YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic Of Korea -- Tax season kicked off with the grand opening of the Yongsan Tax Center here, Jan. 30.

The tax center helps to lower the burden of doing taxes, and makes sure to provide answers for the complicated paperwork.

"We will be taking care of all the Servicemembers, including military, military spouses, and civilians who work here in Area II," said Capt. Howard Sun, the officer-in-charge of the Yongsan tax center. "Servicemebers can benefit from the new tax center because the service is free. Also, the fact that people who work here are experts that are knowledgeable about the special military complexities makes the tax center a helpful installation."

Col. Michael E. Masley, garrison commander for USAG Yongsan, emphasized the importance of the tax center for enhancing mission readiness.

"When you have Servicemembers who don't worry about how much money they will be getting back, you have Serveicemembers who can concentrate on the mission," Masley said. "And as mission readiness is the number one theme in Korea, it is obvious that the tax center directly helps the military."

Tax center Soldier went weeks of training to prepare for their new job.

"At first there was a little bit of struggle because it is hard to pay attention to something that is not familiar," said Sgt. Jordan Turner, who works for the Eighth Army S-4. "But once you start learning about all the key factors, it actually starts to get quite interesting."

Servicemembers, family members and civilians at Yongsan may schedule their appointments with the Yongsan Tax Center by calling DSN 723-7887.

The Yongsan Tax Center is located on the first floor of the Moyer Community Activity Center. Operating hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.