Service members and their families do not have to file taxes without help.
The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Tax Center opens Thursday to provide free help to active-duty service members, activated reservists and national guardsmen, retirees and family members. The center has moved to the old Clarkmoor Elementary School, on the corner of South Division and Bitar Avenue on Lewis Main.
For the second year in a row, self-service kiosks are available for use. Certified tax preparers are nearby to help if needed with more complicated filings. These kiosks are helpful for those with simple returns involving wages, interest and dividend statements. Those with simple filing needs can use one of the kiosks at the JBLM Tax Center.
Captain Stephanie J. De Jesus, Tax Center officer in charge, said it is important for taxpayers to bring all necessary and relevant documents to the JBLM Tax Center.
Those filing taxes should also bring:
• valid military ID
• Social Security cards for themselves, spouse and dependents
• proof of insurance — 1095-A, -B or -C
• birth dates
• wage and earning statements — W-2s, not Leave and Earning Statements
• interest and dividend statements
• a copy of last year’s return, if applicable
• direct deposit information — bank routing and account numbers
• total amount paid to day care, with provider’s identification number.
A special power of attorney, and any other income forms, should be included, if applicable.
De Jesus said last year there was confusion about bringing Social Security cards.
“Many claimed that because they did their return at the JBLM Tax Center last year, they did not need to have their actual card,” she said. “That is incorrect. Per (Internal Revenue Service) regulation, we must check all Social Security cards, or Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers, and verify the tax payer’s identity before providing services,” she said.
This includes the Social Security cards of all family members being claimed on the tax payer’s return.
“Additionally, beginning this filing season, tax payers must report health insurance coverage required under the Affordable Care Act. So tax payers must also bring in their Form 1095-A, -B, or -C,” she said.
The JBLM Tax Center is located in Building 2090 on Lewis Main. Business hours are weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To reduce wait times, make an appointment in person or by calling 253-967-1040. For more information, visit lewis-mcchord.army.mil and look for the link for the JBLM Tax Center.