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Fort Carson Mountaineer

Tax center opens for season

Story and photo by Kerstin Lopez

Mountaineer staff

The Fort Carson Tax Center opened its doors with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Jan. 19.

Maj. Gen. Butch Tate, deputy judge advocate general, and Col. Robert F. McLaughlin, garrison commander, cut the ribbon signifying the official start of tax season at the new tax center.

The tax center, housed in a new building on Wilderness Road, opened Monday and will remain open for business until May 13 with 19 full-time tax preparers to assist the approximately 3,000 clients predicted to come through the center for tax preparation this year, said Capt. Jason Quinn, tax center officer-in-charge.

“Soldiers, retirees and their family members can make an appointment up to two weeks in advance by calling 524-1013,” Quinn said.

Serving Soldiers, Families and retirees and alleviating stress during this time of year is very important, McLaughlin said.

“Every year it comes, starting in January and going to April, and is a significant period in somebody’s financial life when they’re working on their taxes,” McLaughlin said. “What you guys do free of charge for Soldiers is a great thing that gives back to those who are serving.”

The focus of the tax center and preparers is on customer service and making sure the clients are taken care of during the tax season.

“As part of relieving stress on Soldiers and Families … the No. 1 focus will be customer service,” McLaughlin said.

Retiree Clint Williams, Fort Carson Tax Center client, said after several years of going to outside agencies for tax preparation and paying high fees for those services, he decided to make a change and use the on-post tax center. This is the second year he’s used the center to prepare his taxes and has found it to be very beneficial.

“We love it – it’s great,” Williams said.

Sgt. Derek Wood, client, has used the free services of the tax center for years and said he finds it to be helpful, especially financially.

“This is a great service,” Wood said.

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