By Adrienne M. Combs MDW Deputy Director of Public AffairsFebruary 1, 2010
Military OneSource is now offering free online tax filing services through H&R Block. Prepare your 2009 state and federal taxes with this easy-to-use program which is provided by the DoD.
H&R Block At HomeA,A(R) is available for free to active duty, National Guard, and Reserve service members and their families. You must use the link on the Military OneSource website to access the customized product and create an account. Do not go to the public H&R Block website to create a user account.
Tax consultants are available seven days a week from 7AM-11PM ET by calling the Military OneSource Tax Hotline at 1-800-730-3802. Or visit www.militaryonesource.com
Also don't forget The Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Tax Center opened Jan. 29 in Building 406 next to the bowling alley. The Tax Center assists Service members of all branches, retirees, and authorized dependents in the National Capital Region with their 2009 federal and state income tax returns. Although there are other military preparation centers in the region, the facility at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall is one of the largest. It can handle both walk-ins and appointments. Even if Soldiers don't file their taxes there, experts stand ready to answer questions about new tax laws; they can also provide tax forms.
Last year, the center filed 1,949 Federal and State returns on behalf of clients, saving them an estimated $299,483.00 in tax preparation and filing fees. Many Service members qualify for a full refund of any state taxes they paid. The Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act and various state laws make special tax protections for those serving our nation, and the staff of the Tax Center can help ensure that the intended benefits are received. For appointments and information, the number mimics the familiar tax return number: (703) 696-1040.
The center is directed by a certified Tax Coordinator, Mrs. Beverly Whiteside. JBM-HH Tax Center operates with Legal Assistance Office oversight, with Capt. Jacquin Gilchrist assigned to manage the overall operations of the Tax Center. Seven soldiers are working the center full-time during the tax season. The tax center is open until May 3. In addition to Old Guard Soldiers from Alpha Co., HHC, 289th and HQ. Co. USA, NCOAca,!a,,cs Staff Sgt Carrie Cole and Sgt. Christopher Cobb are there to assist as well as five civilian trained volunteers.
The office will be open each weekday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the last client scheduled at 3 p.m. Call (703) 696-1040 during the week you would like to be seen. Walk-ins are welcome for less complicated federal/state Form 1040 filers. On days with unusually high traffic, walk-ins may be stopped prior to the close of business to ensure completion of the taxes for all clients seen that day.
Customers will need the following documents:
* Military ID,
* Social Security Card for every dependent,
* all W-2 forms,
* all 1099 forms,
* form 1093 (Mortgage Interest Statement) (if applicable),
* HUD-1 form (if applicable),
* Power of Attorney, form number 2848 (if filling jointly and one spouse is signing for the other),
* voided check for electronic fund transfer (clients should expect refunds within 7 days)
* 2008 federal and state tax returns.
For more information about free tax assistance, contact your local Army Tax Center (703-696-1040). For online information about taxes for members of the armed forces, go to this Internal Revenue Service website http://www.irs.gov/individuals/military/index.html. The IRS also provides a range of help for all filers. Use http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=118506,00.html for filing the Form 1040.