08 January 2016
Volunteers needed.
VITA Volunteers Needed for 2016 Fort Detrick Tax Center
By Brett Conyers, Staff Judge Advocate Office
The Fort Detrick Tax Program needs civilian volunteers to give free tax assistance to Service Members, retirees and their family members. Instructors from a national accounting firm have volunteered for the Internal Revenue Service to teach five days of training. In addition, the Legal Assistance Office gives volunteers training on the use of IRS-provided computer software for preparing returns. All training is held in the Community Support Center, Building 1520.

Volunteers must pass a certification test at the end of the training to be enrolled in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, the same program operated in civic organizations for moderate to low income taxpayers. The training qualifies volunteers to prepare basic federal income tax returns, some state income tax returns and to address military-specific tax issues, such as combat zone tax benefits.

Once enrolled in the Army’s Volunteer Management Information System, volunteers will work with active-duty Soldiers in the Fort Detrick Tax Center under the supervision of the Legal Assistance Office, Jan. 25, through April 15, 2016. Active-duty Service Members, their families and anyone receiving military retired pay are eligible for this cost-free assistance.

Anyone interested should contact Brett Conyers, the Fort Detrick Tax Officer, at (301) 619-2221 and Sarah Polanco, the Fort Detrick Volunteer Coordinator, at (301) 619-3171.
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