MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO --
The depot Tax Center’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program will be opening January 22 to provide taxpayers with free tax advice and preparation. The VITA program is available for active duty, active duty reservists, retirees and their dependants for both federal and state income taxes.
One of the main advantages of using VITA is that the program’s Marines are trained specifically in both state and federal tax return preparation to assist clients in finding all possible deductions and credits, said 1st Lt. Mike McDonald, legal assistance officer, and the tax officer in charge.
VITA representatives undergo one week of training which consists of learning how to prepare 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ federal tax returns and other related schedules.
“When I filed my taxes at an off-base tax center it cost 100 dollars and I had to wait two hours before beginning the process. The VITA program has much better customer service, saves money and is convenient because it is located on base,” said Sgt. Jorge Rico, legal administrative chief.
Those who wish to file their taxes through VITA need to bring both their own and their dependant’s Social Security cards, a photo identification card, W-2 wage and tax statements, bank account and routing numbers, power of attorney forms and all income information, said McDonald.
A dependant can be a person’s family member who relies on them for their support and is not being claimed by another taxpayer.
No appointments are necessary and the entire filing process takes approximately 45 minutes. This will be the only location aboard the depot to receive free tax assistance, said McDonald.
“The Legal Assistance Office will always have a representative available to help individuals if any tax issues arise during the off-season,” said Rico.
The VITA center is scheduled to operate Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is located in the Legal Assistance Office, Bldg. 12, across the street from Phillips Hall. For more information, call (619) 524-4110/4111.