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March 08, 2013

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VITA services assist military customers with income tax returns

The Fort McCoy Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Center is actively assisting Soldiers, Retirees and their Families during the income tax return season. The staff has assisted with the preparation and filing of more than 200 federal and state returns this tax season.
PHOTO: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance personnel go over a tax question with a client. Photo by Rob Schuette
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance personnel Rita Byers (at desk), Sheri Dickinson and Rick Coffin go over a tax question with client Donald Peterson (left). The program offers free income tax return preparation and e-filing of state and federal taxes to eligible military personnel.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)

James Markgraf, the Fort McCoy VITA coordinator, said appointments for installation VITA services are filling up quickly. The tax center already is completely booked through almost the end of March. Services offered cover preparation and e-filing of most individual federal and state income-tax returns.

Since mid-February, most returns are eligible for e-filing. Several federal forms and programs, such as the Residential Energy Credit and Residential Rental Depreciation in the initial year, remain pending and are ineligible for e-filing at present. Returns in this category still are being prepared; however, they are being held until e-filing of these forms becomes available.

The VITA center also has an ample supply of hard copy federal tax forms and publications available for those still preparing their own taxes.

These forms can be picked up during normal business hours.

For information about federal income tax returns, visit the website www.irs.gov. For information about state of Wisconsin income tax returns, visit the website www.revenue.wi.gov.

Military personnel eligible under the Military OneSource program, also can learn more about filing their income tax returns by going to the website https://www.militaryonesourceeap.org/achievesolutions/en/militaryonesource/Topic.do?centerId=1&topicId=1583 or for general information can visit the website www.militaryonesource.com.

Eligible personnel in the Fort McCoy community can make VITA income tax return appointments through April 14 by calling 608-388-4117.

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