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VITA offers free income tax return help; opens Feb. 2

Tax center opening for assistance

The tax office will be open for business beginning Feb. 2, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Patrick AFB Shark Center. Tax return preparation assistance will be available to active duty, reservist, military retirees and DOD civilians; free of charge. Those interested in scheduling an appointment can call (321) 494-4718, beginning Jan. 15.

PATRICK AIR FORE BASE, Fla. -- Tax season is here again.

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 will be open for business beginning Feb. 2, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Patrick AFB Shark Center.

Tax return preparation assistance will be 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, whom have all been trained and certified by the IRS.

Those interested in scheduling an appointment can call (321) 494-4718, beginning Jan. 15.

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.