VICENZA, Italy – Soldiers from U.S. Army Garrison Italy, as Spc. Sagar Thapa, enjoys an Army Community Service class that offers valuable insight into preparing tax returns.
Thapa, a Soldier with Company A, 54th Brigade Engineer Battalion was one of more than 15 service members who took part in the tax class held Feb. 24 on Caserma Del Din. The hour-long session aimed to provide attendees with basic tax information and resources to help them file their 2021 tax returns. Thapa absorbed some valuable information.
“The instructor was clear to understand and provided me with tips on understanding categories to claim, such as child care or how people can file the house deductible, and other important information” , said Thapa.
Although tax planning can take place throughout the year, it is especially important now during tax season. Fees are due April 18. Classes will be offered weekly until the end of March. The next session, March 1, will be held online and will feature a tour of the free MilTax software, said Jiyoung “Gee” Cromell, ACS’s financial readiness program manager.
“MilTax is the one and only free tax filing software provided by the Department of Defense for our military community,” Cromell said. “We want every member to be familiar with this, as USAG Italy no longer has a tax center on site to provide free tax filing assistance.”
Niki Dahl, ACS Personal Financial Advisor, said the tax preparation course helps provide resources and training for filing your taxes, taking into account deductions and credits. The class offered an overview of terminology, a general understanding of common tax forms, and documents required for the tax filing process.
“We don’t offer tax advice or prepare taxes,” Dahl said. “We just provide the resources and education to make the tax filing process easier.”
SPC. Isaac Gambrell of Company B, 173rd Brigade Support Battalion would recommend the class to others, he said.
“This year I wanted to take charge of my taxes and this course was very informative,” Gambrell said. “I learned a lot.”
Although the ACS is offering the course now, it can take place any time of the year, Dahl said. To enroll, go to the appointments section of the U.S. Army Garrison Italy homepage, click on Army Community Service, and find a class to attend.
Military OneSource MilTax software is available through October 15, 2022 and can only be accessed through MilitaryOneSource.mil. For those with personal tax questions, call 800-342-9647 to speak with a Military OneSource tax advisor. Consultations are free.