PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- The Pearl Harbor tax center is currently helping service members and their families file their taxes for 2003.
"We have seen an average of about 110 people a day and have processed approximately 2,500 federal and state tax returns," said Francis Smith, a tax center volunteer.
The filing of state tax is a newly implemented service at the center.
"When the tax center opened, we did not have the capability of doing state taxes other than Hawaii," said Smith. "However, we made a strong push to get all of the states, and we were successful. The tax center can now process all 50 states," Smith said.
"We encourage anyone who had their federal taxes done and still need their state taxes done to return to the center," she added.
Because the center is run solely on the generosity of others, it can offer service members and their families a free service.
"The tax center is almost completely run by a core dedicated group of volunteers," said Smith.
Laurel Hargis, the spouse of a Coast Guardsmen, said the fact the service is free is not the main reason she and her husband file their taxes at Naval Station Pearl Harbor.
"I've heard horror stories about some of the commercial tax establishments," said Smith. "When filing our state and federal taxes on base, you just feel more at ease. It's a trust issue. This is a military service, so you know you can trust them. They're friendly and knowledgeable. What more could you ask for?" she said.
For those who've already filed their federal taxes and weren't able to file their state tax, Smith said the service is still open.
"We encourage anyone who had their federal taxes done and still need their state taxes filed to return," she said.
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