MilTax is a suite of free tax services for the military from the Department of Defense, including easy-to-use tax preparation and e-filing software, personalized support from tax consultants, and current information about filing taxes in the military. It’s designed to address the realities of military life – including deployments, combat and training pay, housing and rentals and multistate filings.
All MilTax services are 100% free – with no hidden surprises. Whether you’re ready to e-file or have questions about preparing a tax return, MilTax is available 24/7 and focused on helping you save time and money. Before you pay a commercial tax service to prepare your income taxes, learn more about MilTax.
A: MilTax is the only tax preparation and filing software provided by the Department of Defense and is designed exclusively for our military community. The software was developed specifically to address scenarios that civilians rarely encounter, from combat pay to multiple moves. It’s convenient, with trained experts readily available to support you – and it’s 100% free, regardless of your rank or income.
A: Military OneSource MilTax software is available mid-January through mid-October and can be accessed through a link found on the Military OneSource MilTax page. You can also access MilTax at a VITA location. MilTax consultants are available to answer questions year-round. Calling 800-342-9647 or live chat to speak with a MilTax consultant. OCONUS or overseas? Click here for calling options.
A: You don’t have to complete your return all at once. Once you have created a MilTax account and have logged in to use the software, you can save your work, close it and return to complete it later. You will need to log in to your MilTax account through Military OneSource to access your account and complete your return.
A: Calculations are guaranteed to be 100% accurate or the tax software vendor will reimburse you up to $10,000. Terms and conditions apply.
A: If you have any personal tax-related questions, call 800-342-9647 to speak with a Military OneSource tax consultant. You can also connect using live chat. For technical assistance with the software, such as login issues, using the software, printing returns, etc., call 855-897-8639 and follow the prompts.
A: You can visit a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance location near you or your installation’s Legal Assistance office. Click here to find a VITA location near you and enter your country or state in the search bar.
A: You can obtain tax advice, tax preparation, return filing and other tax services for free at VITA locations. Services vary by location. You can fill out your return at a self-help kiosk and have trained volunteer tax specialists nearby to assist; you can make an appointment to work directly with a specialist; or you can have tax specialists complete your returns for you by. Learn more.
A: In addition to MilTax, Military OneSource accredited financial counselors are also available for unlimited, free in-person, phone and video counseling – to help with financial issues such as money management and debt, as well as maximizing your refund.
The Military OneSource website has lots of helpful articles, information and resources about taxes, preparation for tax filing and special considerations. Learn more about MilTax features and benefits.
A: Military OneSource helps service members and their families be the best guardians of their country, team and family by helping them find information, manage challenges and connect with the military community. A virtual extension of installation services, Military OneSource provides a wide range of confidential support services, including MilTax to those who are eligible:
- Active-duty service members, spouses and dependent children of the eligible service members
- Members of the National Guard and reserve – regardless of activation status
- Retired and honorably discharged service members, including Coast Guard veterans, within 365 days of their discharge.
- A family member who is taking care of the affairs of an eligible service member when the service member is deployed
- A designated family member of a severely injured member who is incapable of handling his or her own affairs
- Eligible survivors of active-duty, National Guard and reserve deceased service members regardless of conflict or activation status
- Some members of the Department of Defense civilian expeditionary workforce
Have more questions? Visit Military OneSource MilTax or call 800-342-9647 to speak to a tax consultant or schedule an appointment. OCONUS/International? Click here for calling options. Calling is free and there’s no limit to how many times you can call. You can also live chat to schedule a consultation with a MilTax consultant or a financial counselor.