Tax center offers free tax assistance for soldiers

Fort Sill_It's tax season again, and all of the worries, the woes, and the headaches that go along with it are unlikely to be absent.  But, if you're in the military, or have a family member in the military, there's an opportunity that may save you a lot of time and money.

The Fort Sill Income Tax Center offers free assistance in preparation for what can be a very frustrating time of year.  Since some of them are deploying soon, soldiers lined up at the center Friday to take advantage of the free advice before April.  It's a valuable service - not just convenient.  Last year, the center saved soldiers over $1 million that they would have spent had they gone to a private tax center.

Fort Sill's Chief Income Tax Assistant Joyce Belville says the tax center has 10 volunteers and 13 soldiers who help.  "This program is a quality of life program," she says.  "It's a good example of soldiers helping soldiers.  Belville suggests soldiers and their families give them a call before they drop in, so the center can tell them what to bring.  She says sometimes, if a soldier is in a rush, they may forget something they needed - all W-2's, bank account information, etc.

On average, the center sees about 150 soldiers and retirees per day.  Last year, they helped more than 8,000 families.  Beginning February 4, routine appointments should be scheduled one week in advance.  Tuesdays, beginning February 12, will be reserved for walk in appointments, and will be on a first come, first served basis.  The center says the number of appointments available depends on the number of volunteers on duty those Tuesdays.

The Income Tax Assistance Center is located in Building 2591, Currie Road.  It opens January 28 and is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Saturday hours will be offered February 2, 9, and 23, and April 12.  the Center will be closed President's Day weekend - February 15-18.

For more information, call the ITAC at 580-442-6445 or 580-442-3526.