Tax center opening signals start of free preparation service Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 January 2014
Story and photo by Dawn Arden
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Fort Leonard Wood’s Tax Center officially opened its doors for tax preparation services with a ribbon cutting Jan. 21.

The center, located in Bldg. 315, off of Missouri Avenue, offers free tax service for the military community, which includes retirees, authorized dependents and Family members.

Customers may book appointments for up to two weeks out, but the center does accept some walk-ins. Items needed before showing up for appointments are:

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Col. William Pfeffer, Garrison commander; Spc. Mojeed Bello, tax preparer; and Col. Robert Resnick, Staff Judge Advocate, cut the ribbon officially opening the Fort Leonard Wood Tax Center for the 2013 tax year. Patrons can call 596.1040 to make appointments.
Military and/or dependent identification card; last year’s tax return; all W-2s and proof of any other income, earned or unearned; information regarding any credit or deduction you may wish to deduct; Social Security cards for all military and/or dependents being claimed; (special) power of attorney, if required; total of payments and caregiver’s SSN or Employer’s EIN (Employee Identification Number), if claiming the child/dependent care deduction; receipts and totals, if claiming adjustments, credit or itemized  deductions; IRS Form 8332 and separation agreement of divorce decree, if claiming dependency deduction and are the non-custodial parent; completed intake sheet, which can be found on www.wood.army.mil/sja/tax; and check, deposit slip or some other proof of bank account and routing number.

“We have 14 Soldiers who have been assigned to this tax center; they are augmented by five civilians, and we wouldn’t be able to do without them,” said Capt. Joshua Oren, Tax Center officer in charge. “They have all received the advanced certification through the IRS VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program to prepare taxes.”

Col. Robert Resnick, Fort Leonard Wood Staff Judge Advocate, said the Army and the Jag Corps have run tax centers for more than 25 years, so this is the latest in a yearly tradition of outstanding service to the community.

“It’s a Soldier tax center. Soldiers helping Soldiers has been the tradition, Resnick said. “Now, in the past few years, we’ve gotten the ability to bring in civilians, so it’s an ongoing effort that encompasses everybody to provide the best service we can to Soldiers, their Families and the retiree community.”   
 
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