News: Crunch, prepare, file: Tax season at MCAS Miramar
Story by Lance Cpl. Rebecca Eller
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif.- It is about the time of year to stress over tax returns and hope for a little bit of cash back. And although service members might dread going to a tax preparer to pay money just to try getting money back, there is a solution.
Active duty, retired military personnel and their family members can receive free assistance from the Tax Center aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar beginning Jan. 30.
The Tax Center is located in building 6275 in the legal assistance area. Personnel are ready to assist walk-ins with their federal and state returns beginning Jan. 30, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Military taxpayers must bring their military identification card, Social Security card, W-2s and the appropriate form to be filled, such as the 1040.
Marines who help with tax preparation are trained by the IRS and the state board.
Before the center opens to the public, tax center personnel constantly file mock returns to accurately and efficiently file returns.
Tax preparers will also ensure Marines receive the highest tax return possible.
“We look to see if we can get you everything back,” said Sgt. Stanley Edouard, the tax center’s noncommissioned officer in charge and an Irvington, N.J., native. “With paid preparers, you have to pay extra for them to look for extra credits.”
For more information, call the center at 858-577-1040.