Tax assistance centers in the Pacific
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance centers now are open on bases throughout the Pacific. Contact your unit tax adviser for more information or call the tax center closest to you. Here’s where they are:
Camp Foster: Legal Service Support Section, Building 437, open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 645-4TAX (645-4829) for appointments and more information.
Kadena Air Base: Building 1460, open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 634-7784 or 634-9889 to make appointments and for more information.
Torii Station: Tax Assistance Center, Building 236, open weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., except Wednesdays when the office closes at 2 p.m. Open Saturdays by appointment only. Call 644-5358 for more information.
Misawa Air Base: Building 514, across from the Misawa Red Cross building. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Wednesday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday walk-ins only for the easy tax forms. Appointment required on the other days. Call DSN 226-3948 for more information or to make an appointment.
Yokota Air Base: Tower 3002, open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Community members filing 1040EZs will be helped on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those filing other forms must make an appointment starting Feb. 14. Call DSN 225-4926 for more information. Also, the Yokota Tax Center is seeking volunteers to help prepare returns.
Atsugi Naval Air Facility: Building 291 (the old CDC building), open starting Feb. 7; 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, by appointment only. Call 264-4015 or 264-4016 for more information.
Yokosuka Naval Base: Building 39A, beginning Feb. 8. No hours or information available. Call 243-6905 to leave a message.
Sasebo Naval Base: Navy Legal Services Office, Building 47, open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 252-3347.
Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station: Staff Judge Advocate office, Building 608, open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays through June 15 and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays during the month of February. Call 253-4398 or 253-5591.
Camp Zama: Building 101, Room CS 109, open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Call the tax center at 263-5574 for more information.
Camp Fuji: Buildings 265 and 416, open 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call DSN 224-8394 or DSN 224-8548 for more information.
Yongsan Garrison: Bus station on the main post, open Mondays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 725-1040 for more information.
Osan Air Base: Building 745, across from the Family Support Center, open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays. Call 784-5367 for more information.
Kunsan Air Base: Building 902, open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, by appointment only. Call 782-6021 for more information.
Camp Humphreys: Building 734, open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Call 753-8053 for more information.
Camp Long and Camp Eagle: Building 125, open Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 753-8053 for more information.
Camp Henry: Building 1805, open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, by appointment only. Call 768-6680 for more information.
Camp Carroll: Building S-119, open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, by appointment only. Call 765-8602 for more information.
Camp Hialeah: Building T-275, open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, by appointment only. Call 763-7459 or 763-3510 for more information.
Andersen Air Force Base: Building 2100, open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 366-4829 for more information.
Naval Base Guam: Building 1A, open 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. Call 333-2061 for more information.
FREE ONLINE TAX FILING
Several places online also offer free tax help. At the Internal Revenue Service Web site, taxpayers can download 18 free electronic tax forms from companies participating in the service’s Free File program.
Free File is an online tax preparation and electronic filing service formed three years ago through a partnership agreement between the IRS and the tax software industry, in response to a mandate from Congress for the IRS to collect 80 percent of tax returns electronically by 2007.
Many of the companies list no restrictions and offer the free service to everyone; others limit the free service to taxpayers from certain states; others, by age or income. The IRS assures taxpayers using the electronic filing services that they are under no obligation to purchase any products or services from the participating companies.
The IRS has an interactive Web site to help taxpayers choose which free service to use.
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