News Search

Tax season approaches

The 509th Bomb Wing legal office offered IRS tax training center volunteers at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. Jan. 19, 2016. Trainers used variety of guides to teach volunteers how to properly file tax returns. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sandra Marrero)

The 509th Bomb Wing legal office offered IRS tax training center volunteers at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. Jan. 19, 2016. Trainers used variety of guides to teach volunteers how to properly file tax returns. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sandra Marrero)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class  Valerie Carrillo, a tax center volunteer, checks tax codes during Volunteer Income Tax Assistance training at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 19, 2016. Volunteers were taught to handle filing simple, advanced and military tax returns to serve Team Whiteman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sandra Marrero)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Valerie Carrillo, a tax center volunteer, checks tax codes during Volunteer Income Tax Assistance training at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 19, 2016. Volunteers were taught to handle filing simple, advanced and military tax returns to serve Team Whiteman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sandra Marrero)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- It's that time of the year again-- time to file income taxes.  The Internal Revenue Service announced that the nation's 2016 individual income tax filing season opened Jan. 19, with more than 150 million tax returns expected to be filed this year. Certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistants at the tax office will help members of Team Whiteman efficiently and effectively get their taxes filed starting Feb. 1, 2016.

The first week will be only dedicated to processing simple returns such as income source non itemized-deduction filings. Walk-ins for simple eligible tax filers will be available without appointment Feb. 1-5 from 8:15 a.m. - 4p.m.  Starting Feb. 6, the tax office will begin processing tax returns for individuals who meet the criteria listed below.

Criteria:
Service is available to all Active Duty, Guard and Reserve personnel, as well as DoD civilian employees, dependents, and retirees.

Volunteers may help prepare state and federal tax returns for eligible members, retirees and dependents with a gross income under $150,000; who have no substantial rental property or business income; and have no history of bankruptcies, foreclosures, or other type of cancellation of debt. These issues exceed the expertise of this volunteer program and need to be handled by external tax preparers.

Appointment hours:  Monday - Thursday, 8:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 pm. - 4 p.m.
Walk-in hours:  Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 pm. to 4 p.m. (Single and joint with returns with no dependents)

Location:  Building 3007 (the Chapel Annex 2 building)

For additional information or to schedule an appointment before the tax center opens, please call the legal office at (660) 687-6809. The tax office will post its new phone number once it opens on Feb. 1.