepage at MaSEAOnline.org

  • 7 Apr 2021 12:50 PM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)

    Every practitioner who works international tax issues should attend this two day international program. Originally scheduled for Athens, the conference has been modified to become a zoom broadcast. Next year the international tax conference will be hosted by the Harvard Law School. The 2021 conference theme is Quality Tax Audits & Protection of Fundamental Taxpayer Rights.

    Registration is now open for the 5th International Conference on Taxpayer Rights, which will be held over three days, on May 26 to 28, 2021. You can access the agenda here.

    You can register for the conference here.

    THERE IS NO IRS CE FOR ATTENDING THIS EVENT

  • 23 Mar 2021 2:00 PM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)


    On Tuesday, March 23, MaSEA held a 30-minute MA DOR Zoominar featuring MA DOR Taxpayer Advocate Dana Ackerman. Ackerman provided some clarity as to where individual tax filing requirements stand and insight to possible developments of tax changes. Below are some highlights from the presentation. You can also access a recording of the presentation by clicking here and using the Passcode: pHAj9?hs

    Highlights From The Presentation:

    • Pending legislation in MA statehouse. $10,200 is mirrored but limited to 200% of poverty level. More on the definition of poverty level will come. If passed, MA DOR is hoping that they can handle the change of already filed returns and not require amended returns (at least most of those changes). Also, it includes penalty waivers if related to unemployment. NOT LAW YET – watch MaSEA email blasts. Watch MA DOR website.
    • Legislation is also looking to exclude PPP forgiven loans. NOT LAW YET.
    • DOR is following the May 17 date for Form 1 resident and non-resident. Just like the IRS, the other returns including Trust and Corporations are still due with their original date. 
    • If client files between April 15 and May 17, then applies refund to 2021, will this be a late Q1 estimate or not? More to come...
    • Unemployment on Sch. 1 of federal return can be reduced by contributions to PFML and/or unemployment (there are states where the employee contributes to unemployment as well). MA DOR will be releasing information about this. It looks like this reduction is not allowed in MA but the instructions cause confusion. More to come!
    • If you send questions about pending legislation the MA DOR will not have an answer and won't comment until it is passed and signed. To send other tax-related questions use TaxProFeedback@DOR.state.MA.US.
    • MA DOR will ask Software vendors to allow electronic return payments until May 17.

    You will find the FAQs at Mass.gov/DOR

  • 9 Mar 2021 9:08 AM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)

    The Massachusetts Society of Enrolled Agents appreciates the recent clarification on PPP loan taxation that was released by the General Court of Massachusetts. MaSEA has been actively working with the Beacon Hill to pass PPP Conformity over the last six months. The issue gained traction last month when the MA Society of CPA’s put its weight into the effort. Legislation is expected to be enacted by July 31st. Read the full release below.

    Statement from Senate President Karen E. Spilka, Speaker of the House Ronald Mariano, Senate Ways & Means Chair Michael J. Rodrigues and House Ways & Means Chair Aaron Michlewitz

    “The Senate and House have reached agreement on a bill to help workers and employers jumpstart our nascent recovery as we begin to slowly emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. This agreement strikes a balance to ensure that businesses can continue to move forward while protecting those working hard to keep the economy going. Time is of the essence to bring this much needed relief to businesses and employees, and so we will act expeditiously to get this comprehensive bill to the Governor’s desk. 

    While businesses require our support to weather this economic storm, our employees need help too. We have agreed to provide targeted tax relief to unemployed workers whose income falls below 200 percent of the poverty line. We also recognize that many are navigating our Unemployment Insurance (UI) system for the first time, and so we have agreed to waive penalties for missed tax payments on UI benefits received in 2020. 

    To help protect employees on the front lines—and to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19—we are making sure all employees have access to paid leave if they are unable to work because they get infected with the coronavirus, are ordered to quarantine, or need to take time off to get the vaccine. In tandem with federal legislation, this state response will ensure employees have access to paid leave and employers are reimbursed for such costs. We believe this will provide a necessary and crucial safety net for the employees, especially essential workers, who have shown up every day to keep our economy and communities running throughout this public health crisis. 

