Save money on tax prep with vita Published Jan. 29, 2013 By 45th Space Wing Staff Judge Advocate PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- It is almost that time of year: Tax Season! The PAFB Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program provides free income tax return preparation starting February 1st through April 15th. Active Duty, Reserve, and retired military and civilian personnel of the PAFB community are eligible to participate. The service is provided at the Shark Center, which is located adjacent to the Chapel in the South Patrick Housing complex (Pelican Coast). In order for your VITA Tax Counselor to prepare your return, the following documentation is required: Picture I.D.; Social Security card (or Military I.D. with social security number) of taxpayer, spouse and all dependents listed on the tax return; income statements for wages, interest, dividends, pensions, social security, and other income (W-2s, and 1099s); expense statements to itemize deductions; a copy of last year's tax return (if available); and the bank account and routing numbers if direct deposit of refunds (or to debit payment of any taxes due) is desired. The VITA program offers a great, no-cost alternative to other commercial preparers. The tax return preparation assistance service is only available by appointment Monday through Friday, from 0900 to 1700. To make an appointment, call 494-4718. Simply leave your name and phone number on the answering machine and someone will return your call. If you have any questions or concerns, please call A1C Siksay at 321-494-7357.