The Legal Assistance Office is currently looking for full- and part-time volunteers to assist with the 2018 tax season, which runs from January through April 2019. Volunteers are needed for both weekdays and weekends.
No previous formal tax training is required, as training is provided. Volunteers will attend a multi-day training session conducted by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.
“Volunteers help in many ways,” said Gary Chura, Client Services chief. “They really multiply the overall effort by directing customer flow, answering basic tax questions and questions about what we do, help keep customers informed and also help keep us organized.”
He added, “Without them we could not reach the thousands of Soldiers, family members and retirees that we help.”
For the 2017 tax year, the center filed returns for more than 2,400 Soldiers, resulting in refunds totaling $6.5 million. Many of the tax center’s customers are Initial Entry Soldiers, but also include retirees and family members. Chura said these services would have totaled an estimated $885,000 in tax preparation fees.
Those wishing to volunteer should have a basic familiarity with the tax process (no formal training required), be willing to undergo training with the IRS Volunteer Tax Assistance program, must pass a background check and have a positive attitude.
Interested individuals may contact Capt. Tim Bowman at 573.596.0629, or visit the Fort Leonard Wood Legal Assistance Office, on the first floor of Building 315 located at 316 Missouri Avenue. Once selected, volunteers are registered with the Army Volunteer Corps.
The Fort Leonard Wood Tax Center provides individual income tax services, free of charge, for active-duty military, Initial Entry trainees, family members and retirees, and Reserve component members on orders of 29 days or more to Fort Leonard Wood.