EC Tax & Business Services

EC Tax & Business Services Preparation and E-Filing of federal and state income tax returns, bookkeeping, notary, shipping/mailing, secretarial and New Business Consuting.

Tax and business services for individuals, entrepreneurs, small businesses, start-ups and nonprofits. We prepare and E-File federal and state income tax returns for individuals, businesses of all kinds and nonprofit organizations. We also offer Notary Public, bookkeeping, faxes/copies, mailing/shipping, secretarial and IT consulting services.

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Official ribbon cutting ceremony performed by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on May 1st, 2013

San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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EC Tax & Business Services ribbon cutting ceremony conducted by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:00am. Breakfast refreshments will be served and all are invited.

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Attention taxpayers! The IRS has confirmed a software bug affected approximately 600,000 tax returns filed between February the 14th and the 22nd, causing delays in processing refunds for up to six weeks. A large portion of these returns included education credits and were filed through H&R Block, but some returns may have originated from other tax-preparation companies as well.

If you've already filed your tax return with H&R Block, bring us your return and let us review it for you, especially if you've claimed any education credits. We can file any necessary corrections via Form 1040X Amended US Individual Income Tax Return.

And if you haven't filed your tax return yet, come see us for a free estimate. We also match any competitor's price, just bring in a copy of their estimate.

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Only ten days officially into the tax season at our new location and we've already worked on a third the amount of returns as we did all last season. Looking forward to many more satisfied customers this year.

The IRS will begin accepting federal income tax returns on January the 30th, that's just a few days ago. Let Uncle Sam p...
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The IRS will begin accepting federal income tax returns on January the 30th, that's just a few days ago. Let Uncle Sam point you in the right direction to EC Tax & Business Services. Get your taxes filed early and receive your refund as soon as possible.

Uncle Sam wants you to file your income tax return at EC Tax & Business Services.

Very interesting. Seems the new PTIN, registration and CPE regulations for tax preparers may not be legal according to t...
IRS Stopped 'Dead In Its Tracks' In Efforts To Regulate Tax Preparers - Forbes

Very interesting. Seems the new PTIN, registration and CPE regulations for tax preparers may not be legal according to the courts. Will have to see if there's an appeal and whether or not it upholds this decision.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 14: Drew Darmon looks on as he receives tax preparation assistance from a tax preparer at Liberty Tax on April 14, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife) It turns out that the IRS can't do everything it wants after all. Last year, [......

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Our new door signage to go with our new office.

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No Refund Anticipation Loans for Tax Year 2012.

The bad news is that no banks will be offering Refund Anticipation Loans (RALs) this tax season. In the past, participating banks were able to check a verification system the IRS maintained that would alert them if a past debt was outstanding for taxpayers. This way, if the taxpayer owed back taxes, fees, fines, student loans or child support payments, the bank would be made aware of that before approving the high interest, short term loan in anticipation of a tax refund. If such an alert was present for a taxpayer applying for a RAL, they would deny the application to avoid a situation where the loan would not be paid back, causing the bank to lose money and drowning the taxpayer deeper into debt.

The IRS ceased utilizing this alert system for the 2011 Tax Season, causing most banks to stop offering RALs. For the 2012 Tax Season, all banks have followed suit. Other bank products are still available, such as a Refund Transfer (RT). Such bank products allow the bank to receive the refund, deduct the prep fees and deposit them into the tax preparer's account, then forward the remaining amount of the refund to the taxpayer via direct deposit or check. However, the bank's fees are much lower because this is not a high interest, short term loan, and the bank is at no risk of losing money in the process.

RALs were sometimes referred to by taxpayers as "Rapid Tax". Beware of any tax preparer that claims to offer a RAL bank product; they are most likely trying to pass off an RT product as a RAL in an attempt to avoid losing your business to a competitor. The IRS also prohibits a tax preparer from receiving a taxpayer's refund directly into their own accounts for the purpose of collecting preparation fees, so be sure to avoid anyone who proposes that.

The good news is the IRS has upgraded their E-File system. As a result, many taxpayers may still receive their refunds just as quickly as if they had been granted a RAL bank product. Neither the IRS or any tax preparer can guarantee a date for any taxpayer's refund, and the standard answer is to wait 10 - 21 business days before inquiring about your refund. If there are no hang ups with a taxpayer's return though, they may be surprised to find that their refund was deposited into their bank account in a matter of a day or two. If given the option to choose between E-File and filing a paper return, always choose the E-File option (a free service for the majority of taxpayers). Also, the direct deposit option for receiving your refund can cut a few days from the waiting period as well.

