Tax preparation
Volunteers Sgt. Brandon Presson and Sgt. Wyatt Alsbury practice preparing a tax return Jan. 15, at the Fort Sill Income Tax Assistance Center in prepartion for the center's opening Jan. 22. The two are part of the ITAC's 25 IRS-certified preparers working at the center.

FORT SILL, Okla.-- The Fort Sill Income Tax Assistance Center opens Jan. 22, on the fourth floor of Building 4700 Mow-Way Road. Military ID cardholders can get free tax preparation, and the ITAC is prepared to handle the special needs of service members who may have multiple state returns.

Initially, ITAC preparers are only seeing walk-in customers, however, they will begin seeing scheduled appointment clients beginning Feb. 20. And, though tax volunteers can now begin preparing returns, by law e-filing cannot begin until Jan. 30, said Capt. Joseph Levin, ITAC officer in charge.

One of the new services offered this year, is the preparation of returns that involve some rental properties. "We're pretty excited about that," he said.

For the past couple months, about 25 volunteer preparers have been going through IRS-certified training.

After learning basic W-2 returns, volunteers learned the most complex returns and those involving rental properties.

"Ever since they were all certified, they have been doing practice preparation returns taken from past years," Levin said.

Along with tax documents, customers need to bring their military ID cards, as well as Social Security Cards for each dependent filing, and power of attorney, if applicable.

"Bring more, not less if you're not sure, and we'll sort it," Levin said.

Last tax year, the Fort Sill ITAC served almost 3,500 customers, processed more than 6,000 federal and state returns and saved people more than $1 million in preparation fees, Levin said.

The ITAC will be open through April 15, the tax deadline. For more information or a list of items to bring, visit http://sill-www.army.mil/Jag/TaxCenter.html.

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