Local

April 3, 2015
 

April 15 is around the corner

Submitted by Capt. Joseph Galli, Legal Assistance Attorney
Fort Irwin Legal Assistance Office

The Fort Irwin Tax Center has been providing free tax preparation services to Soldiers, retirees, and their dependents, as well as all Reservists and members of the National Guard (on orders for more than 30 days), since Jan. 20.

However, the tax center will only operate through April 15. United States taxpayers have until that day to file returns for tax year 2014 (unless not required to file or are eligible for a filing extension).

If you have not yet filed your taxes, the Fort Irwin Tax Center would be happy to assist you. There are some important things to remember before making a tax preparation appointment with the center: bring the actual Social Security cards for the taxpayer(s) and all dependents being claimed on the tax return; bring your actual W-2 forms (a leave and earnings statement does not suffice), and; be sure to bring any and all tax-related documents from financial institutions, educational institutions, mortgage documentation, etc. Each tax situation is unique and yours could require additional documentation and/or time in order to complete your return.

Last year, the tax center prepared more than 880 distinct federal tax returns and more than 600 state tax returns. Those returns generated more than $2.9 million in tax refunds to Soldiers and family members stationed here. In addition, Soldiers and family members collectively saved more than $170,000 on tax refund preparation services by utilizing the free service.

The tax center allows Soldiers and their dependents to focus on their missions and their families instead of worrying about the frustrating and daunting task of preparing a tax return on their own, or even worse, having to pay for commercial tax preparation services. Additionally, unlike many commercial tax preparation services, tax center Soldiers and volunteer preparers are fully certified by the Internal Revenue Service.

If you have not filed your 2014 taxes or have specific questions about your case, contact the Fort Irwin Tax Center at 380-3604. The center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is housed in the Fort Irwin Legal Assistance Office, which is located at building 230, at the corner of Third and C Avenues.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Greywolf completes NTC rotation

Air Force photograph by Capt. Scott Kuhn A Bradley assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, engages an enemy vehicle during Decisive Action Rotati...
 
 

Arctic Wolves Join Japanese Forces in Desert

Army photograph by Maj. Charlie Dietz Capt. Alexander Quataert, 1st Stryker Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, and soldiers from the 72nd Tank Regiment, Japanese Ground Self Defense Force, analyze a map of desert terrain in prepa...
 
 

Greywolf tests EWTV at NTC

Army photograph by Capt. Scott Kuhn The Army’s newest electronic warfare vehicle was tested at the Army’s toughest training ground, the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., in January. Electronic Warfare ...