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YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Navy Tax Centers throughout the Pacific starting Jan. 28 will offer clients financial know-how so they can prepare and file their own taxes.

The educational program will be offered at tax centers in Japan at Yokosuka and Sasebo naval bases and Misawa Air Base; on Guam; and at Pearl Harbor Naval Station, Hawaii, according to Capt. Gregory Belanger, commanding officer of Naval Legal Service Office Pacific.

The new program will not be offered at Atsugi this year, he added.

Clients will be guided through the process of preparing and e-filing their own taxes.

“We’re going to have our volunteers with the sailors every step of the way,” Belanger said.

The centers will continue to offer full-service tax preparation but, Belanger said, “we want to train our sailors to prepare their own returns, take responsibility for their financial futures.”

The centers last year processed 3,154 tax returns with refunds totaling $3,706,810, and saved clients $375,800 in preparation fees, officials said.

Much of the preparation is handled by volunteer tax counselors, and the NLSO is looking for more to train for the upcoming filing season.

Participants will receive free training provided by the Internal Revenue Service to become counselors under the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. They will learn how to prepare federal and state income tax returns.

Participants may be active duty, reservists, dependents or civilians. No prior tax preparation experience is needed, officials said.

Following are IRS training dates, locations and contacts:

Yokosuka: Jan. 7-10 at Afloat Training Group Western Pacific. Contact Lt. Phil Hamon at

Sasebo: Jan. 7-10 at the Community Education Center. Contact Lt. j.g. Daniel Napier at

Guam: Jan. 14-18 at the Base Chapel. Contact Toni Babauta at

Misawa: Jan. 22-25, Misawa Tax Center in Building 514. Contact Staff Sgt. Alberto Ramirez at

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