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Tax Return Preparation | Tax Services Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 13 reviews
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Tax Return Preparation | Tax Services

tax returns cause woman despairDon’t Lose Sleep Over Your Tax Returns

“Money is a major source of stress on people, and what tax season does is shine a great big spotlight on the issue,” according to Michael McKee, a Cleveland Clinic psychologist and president of the U.S. branch of the International Stress Management Association. Preparing tax returns is stressful.

ATS Prep specializes in meeting on your individual tax preparation needs. Each of our clients is critically important to us.  ATS Prep provides the  full range of professional services that large firms offer, but is small enough to provide the individual attention you deserve.
We will thoroughly and conscientiously study your personal situation, and tailor our tax advice to your specific needs. Our tax returns services include:

Experienced Tax Preparer You Can Trust!

Howard Griffel has more than 25 years experience as a tax preparer in a wide range of circumstances and environments.  He is up to date with all the lastest IRS regulations and laws regarding tax preparation.  He has worked for both the IRS and H&R Block assisting people like you with tax preparation issues.

Amended Tax Returns

Amended returns allow tax filers to correct errors made on IRS tax returns. Such errors include changing filing status, over or under-reported income or incorrect deductions and credits. Math errors or omitted schedules do not require an amended return as the IRS processing center often corrects these errors on the original return. The Internal Revenue Service allows tax returns to be amended up to three years following the date the original return was filed or two years subsequent to the date the tax was paid. Amended returns are filed using Form 1040X for returns originally filed using Form 1040, Form 1040A, Form 1040EZ, Form 1040NR, or Form 1040NR-EZ.

Electronic filing of all Federal and State returns with direct deposit of refunds or scheduled electronic payment of balance due

Federal/State e-file allows the electronic filing of both Federal and state income tax returns at the same time. The electronic filing software places your Federal and state return data in separate packets. These packets are transmitted to the IRS in one taxpayer envelope. The IRS functions as an electronic post office for the participant state, who receives and processes the state electronic return. Federal tax payments can be madevia electronic funds withdrawal or credit card. Most states are accepting electronic funds withdrawal and credit card payments, but federal and state payments are not combined.

ITIN/ W7 Application and Processing

Pursuant to a written agreement with the IRS, we are authorized to assist individuals and other foreign persons who do not qualify for a Social Security but who still needs an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). This applies to H1, H4, L1 and F1 visa holders.

An ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) is a number issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for the exclusive purpose for of tax processing. It is intended for certain residents and non-residents aliens, their spouses and their dependents. An ITIN is only available to individuals who do not have and are not eligible to receive a Social Security Number (SSN) from the Social Security Administration (SSA) but are required to file a tax return. An ITIN is a number that looks similar to a SSN but begins with the number “9” and has a range of numbers from “70” to “88”, “90 to 92” and numbers “94” to “99” for the fourth (4th) and fifth (5th) digits. ITINs without regard to immigration status because residents and non-resident aliens, alike, may be required to pay taxes and file a tax return under the Internal Revenue Code.

Only individuals who are required to file a federal tax return or who have had taxes withheld and would like a refund for overpaying their taxes are eligible to obtain an ITIN.

Tax Preparation and Planning

Effective tax preparation and planning can help you to minimize your future tax liability. We can help you proactively manage both your personal and your business tax issues, including understanding how upcoming business opportunities impact your tax status and vice versa. Not all tax planning opportunities are readily apparent. By having us on your team, you are more likely to benefit from those opportunities. We understand how the latest federal, state and local tax legislation and other developments affect you and your business and we are constantly identifying new ways to reduce federal, state or local tax liabilities.

Tax return now a stress-free moment

★★★★★
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I am delighted of my experience with Horward. It kept me away from a tremendous source of stress. Since I am a Canadian, my case had some complication from a foreign account which he handled perfectly. I clearly see the benefit of working with Howard rather than of using a big tax filling firm. He is focused on your particular case and gives you a useful feedback for your next year. I am looking forward to work with Howard next year for my tax return.

Great Experience

★★★★★
5 5 1
The first thing I can say was I have had a Great Experience with Howard, I did my Taxes last year using Turbo tax and that same year I had bought a Home. I thought that the program had lacked in asking various Questions that I believed I could use as Deductions. Howard told me he would take the time to go over my return with a Fine Tooth Comb to see if he could increase my Last Year’s return. I have used the other services before to do my Taxes and believed that the preparer’s were looking at me as just a small part of their day, with Howard he takes the time to look at the Big Picture to help guide you into next Year’s Return. His one on one approach is very refreshing. I would Highly Recommend using Howard’s service to do your Taxes in the future.

