Tax season. For some, those
two words can sound like fingernails on a chalkboard, especially if you know
you will owe money to Uncle Sam. For others, it may bring a sigh of relief – a time
to catch up on some bills, car maintenance, college tuition, save money, or
maybe, even, purchase a new vehicle. However you feel about tax season, the
Fort Riley Tax Center can help ease your mind.
If you are an active-duty service
member, activated Army Reservist on orders for more than 30 days, a retiree or eligible
military dependant, the tax center can save you hundreds of dollars in tax-preparation
services by preparing your tax returns for free.
Last year, the tax center filed
more than 7,000 tax returns and saved customers more than $1 million in
taxpreparation service fees. Now that’s a lot of savings!
Tax center representatives have
been preparing for the upcoming tax season for months and have trained and
qualified tax preparers who can assist you with even your toughest tax-filing
Trained tax preparers can prepare
2011, 2012 and 2013 federal tax returns, in addition to state returns. State returns,
however, will only be prepared in conjunction with federal returns.
If you are thinking of forgoing
the tax center in favor of quick cash from a refundanticipation loan, don’t.
The tax center can electronically file your refund. Electronic filing and direct
deposits drastically reduce the time it takes to get your refund. On average,
filers see their refunds in less than a week. And, instant rebates offered by most
commercial tax services are nothing more than loans with incredibly high
If you prepare your taxes
on your own, bring them into the tax center. One of the certified tax preparers
will check over your state and federal returns to make sure you’ve got it correct.
If the IRS questions your taxes, the tax center can provide help.
The tax center will be open
for business following its grand-opening ceremony at 9 a.m. Jan. 22 in Building
7034, on the corner of Normandy and Bullard streets. The ceremony is open to
For those filing tax
returns at the tax center, please be sure to bring the following items – if
applicable – with you:
• All W-2 forms
• Social Security card
required for everyone in family, including children
• Power of attorney
• All 1099-R Forms –
Pension and Retirement
• All 1099-INT Forms – Interest
• All 1099-DIV Forms – Dividend
• Form 1098 – Mortgage Interest
• Form 1098-E – Student Loan
• Bank routing and account numbers
• Receipts for deductible expenses
• 2012 Tax returns
• Form 8332 signed by custodial
parent if a noncustodial parent is claiming a child exemption.
The tax center, located at
Building 7034, is just one more service provided at Fort Riley to help ease the
burden on Soldiers, family members and retirees. For more information, call
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