By Elaine Wilson, American
Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Defense
officials encourage military Families to once again take advantage of
the free electronic tax filing services offered through Military
People can access the H&R
Block at Home program by going to Military OneSource at
http://www.militaryonesource.com/ and clicking on “Tax Filing
More than 200,000
servicemembers filed their tax returns through this resource last year,
“We have such a mobile force,
and you have folks dispersed all over the world. It’s a quick link for
the Family to link up with the (servicemember),” said Tommy T. Thomas,
deputy undersecretary of defense for military community and Family
policy. “It’s a convenience for you to be able to go on that site and
file that tax form.”
The program is open to
active-duty, Guard and Reserve servicemembers, regardless of activation
status, as well as spouses, dependent children and Family members
standing in for a deployed servicemember.
Participants can e-file up to
three state resident returns for each federal return, Thomas said.
However, he added, they should ensure they’re filing through Military
OneSource. People who file through H&R Block directly may be charged for
services, he cautioned.
The program is set up for
basic returns. People who wish to upgrade to the premium program also
may incur charges.
For tax assistance, filers
can call a Military OneSource tax consultant from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST,
seven-days-a-week, at 800-730-3802.
“That’s a tremendous
service,” Thomas said. “We feel it’s important to give our military
Families the absolute best.”
Along with the consultants,
people with complicated tax returns can visit a legal assistance office
on a military installation for more in-depth advice, he said.
Whether online or on base,
people should file early, Thomas advised.
“Don’t run up against the
April 15 deadline,” he said. “And when you get the return, look at it as
the means to secure your Family’s finances,” whether it’s paying off
debts, adding to a savings account or contributing to a Thrift Savings