PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --
It's that time of the year again -- time to file income taxes in an effort to meet the April 15 deadline.
Members of the Patrick AFB Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program will provide free income tax return preparation for active duty, reservist, military retirees, and civilian personnel of the Patrick AFB community beginning Feb. 1, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The following documentation is required to prepare tax returns:
□ Picture I.D.
□ Social Security cards or Military I.D. with social security number, for tax payer, spouse and each dependent listed on the tax return
□ Income statements for wages, interest, dividends, pensions, social security, and other (W-2s, and 1099s); expense statements to itemize deductions
□ A copy of 2014's tax return (if available)
□ The account number and routing number, if direct deposit, for refund (or to debit payment of any taxes due) is desired
Appointments can be made by calling (321) 494-4718. Should patrons reach an answering machine, they are asked to leave a name and phone number.
The service is provided at the Patrick AFB Shark Center, located at 815 Harrier Ave. Satellite Beach, Fla. 32937, adjacent to the Chapel in the South Patrick Housing complex (Pelican Coast). Entrance is at the south side of the Shark Center.
The PAFB VITA Program is sponsored by the PAFB Legal Office and Project Emeritus. This service is provided by volunteer tax counselors who have been trained and certified by the IRS.
Effective 2015: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) signed into law March 23, 2010, requires all U.S. citizens and legal residents to obtain and maintain a minimum standard of health care insurance. For 2015, taxpayers are required to prove that they have obtained the minimum essential coverage and TRICARE qualifies for this coverage. Proof of coverage is the Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service Form 1095: Employer Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage. Each member of the Air Force team will need to have the IRS Form 1095 to file their taxes in 2016; active duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, military retirees and DOD civilians.
The IRS Form 1095 is scheduled to be mailed to all employees. However, to save paper, tax payers can elect to receive it electronically. It will also be available on myPay. The schedule of when the IRS Form 1095 is available on the myPay homepage.
While the tax service is free of charge, a food donation box will be available for canned or boxed foods for local area food programs. The food will be distributed to local area food programs.