It’s tax filing time and if you’re struggling to get started, don’t worry! The following are free and/or discounted tax preparation resources available to military personnel. Whether you want to take advantage of e-filing or have questions about special military tax deductions, check out these resources to see if they can help you.
Jackson Hewitt Tax Service – If you are a Veterans Advantage member you are eligible to receive a $25 discount on your online tax return preparation if you file at any of their locations. They have 6,300 locations nationwide.
Military Installation Tax Centers – Military service members and their families are eligible to receive free tax preparation assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. This IRS-sponsored program is available at most large military installations. Specially trained volunteers will help you file and they understand military tax-related issues such as combat zone tax benefits, tax deadline extensions, and non-taxable military income.
Military service members and their families are eligible to receive free tax preparation assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
Military OneSource MilTax – This U.S. Department of Defense program provides active duty service members, National Guard, Coast Guard Reserve, and select family members with access to free tax preparation and online tax filing software. The easy-to-use software is available mid-January through mid-October and is specially designed for the military community.
Service members also have free access to trained tax consultants who are familiar with the tax issues that affect the military. They understand military-specific deductions you may be entitled to and can answer questions related to filing extensions, military survivor tax forgiveness and more.
TaxSlayer.com – With TaxSlayer.com’s Military Offer, active duty military can receive a free federal tax return using the Classic edition. You’ll also get free email and phone support, a step-by-step deduction guide, and more.
TurboTax – Military ranks E1 – E5 can receive free federal and state filing with TurboTax’s Free Edition or Deluxe, and are also eligible for a $5 or more discount on Premier, Self-Employed, and TurboTax federal products.
Military ranks E6 and above can receive $5 or more off all TurboTax federal products.
For more information about tax season, please check out our Tax-Related Tips for Military Infographic.
The information provided in this blog post is for informational purposes only. It should not be considered legal or financial advice. You should consult with a financial professional to determine what may be best for your individual needs. All military discounts require proof of military service. See individual websites for details, restrictions, expiration dates, and other information. Offers and discounts can change at any time. Omni Financial does not endorse, recommend or imply affiliation with the listed companies or organizations.