VITA begins preparations to assist
military personnel during tax season
|The tax-filing season is fast approaching and the Fort
McCoy Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Center is preparing to
assist authorized military-personnel complete their income tax returns.
Rita Byers, Fort McCoy VITA coordinator, said many volunteers from last
year’s program, including Air Force personnel, have indicated they plan
to return. People interested in volunteering and learning about federal
and state income tax returns also are welcome to support the program.
Call 608-388-4117 for more information about the type of commitment
necessary to serve in the role of a VITA volunteer.
The Fort McCoy VITA Center expects to begin accepting appointments for
income tax assistance in late January, with appointments being
scheduled, beginning in February. Eligible personnel include active-duty
and retired military personnel and their Family members.
VITA services are free and include federal and state income tax
preparation and e-filing services. Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
officials recommend E-filing of income tax returns because the process
gets refunds into taxpayers’ hands quicker and tends to be more accurate
than manually filling out forms and mailing in the paperwork. E-filing
also gives taxpayers confirmation their tax returns have been received.
The website for federal income tax returns is
The website for state of Wisconsin income tax returns is
Both of these websites also offer excellent information for anyone doing
their tax returns, Byers said. Electronic versions of income tax forms
also will be available on these sites. Paper copies of the tax forms are
no longer mailed.
Several items affecting income tax determinations have not yet been
finalized, but are expected to be determined by the end of the year.
Byers said people can track new developments and obtain other assistance
at the relevant federal and state websites.
For the time being, personnel are encouraged to begin identifying and
assembling the documents they will need to submit their taxes.
Byers said these include wage and tax-withholding statements (W-2s), any
interest or dividends received (1099s), property taxes paid, written
records of any other itemized deductions, and all other pertinent tax
Participants should bring along copies of their last federal and state
income tax returns and any supporting documents for those, as well.
Personnel seeking tax assistance also must provide their Social Security
cards. No returns will be prepared this year without Social Security
cards for all individuals listed on returns.
Many other organizations offer VITA services or free income tax return
assistance. The Tomah Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center will again
offer a VITA program for qualified veterans and the public based on
Appointments will be accepted beginning in late January 2012 and can be
made by calling 608-372-1242.
The number won’t be monitored until late January 2012.
For more information about the VA VITA program, call 608-372-1242 and
leave a question and call back number.
For more information about the VITA program at Fort McCoy, call Byers at
608-388-4117. Appointments will be accepted beginning in late January.
To make an appointment, call 608-388-2165 and press “4” on the call