Tax Assistance Program
Phone Number: 301-619-1040/1041
9:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm on Thursdays.
Closed on federal holidays and days scheduled as a DONSA.
Community Support Center, Room #227, 2nd Floor, Bldg. 1520
1520 Freedman Drive
2nd Floor, Classroom #5B
Fort Detrick, Md. 21702
The Tax Center is Closed.
Free Income Tax Assistance for Military Personnel and their Families
The Fort Detrick Tax Center is open in Room 227, Bldg. 1520, to assist active duty and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including reservists on orders for more than 29 days and their families. Assistance is available with filing simple federal and state income tax returns. The last day to file this year is April 17, 2018.
Eligible taxpayers must bring a completed In-take form, a military identification card for the sponsor and spouse, and a social security card (or photocopy) for each person named on the return to receive assistance. To download the In-take form and as well as view other helpful information designed to make your visit a one-stop success, visit our web page at http://www.detrick.army.mil/taxassistance/.
If you have not visited a military tax center before, here are some reasons to do so this season. First, services are free. Second, your refund is deposited on average within 21 days after the e-filed return is accepted. Third, you receive quality assistance.
Upon visiting the center, you will encounter well-trained and certified preparers. After receiving 40 hours of instruction and passing a rigorous IRS-required certification test, our preparers are qualified to handle most tax issues encountered by taxpayers in our military community who have moderate income. Should you need assistance with a matter that exceeds the expertise of the preparers in the Tax Center, you will be referred to the attorney in the Legal Assistance office.
Because Army policy prohibits assistance with any matter related to a business or enterprise, to include filing a tax return, preparers and the legal assistance attorney are prohibited from preparing a Schedule C, Profit or Loss from Business. So, if you own a business and earn money as sole proprietor or independent contractor, the Tax Center cannot assist you. There is one exception. The Tax Center may prepare a Schedule C-for a family child care provider enrolled under the Child and Youth Services Program.
There are a few other limitations that, if any apply, means your assistance probably exceeds the scope of both the VITA program and the Army's Legal Assistance Program. Clients who are otherwise eligible must seek assistance from a paid preparer if:
- You have a home business (other than child care) and your gross income exceeds $10,000, you intend to deduct expenses for the business use of your home, your costs exceed $5,000, or you are disqualified from using Schedule C-EZ for any other reason.
- You have more than two rental properties or just one rental property that was purchased for the purpose of earning income.
- You have more than 10 stock trades.
- You qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion.
Intake and assistance is by appointment only. Please call the Tax Center at (301) 619-1040 to make an appointment. If you have any questions, you may always contact the Legal Assistance Office at (301) 619-2221.
The Tax Center is an IRS-designated Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site that is a personal readiness and quality-of-life program. Managed by the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, it exists with the support of commanders. This year, commanders have detailed five Soldiers to staff the Tax Center on a full-time basis. They are joined by two civilians who volunteer their time and expertise. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (301) 619-3171.
Location: Community Support Center, Room #227, 2nd Floor, 1520 Freedman Drive, Fort Detrick, MD 21702
Phone Number: (301) 619-1040
Hours Available for Appointments (after opening day): 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm on Thursdays. Closed on federal and days scheduled as a DONSA.