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NEWS | Feb. 14, 2019

Tax preparation and assistance offered for all at JBC

By Chrystal Emmert Temaul - Tax Specialist, Civil Law Division 628th Air Base Wing Legal Office

Dreading filing your taxes this year? Fear not, the Joint Base Charleston Tax Center is expanding its services for the 2018 Tax Year Season.  

Free tax preparation appointments are currently available for Active Duty and Retired Military, their spouses and other cardholding family members. Certified Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) volunteers are ready to help at both Joint Base Charleston Air Base and Weapons Station. Appointments are limited to those individuals filing personal returns who have a gross income of less than $75,000 individually or $150,000 jointly.  

This service is not available to those with small businesses or are self-employed. (This includes ride share incomes such as Lyft and Uber.)  

Tax preparation appointments are available five days a week at Joint Base Charleston Air Base.  Call 843-963-5646 or 843-963-7945 to schedule an appointment.  

Tax preparation appointments are available at the Joint Base Charleston Weapons Station on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Call 843-794-7500 to schedule an appointment.

For those individuals wishing to file their taxes on their own—but who may have a few questions during the process—a certified VITA/TCE representative will be at the Air Base’s Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) two days a week—on Tuesdays and Thursdays—to assist with the self-help tax preparation through Military OneSource.  This service is for active duty, dependents and recent (within last six months) retirees with an active Military OneSource account.  Please contact 843-963-5646 or 843-963-7945 to book an appointment.  Computer and internet access will be provided.

Joint Base Charleston is not the only VITA/TCE center in the area. Others can be located by checking the website, or by calling 1-888-227-7669.

Remember Tax Day for most filers is April 15th.  If you have questions, please call the Joint Base Legal Office at 843-963-5646.