Get Your Military Tax Questions Answered during Facebook Live Event
Department of Defense officials will host a Facebook Live event to answer questions from service members and their families about tax filing. Military OneSource is hosting the event Wednesday, April 4, 3-3:30 p.m. Eastern, on their Facebook page. You can learn more about the event on their MilTax Facebook event page
The online event is free, open to the public, and there is no need to register. Service members and military families are welcome to visit the event page any time leading up to and during the event to post their questions.
Hosting the event will be Erika Slaton of Military OneSource and Army Lt. Col. David Dulaney, of the Armed Forces Tax Council (AFTC). Both hosts will be supported by teams from their offices to answer questions.
“Military OneSource understands the unique experiences of military life when it comes to taxes, such as deployments, combat pay, multiple moves, and housing across the United States and the world,” Slaton said.
Military OneSource tax consultants are specially trained to understand military-specific tax situations, such as extensions and deadlines while serving in a combat zone, tax forgiveness and refunds for surviving family members, and how new tax laws may affect the military community.
“Our consultants can help you connect the dots like no other resource can,” Slaton said. “They can alert you to tax requirements and deductions, maximize refunds and assist you in completing forms.”
AFTC oversees the military tax programs offered worldwide, and partners with the Internal Revenue Service to conduct outreach to military personnel and their families. AFTC also oversees the military’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The VITA program offers free in-person tax preparation services to active-duty members of the Uniformed Services, retired members, their dependents, and eligible DoD employees and contractors serving overseas.
“Our VITA preparers are members of the military community trained and certified by the IRS to provide free tax assistance to our clients,” Dulaney said. “On average, our tax preparers save our clients more than $250 in comparable
tax preparation services.”
Slaton and the tax consultants will also be able to answer questions about MilTax. This is a free, easy-to-use tax software, offered through Military OneSource and designed specifically for the military community. MilTax helps military members and their families take command of their taxes and be the best guardian of their finances and families. MilTax comes from the Department of Defense and is available exclusively through Military OneSource.
“Because we exclusively service this community, we know how to deliver services the way our users want them – with speed, accuracy, security, flexibility and best of all, at no cost,” Slaton said.
Eligible service members and family members can access this free software by visiting Military OneSource
or calling 800-342-9647, through Oct. 15, 2018, for extended filers.