2019-02-01 / Front Page

FILE YOUR TAXES HERE

Fort Gordon Tax Center offers free service
Laura Levering
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office


Celebrating the opening of Fort Gordon’s Tax Center are Col. John McCabe, left, Office of Staff Judge Advocate; Capt. Margaret Bystryk, U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon; Col. Jim Clifford, Fort Gordon garrison commander; and Sgt. 1st Class Krista Avant, Cyber Protection Brigade. The annual service, offered without charge for active duty personnel and military retirees alike, is based in Darling Hall, Room 224. Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Celebrating the opening of Fort Gordon’s Tax Center are Col. John McCabe, left, Office of Staff Judge Advocate; Capt. Margaret Bystryk, U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon; Col. Jim Clifford, Fort Gordon garrison commander; and Sgt. 1st Class Krista Avant, Cyber Protection Brigade. The annual service, offered without charge for active duty personnel and military retirees alike, is based in Darling Hall, Room 224. Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office The 2019 tax season is officially underway, and certified tax filers are standing by ready to assist the military community.

The Fort Gordon Tax Center celebrated its opening with a ribbon and cake cutting ceremony Jan. 29 in Darling Hall.

Col. Jim Clifford, Fort Gordon garrison commander, described the tax center as “an incredible service” available to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, their families, and retirees.


Spc. Melanie LeGrant, Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center, provides some tax assistance Jan. 29, for Appling resident James Perry, an Army retiree who did two tours in Vietnam. Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Spc. Melanie LeGrant, Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center, provides some tax assistance Jan. 29, for Appling resident James Perry, an Army retiree who did two tours in Vietnam. Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Briefly touching on the center’s history and success, Clifford said, “Last year was a fantastic year for the installation and for the folks here preparing.”

More than 4,100 tax returns were filed, resulting in more than $720,000 worth of savings on preparation fees just last year.

Capt. Margaret Bystryk, tax center officer in charge, U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon, said she and her staff look forward to serving the community.

“We want to not only be able to save the Fort Gordon community money, but enable them to spend it on other things, spend time with their family, and not have to worry about something like taxes,” Bystryk said. “It’s a service to everyone, and it also allows us to kind of broaden our skills while helping everyone else.”


Sgt. 1st Class Krista Avant, left, Cyber Protection Brigade, arranges a tax preparation appointment Jan. 29, for Spc. Jordan Lasker, 706th Military Intelligence Battalion. / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Sgt. 1st Class Krista Avant, left, Cyber Protection Brigade, arranges a tax preparation appointment Jan. 29, for Spc. Jordan Lasker, 706th Military Intelligence Battalion. / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Including Bystryk, there are 24 Servicemembers – from all branches of service and military occupation specialties – qualified to process tax returns at the center. Each person received training from the Internal Revenue Service and subsequently tested on how to prepare state and federal taxes.

“All of our training that we did for tests we did through the IRS, so everyone here who is going to be preparing taxes are certified at basic, advanced, and military levels,” Bystryk said.

In addition to receiving formal training, tax preparers have been armed with knowledge passed on from former filers and experienced volunteers.


Spc. Ethan Lockwood, 513t Military Intelligence Brigade, provides some tax guidance Jan. 29 for client Ralph White, an Army retiree living in Grovetown. Bill Bengtson Spc. Ethan Lockwood, 513t Military Intelligence Brigade, provides some tax guidance Jan. 29 for client Ralph White, an Army retiree living in Grovetown. Bill Bengtson “We also have [subject matter experts] that come in and volunteer their time to ensure that we are abreast of what to look for and how to make sure that we are catering to all clients,” said Sgt. 1st Class Krista Avant, tax center noncommissioned officer in charge, Cyber Protection Brigade.

Tax preparations will be provided on an appointment basis Monday through Saturday. Patrons need to bring their military ID card, all W-2 forms, Social Security cards for self and dependents of the person filing, and any other applicable documents.

The center is located in Room 224 of Darling Hall. It will remain open now through the end of tax season.

Hours of operation are: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. To schedule an appointment, stop by during business hours or call 706-791-1040/1044.

“We’re here for the community, and [Garrison] allowing us to be able to do this is – it’s very positive,” said Avant.

Return to top