The Fort Bragg Tax Center, located in the Soldier Support Center in building 4-2843 off Normandy Drive, will open Jan. 23 and be open through May 30. Tax services will be available throughout the year for those returning military service members from deployment. The IRS has announced that it will not accept any tax returns until Jan. 23 regardless of where your tax return is filed.

The Tax Center will be open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be closed on weekends, federal holidays and most training holidays. Appointment lines open on January 20, at 9 a.m.

The Fort Bragg Tax Center is the largest in the Army. It serves active-duty military, Family members, and retirees with virtually all of their personal tax needs. The Tax Center provides free tax preparation and electronic filing for federal and all state tax returns.

Soldiers, civilian employees and civilian volunteers will assist tax payers with all their tax needs. These Soldiers and volunteers have completed the IRSí training program and are IRS certified to prepare tax returns.

Assistance is provided by appointment or walk-in basis. Appointments are strongly recommended and can be made by calling the tax center at 396-8299 (TAXX). Walk-in clients must arrive at least one hour prior to closing. To have returns prepared, taxpayers must:

Arrive at the Tax Center not later than one hour prior to closing.

Bring their W2 forms, which can be downloaded from the DFAS MyPay website at https://mypay.dfas.mil. A copy of an LES cannot be used.

Bring their military/dependent/retiree ID card.

Bring a current Power of Attorney if filing for another person or filing married without your spouse present and any tax forms they have received in the mail.

If taxpayers want to get their refund faster by direct deposit, they must also bring a routing number and account number.

During 2016, the tax center served more than 25,000 service members, retirees and their Family members; prepared more than 20,000 returns, and saved clients about $4.5 million in tax preparation fees.