2014-01-17 / Front Page

Tax Center prepares to begin annual operations

By Bonnie Heater
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office

When it comes to tax season, every year is a little different. However, what stays the same is that many people are looking for ways to save as much money as they can on their taxes.

One cost-effective method is using the services at the Fort Gordon Tax Center.

“Commercial tax preparers charge $150 or more in tax preparation fees,” explained Capt. Marc J. Emond, the officer in charge of the Fort Gordon Tax Center. “We offer these free services to service members, their families, retirees and Department of Defense civilian employees.”

Last year during the 2012 tax season, preparers at the Fort Gordon Tax Center prepared and filed 3,952 returns that resulted in more than $4.6 million in refunds, according to Emond. The estimated savings in fees for those who used the services exceeded $579,000.

The Fort Gordon Tax Center, which is a commanding general’s program operated by the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, is scheduled to open 9:30 a.m. Jan. 28 at the Courtyard, Building 36708, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Fort Gordon Staff Judge Advocate, Col. Scott Young, will be cutting the ceremonial ribbon which will kick of the 2014 tax preparing season. Emond, the officer in charge of the Fort Gordon Tax Center, and Sgt. 1st Class Eric Shakespeare, will also be assisting in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Operating hours for the tax center will be Tuesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Internal Revenue Service-trained and certified military and civilian tax preparers will prepare and file federal and state returns at the tax center. The only services or forms they will not provide or complete are Schedule C ; complicated and advanced Schedule D, (capital gains and losses): Form SS-5, (request for Social Security numbers); Form 8606, (non-deductible Individual Retirement Accounts); Form 8615, (minor’s investment income); and Form SS-8, (determination of worker status for purposes of federal employment taxes and income tax withholding).

“The IRS has stated that they will begin accepting returns Jan. 31,” he added. “Barring any setbacks on their part, this is when we will begin electronically filing returns.”

“This year we will not be taking appointments, but walk-ins,” Emond said. “We will start preparing tax returns Jan. 28 when we open the tax center.” Advanced Individual Training Soldiers will be seen on a priority basis in an effort to promote this free service, according to Emond.

For more information, call the Fort Gordon Tax Center at 787-1040.

Items to bring to the Fort Gordon Tax Center:

Military ID Cards

Social Security Cards/Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)

Letters for Taxpayers, Spouse, and Dependents

All W-2s, 1099s 1098s, and other official tax documents

Power of Attorney for deployed spouses

Documents for deductible expenses

Voided check for direct deposit

Last year’s tax return

Dependent care provider’s Employer ID Number (EIN)

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