As an added note, please remember that tax returns should only be submitted to the IRS after the official W-2's have been provided. A final pay stub or other alternative document may be used to calculate the return, but the IRS will not accept those returns until mid-February, and only after every effort has been made to obtain official W-2's. Also, bank products like RTs will not be accepted without official W-2's.

Again, these are IRS policies that affect all tax returns. As always, we encourage taxpayers to be aware of these policies so that they are not steered the wrong way. If the IRS delays your return because of any issue, including an audit, you are ultimately responsible for your own tax return, even in the case of an error made by the tax preparer.


Due to the late tax law changes approved by Congress on January the second, the IRS has officially pushed back their start date for accepting individual tax returns. Although you can start preparing your tax return at any time, they will not be accepted by the IRS until January the 30th, with more complex returns having to wait until late February or March. Until the affected forms are updated, the IRS will not allow any tax preparation software to print any official forms, including enterprise applications.

Our advice? Come see us to get an early start on your tax return, just don't expect it to be filed with the IRS before January the 30th. If you receive all your tax documents by that time (e.g., W-2's, 1099's, etc.), we can finalize your return so that it is ready to be processed as soon as possible.

Below is an edited excerpt of the official IRS Press Release. To view the entire Press Release, click here:

IRS Press Release Dated 01/08/2013:

"Following the January tax law changes made by Congress under the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA), the Internal Revenue Service announced today it plans to open the 2013 filing season and begin processing individual income tax returns on Jan. 30..."

"...The IRS will begin accepting tax returns on that date after updating forms and completing programming and testing of its processing systems. This will reflect the bulk of the late tax law changes enacted Jan. 2. The announcement means that the vast majority of tax filers — more than 120 million households — should be able to start filing tax returns starting Jan 30..."

"...The IRS estimates that remaining households will be able to start filing in late February or into March because of the need for more extensive form and processing systems changes. This group includes people claiming residential energy credits, depreciation of property or general business credits. Most of those in this group file more complex tax returns and typically file closer to the April 15 deadline or obtain an extension..."

"...The IRS originally planned to open electronic filing this year on Jan. 22."


Still haven't filed your personal tax return? Forms 1040 are due by April 17 (due to DC holiday). Stop in our office and receive a $25 discount if filing a 1040 or 1040A.


Need to file a corporate tax return? Don't forget that corporate returns are due on the fifteenth day of the third month following the end of your fiscal year. That means that if you used the regular calendar year for your fiscal period, your return is due on March 15. If you're in the San Antonio/Universal City area, stop by our office to get your return started.


Attention bartenders, wait staff and other taxpayers earning tip income; remember that tip income is taxable and should be reported to your employer throughout the course of the year to prevent paying the tax at the end of the year. The IRS provides Publication 1244 for your assistance (includes a voluntary daily log and form for reporting to your employer.

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Visit our new website for information about the services we offer as well as important news and tips for both individual and business taxpayers. You can also subscribe to our monthly newsletter and refer others to us.

EC Tax Business Services is a full-service tax firm serving clients throughout the Universal City, the San Antonio Texas area, and surrounding areas, dedicated to providing our clients with professional, personalized services and guidance in a wide range of financial and business needs.

PTIN Requirements for Tax Return Preparers

REMINDER: Professional tax preparers can now schedule their certification exams through the IRS website after renewing their PTIN for the 2011 tax season.

ALERT: The PTIN Info Line is receiving many calls about forgotten User ID's, passwords, and email addresses. Please read our Online Troubleshooting Tips FAQs for guidance with these issues. If you still need to call for assistance, we apologize for delays you may experience.


Are you a small business owner or partner? Needs to get your books in order for the upcoming tax season? Or do you need ongoing bookkeeping services? Give us a call at 210-566-2000 to schedule a consultation. Low hourly billing rates available.

2011 Federal Tax Law Changes

Awareness of recent tax law changes is very important. Here is one link to a summary of changes for tax year 2011. Keep in mind that there are other tax related bills yet to pass Congress, some of which may not go into effect until after the tax filing season begins. If you're a professional tax preparer, be sure to subscribe to the news alerts provided by the IRS.

Read the long list of changes that are coming in 2011, including changes to tax credits, deductions, college plans, and the Snooki tax!

Suspicious e-Mails and Identity Theft

Be sure to avoid the various tax related scams out there. The IRS website has good resources for information on what to look for:

The Internal Revenue Service has issued several recent consumer warnings on the fraudulent use of the IRS name or logo by scamsters trying to gain access to consumers’ financial information in order to steal their identity and assets. When identity theft takes place over the Internet, it is called p...

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1945 Lockhill Selma, Ste 207
San Antonio, TX

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Monday 09:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 19:00
Thursday 09:00 - 19:00
Friday 09:00 - 19:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00


(210) 386-6341


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