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COMMUNITY CORNER - Tax center eases stress, prepares free returns

By Col. John D. Lawrence | GARRISON COMMANDER | January 27, 2017

     This time of year can be enjoyable if you’re getting a tax refund and can use the money to catch up on some bills or put a down payment on a car, but it can be stressful if you owe money to the Internal Revenue Service. Either way, most of us don’t enjoy the complicat­ed process of preparing tax­es. But there is a solution — the ribbon is cut and the Fort Riley Tax Center is open for business now through filing deadlines in April.

     Active-duty service mem­bers, reservists on orders for more than 30 days, retirees and eligible family members can save money with the free tax preparation services offered by the Tax Center. The rep­resentatives there are trained, qualified professionals who can assist with simple returns and help with tax questions that are more difficult. They can help with taxes from 2014, 2015 and 2016. Even if you choose to pre­pare taxes yourself, you can take them by the Tax Center and one of the staff will check your state and federal returns to make sure they’re correct before you file. If the IRS questions your tax return, the Tax Center will pro­vide additional help.

     The Tax Center is located in Building 7034 on the corner of Normandy and Bullard streets. Their hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. by appointment and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-ins only. Walk-ins are always welcome, but appoint­ments are highly encouraged.

     If you are filing taxes at the Tax Center, you will need the following documents:

 

  1. Social Security card

  2. Photo identification

  3. Bank account and routing number

  4. Tax documents, such as W-2s and 1099s

  5. Other documents based on your needs, such as rental property docu­ments or childcare state­ments, etc.

     

         Be wary of advertisements that promise a quick cash re­fund loan. These services typically provide you a loan and charge interest — some­times quite high — which means you won’t get as much money from your refund. The Tax Center files your return electronically with the IRS and sets up a direct deposit to ensure that your refund is as quick as possible, and that you get to keep all the money from your refund. On average, filers sees their refund in less than one week.

         For more information or to make an appointment at the Tax Center call 785-239-1040 and make this tax season worry free.

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