The Fort Benning tax center will open Wednesday at its new location in the Office of the Judge Advocate General in Building 2839, located on Way Street.

Capt. Natalie West, officer in charge for the center, said, last year the tax center saved more than $550,000 in tax preparation fees for Soldiers, family members and retirees in the Fort Benning community. The total amount of refunds issued by state and federal agencies for those returns was more than $8,770,000.

The center prepared more than 4,000 federal and almost 4,000 state income tax returns were prepared last year.
In 2010, Soldiers and Family members saved more than $640,000 and received refunds of more than $7,500,000.

West said 21 active-duty Soldiers and volunteers will make up the tax center although not all are tax preparers. Tax preparers are certified through the IRS with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, she said.

"We offer the same services as other tax centers, but for free," West said.

The center is open to all active-duty Soldiers, retirees and family members, she said.

"It is important not to forget to bring in the necessary Social Security cards for Soldiers and any dependents," she said.

"Also bring a copy of last year's tax return."

The center's hours will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except Thursday.

On Thursday, the hours will be from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center will stop taking new clients 30 minutes prior to closing.

The tax center's official grand opening is 10:30 a.m. Jan. 26. On that day, the center will be closed to business until 1 p.m.

For more information, call the tax center at 706-545-4267.