Kaiserslautern Tax Center celebrates opening with ribbon cutting

by Brandon Beach
21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

Doors opened at tax centers across the KMC following a ribbon-cutting event Feb. 4 on Kleber Kaserne.

Col. G. Shawn Wells Jr. and Command Sgt. Maj. Edward J. Williams III, commander and command sergeant major of U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz, respectively, had the honor of snipping the ceremonial dollar-euro-bill ribbon in front of the tax center office in Bldg. 3210. Also joining in the festivities were tax preparers from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command and Kaiserslautern Legal Services Center personnel.

Tax preparers in the KMC have already assisted with a steady wave of customers since W-2s and 1099s were released in January. There are three tax centers available on Kleber Kaserne, Pulaski Barracks and Landstuhl Military Installation that offer free walk-in and drop-off services.

Donald Davis, 21st TSC tax coordinator at the Kleber Legal Services Center, said refund dollars generated last year out of the three KMC tax centers exceeded $7 million, while customers saved nearly $960,000 in tax preparation fees.

Davis advises community members who are ready to file to visit the centers prepared with their personal documents, including W-2s, 1099s, bank direct deposit information, prior-year returns, mortgage statements and any other forms related to rental property or self- employment. Appointments are not required.

The traditional deadline for federal and state tax returns is April 15; however, military and civilian members serving overseas have an automatic two-month extension, pushing their filing due date to June 15. But, there is one catch.

“That (date of June 15) is just an extension to file, not an extension to pay,” Davis said.

This year, the Internal Revenue Service announced the new health insurance reporting requirement, which is part of the Affordable Care Act. Taxpayers must now report whether they had health care coverage during calendar year 2014.

For information on this and other tax law changes, go to www.irs.gov or visit your 21st TSC tax experts for assistance.