2013-12-20 / Community Events

It’s almost tax time

Compiled by Wilson A. Rivera
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office

It’s that time again to prepare, collect, and gather up any paperwork and receipts from through the 2013 year, because the 2014 tax filing season is coming.

The Fort Gordon Tax Center is scheduled to open and hold a ribbon cutting ceremony Jan. 28, 2014, at the Courtyard, building 36708.

The Internal Revenue Service announced a delay to the start of the 2014 filing season to allow adequate time to program and test tax processing systems following the 16-day federal government closure.

The original start date of the 2014 filing season was Jan. 21, 2014, and with a one- to two-week delay, the IRS would start accepting and processing 2013 individual tax returns no earlier than Jan. 28 and no later than Feb. 4.

About 90 percent of IRS operations were closed during the shutdown.

“Readying our systems to handle the tax season is an intricate, detailed process, and we must take the time to get it right,” acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel said. “The adjustment to the start of the filing season provides us the necessary time to program, test and validate our systems so that we can provide a smooth filing and refund process for the nation’s taxpayers.”

The Fort Gordon Tax Center is a commander’s program operated by the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. Its scheduled hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Military and civilian volunteer tax preparers provide the free service to service members, their families and retirees. Advance individual training Soldiers will have priority due to mandatory training schedules.

The Tax Center will file taxes electronically with the IRS, with expected refunds to those elgible within four to six weeks after receipt by the IRS.

The April 15, 2014 tax deadline is set by statute and will remain in place. Taxpayers can request an automatic six-month extension to file a tax return. The request is easily done with Form 4868, which can be filed electronically or on paper.

There are several items to bring to the Tax Center that include a military ID card, social security card or individual taxpayer identification number, tax related letter for taxpayers and family members, all W-2s, 1099s, 1098s and other official tax documents. A power of attorney is required to file for deployed spouses. Bring documents for deductible expenses, a voided check for direct deposit into a bank account, and last year’s tax return. Also if applicable, bring a dependent care provider’s employer ID number.

For more information and updates about the 2014 filing season, visit IRS.gov, or call the Fort Gordon Legal Assistance Office at (706) 791-7812.

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