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Tax Questions and FormsTax Questions and Answers

Is a W-2 required to file my tax return? Or can I use my last pay-stub from 2014?

Answer: You must have a valid Form W-2 in order to complete and file your income tax return. Your employer(s) must issue your 2014 W-2s by January 31, 2015. If you do not receive your W-2, then contact your employer for more information.

Question: Who can I claim as a dependent?

Answer: To claim a dependent, you must not be able to be claimed as a dependent by any other taxpayer. In addition, you generally cannot claim an exemption on a dependent who is married if they file a joint return. You cannot claim a person as a dependent unless that person is a U.S. citizen, a U.S. resident, U.S. national, or a resident of Canada or Mexico, for some part of the year. To be a dependent, the person must be your qualifying child or qualifying relative

Question: Is there an age limit on claiming my child as a dependent?

Answer: Age is a factor in the qualifying child test, but a qualifying relative can be any age. As long as the following tests are met, you may claim a dependency exemption for your child: 1. qualifying child or qualifying relative test 2. Dependent taxpayer test 3. Citizenship or resident test 4. Joint return test

Question: Can I receive a tax refund if I am currently making payments under an installment agreement or payment plan for a prior year’s federal taxes?

Answer: No. As a condition of your installment agreement, any refund due to you in a future year will be applied against the amount that you owe.

  • The IRS will automatically apply the refund to the taxes owed.
  • You must continue making the  installment payments you agreed to make, as scheduled, and in full. Your refund is not applied toward your regular payment,  therefore, any payments due under the installment agreement must still be made in full.
  • Regardless of whether you are participating in an installment agreement or payment plan with the IRS, you may not get all of your refund if you owe certain past-due amounts, such as federal tax, state tax, a student loan, or child support.

Question: How do I know if I have to file quarterly individual estimated tax payments?

Answer: You must make estimated tax payments for the current tax year if both of the following apply:

  • You expect to owe at least $1,000 in tax for the current tax year, after subtracting your withholding and credits.
  • You expect your withholding and credits to be less than the smaller of:
  • 90% of the tax to be shown on your current year’s tax return, or
  • 100% of the tax shown on your prior years tax return. (Your prior year tax return must cover all 12 months.)

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

★★★★★
5 5 1
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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5 5 1
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.

★★★★★
5 5 1
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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5 5 1
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

★★★★★
5 5 1
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.