7th Army Training Command Legal Office news release
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The 7th Army Training Command’s legal office will again provide free tax services to all eligible Soldiers, dependents, retirees and Army civilians.
Standing tax centers will be available at Grafenwhoer, Ansbach and Hohenfels. Offices open Jan. 28.
Vilseck will provide do-it-yourself tax preparation and training for all Soldiers who fall outside of the scope of the tax centers. Clients can walk in or schedule an appointment.
Vilseck’s Rose Barracks offers classes and opportunities to file your own taxes through Military One Source. This is open to all service members with basic tax returns. The classes are hosted Mondays at 9:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 1 p.m. at the Rose Barracks Digital Training Facility, Bldg. 355. Call the Rose Barracks Law Center to RSVP at DSN 476-2289/3188, CIV 09662-83-2289/3188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What you need to know about this tax year
The tax filing season begins Jan. 28 and the deadline is April 15, 2019. U.S. citizens living abroad are granted an automatic two-month extension. The extended deadline is June 17, 2019. As a reminder, do not forget that you must attach a statement to your return when you submit it, explaining why you qualify for the extension.
Changes to U.S. Army Europe tax centers in 2019
U.S. Army Europe tax centers will re-prioritize services in 2019 and focus assistance on those that generally make less than $54,000 per year to comply with IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) guidelines. Army tax preparers fall under VITA guidelines and their intent is to promote the processing of more accurate and complete tax returns.
The scope of services this year will be amended to comply with the IRS VITA requirements to process accurate and complete tax returns.
“The program is designed to help Soldiers and families that need these services most,” said Maj. Shawn Atkins, U.S. Army Europe deputy of military and civil law.
Tax services will be limited to service members, retirees and DOD civilians who make $54,000, or less, before adjustments/exclusions. This generally equates to E-6 and below. The figure applies to individuals who file as “married filing jointly.” Tax centers are excluded from providing services to contractors, except FCC providers.
Tax centers cannot prepare returns with:
Ineligible to use the tax center? You have options.
The Army does not endorse any specific tax preparation service. However, these are low-cost and free options for USAG Bavaria community members:
Tax center locations and phone numbers
Bring these documents to your tax center