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Free tax preparation services offered to military families

Published: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 12:10 p.m. CDT

Free personal income tax return filing assistance is available to members of the U.S. armed forces who have recently returned or are still serving on active duty in a combat zone, Rep. Patti Bellock, R-Hinsdale, announced Monday.

The service is also extended to immediate family members of deployed military personnel through the Military Tax Assistance Program, provided by the Illinois CPA Society’s “CPAs for the Public Interest."

CPAs for the Public Interest will match military personnel and/or their family members with CPA volunteers in their area who will provide free personal federal and state income tax preparation assistance. Volunteers will help qualified persons take advantage of tax benefits, exclusions, filing and payment extensions available to them.

Those who qualify include:

• U.S. armed forces personnel having served in a combat zone or qualified hazardous duty area during the current tax year.

• U.S. armed forces personnel serving in a contingency operation, per the Military Family Tax Relief Act of 2003.

• Participants must be current Illinois residents.

Registration is available online at icpas.org/militarytaxrequest. For more information, call 800-572-9870.

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