By John Reese
USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs
After weeks of preparation for the 2017 tax return season, the local team of IRS-trained tax preparers will see the grand opening of the Stuttgart Law Center’s tax center at the Kelley Club, Kelley Barracks, Feb. 7, to assist the community with its returns.
In 2017, the center began serving only uniformed personnel. This year, it will serve all eligible ID cardholders in the Stuttgart military community.
“The tax center is going to be open to everyone in the garrison community,” said Capt. Victoria Bell, Stuttgart Law Center. “We’ve decided, at this point, to not limit the scope, as it was last year.”
The tax warriors for 2018 are a mixture of civilian volunteers and borrowed military manpower, trained by IRS senior tax consultant Juan M. Carrizales. Carrizales came from San Antonio, Texas, to train and certify the preparers.
“This is my first time preparing taxes and working outside of my MOS (military occupational specialty),” said Spc. Ally K. Hendlay, 554th Military Police Company and one of this year’s tax preparers. “It is actually pretty exciting to learn something outside of what I normally do. It also opens up the horizons on helping other people with their taxes – helps me out as well.”
The hours serving the community as a tax preparer are better than her usual job as an MP, she added.
During the 2016 tax season in 2017, the Stuttgart Law Center’s tax center served 1,114 clients for $3,229,961 in refunds, saving those served tax preparation fees totaling $520,842.
Although the final day to file taxes is April 15, the tax season runs through early June for overseas military community members.
Location: Kelley Club, Bldg. 3300.
The tax center will be in rooms 203, 204, and 205 in the Kelley Club, open weekdays 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., except Wednesdays, when it will be open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. For more information, call DSN: 421-5808 or 0711-729-5808. Bring your W-2 forms, earnings statements from employers and statements from financial institutions of interest gained, as well as any letters from the IRS and a copy of last year’s tax return.
Bring these tax documents:
• W2s, 1095-C and 1099s as applicable
• Interest and dividends statements
• Social Security cards everyone being claimed on return (the actual card is required)
• ID cards (military and/or state or Passport)
• Bank routing, account numbers
• Power of attorney, if filing jointly and one spouse is not present
• Last year’s return (new clients only)
From the Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs:
The Internal Revenue Service expects more than 155 million tax returns to be filed this tax season, with more than 70 percent of taxpayers receiving refunds. The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is teaming up with H&R Block to provide tax preparation services at a 10 percent discount at Exchange locations worldwide.
“To make it even less taxing, if you file a 1040EZ form, the tax professionals will do it for free until Feb. 28, said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, the Exchange’s senior enlisted advisor.
Filers who use H&R Block’s services at the Exchange will receive complimentary access and support during tax season. Military shoppers will also receive H&R Block’s Audit Assistance to help prepare a response in the event of an audit.
H&R Block tax preparation at the Exchange also includes a free second-look review. Tax professionals will examine tax returns from the last three years to see whether filers are entitled to money that was not claimed.
Visit www.shopmyexchange.com/hrblock or contact the Panzer Exchange for information.