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Military members get free 'Tax Help'

9:50 PM, Dec 13, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA, Ga. -- A new tax assistance program is going online to make it less stressful for members of the military to figure out and file their income taxes.

And the best part of it for most enlisted men and women--it's free.

It's a special military edition of TurboTax and written to deal with issues unique to the military, like figuring out residence and mailing addresses and what is and what is not deductible for military families.

For more than 2-million service members--the tax program won't cost a dime.

"I think it's awesome. I think that's great. It gives you an opportunity to get all of your things squared away," said Sgt. Kenneth Torres, US Army.

"I think that many of them rather than dealing with the paperwork go to a local income tax representative who files their taxes for them and then they pay the $50 to $75," said Major Steven Vensor, US Army.

"I hope it enables them to participate and not take the easier way and go to their preparer this year," Vensor added.

TurboTax is also supporting Operation Homefront, providing help to military families in need.

TurboTax will match every dollar contributed up to $1-million.

Go to the 11Alive Help Desk online to find out more about agencies and foundations specifically designated to help military personnel.

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