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Department of the Treasury Financial Literacy and Education Commission — The Financial Literacy and Education Commission is comprised of 20 federal agencies including the Department of Defense, that provide financial education. The website, MyMoney.gov, provides information on various personal finance topics from across the spectrum of federal agencies that deal with financial issues and markets. Additionally, the Department of the Treasury’s website provides financial calculators and a toll-free number (888-MyMoney) available in Spanish and English for anyone in the general public seeking information about federal financial education materials.

USAGov, formerly known as the Federal Citizen Information Center, publishes the Consumer Information Catalog, the Consumer Action Handbook, operates the USAGov Contact Center, and a family of websites to provide free, timely, and useful government information to the public.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation — The FCIC provides answers to questions about the federal government and everyday consumer issues. The FCIC is a partner in the Department of Defense Financial Readiness Campaign and assists by tailoring its Money Resource Information to Department of Defense personnel.

Federal Reserve Board — The Federal Reserve website provides resources to educate leaders and consumers about regulations and practices that impact servicemembers and their families, like the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection — The Bureau of Consumer Protection strives to protect consumers against unfair, deceptive or fraudulent practices through investigations and legal action. The Enforcement Division litigates civil contempt and penalty actions to enforce FTC court injunctions and administrative orders addressing consumer protection issues, data security, fraud and other scams.

Internal Revenue Service Tax Information for Members of the Military — The IRS website serves as the main source of information for determining and paying federal taxes. The Tax Information for Members of the Military portion of the IRS website provides further tax information specifically targeted to service members and their families.

MilitaryINSTALLATIONS — MilitaryINSTALLATIONS is a searchable directory of worldwide installation and state-related military information, programs and services. It provides easy access to fast facts, articles, website resource directories, photos, contact information, major units, weather and maps. With this resource, users can quickly find relevant information about any installation or military resources in their state. Learning about a new community was never easier.

Military Consumer Sentinel — Military Sentinel is a joint initiative of the FTC and the Department of Defense designed to help improve consumer protection for service members, their families and Department of Defense civilians. The Military Sentinel website allows service members, DoD civilians and their families to file consumer complaints that are used by over 500 law enforcement organizations to target cases for prosecution and other enforcement measures.

Military OneSource — Several financial services are available for service members and their families through Military OneSource, including financial counseling, financial planning, tax consultations and a filing program. In the Financial Services briefing you’ll discover exactly how Military OneSource can guide service members and families through all things financial, including investments and debt. Links to all other service provider briefings can be found by visiting our Service Provider page.

US Securities and Exchange Commission — The SEC Office of Investor Education provides services and answers to questions consumers may have concerning investing and how to avoid fraud. The website also has separate sections for researchers, teachers and students.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service — The Consumer and Family Economics group within the USDA, CSRESS was created to enhance economic opportunities and quality of life among families and communities by strengthening the capacity of families to establish and maintain economic security. The USDA CSREES is sharing relevant financial education research, knowledge, resources and tools with the Department of Defense, military personal financial counselors, educators and command financial specialists.

Military State Policy Source – The Military State Policy Source is part of the Department of Defense’s initiative to identify and address the most pressing needs of service members and military families affected by state policies. The website lists the highest-priority, key issues identified by the Defense-State Liaison Office, or DSLO, best practices implemented by states, regular updates on the state of legislation on key issues across states, and official Department of Defense data about military families.

Master Your Taxes With Military OneSource MilTax

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Taking command of your taxes is easy with Military OneSource MilTax, a suite of free tax services provided by the Department of Defense, designed exclusively for our military community to take the hassle out of tax time. Tailored for military life, MilTax offers:

  • Secure and free tax preparation and e-filing software that’s designed to leave no military service tax deduction or credit unclaimed, available mid-January through mid-October
  • Easy access to tax consultants with military expertise to answer your specific questions on military survivor tax forgiveness, filing extensions and more
  • Free in-person tax preparation and assistance through MilTax-approved Volunteer Income Tax Assistance offices
  • Quick access to other valuable services and resources, such as financial counselors, helpful articles and online resources
  • Multiple, convenient ways to access MilTax benefits and resources.

Service members, including members of the National Guard and reserves, immediate family members, and eligible survivors can access MilTax to make quick work of tax time. No need to pay for outside tax assistance and tax preparation software, going it alone or risk missing specific military tax breaks. MilTax is made for military life, so you get more.

Watch now to learn how you can take command of your taxes with MilTax:

Get free, secure tax preparation and e-filing software

From mid-January to mid-October, use MilTax e-filing software to prepare and file your taxes online. The secure and confidential software, accessed through the Military OneSource website, walks you through a series of questions to help you accurately complete your tax return. The software is tailored to military life – addressing scenarios that civilians rarely encounter, from combat pay to multiple moves, so you get all the tax deductions and credits you deserve. This is a benefit you’ve earned through your military service.

You can work anytime, anywhere, at your own pace. Plus, calculations are guaranteed to be 100 percent accurate by the software provider.

Call for easy access to specialized support

Ready when you are. In addition to accessing MilTax e-filing software anytime, anywhere, you can also call a trained MilTax consultant during tax season (January through April 15) seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST or EDT at 800-342-9647. After April 15, trained tax consultants are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT. Call anytime to schedule a free appointment.

MilTax can help you connect the dots like no other resource can. That’s because MilTax consultants have extensive military expertise. They can alert you to tax requirements and deductions, maximize refunds and assist you in completing forms. MilTax consultants can address special tax considerations, including:

  • Military survivor benefits and tax forgiveness
  • Inheritance tax issues
  • College tax breaks
  • Tax extensions.

Call for a tax consultation today. It’s no cost, regardless of your rank or income.

Find in-person tax assistance near you

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, program offers free in-person tax preparation and assistance at locations near you or your installation’s Legal Assistance office worldwide. Find the VITA program site nearest you. You have several ways to file and access help at these locations:

  • Self-file using MilTax e-filing software at a kiosk where available
  • Work with a trained tax professional on site, or
  • Arrange to drop off your paperwork and come back to e-file when your return is ready.

Get fast access to other valuable services and resources

MilTax also provides quick access to other valuable services and resources, including:

MilTax serves those who serve. As a military member, you and your family are eligible for these exclusive resources. Connect with Military OneSource MilTax by calling 800-342-9647, or visit a local VITA office on your installation or nearby.

2017 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Toolkit

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Military tax experts are here to help with free assistance for eligible service members during tax season. With locations worldwide, VITA helps prepare and file taxes at no cost and provides in-person support answer any questions.