Hawaii Army Tax Centers open for 2013

| February 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

 

Col. Kevan Jacobson, staff judge advocate, USARPAC, provides a few words of encouragement to tax warriors at the opening of the Hawaii Army Tax Center.

Col. Kevan Jacobson, staff judge advocate, U.S. Army Pacific Command, provides a few words of encouragement to tax warriors at the opening of the Hawaii Army Tax Center.

Story and photo by Sgt. Matthew Ryan
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — It’s that time again, when people start getting stressed over money.

The time to prepare your 2013 tax returns has arrived.

With all of the new tax laws and the increase in taxes that started with the new year, the process can seem overwhelming to even the experienced do-it-yourself tax preparer.

Hawaii Army Tax Centers, with locations at Schofield Barracks and Fort Shafter, are the largest on the island, with more than 40 Soldiers from different units across the island trained to provide Soldiers with the best service. Each completed extensive training to obtain required Internal Revenue Service certifications.

Plenty of commercial tax centers will prepare your taxes for a fee, but the Army tax centers are free for all service members (including Reserve and Guard), Department of Defense civilians, family members and retirees.

The tax center held its opening ceremony, Jan. 25, and opened for business, Monday.

“Soldiers learned a valuable skill that will help other Soldiers and their families save a great deal of money. The training will also remain with them for future years,” said Col. Kevan Jacobson, staff judge advocate for U.S. Army-Pacific Command and U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.

“Almost 4,000 clients were served, close to a million dollars saved in preparation fees, and over $10 million in refunds were given back to the Soldiers,” said Jacobson, referring to the numbers set by the tax center last year.

He said troops benefit from the outstanding, professional and free service.

“We hope to be able to serve more clients and save even more money than last year,” said Capt. Whitney Wiles, tax center officer in charge.

Due to the expected volume of clients, the centers are taking clients by appointment only, said Wiles. In past years, the wait time could be more than two hours.

“We have been getting phone calls for almost two weeks now,” said Sgt. Joseph Robinson, tax preparer. “I have personally scheduled over 75 appointments for the upcoming weeks.”

To make the process faster, the tax centers ask that individuals bring the following required documents: military I.D. cards and social security cards for family members, bank account and routing numbers for faster returns using direct deposit, pay stubs or W2s received for the year 2012, and last year’s return.

If a spouse is filing “married, filing jointly,” without the sponsor present, the spouse can download a power of attorney and Declaration of Representative, Form 2848, at www.irs.gov, if he or she doesn’t already have a power of attorney set up.

Scheduling Appointments

Visit the Hawaii Army Tax Center in Building 648, Schofield Barracks, located at the corner of Foote Avenue and Lewis Street, across from Sgt. Smith Theater. The Fort Shafter tax center is located in the Aloha Center with limited hours of operation.

Call (808) 655-1040.

For up-to-date information and a complete list of items or services available, visit www.facebook.com/hawaiiarmytaxcenters.

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