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Thursday, 24 January 2013
By Dawn Arden
Assistant editor
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The Fort Leonard Wood Tax Center held its ribbon cutting ceremony Jan. 17 in Bldg. 315, marking the official start of the 2013 tax season. The tax center, which is located off of Missouri Avenue, will be open through April 16.

“We have an outstanding team that’s going to provide the same, if not greater, service to this community that we are known for in this tax center,” said Col. Robert Resnick, staff judge advocate.

For the next few months the tax center staff will be providing a free service to the military community, to include retirees. By taking advantage of this service, the average Soldier saved approximately $200 in tax preparation fees last year.

The Fort Leonard Wood Tax Center has historically been rated one of the nation’s top tax centers in the military. It continues to be rated among the top 10 percent for the lowest error rates in the nation for military tax centers, officials said.

All tax preparers undergo specialized training provided by the Internal Revenue Service and Missouri Department of Revenue and receive updates on the changes to the tax code.

“(This is) a tremendous benefit that is underappreciated. People are coming to you to have you help them get where they need to be and they don’t how to get there, and that’s a real problem. You take the process of filing tax returns and you make it easier,” said Col. William Pfeffer, Garrison commander.
“We all wear the same uniform. It doesn’t matter what rank you are when come in,” Pfeffer said.

Both Pfeffer and Resnick agree that this is one of the best things that the Army can do for the community.

“There is no better service that we can provide with a greater impact than the tax program,” Resnick said.

With around 5,000 returns prepared here, the tax center saves the community more than $700,000 in combined tax preparation fees. The center’s personnel do federal and state income taxes from all 50 states, as well as territories such as Puerto Rico.

Col. William Pfeffer, garrison commander, and Pfc. Ganae Hamler, tax preparer, cut the ribbon officially opening the center for business.

You must bring all the following (applicable) documents to your appointment:

Social Security Card for tax payer(s) and dependent(s) and/or a Social Security Number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration—Active Duty Military/Retiree/Dependent ID Card—2011 Tax Return—Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers—Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)—Social Security Statements—Bank routing numbers and account numbers for Direct Deposit—Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider’s tax identifying number (SSN or provider’s business Employer Identification Number), name and address—College or Graduate School Statement of Tuition Paid; Scholarships received—Interest Statements for Student Loans—Contribution to Traditional or Roth IRA—Home Mortgage Interest Paid and Real Estate Taxes (1098)—Personal Property Taxes Paid—Medical Expenses Paid—Charitable Donations; for Non-Cash Donations over $500, name and address of the organization, date of donation, and fair market value of item donated—All receipts for itemizes deductions and credits must be organized and totaled—If divorced with children, signed Form 8332: Release/Revocation of Release of Claim to Exemption for Child by Custodial Parent; and copy of divorce decree—Home Purchase Documents to claim First-Time Home Buyer Credit—New Vehicle Purchase documents, for vehicles purchased after February 17, 2010—To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-jointly tax return, both spouses must be present to sign or have appropriate SPOA. (IRS Form 2848)—If filing for someone else, you must have the appropriate power of attorney signed by the Tax Payer (IRS Form 2848) or Special Power or Attorney for Tax Purposes. These documents may be obtained from  www.IRS.gov or by visiting the Legal Assistance Office, Building 315, Missouri Avenue.
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