    Finally, the bill will prevent increases in the UI rate schedule for 2021 and 2022, providing employers with needed stability and relief as the Commonwealth continues to recover. The agreement also allows for state borrowing, secured by a temporary employer assessment, to ensure the solvency of the UI trust fund. In addition to UI relief, to help many small businesses and employers who received PPP loans to stay afloat and save jobs, we have agreed to conform to the current federal tax code to exclude forgiven PPP loans from gross income for small businesses organized as pass-through entities.” 

    Click here to access a PDF of the release.
  • 17 Dec 2020 1:12 PM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)


    Hello fellow Members! Happy Holidays from all of us at the MASEA Board! What a year! We have had ups and downs, some sadness and some joy! As the year comes to an end, I wanted to reflect on how technology has helped us keep in touch with our families, each other, and clients. Zoom, seems to be the saving grace this year, as technology moves us forward into the 21st Century! Netflix entertained some of us, others learned new hobbies like playing a guitar or some of us read awesome books.

    Thank you front line workers for being there for us! I personally have family that put their lives at risk every day to make the world a safer place for us. Where would we be without these brave folks?

    I want to say that Thirsty Thursdays have been a success for the last three months. Once a month we get to spend a little time together and meet each other and I have enjoyed meeting members, who I may not have had the chance to meet otherwise.

    The Zoom Thirsty Thursdays have allowed people from across Massachusetts to meet other members and talk about interesting topics. We get together on Zoom in a casual atmosphere. You can drink from the safety of your own home and not worry about driving. We have had exciting conversations about cats, dogs, employees, kids, vacations, and shared many war stories about clients. Some of these stories might even make great material for standup comedians or sitcoms. It is not just business as usual, it’s a relaxing social event.

    I invite you all to join us in the new year to discover what Thirsty Thursday is all about. Once again, I want to wish everyone Happy Holidays and a Great New Year! 

    Please remember to stay positive and test negative!!!!!

    - Ferdinand Pellegrino, 1rst VP, MaSEA

  • 27 Oct 2020 1:27 PM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)

    Every year the United States Tax Court allows members of the MaSEA to attend a live Tax Court calendar call. A truly exciting experience for all because some judges will conduct a brief Q&A for our members at the end of the session. This provides for an outstanding volunteer experience in which our members gain valuable knowledge of proceedings.

    Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the United Tax Court will not allow live sessions this year in Boston. All sessions will be held virtually.  We have reached out to the United State Tax Court for directions on how to proceed this year and they prefer that members wishing to attend the United State Tax Court, do so by listening to a live audio stream of the United States Tax Court Calendar call held on November 2.  

    We have provided a link for anyone who wishes to attend. Click here to access the audio stream.


  • 23 Sep 2020 12:21 PM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)

    Antaeus Tax & Business Services, LLC is seeking a motivated Tax Associate who is knowledgeable and well versed in preparing taxes for corporations, partnerships/LLC, including bookkeeping. The ideal candidate will be an organized, detail-oriented self-starter that has excellent communication and follow-up skills.

    Primary Duties:

    ·        Prepare simple to complex corporate tax returns for small businesses.

    ·        Prepare and submit annual Form 1099s.

    ·        Analysis of general ledger accounts and reconciliation of bank accounts, with appropriate client communication and action to resolve outstanding issues and items.

    ·        Play an integral part in year-end close by evaluating and preparing required journal entries to get clients’ books and records ready for income tax preparation.

    ·        Excel spreadsheet analysis for various projects and processes.

    ·        Perform other accounting, financial, or administrative tasks may be required from time to time.

    Requirements:

    ·        A minimum of 3-4 years’ experience in accounting is required.

    ·        A minimum of 3-4 years' preparing corporate tax returns.

    ·        A minimum of 3-4 years' experience in bookkeeping.

    ·        Professional appearance and demeanor.

    ·        Ability to multi-task and prioritize.

    ·        High degree of accuracy and attention to detail.

    ·        Skilled in use of MS Word, Microsoft Office, Excel, and QuickBooks.

    ·        Skilled in the use of a tax software; Lacerte is a plus but not required.

    ·        Strong organizational skills

    ·        Ability to clearly and effectively communicate verbally and in writing.

    ·        Ability to manage multiple projects/tasks simultaneously.

    ·        Ability to work well under pressure, prioritize projects and be deadline oriented.

    ·        Excellent work habits.

    Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Temporary

    Pay: $25.00 - $35.00 per hour

    Contact: Jenn@antaeustax.com

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