Tax season kicking off: Center saves money for Cannon filers

The Cannon Tax Office opens Jan. 26 to assist Airmen, government employees and retirees with tax preparation. The tax office is located in the Cannon Law Center, Bldg. 60. To schedule an appointment for this free service, call 784-7304. (U.S. Air Force photo/Janet Taylor-Birkey

The Cannon Tax Office opens Jan. 26 to assist Airmen, government employees and retirees with tax preparation. The tax office is located in the Cannon Law Center, Bldg. 60. To schedule an appointment for this free service, call 784-7304. (U.S. Air Force photo/Janet Taylor-Birkey

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- Anyone who is closely related to an accountant knows that there are not four, but five seasons in a year: spring, summer, fall, winter, and "tax season." During the other seasons, we accumulate leaves, snow, and mosquito bites. During tax season we accumulate paper. And more paper. Organizing tax-related documents is not just a project for the evening of April 13. Good tax organization is a year-round project.
The 27th Fighter Wing Legal Office will again be providing free tax help, to include electronic filing, for active duty members and their families, civilians and other members of Team Cannon. Beginning Jan. 26, the Tax Center staff will review returns.

These Volunteer Income Tax Assistants, or VITAS, will prepare federal and state income taxes, free, for all military ID card holders at Cannon. In addition to customer service the VITAs have critical IRS information readily available on topics such as the earned income credit, additional child credit, deductions and other important financial aspects

Hours for the Tax Center starting Jan 26 are:
Appointments - Call 784-7304 or 784-2211
Mon.-Wed.-Fri. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday 2- 4 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Walk Ins (For 1040 EZ filers only)
Tuesday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday -2-4 p.m.

Those filing 1040 or 1040A should make an appointment

The public Web Sites www.cannon.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=4960 and https://www2.cannon.af.mil/FW/SA/JA/tax.htm on the Intranet has most recent tax center updates, a list of useful links to information and a printable checklist of documents to bring when filing taxes

The "fifth season" is again upon us, bringing with it all sorts paperwork and important deadlines. Don't wait until the last minute and don't trust just anyone with your taxes. The Cannon Tax Center stands ready to help with all income tax questions and concerns, and, to make "Tax Season" pass with as little stress and anxiety as possible