LEGALLY SPEAKING - Fort Riley Tax Center saves taxpayers thousands
By Capt. Sarah Green | OSJA
| March 19, 2014
With tax season halfway over,
the Fort Riley Tax Center has provided free tax preparation services to
Soldiers, retirees and dependents. So far, we have prepared more than 4,500
federal returns, 3,400 state returns and aided our clients in receiving more than
$10.8 million dollars in refunds. But, most importantly, we have saved our
clients more than $1.1 million dollars in preparation fees.
By getting your taxes done at
the Fort Riley Tax Center, you will pay absolutely nothing in preparation fees.
Tax preparation at our tax center is completely free, which allows us to aid
our clients in receiving the highest possible refund, with no strings attached.
The average single Soldier with one W2 and no other tax documents would pay
about $200 in preparation fees by using a commercial preparer, as opposed to
our free service.
Our goal at the Fort Riley Tax
Center is to provide free quality tax preparation services. In addition to
saving our clients potentially hundreds of dollars in preparation fees, another
significant benefit to using the tax center, as opposed to commercial
preparers, is our experience with military-specific tax issues. Our preparers
are well versed in both federal and state tax laws that benefit service
members, like possible deployment credits or which states provide service
members a full refund of any income tax paid into that state.
The Fort Riley Tax Center is
located at Building 7034, at the corner of Normandy and Bullard streets. Our
hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1
p.m. on Saturdays.
Appointments are available by calling 785-239-1040,
and walk-ins are always welcome. Appointments are available Monday to Friday,
with Saturday designated for walk-ins only. Our free tax service is available
to all active-duty military, activated Reservists on orders for more than 30
days, retirees and eligible dependents.