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February 5, 2016
 

Tax center provides free services

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By Capt. Joshua Cumming
Fort Irwin Legal Assistance Office
Photo by Gustavo Bahena, Public Affairs Office
Fort Irwin United States Army Garrison Commander Col. Scott Taylor (right) and Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel O’Brien cut the ribbon to ceremonially open the doors to the tax center, Jan. 25.

The Fort Irwin Tax Center opened its doors Jan. 25 and offers free tax preparation services by certified Soldier and civilian tax preparers.

Tax services are available to active-duty military personnel from all services (including Army Reserves and National Guard on orders for 30 days or more), military retirees, and their dependents.  However, the tax center is unavailable for clients in certain tax situations. The following are the most common disqualifying situations: 1) more than three rental properties owned. 2) private business activities. 3) the lack of necessary supporting documentation, including: Social Security cards for all involved, W-2s, 1099s, bank account information, and powers of attorney (POA) – the IRS Form 2848, a general POA or special POA authorizing the filing of taxes on behalf of a spouse.

The tax center is located at building 230 on the corner of C Avenue and Third Street, and is operated by the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Legal Assistance Office. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., until the closing date of April 18. The tax center is the only place on post that provides free tax preparation by Internal Revenue Service and California Franchise Tax Board trained and certified staff.

If you are unsure whether you qualify for tax center assistance or have any other tax-related questions, call the Fort Irwin Legal Assistance Office at 380-3604. Although walk-ins are welcome, appointments are strongly preferred and can be made by calling 380-3604. Start off the New Year the right way and get your tax return prepared for free!




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