...one of the most genuine, sincere and dedicated people I know

★★★★★
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Howard Griffel, the proprietor of Accurate Tax Service Prep is one of the most genuine, sincere and dedicated people I know. You see, I met Mr. Griffel several years ago, quite by accident, while I was working at one of those big home stores. He was a just another customer that approached me with a question concerning an item he wanted to buy. I don’t exactly remember why, but somehow the question of taxes came up. Howard seemed like a kind enough person. So I shared a confidence with him, quietly so that no one else could hear. I whispered that I had not yet filed my taxes for the current year and, in fact, hadn’t filed the year before either. I explained that my wife had died about 6 months earlier. She was the organized one who took care of all money related matters. I also told him that I couldn’t even find where she had placed the papers I needed to even begin to think about filing. He looked at me with an air of quiet confidence and simply said, I can help you with all that if you’d like. He gave me his card and said to call. I thought about it for a bit and the rest is history. It took a long time and hard work but we got everything we needed to file the prior year’s tax return. Then got the current one finished as well. I will never fall behind again nor with I trust anyone else with getting my taxes done either. In fact, I recently bought property in Florida and plan to move soon. Just to be sure, I’ve checked if Howard can do Florida taxes, too. Accurate Tax Services is open all year round. ATSP is always available to answer questions. Whether you’re applying for a mortgage and or simply can’t find the answer to something you need immediately because you’re on a deadline. Don’t worry, ATSP always has the answers to your tax questions and financial matters even if you don’t. If you are looking for someone with expert knowledge, honesty and integrity who you can always trust with your taxes and other financial concerns, look no further than Accurate Tax Services Prep and Howard Griffel. I stopped looking several years ago and you will stop too. He is the best, hardest working and honest person that I have found for my personal taxes. I no longer have to worry about getting my taxes done correctly and on time. He saved me in a very difficult time in my life and I will be forever grateful.

Great Service

★★★★★
5 5 1
I needed help on a Sunday, I goggled services, Howard called me right away to set up an appointment.Howard is knowledgeable, quick. I would highly recommend Accurate Tax and I will be using them again next year.

Couldn't be happier

★★★★★
5 5 1
I wish I had come around his services sooner. I'm 27 and this whole tax season is new and intimidating. There was no need for him to sit in front of me and just do my taxes with little to no small talk. We went through the information togerher, he did them, and met up the next day to explain all the numbers, the math, any questions I had, and what I can change in the future. He knows what he is talking about and it helps he is vey personable. I left feeling relieved, a little wiser and well taken care of.

Good Tax Prep

★★★★★
5 5 1
Howard is Very Knowledgeable on finances, the way taxes work and business in general. His value is so much higher than the price of his services. I definatly recommend his services.

Do yourself a favor, use Accurate Tax Services Prep

★★★★★
5 5 1
Accurate Tax Services Prep has done my taxes for the 3rd year now. I have found Howard Griffel to be one of the most diligent Tax Accounts in the business. What makes Accurate Tax Services Prep/ Howard stand out? His vast knowledge of the business. Willingness to go the “extra mile” for getting my taxes done correctly. His courteous manner, getting back to me in a timely, and taking time to go over any questions I have in detail. I highly recommended Howard Griffel to Family Members and Friends, and will continue to use Accurate Tax Services Prep. Do yourself a favor, use Accurate Tax Services Prep once and you will use them for years to come.

He drove to meet me.

★★★★★
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I was impressed with Mr. Griffel accuracy and proficiency in his work. He also provides door to door service which now days is a tremendous asset.

Thank you Accurate Tax Services Prep

★★★★★
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I have been a client of Accurate Tax Services Prep since Mr. Griffel open his office in 2012. Mr. Griffel is a down-to-earth, courteous professional who makes his customers feel comfortable and takes the time to answer and explain any questions you may have. I highly recommend ATSP to all my family and friends. Thank you Accurate Tax Services Prep.

Tax season has always been a very difficult time for me.

★★★★★
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I would like to take this time to express my appreciation for Accurate Tax Services Prep. Tax season has always been a very difficult time for me. In my position as a cook at the V.A Medical Hospital I usually work my regular 40­hour work plus many hours of overtime. It's very challenging to make sure that I understand my taxes and where I stand with deductions. In prior years, I have gone to tax services that I was not completely satisfied with. Accurate Tax Services Prep renewed my hope in tax season again. I have found Mr. Griffel to be courteous and truly professional. Over the last 3 years, he has helped me file my 1040 and Schedule C for a small business I own and run. He is knowledgeable about all the tax laws and takes the time to make sure my tax return is done correctly. I would recommend Accurate Tax services to anyone who values great customer service. Tax season is a time that you should have peace of time, and I have found just that. I look forward to being a long term customer for years to come.

Amazing Help with Amended Returns

★★★★★
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I have been a client of Accurate Tax Services Prep since 2012. That was the year I was introduced to ATSP. At our first meeting, they uncovered that a granddaughter that had been living with me for a number of years was a dependent that I never claimed. After allowing Accurate Tax Services Prep to file my 2012 taxes, they went back 3 years and filed an Amended Returns for each year. Because they were so thorough, I got back additional refunds for each of the years missed by other tax preparation services. I feel very confident with Mr. Griffel. Every time I meet with him, I am very impressed with his professionalism. This is the only place I will trust to prepare my taxes. I love the fact that they are open year-round and are available to answer any questions I may have. Thank you Accurate Tax Services for all you have done for me.

How Do I Claim My Dependents As A Resident Alien

★★★★★
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Howard knows the rules inside out and keeps calm in difficult situations.His background with both the FBI and a tax preparer give him a unique perspective and presence.He is the kid of guy you want on your side in difficult situations.

About Howard

★★★★★
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Howard is very detail oriented and caring! It's a great combination.