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Tax center preps for Jan. 22 opening

Tax center preps for Jan. 22 opening


The III Corps and Fort Hood Tax Center is looking to take all the stress out of the tax season, by relieving Soldiers of the burden of tax preparation.

The center is currently training 42 volunteers on tax preparation and laws. The two-week training will be going on through Jan. 18, which culminates in a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance certification exam, a mandatory exam for tax preparers from the Internal Revenue Service.

“This week, we’re ensuring that all the Soldiers are IRS certified to do advanced tax returns and military tax returns,” Capt. Richard Shiller, tax center officer-in-charge, said.

The advanced certification will allow the tax preparers to assist a wider arrange of tax scenarios, including those with stocks and bonds. The preparers must also pass a military certification exam, which allows them to assist service members and their Families, who sometimes deal with special circumstances, such as non-taxable deployment pay.

The tax center will open to those who qualify beginning at 1 p.m., Jan. 22, with the following rules for their tax preparers: “Be professional, be positive – customer service, customer service, customer service – and let’s get it right the first time,” explained Shiller.

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TAX CENTER OPENING

The III Corps and Fort Hood Tax Center will begin receiving clients for the new tax return season from Jan. 22 to April 16. Hours of operation are 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Wednesday and Friday. On Thursdays, hour are extended, from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The tax center will be closed on weekends, all federal holidays and III Corps training holidays. Appointments are recommended and can be made by calling (254) 288-7995 or (254) 287-3294. The tax center is located in Bldg. 13, on 52nd Street (west of III Corps Headquarters). Services are available to Soldiers, their Families and retirees.

CREDENTIALING ASSISTANCE

A Credentialing Assistance Fair is set for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Soldier Development Center. Soldiers can get help activating their GoArmyEd account. Topics will include credentialing assistance, GoArmyEd/TA/VIA, Department of Labor, Army Career Tracker (Individual Development Plan) and financial aid.

MEGA CAREER FAIR

The Fort Hood Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program will be hosting the Winter 2019 Mega Career Fair from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Jan. 15, at Club Hood. The semiannual event will feature nearly 200 employers looking to hire now. The career fair is open to all. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/
 

MLK OBSERVANCE

An observance celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is set for 1:30 p.m., Jan. 24, at the Phantom Warrior Center. Rex Thomas, the Fort Hood Equal Employment Opportunity manager, will be the guest speaker.

MOONLIGHT PADDLE

Join Fort Hood's Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation for their Adventure Program "Moonlight Paddle" from 8 - 10 p.m., Jan 20 at the Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area. The cost is $35 per person. To reserve your spot, call (254) 532-5938 or (254) 287-6040.

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