It is time to think about taxes! The first step to filing taxes is the gathering and preparation of documents, such as the W-2 form found on MyPay, Social Security numbers of dependents, and any other tax-related forms received in 2016. Service members can download free tax-filing software and file themselves, or they can use the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) team on base for help. Pay close attention and reach out for questions on anything which may be a discrepancy. If you are not sure, talk to your chain of command. Also, the official IRS website can provide more information on requirements, deadlines, and possible extensions. The IRS due date for filing a 2016 income tax return is April 18.
For more tax season guides and tips, visit the Military.com Tax section.