JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Tax centers opened aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS), Naval Station Mayport and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., Jan. 18, as part of the Navy's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Electronic Tax Filing (ELF) program.
Lt. Brandon Sargent, Navy Region Southeast tax officer, said the service centers allow service members and their families the option to get their taxes filed free of charge.
"All of our tax preparers are trained by IRS professionals, they go through a class and must score at least an 80 in order to pass," said Sargent. "The tax facilitators know what they are doing."
The tax centers will prepare most tax returns with the exception of business taxes and returns for people with multiple rental properties.
"I have been using the service center for three years, and it has saved me about $500 dollars just in preparation fees," said Kimberly Woods, a Navy family member. "They were also able to get me $1,500 dollars that was owed to me from a prior year's tax return because of mistakes made by the place I got my taxes prepared."
Sargent said having three different locations makes it convenient for service members to take advantage of the service.
The NS Mayport tax center is located at 707A Everglades Court and takes clients on a first come, first serve basis, Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center can be contacted at 904-270-5150.
The NAS Jacksonville tax center is located in Building 13 (outside the Yorktown Gate) and takes clients either by appointment or on a first come, first serve basis. The centers hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. by appointment only. The center can be contacted at 904-542-8039.
For the hours of operation and location of the tax center aboard NSB Kings Bay, contact the center at 912-573-8864. All tax centers are open through Apr. 20.
During last year's tax season the VITA/ELF program saved Sailors more than $7 million in fees and facilitated more than $81 million in federal income tax refunds. The program has saved Sailors and their families more than $162 million in tax preparation fees since its inception in 1995.
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