Tax Center scheduled to open next month
Sgt. Jason Martin, left, 157th Infantry Brigade, gets tax assistance from Fort Jackson Tax Center volunteers Spc. Doremus Thomas, 193rd Infantry Brigade, and Staff Sgt. Jessica Thompson, MEDDAC.

FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- If you're anxious to pay Uncle Sam his dues, or eager to get your refund, you may have to wait a few weeks longer than you expected this tax season.

The Fort Jackson Tax Center is projected to open in February, almost two weeks later than in years past.

The Staff Judge Advocate Office is waiting for confirmation on which building the center will be housed in this year, said Capt. Scott Somerset, Tax Center officer-in-charge.

The Tax Center is expected to offer free state and federal tax filing to service members, family members and retirees from Feb. 3 until about April 24, Somerset said, which gives late filers some time after the April 15 deadline to get their taxes filed.

Volunteer Soldiers and civilians have already been trained by the Internal Revenue Service system and are ready to begin crunching the numbers once the center's location has been determined, he said.

All patrons need to do is bring the following documents and a volunteer will electronically file their tax information (some or all may be applicable): an unlaminated Social Security card; W-2(s) and 1098 forms; a blank check with routing number; last year's tax returns; investment dividend forms; interest statements; property tax and interest paid on homes and mortgage statements.

Last year, more than 4,000 patrons were assisted. This year, Somerset said he expects the same amount, if not more.

For more information, call the Legal Assistance Office at 751-6151.

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