Military taxpayers in the Fort McCoy community are encouraged to take
advantage of tax credits for first-time and selected home purchases, new
car purchases, energy-saving items in a residence and increased earned
income and child tax credits.
The Fort McCoy Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides
free assistance to help military eligible personnel, who include
active-duty, retiree and their Family members, complete their returns
and use e-file to submit federal and state income tax returns.
Anne Schofield (right) of the
Fort McCoy Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program helps Naval
Builder First Class (Petty Officer) Kurt Gourley and his wife,
Jennifer, with their income tax returns.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Rita Byers, Fort McCoy VITA coordinator, said Fort McCoy’s VITA program
is accepting appointments from now through Wednesday, April 14.
Eligible personnel can use the Internet to e-file federal and/or state
income taxes free.
Appointments are required to use the Fort McCoy VITA program services
and can be made by calling 608-388-2165. Military-eligible personnel
with questions about income tax returns can call 608-388-4117.
Taxpayers who purchased a home after 2008 and before May 1, 2010 (before
July 1, 2010, if the taxpayer entered into a written, binding contract
before May 1) may qualify for a credit of up to $8,000 ($4,000 if
married and filing separately) or, if they sold a home, they may qualify
for up to $6,500 in credits if certain requirements are met.
In addition, people who purchased a new car after Feb. 16, 2009 may be
able to deduct any state or local sales or excise taxes on the purchase.
If the vehicle was purchased under the Cash for Clunkers program, the
rebate is not subject to income taxes.
Other credits increased for 2009 income tax returns include an
additional child tax credit and a residential energy-efficient property
For more information about changes to federal income taxes, tax return
instructions and forms, visit the Web site
State income tax provisions vary by state.
Wisconsin taxpayers will notice the capital gains exclusion on net
long-term capital gains — except for gains on farm assets — has been
decreased to 30 percent.
For more information about Wisconsin income tax provisions, instructions
and forms, visit the Wisconsin Department of Revenue Web site
Taxpayers are eligible to e-file income tax returns and get refunds
sooner by using the Internet. Many people can e-file free. See the
federal income tax Web site or the state income tax Web sites for more