JBM-HH Tax Center identifies more than $3 million in refunds

By Katrina Moses

Pentagram Staff Writer

The Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Tax Center’s closing ceremony was held May 1, and the numbers show how much preparers helped customers this year.

The tax center is open to military, their spouses, military retirees and their spouses. For the last five years, the center worked jointly with the Army and Marines.

“To the tax preparers, I told you — you were going to make a difference and you did,” said Col. Francisco Vila, staff judge advocate, Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region and U.S. Army Military District of Washington. “Look at all the money people walked away with.”

According to JBM-HH Commander Col. Kimberly A. Peeples, the center helped 1,187 customers for the 2018 tax year and prepared 2,173 state and federal tax returns.

Because the tax preparers provided free federal and state tax preparation, the tax center saved customers over $388,000 in tax preparation fees this season. The center identified over $3 million in tax refunds for customers.

Civilian volunteers and service members received an award during the ceremony from Capt. Caitlin Marchand, the legal assistance attorney from the U.S. Army Military District of Washington and tax center officer in charge, for their work at the tax center.

Pentagram Staff Writer Katrina Moses at kmoses@dcmilitary.com.