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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Income tax returns are due April 15 and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is up and running at the Legal Office in building 350 to help file active duty, O-4 and below, and retiree refunds for free. The 30 VITA volunteers are trained in the tax laws and all the new changes, including the Affordable Care Act, Qualified Medicaid Payments and many more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tiffany DeNault)

As the income tax season approaches, plans are underway to find volunteers to fill positions in support of the VITA program. Volunteer positions include: counselors for tax return preparation, and receptionists at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. To volunteer for the VITA program or to obtain additional information, contact Don Winterich at (321) 494-4718. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Tiffany DeNault)

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Over the years, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program has provided a valuable service to the Patrick Air Force Base community.

As the income tax season approaches, plans are underway to find volunteers to fill positions in support of the VITA program. Volunteer positions include: counselors for tax return preparation, and receptionists. 

A volunteer working in the counselor position will be required to attend and complete the training program, successfully complete the IRS certification exam and agree to the IRS Standards of Conduct. Counselor training will be provided at the Patrick AFB Shark Center during the month of January 2016. 

The receptionist position performs the scheduling of appointments, answers the telephone and greets clients. A half-day training session will be provided for the receptionist position in January 2016. Receptionists must agree to the IRS Standards of Conduct.

Beginning Feb. 1, 2016 through April 15, 2016, tax return preparation services for the 2015 tax year will be offered to the Patrick AFB community.

The VITA program offers federal tax return electronic filing service free of charge to active duty, National Guard, reserve, military retirees, and civilians working at Patrick AFB. The VITA program is sponsored by the Patrick AFB Legal Office and is offered in conjunction with the IRS. The VITA program is administered and staffed by volunteers.

To volunteer for the VITA program or to obtain additional information, contact Don Winterich at (321) 494-4718.