FORT HOOD — The Fort Hood Tax Office officially opened for business Monday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by III Corps Deputy Commander Maj. Gen. John Uberti and dozens of military volunteers.

The office is open for all actively-serving military personnel, to include National Guard and Reserves, military families and retirees.

“We do about 5,000 filings annually, and did around 6,000 last year,” said Capt. Erik Thomas, officer in charge of the tax center. “We have 45 volunteers this year — they go through IRS training certification under the IRS VITA (volunteer income tax assistance) program.”

One thing all filers need to know, whether they do their taxes on post or at a civilian agency, is that according to a new tax law change, the IRS cannot issue refunds before Feb. 15 for tax returns that claim the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit, according to irs.gov.

This applies to the entire refund, including the portion not associated with these credits.

The IRS will begin to release those refunds starting Feb. 15. However, the IRS cautions taxpayers that these refunds likely won’t arrive in bank accounts or on debit cards until the week of Feb. 27.

Tax information

  • The tax deadline this year will be April 18 because of the federal holiday schedule.
  • Information on filing is at www.irs.gov.
  • To locate the nearest volunteer income tax assistance site for free tax preparation, use the VITA locator tool at www.irs.gov or call 800-906-9887.

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