The IRS and U.S. Armed Forces participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which provides free tax advice, tax preparation, tax return filing and other tax assistance to military members and their families.
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Five Tips for Free Military Tax Filing

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Did you know that you have access to free assistance in your preparing and filing your military tax returns every year? Tax filing assistance is available for eligible military members and their spouses.

The IRS and U.S. Armed Forces participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which provides free tax advice, tax preparation, tax return filing and other tax assistance to military members and their families.

Five things you to know about free military tax assistance:

1. The Armed Forces Tax Council is here to help: The Armed Forces Tax Council (AFTC) offers Free tax program coordinators for the Marine Corps, Air Force, Army, Navy and Coast Guard.

2. Volunteers are trained in military taxes: Volunteers at military-based VITA sites are trained to address military-specific tax issues you have questions about, including taxes on your combat zone benefits, the Earned Income Tax Credit guidelines, and more.

3.You must bring everything you need for the easiest free tax assistance:


  • Valid photo ID

  • Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents or a Social Security number verification letter from the Social Security Administration
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents

  • Wage and earning statement(s) like W-2, W-2G, 1099-R

  • Interest and dividend statements (Forms 1099)

  • A copy of your last year's federal and state tax returns are useful

  • Checkbook for routing and account numbers for direct deposit of your tax refunds if desired

  • Total amount paid for day care along with day care provider's tax identifying number

  • Additional income and itemized, tax-deductible expenses


4. Electronic tax filing joint is faster: Electronic filing means a faster refund, is so if you're filing a Married/ Filing Jointly tax return, both you and your spouse must sign the required tax forms. If you can't be present, come prepared with a valid power of attorney that allows your tax return to signed and filed.

5. You can get a Special exception: A special exception for spouses in combat zones allows your military spouse to e-file a joint return with only a written statement that you are in a combat zone and unable to sign. Bring this statement to your tax preparation appointment.

Why dread April 15 each year? For more information on getting free tax filing support, visit www.irs.gov or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).



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