Preparing, Filing and Refunds - The Essentials

T-A-X-E-S. This five-letter word doesn’t have to conjure up a feeling of dread. Get ahead of your taxes with Military OneSource MilTax.

MilTax provides a suite of free tax services from the Department of Defense, designed exclusively for our military community, including access to free MilTax consultants and free e-filing software. MilTax consultants understand military life and have extensive knowledge of the tax benefits affecting the military community. With MilTax preparation and e-filing software, you have an easy-to-use, free, convenient and secure way to prepare and e-file your taxes.

Use these strategies to stay organized:

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 panicking.

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Access free tax preparation services.

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 Assistance program from the Internal Revenue Service also offers free tax preparation and e-filing at sites both on- and off-base.

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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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