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Video Gears You Up for Most Educational Congress Yet

The 27th Annual Congress is fast approaching, and with 13 sessions and nearly 200 workshops, it is sure to be the most educational Congress yet. To prepare Congress first-timers and refresh the memories of Congress veterans, APA has prepared a Congress preview video to show what the Congress experience is all about. This year's Congress is scheduled for May 19-23 in Long Beach, Calif.

Treat Yourself Like a 'Payroll Goddess'

Payroll professionals work hard, but often don't gain the recognition they deserve. Fortunately, those in the field now have an outlet where they can explore their inner "payroll goddess." PayrollGoddess.com, sponsored by PaycheckCity.com, offers a fun-loving escape from the day-to-day grind of payroll operations.

The site features a bevy of resources, including a "Newsworthy" page, a "Be Heard" forum, and a "Make Me Laugh" page featuring humorous cartoons.

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Free Webcast on Specialty Taxes

By Scott Mezistrano, CPP

Watch APA and the IRS discuss specialty taxes, and get continuing education (CE) credit applied towards your CPP or FPC designation (or many other certified statuses)--all from the convenience of your home or office computer. You can watch this webcast,, "Specialty Taxes: Estate and Gift, and Employment Taxes," live or archived, on most any personal computer with a high-speed Internet connection.

The live webcast is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, at 2 pm EDT. Live viewers can even participate by asking questions via e-mail. Or you can watch an archived version at any time that's convenient for you. The webcast is free, but a CE credit costs $20. Live viewers get their credit by filling out an online evaluation form. Archive viewers get their CE credit by taking an online quiz and scoring at least 70%.

APA Representation

Representing APA will be Daniel T. Moore, CPA, Senior Accountant and Chief Financial Officer for the Moore Agency, Inc. The Moore Agency processes payroll for multi-state companies and handles compliance audits for various federal and state tax authorities. Moore was appointed in 2007 by the Department of Treasury to serve on the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council and is serving as the Chair of its Wage and Investment subgroup.

For more information, or to register and watch the show, check out TaxTalkToday.tv. While you're at the Tax Talk Today Website, check out "Program -- Topics & Calendar" to see the list of archived webcasts available at any time.

Where's Your IRS Tax Refund?

Share this online resource with your employees--they'll thank you for it

By Scott Mezistrano, CPP

"Where's My Refund?" is a service offered on the IRS website and is the quickest way to check on the status of your tax refund. You can generally access information about your refund 72 hours after the IRS acknowledges receipt of your e-filed return, or 3-4 weeks after mailing a paper return.

It's also available in Spanish - "Donde Esta Mi Reembolso?" Those without Internet access can call the IRS Refund Hotline at 800-829-1954, 24 hours a day. The "Where's My Refund?" service is available at the IRS website, and more information about e-mail and phishing scams is available at http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=155344,00.html.

How Does It Work?

Using "Where's My Refund" is easy. Simple online instructions guide you through a process that asks for your social security number, filing status, and the exact amount of your refund--all of which can be found on your tax return. This process is part of the security that verifies that you are authorized to access the specific account information.

Once the information is submitted, results can include one of several responses, including:
* Your return was received and is in processing.
* The expected mailing date or direct deposit date of your refund.
* Your refund has been returned to the IRS because it could not be delivered, in which case you may provide a change of address online.

If it has been more than 28 days since the IRS mailed your refund but you still don't have it, you can initiate a "refund trace" online. Even in cases where a refund is being reviewed or delayed because of a math error or other problem, the "Where's My Refund?" service provides you with immediate and specific steps to resolve any issues that may be affecting your refund.

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