PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- The annual Navy tax center at Pearl Harbor opened Jan. 31 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at building 669, providing Sailors and family members with a free service to complete their taxes.
The center, which is open to all active-duty military members, their family members and retirees will be open through April 15, providing an alternative to hiring an accountant in the civilian sector.
"Out in town, you might expect to pay between $100 and $300 to do your tax returns," said Lt. Amy Sanders, tax officer for the center. "That money might be better spent saving or paying off any debts. The Navy tax center is a really great service."
More than 30 volunteers have donated their time to helping file returns this season, and commands around Pearl Harbor donated all of the materials used in the center.
"We've had a great response, especially with volunteers," said Sanders. "Those wishing to volunteer at the tax center can take the basic course online at www.irs.gov (search 'link and learn')."
Sailors and their family members should bring a copy of last year's tax return, all income information, a list of itemized deductions, Social Security cards for all individuals, identification card, and child and disabled dependent information if you qualify. If your spouse is away, you must bring a power of attorney form with you.
The center is set up every year for basic tax returns. Complicated returns, such as small business, partnership, corporate, farm, state, trust, deceased tax payers or day trader returns will not be conducted at the center.
Last year, the tax center helped more than 3,000 service members and their family members, filing 6,980 tax returns.
The effort saved service members almost $800,000 in fees. Sanders said the goal of this year's season was to break 7,000 tax returns.
"The tax center is important because it provides quality of life for Sailors and their families," said Sanders.
The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. For more information on the tax center or to make an appointment, call 473-4112.
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