No matter what your tax situation may be... We are ready to help you.

FAQS

1. “Why should I choose ATB to prepare my taxes?”

ATB is conveniently located in Kuwait. Our professionally trained staff understands the needs of U.S. Citizens living and working abroad. Our staff also understands the special attention that may be required of non-Americans who hold U.S. passports or Green Cards. Our professional tax preparers will thoroughly review your tax situation and prepare your return making certain that you do not over-pay the IRS, and that you get all deductions and tax advantages that you may be entitled to claim. We provide quality customer service and tax preparation services. Consider this: It has been estimated that nearly half of all Americans overpay the IRS! Could you be one of them? ATB helps you avoid overpaying your taxes.

2. “What are ATB’s operating hours?”

Sunday– Thursday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, excluding public holidays

3. “Do I need to make an appointment with ATB?”

Appointments are recommended to ensure no waiting time, but are not required.All you need to do is come to our office at Khaled Ibn Al-Waleed St., Mazaya Tower 2, Floor 23, Sharq, Kuwait. We also offer Skype and telephone consultation for those residing outside Kuwait.

4. “How do I submit my tax return to the IRS?”

There are variable ways to submit a return to the IRS. You may be able to mail the return or submit it electronically. However, if ATB prepares your return, ATB will submit the return on your behalf to the IRS.

5. “If I email my tax details to ATB, will you prepare my return?”

First-time clients of ATB must visit with us in person. After your file has been established, we may be able to accept your tax details via email in order to prepare your return.

6. “Is ATB affiliated with the IRS or the U.S. Government?”

No. ATB is privately owned and has no affiliation with the U.S. Government or IRS, except that ATB is authorized by the IRS to prepare and submit tax returns.

7. “If I contact you for consultation but do not use your service, will you report me to the IRS?”

No!We only submit completed tax returns to the IRS, and only with our client’s permission and signature.

8. “What is the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE)?”

Foreign earned income is income you receive for services you perform in a foreign country during a period your tax home is in a foreign country and during which you meet either the bona fide residence test or the physical presence test.You may qualify to exclude from income up to an amount of your foreign earnings that is adjusted annually for inflation. The FEIE for tax year 2014 is $99,200; for tax year 2015, $100,800.

9. “I’m an Arab national with a U.S. passport, but I have not visited the USA for many years. Do I have to file a tax return?”

Yes, but that does not necessarily mean you owe taxes. You may be entitled to the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. Come for a consultation to understand your status before filing your return.

10. “I have not filed a tax return, ever, and I missed the filing deadline in June. What do I do now? Will I be penalized?”

File as soon as possible to minimize potential penalties and interest on taxes owed and unpaid. Keep in mind that if you do not owe taxesyou will not be penalized, but you still must file a return.

11. “What is the role of ATB in helping me acquire a Social Security Number (SSN)?”

ATB will prepare the necessary paperwork for clients and guide them along the process until they receive their SSN.

12. “What is the role of ATB in helping me renounce my U.S. citizenship?”

ATB will guide the client through the complex process and take the necessary steps to relieve them of all U.S. tax obligations.U.S. renunciation requires the individual to be at least 5 years tax compliant prior to renouncing.

13. “Should I bring official, stamped bank statements?”

No, we also accept bank statements acquired online.

14. “If I do not owe the IRS money, should I file a tax return?”

If your yearly income is above $10,000 USD, you are required to file a tax return; however, you only start paying taxes if your income exceeds the maximum foreign earned income, which is $100,800 in 2015.

15. “Will I be questioned at the border by U.S Immigration authorities about U.S taxes?”

This is a possibility, but not yet enforced by law.

16. “If I am a returning client, am I obligated to pay for consultation?”

No, all existing clients will only pay the initial onetime fee of 50 KD. If additional consulting is requested, extra fees may apply.