Free tax assistance available to Camp Smith personnel
By Lance Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil
| | January 28, 2009
CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii --
Base or Station
It’s that inevitable time of year again where Americans shuffle through paperwork in hopes of getting money back from Uncle Sam.
The tax season is now underway, and personnel of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific staff judge advocate’s office are ready to help make the process as seamless as possible.
The SJA staff will be offering free assistance with filing state and federal returns. This service is available to all active duty personnel, military retirees and their dependents.
Aside from being free and avoiding the high fees charged by civilian tax preparation agencies, there are other benefits to using this service.
“You can have a fellow service member helping you out instead of just another person,” said Cpl. Joshua Abuzaid, MarForPac legal noncommissioned officer. “We are trained in what questions to ask and filing procedures.”
More importantly, they are aware and informed of the special circumstances and credits available to service members. The tax preparers have undergone thorough training in tax preparation and are fully certified.
Appointments will be taken Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. in room 204, Bulding 1.
According to Abuzaid, the average appointment for a single Marine will take about 30 minutes, while Marines with dependents and several assets average about an hour.
In order to facilitate the process, it is important to have to following basic documentation available for appointments: social security numbers for yourself and dependents, copies of your 2008 W-2 and your bank routing number and account number. It is also important to know if you received a stimulus payment last year, and how much.
“I would recommend filing as soon as possible. That ensures a quick refund,” said Abuzaid.
For more information and to schedule an appointment, you can contact Nanette Asam or Abuzaid at (808) 477-8504 or (808) 477-8505.