Michael H. Karu, CPA/CFF, Senior Member, Levine, Jacobs & Company, LLC., was quoted on Barron’s where he discussed the importance of correctly filing your parents taxes. 

“Ideally, you’ll have access to copies of last year’s return, so you’ll be able to see the income and deductions and replicate them for the current year.”

Karu offered advice on how to help parents over the age of 65 avoid unhappy returns. 

 “If you don’t have last year’s return, you may be able to get it from your parents’ tax preparer, with a parent’s permission, possibly for a fee,” Karu stated.

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Michael H. Karu, CPA/CFF, is a senior member of Levine, Jacobs & Company, LLC, a Livingston-based accounting and consulting firm.  He is qualified by the Superior Court of New Jersey, Family Part, as an expert witness and as an authority on business valuations, specifically for closely held or family-owned businesses.  Additionally, he is a Certified Divorce Mediator and is Certified in Financial Forensics.

Karu received his B.S. degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and holds professional memberships in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the AICPA Tax Division and the AICPA Business Valuation, Forensics and Litigation Services Section, as well as the NJ State Society of CPAs. Karu is a published author of numerous articles seen in trade and consumer publications and has been a guest on radio and television shows.

Levine, Jacobs & Company, L.L.C. maintains memberships in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants. The firm prides itself on its teamwork abilities where “every account receives the talent and expertise of the whole firm.”