Friday, February 22, 2019

Tax Center returns for new season

Tax Center

Lt. Col. Christopher Tomlinson, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Belvoir commander, and Chuck Nichols, Tax Center volunteer, cut the ribbon to the Fort Belvoir Tax Center, Monday at the Staff Judge Advocate’s building.

By Adrienne Anderson
Staff Writer

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The Fort Belvoir Tax Center provides one of the most critical services on post, said Lt. Col. Chris Tomlinson, Fort Belvoir Garrison commander. Last year, Belvoir staff and volunteers completed 2,300 returns, with a value of almost $3.9 million in refunds.

“That’s pretty incredible. And the ability of the volunteers that make up the horse power in this place is pretty impressive,” he said. Tomlinson spoke Monday at the opening of the Belvoir Tax Center.

This year, the tax center received new computers, and also acquired several new volunteers to do taxes after losing some volunteers last year, said Chuck Nichols, a tax center volunteer.

Having taxes done by off-post places can cost extra money, especially if you have paid taxes in different locations.

Off-post locations charge you for every state you do returns for, said Nicolya Jones, volunteer.

“Every additional form that they do – they charge. We don’t do that.”

And, because they specialize in doing taxes for the military, they have more expertise on how to handle some of the unique issues that Service members and their families face, she said, adding that they have had to fix other people’s taxes.

This year, the tax center will pre-screen clients, according to the tax center’s website. Pre-screening checks for eligibility and makes sure clients have all required documentation. Those interested in getting services from the tax center will be pre-screened before having their taxes done.

Pre-screening is weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and tax preparation services are the same times, Monday through Thursday. Those eligible to receive tax services include active-duty Service members, their family members and military retirees.

For information, call the tax center at 703-805-8736 or visit

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