Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. --
It's that time of the year again -- time to file income taxes beginning Feb. 1 with the help of the Patrick Air Force Base Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program at the Shark Center.
In an effort to meet the April 18 deadline, VITA members will provide free income tax return preparation for active duty, reservist, military retirees, and civilian personnel of the PAFB community beginning Feb. 1, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The following documentation is required to prepare tax returns:
□ Picture I.D.
□ Social Security cards or Military I.D. with social security number and documentation of health insurance for tax payer, spouse and each dependent listed on the tax return
□ Income statements for wages, interest, dividends, pensions, social security, and other (W-2s, 1099s, etc.); expense statements to itemize deductions
□ A copy of your 2015 tax return
□ The account number and routing number, if direct deposit, for refund (or to debit payment of any taxes due)
Appointments can be made by calling (321) 494-4718. Should patrons reach an answering machine, they are asked to leave a name and phone number. Please speak slowly and distinctly when you give your name and call back number.
The service is provided at the PAFB Shark Center, located at 815 Harrier Ave. Satellite Beach, FL 32937, adjacent to the Chapel in the South Patrick Housing complex (Pelican Coast). Entrance is at the south side of the Shark Center.
The PAFB VITA Program is sponsored by the PAFB Legal Office and Project Emeritus with support from United Way of Brevard. This service is provided by volunteer tax counselors who have been trained and certified by the IRS.
While the tax service is free of charge, a food donation box will be available for canned or boxed foods for local area food programs. The food will be distributed to local area food programs.