Preparing, Filing and Refunds - The Essentials

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T-A-X-E-S. This five-letter word doesn’t have to conjure up a feeling of dread. Get ahead of your taxes and stay organized with Military OneSource MilTax, a suite of free tax services from the Department of Defense designed exclusively for our military community. MilTax includes easy-to-use tax preparation and e-filing software, personalized support from tax consultants and current information about filing taxes in the military.

Start your taxes early.

The tax deadline always seems to come sooner than you expect. Be prepared for tax season by organizing your paperwork year-round. Gather the documents and items you’ll need for tax preparation as they arrive in the mail and designate a place to put them. Organize your paperwork a few months before the deadline so there is no last-minute scramble to find everything.

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Access free tax preparation services.

Free MilTax Preparation and e-Filing Software is available from Jan. 22 through Oct. 15. Powered by an industry-leading tax service provider, it’s designed to address situations specific to the military. You can also get in-person support at a Volunteer Income Tax Support Assistance, or VITA, office location. Military OneSource MilTax offers free tax consultations and access to free preparation and e-filing software to eligible service members and their families. The Volunteer Income Tax AssistanceVITA program from the Internal Revenue Service also offers free tax preparation and e-filing at sites locations both on- and off-base. Have a question or need help starting? MilTax consultants are specially trained to help with unique tax situations specific to service members and their families. Reach out 24/7 to schedule a consultation.

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Educate yourself on tax extensions.

Filing taxes after the official deadline is common, but there are important things to understand. For starters, you must file Form 4668 before the tax deadline.

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Maximize your tax refund.

A tax refund isn’t free money, even if it feels that way. You worked hard to earn it, so put it to good use to help secure your financial future. Pay down your highest-interest credit card debt, build up an emergency fund, donate to a charitable organization or invest in yourself by using your refund for a certification class.

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