It's TAX season
Tax season, for some, can be a stressful and confusing time. Having to deal with credits, deductions, itemizing, returns and a federal tax code spanning more than 70 thousand pages can be a daunting task for anyone to navigate.
The Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is established every year to ensure service members and their dependents receive the support they need to file their taxes correctly and on time.
“We are offering self-service tax assistance for sailors and dependents stationed at NAF Atsugi,” said NAF Atsugi VITA Site Coordinator Legalman 1st Class Shante Davidson. “Important things to bring are their W2’s, two forms of authorized photo ID, and their banking account number and routing number for electronic filing of taxes.”
According to the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps official blog, service members using a Navy tax assistance center will save money. Commercial tax preparation companies can charge more than $170 for a typical electronicallyfiled return. There is no charge for Vita self-service tax preparation. Additionally, access to free and quick filing at Navy tax centers provides an important money-saving alternative to costly “refund anticipation loans” offered by many commercial tax preparation companies.
“Customers should know that VITA is just a self-service tax service and does not prepare taxes. If tax preparation is needed one resource is www.militaryonesource.mil that offers a diversity of resources,” said Davidson.
With a team of more than 20 members, the NAF Atsugi tax office is staffed and ready to provide customer support but they can always use more help. Interested volunteers can obtain training and information by emailing shante. firstname.lastname@example.org with TAX VOLUNTEER in the subject line.
Setting up a customer appointment is as easy as calling the VITA center at 264-4015 starting on February 12 from 1200-1600. The NAF Atsugi VITA office will remain open through May for all Sailors and their dependents who may need help filing any late or back taxes.