Military OneSource is once again offering a free, electronic tax filing service. If you are eligible under the Military OneSource program, you can complete, save, and file your 2013 federal and up to three state returns online free with the H&R Block At Home® tool.
To access this free version of H&R Block At Home®, you must start your return from the Military OneSource H&R Block At Home® link. Once you click the link you will be required to log in to Military OneSource. From the login page you will be directed to a site containing additional information on tax preparation, including the link to the Military OneSource free H&R Block At Home® service.
If you have questions about this tax service or about preparing your own tax returns, please call 1-800-342-9647 and ask to speak with a Military OneSource tax consultant. Trained tax consultants are available 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., EST. For information about deductions, exemptions, and filing deadlines visit the Military OneSource Tax Program page.
Alternatives to H&R Block
Maybe you’re looking for a different online program to help with taxes? TaxSlayer is also available for free to military members.
If you want to have some help with your taxes, go to your closest base and find the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance). In a recent DVIDS article, it states:
The VITA program, a partnership between the Internal Revenue Service and the military, provides free, individual income tax preparation for all military personnel and dependents eligible for legal assistance.
“The VITA program is important because it is free and saves service members money and time,” said Sgt. Alfredo Castillomonte, noncommissioned officer in charge for VITA here. “We are open all year long, but this is the busiest time of the year for us, which shows how beneficial this service is to Marines, sailors and their families.”
The program’s services are offered to active duty, reservists, retirees and their dependents for both federal and state income taxes until April 18.
All 29 active-duty VITA employees are qualified to prepare beginning, intermediate and military tax returns.
In addition to federal and state returns, VITA also assists in itemization, rental property, social security and investment income, said Castillomonte.
For many service members, especially the junior enlisted and those who were recently stationed on Pendleton, VITA’s services takes the guesswork and unnecessary fees out of tax time.
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