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Amanda Behan and her daughter, Izzy, have their taxes prepared by Gary Little, a volunteer income tax preparer at the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance center, located in the Patrick AFB Shark Center. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until April 15.  The tax service is free of charge, but a food donation box will be available for people who wish to donate canned or boxed food. The food will be distributed to local area food programs. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (321) 494-4718. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Erin Smith)

Amanda Behan and her daughter, Izzy, have their taxes prepared by Gary Little, a volunteer income tax preparer at the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance center, located in the Patrick AFB Shark Center. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until April 15. The tax service is free of charge, but a food donation box will be available for people who wish to donate canned or boxed food. The food will be distributed to local area food programs. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (321) 494-4718. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Erin Smith)

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is available to help taxpayers prepare their 2014 Federal and State tax returns.

For those Team Patrick-Cape members who need their taxes done, the tax office opened for business Feb. 2, and services are offered Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Patrick AFB Shark Center.

Tax return preparation assistance is available to active duty, reservist, military retirees and DOD civilians; free of charge.

The tax office consists of volunteers and is sponsored by the Patrick AFB Legal Office and Project Emeritus, who have all been trained and certified by the IRS.

Those interested in scheduling an appointment can call (321) 494-4718

What documents are required for me to bring with me to my appointment?
A valid picture I.D.; social security cards (or valid military I.D. with social security number) for tax payer, spouse and all dependents 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 last year's tax return (if available); and the account number and routing number if direct deposit of refunds (or to debit payment of any taxes due) is desired.

The Shark Center is located adjacent to the Chapel in the South Patrick Housing complex (Pelican Coast) on Harrier Ave. Entrance is at the south side of the Shark Center.

While the tax service is free of charge, a food donation box will be available for canned or boxed food contribution for local area food programs. The youth of the Patrick AFB Chapel programs will sort and distribute donations to help those in need.