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Team Buckley offering free, reduced tax consultation, preparation

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Its tax season again, which means Team Buckley members are invited to utilize the tax assistance programs currently being offered that could save families hundreds.

Buckley's three tax assistance programs are an online tax consultation and preparation service being offered by Military OneSource through H&R Block, the H&R Block at the Exchange on base, as well as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Military OneSource is teaming up with H&R Block to aid in any tax-related issues through an online program. They offer a tax consultation, tax preparation and filing for all of Team Buckley to include reservists regardless of activation status, deaths, separation until 180 days after their retirement, discharge or end-of-tour date.

With this program, Team Buckley members can do one federal return and up to three state returns for free with the online service.

Team Buckley members may also call the H&R Block seasonally located on base at 303-341-4472 for any questions regarding filing their tax return or for expert tax advice.
VITA is another service offered to assist with Team Buckley members' 2014 taxes.

Each unit will have their own VITA representative, providing free services to active-duty members and their spouses. Accordingly, units will have their own scheduled times and availability.

"This season we do have a tax center, but not at a physical location; it's going to be within the units," said Capt. Nathaniel Garrett, 460th Space Wing Judge Advocate chief of legal assistance and preventative law. "This year, rather than come into a location in bldg. 1030, they're going to go to their unit and meet with their representative."

Those units without a VITA representative will have to be referred to another VITA site or use one of the other free or discounted tax services providers available to the military.

"There are a whole bunch of sites that are free to military members," said Senior Airman Jose Sanchez, 460th SW/JA military justice paralegal.  "If their unit doesn't have a representative, they can use the same thing we're going to give to retirees, which is a VITA site."

Members who do not belong to a unit with VITA representatives or are in a complicated situation, such as those working around a deployment, will be referred to a VITA site.

"[The legal office] will do anybody's taxes that are deploying since" there are additional considerations, Sanchez said. "We will also do people's taxes who are coming back from a deployment. Those people can be aware that we will help them when they get back."

The unit VITA representatives can be reached at the following numbers:

Office of Special Investigation: 720-847-7270
Detachment 45: 720-847-7208
566th Intelligence Squadron: 720-847-6840, 720-847-6840 or 303-677-3066
460th Space Communications Squadron: 720-847-2666 or 720-847-5851
460th Medical Support Squadron: 720-847-6113, 720-847-7667, 720-847-7484, 720-847-6451 or 720-847-7784
460th Logistics Readiness Squadron: 720-847-6914 or 720-847-5214
460th SW Inspector General: 720-847-1084
Air Reserve Personnel Center: 720-847-3277 or 720-847-3653

Spouses of deployed members, as well as those who do not know their unit volunteer, can also contact the legal office to be directed to their unit's representative.

For more information about VITA, contact your unit tax representative or the program manager at 720-847-6444. To utilize the Military OneSource online option, visit their site here.
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