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Base volunteer preparers sought to help with tax returns

Volunteer tax preparers are being sought to help staff the Tax Center in Bldg. 70, Area A, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

In 2016, the Tax Center helped the base community prepare 1,234 federal and state returns, saving people more than $480,000 in tax preparation fees and returning $2.5 million in state and federal tax returns to individuals.

This program is becoming increasingly popular, and additional volunteer tax preparers are needed to meet the heightened demand.

Prior experience in tax preparation is not required. The tax center prepares standard returns. Complicated or more extensive returns are referred to paid preparers.

A free, one-week training course will be provided by IRS instructors on Taxslayer Jan. 8-12 (hours to be announced) on base. This is a computerized IRS tax software similar to TurboTax.

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Volunteers should be retired officers, NCOs or highly qualified civilians and be able to work at least one-half day per week during the tax-filing season.

Anyone interested in helping should contact Capt. Timothy Shaw at Timothy.Shaw.16@us.af.mil or 937-904-2182 for additional information.

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