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  • 30 Jun 2020 12:58 PM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)

    The Trustee Tax filing and payment due date of June 20 has been extended to September 20 to give taxpayers some time to comply during this COVID-19 emergency. You’ll find more information, including the details of the extension and links to the TIR and emergency regulation amendments, on the DOR COVID-19 information page.

  • 30 Jun 2020 12:58 PM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)

    This is just a reminder that income and fiduciary tax payment deadlines - that were due April 15 and June 15 - have been extended to July 15, 2020. There’s more information on the COVID-19 update page.

  • 30 Jun 2020 12:57 PM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)

    Payments of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance going out to those who wouldn’t typically qualify for unemployment, like self-employed and gig workers, are not currently set up to have  taxes withheld. We recommend setting aside some of the funds to make estimated payments to avoid a surprise tax bill down the line.

  • 30 Jun 2020 12:56 PM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)

    The IRS announced a June 1st resumption of Special Enrollment Exam, (SEE), testing in the enrolled agents section of its tax professionals web page. Prometric test centers are still subject to local COVID safeguard regulations and might not be open. If there is a secondary local COVID outbreak, the Prometric center might be shutdown.  Candidates must wear a medical mask or cloth face covering. Visit Prometric.com for more information

  • 10 Jun 2020 11:56 AM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)

    In the last few months, the IRS Criminal Investigation division (CI) has seen a variety of Economic Impact Payment (EIP) scams and other financial schemes looking to take advantage of unsuspecting taxpayers. CI continues to work with law enforcement agencies domestically and abroad to educate taxpayers about these scams and investigate the criminals perpetrating them during this challenging time.

    Criminals are continuing to use the COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments as cover for schemes to steal personal information and money. Scams related to COVID-19 are not limited to stealing EIPs from taxpayers, however. CI has already seen scams related to the organized selling of fake at-home test kits, offers to sell fake cures, vaccines, pills and advice on unproven treatments for COVID-19. Other scams purport to sell large quantities of medical supplies through the creation of fake shops, websites, social media accounts and email addresses where the criminal fails to deliver promised supplies after receiving funds. Click here to learn more about these schemes.

  • 10 Jun 2020 11:55 AM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)

    Four million prepaid debit cards were mailed to taxpayers who did not get paper checks or direct deposit stimulus payments. Lost and stolen debit cards may be reported at EIPCard.COM. The debit card program is administered by MetaBank. The IRS EIP FAQ page hosts over two dozen FAQ's that are updated regularly. Most recent updates provide background about the "need more Information" messaging and provide a process of how to proceed with misplaced or never received checks.

  • 10 Jun 2020 11:54 AM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)

    The US Treasury has issued four million prepaid debit cards instead of paper checks for stimulus payments. It has been reported to us from clients who have received the debit cards, that they arrive in a #10 standard white envelope with first-class postage (not bulk mail). The return address is from Money Network Cardholder Services, Omaha, NE. Inside is a blue Visa debit card with white stars on it. 

    There is a small sheet of paper that includes the blue and gold Treasury seal with Department of Treasury. The sheet of paper reads: "This pre-paid debit card is being sent to you on behalf of the US Dept. of the Treasury in place of a paper check. This card contains the money you are receiving as result of the Corona Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). For additional information on Economic Impact Payments visit irs.gov/eip. This is safe, convenient, and secure."

    How to get your balance: Call Customer Service at 1-800-240-8100. Taxpayers must register as a new user. Click here for more information.

  • 10 Jun 2020 11:52 AM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)

    To avoid tax penalties, June 1st was the extended payment deadline for VA income taxNH Dept. of Revenue Administration issued a press release to remind businesses of the June 15th deadline. Some MA trustee taxes are due June 20th; among them are Sales, Use, Meals and Room Occupancy, but not Gasoline, Cigarette and Withholding taxes.  For more information about MA COVID related waivers and extensions, check out the MA DOR COVID Update Webpage  or the MA DOR Hot Topics page.

  • 3 Jun 2020 12:02 PM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)

    As part of a nationwide unemployment benefits fraud scheme, criminal enterprises are using stolen personal information to try to fraudulently file unemployment claims. Criminal enterprises in possession of stolen personal information from earlier national data breaches have been attempting to file large amounts of illegitimate unemployment claims through the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) system. If you believe someone is using your clients identity to falsely claim unemployment benefits, learn how to report the fraud and what to do to protect yourself. Report unemployment benefits fraud.

  • 3 Jun 2020 12:00 PM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)

    IRS News Release 2020-107 announced an electronic filing option for amended 1040 and 1040-SR filers beginning with the 2019 tax season. The most recent 1040-X form and 1040-X instructions with a revision date of January 2020 make no mention of e-filing an amended 2019 return and the news release makes no commitment about when the e-filing option becomes available. Once the IRS is ready, we still need our software to support it. In the meantime, anyone paper filing an amended return for any year can call the Amended Return Update line at 866-464-2050.

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