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VITA office opening Feb. 4

Posted 1/29/2013   Updated 1/29/2013 Email story   Print story


by Cammy Drebes
72nd Air Base Wing Legal Office

1/29/2013 - TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla.  -- Completing and filing tax forms can be painless, simple and free for those who visit the Tinker Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Office. The VITA program, organized by the base legal office, will be open on Feb. 4 through April 15.

The VITA program provides tax preparation and electronic filing services for active-duty military, their dependents, and retirees by appointment. In addition, 1040-EZ filers will be served on a walk-in basis; however, filers with an appointment will have priority over walk-ins. If e-filing a joint return, both the taxpayer and the spouse will need to come into the tax office to sign the e-file documents, unless the filer has a Power of Attorney.

The tax office can prepare Oklahoma State returns, in addition to the following federal forms: 1040-EZ; 1040A; Earned Income Credit; Form 8863 (Education Credits); and Form 8812 (Additional Child Tax Credit) and Form 1040 with Schedule A, Itemized Deductions. They will no longer complete Schedule D for those individuals with stock sales.

Unfortunately, the tax office cannot prepare Schedule C or Schedule C-EZ for those taxpayers with business income or with Forms 1099MISC. Taxpayers with home businesses such as Pampered Chef, Tupperware, etc., will also need to seek help from other providers. The tax office is no longer preparing tax returns for those taxpayers that own rental property.

In order to receive prompt and immediate service, bring the following items with you: military ID, social security cards and birth dates of taxpayers and dependents, W-2s, 1099s, investment income paperwork, powers of attorney (if applicable), names, addresses and EIN or SSN of day care providers (if applicable); and last year's income tax return. Due to changes in tax forms those taxpayers that are claiming educational expenses will need to bring 1099-T with them to have their return completed. Those taxpayers claiming an education credit for undergraduate school should also bring the amount they paid for books.

Those taxpayers wishing to direct deposit their refund should bring a voided check with them to their appointment. Noncustodial parents claiming a child as a dependent will need to bring a signed Form 8332 or for divorces prior to 2009 a Divorce Decree giving them the exemption for that dependent. Taxpayers that own their own home should also bring the amount of real estate tax that they paid during 2011.

The VITA office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and noon to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (excluding federal holidays), and Friday from 7:30 to 11 a.m.

The tax office is located in Bldg. 1. Enter Door 3 on the west side of the building and follow the signs to the VITA office. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 739-7754.

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