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The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance office began taking free tax preparation appointments for Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve and Public Health personnel at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Jan. 26, 2015. The VITA office is comprised of 35 volunteers including 27 tax preparers with the ability to conduct 10 appointments a time. The VITA services are free for these Service Members and retirees. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/released)

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance office began taking free tax preparation appointments for Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve and Public Health personnel at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Jan. 26, 2015. The VITA office is comprised of 35 volunteers including 27 tax preparers with the ability to conduct 10 appointments a time. The VITA services are free for these Service Members and retirees. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/released)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance tax center opened its doors today for Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve and Public Health personnel.

There are 35 volunteers at the VITA office to include 27 tax preparers with the ability to conduct 10 appointments at a time.

"The volunteers here are IRS certified tax preparers," according to Skip Barkley, VITA site coordinator.

Those who plan on having their taxes prepared by the VITA office should bring the following items:

· A military ID card
· Social Security card for themselves, spouse and all dependents
· Last year's tax return
· All tax statement forms
· All appropriate expense information
· Account information for Direct Deposit (Institution, account and routing number)

"It's important that people understand that our requirements for identification might appear to be a little more strict than some other places because we must follow IRS requirements." Barkley said.

Appointments can be made Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The VITA office will also open its doors on selected Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Retirees can begin scheduling appointments on Feb. 9.

"It's absolutely free, we'll prepare service member's and retiree's taxes for them" Barkley said.

The VITA office is located on the corner of Craycroft and Ironwood, in building 3210. Call 228-3489 to schedule an appointment.