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Tax center now open at Scott AFB

Posted 2/16/2011   Updated 2/16/2011 Email story   Print story

    


by Staff Sgt. Marissa Papion
375th Air Mobility Wing Legal Office


2/16/2011 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill.  -- Tax season is upon us and the Team Scott Tax Center opened its doors Monday.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program begins with Form 1040EZ week, which runs through tomorrow. All other 1040 forms begin on Tuesday.

The tax center is located on the second floor of Bldg. 1911, which is the converted barracks across the street from the Base Library on Ward Drive, between Winter and Martin Streets.

Active duty, Reservists, National Guard, dependents, military retirees and federal civilian employees (not including NAF employees or contractors) are eligible for tax assistance.
Appointments may be made up to one week in advance by calling 256-1040.

Appointments are available Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Walk-ins for 1040EZ filers on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8 to 10 a.m.

Please note that VITA representatives are certified to do basic tax returns. If you own a personal business (with the exception of a home daycare business which services military dependents); rental properties; or an extensive stock portfolio; VITA representatives will not be able to assist you.

According to Iris Miranda-Kirschner, 375th Air Mobility Wing Contracts Attorney and Procurement Fraud Counsel, "The VITA program is geared toward low income taxpayers. The IRS District Director has imposed strict parameters for the VITA program.

They are: VITAs can only prepare the Form 1040EZ, 1040A, or 1040; Schedules A, B, and C and the State tax returns for Illinois and Missouri are permitted.

"All other tax clients will have to seek alternative assistance by either doing it themselves or going to a professional preparer. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions to the rule," she said.

Additionally, VITA representatives are trained to assist filers in completing Illinois and Missouri state tax returns only.

Before your appointment, gather all of the following documents and then bring them with you to your appointment:

(1) Military/retired/civilian employee ID card
(2) Routing number and bank account number for E-filing
(3) Social Security cards and birth dates of all taxpayers and dependents
(4) All W-2s, 1099, and investment income paperwork
(5) Last year's tax returns
(6) Powers of Attorney if necessary and deployment orders
(7) Form 8332 for divorced or separated parents
(8) Other documents - Any records you keep that will help substantiate the deductions you'll claim on your return. You'll need this documentation should the IRS later select your return for examination. Normally, tax records should be kept for three years, but some documents, such as records relating to a home purchase or sale, stock transactions, IRA and business or rental property, should be kept longer.

There are many resources available to assist you in completing your tax return on your own. MilitaryOneSource.com, offers a vast amount of knowledge and assistance to active duty military members. Another useful site is IRS.GOV; it offers several free software packages, as long as you meet the income level criteria. The tax center also has the appropriate forms you will need to assist you in completing your taxes yourself, if you choose to do so.

Due to Congress' last minute changes to the tax code, the Internal Revenue Service has delayed processing times. The IRS has extended the deadline this year until April 18, however, the VITA program will stop filing returns on April 15. For more information or to set up an appointment call 256-1040.



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