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Hanscom tax services available

Hanscom tax services available

Tax season has arrived and trained volunteers will be available to provide free tax-filing services to service members and those with base access. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Victor Barrera)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- Tax season has arrived and trained volunteers will be available to provide free tax-filing services to service members and those with base access.

Active duty, Guard, Reserve and retired military members of any service, and their dependents, are eligible to file at no cost, pending the availability of Tax Center personnel.

Trained personnel will prepare simple 1040s, 1040As, 1040EZs, Schedules A, B, EIC, and R, along with other forms and worksheets for taxpayers.

The Tax Center, operated by the 66th Air Base Group Legal Office, and located in the Burlington Room at the Hanscom Conference Center, will accept clients by appointment only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. beginning next month. Walk-in appointments will not be available.

Taxpayers must show proper identification for each return prepared by Tax Center officials. Taxpayers must bring paper copies of all W2s/1099-Rs, interest statements, dividend statements, brokerage statements and complete documentation for any deduction or adjustment, along with a copy of last year’s tax return.

For those interested in making an appointment, email 66ABG.JA.TaxCenterSchedule@us.af.mil to reserve an appointment time and date.

According to organizers, the Tax Center continues to seek volunteers to assist with preparing and filing tax returns.

“Volunteers are asked to be available to give tax assistance one day per week,” said Rich Carson, Tax Center manager. “The success of the program and the benefit to the Hanscom community are directly related to the number and quality of volunteers we have available to assist.”

Local certified public accountants and tax attorneys under the Internal Revenue Service’s Adopt-A-Base program will hold training. The three-day class is offered at the Education and Training Center on Jan. 22-24.

Active duty or federal employees interested in volunteering must get their supervisor's approval. Federal employees are encouraged to read Air Force Instruction 36-815 for further information about volunteering during duty hours. Supervisors can address questions to Employee and Labor Relations at 781-225-1401.

For further information about volunteering, contact 1st Lt. Jonathan Fallon at 781-225-1436 or Richard Carson at 781-225-6368.