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Schriever offers tax prep assistance

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Active duty, retired military and dependents looking for assistance with income tax preparation will again have the opportunity to take advantage of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

The Schriever Air Force Base Tax Program runs VITA in conjunction with the IRS to help members prepare and file their tax returns.

"[VITA] is a program that's been in existence for a long time and military installations have had a historic partnership with the IRS," said Capt. Caroline Greenfield, Chief of civil law and one of the VITA administrators. "The purpose of the program is to help individuals with their tax returns, file those for them, educate them and do it in a way that's both timely and maximizes their refund."

Part of that maximization is the fact the VITA program is a free service. Additionally, the volunteers are familiar with some of the unique aspects of filing as a military member, and because the volunteers are on Schriever, members won't need to travel to an off-site location for tax prep.

"The way that we've got it set up this year is, for the most part, each squadron is going to have multiple representatives who will handle that specific squadron," said Tech. Sgt. Trevor Smart, NCO in charge legal office and VITA administrator. "You don't have to go after work or take time off from work. It's just a very easy, convenient thing."

Before attempting to schedule with a squadron volunteer, individuals should have the following documents available: social security cards for all claimed exemptions, all W-2 Forms, all 1099 Forms, mortgage interest statements, child-care provider information, individual retirement account contributions, sale of stocks, bonds and/or mutual funds to include cost basis, alimony paid or received, receipts for charitable contributions, court orders or IRS Form 8332 for child custody dependent determination and power of attorney if filing for a spouse.

Those with more advanced needs, such as members with a private business or rental properties, should take their returns to a paid professional.

"Our volunteers, while we have some more experienced volunteers, many of our volunteers are doing this for the first time and they've been through the training but probably don't have the comfort level or the experience to handle those matters," Greenfield said. "While we do have some more experienced volunteers for those matters, it may be beyond our scope."

The program will begin offering services Feb. 1. While the program will technically run through the April 15 filing deadline, Greenfield cautioned against waiting until the last minute to file.

"We'll get those last minute ones done if we can," she said. "But if there are problems that arise it might be difficult to get all the documents in."

Those wishing to utilize the service should contact their squadron VITA volunteer directly. If the squadron representative can't be reached, contact the legal office at 567-5050.
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