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Base offers free electronic filing for federal and state tax returns

By Capt. John Scott | 437th Airlift Wing Legal Office | Jan. 18, 2007

CHARLESTON AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — The Base Tax Center will soon open offering free tax preparation services to active-duty members, retirees, reservists and guard on active duty, military family members and Department of Defense civilians with an identification card.

The BTC is located in Building 246, Room 125. The BTC will be open for full-service tax preparation from Jan. 22 through April 30. From Monday to Jan. 19 the center will be reserved for 1040 EZ tax preparation only. Hours of operation for the center are Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will be closed on federal holidays.

Services will be provided on a walk-in and drop-off basis. Walk-ins are welcome from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Drop-off service is available for most returns when all relevant documents are provided as detailed below. Appointment requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Although the BTC can prepare and file most tax returns, the BTC cannot prepare Schedule C, complicated and advanced Schedule D, and Schedule E tax forms. They also cannot prepare taxes for home-based businesses. Please call the BTC if you have any questions about the types of tax forms that can be prepared.

The BTC is staffed by volunteers from the legal office and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance representatives. Volunteers come from units located on Charleston AFB and from within our local community. VITA representatives have volunteered to provide a free service to Team Charleston. Remember to thank them for volunteering their time to assist with this important and invaluable program.

To assist the BTC staff members in preparing your tax return, please ensure you have the following documentation when submitting your tax return for processing:

-- Military Identification Card

-- Dependent Identification Card

-- Social Security cards for family members (mandatory).

-- W-2 forms

-- Bank account # and routing # if direct deposit is requested

-- Childcare information including provider's details

-- All 1099 INT and DIV forms

-- Form 1098 (home mortgage interest)

-- IRA contribution information

-- Educational expense information

-- Power of attorney if necessary

-- Receipts for deductible expenses if itemizing deductions

-- Any other tax-related documents

For further information on the tax program, call Capt. John Scott at 963-5502 or a BTC staff member can be contacted by calling 963-1040.