The Fort Bragg Tax Center, located in Building 4-2843, Soldier Support Center, 6th Floor on Normandy Drive, will open at 9 a.m., Jan. 23.

Hours of operation for the tax center will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The tax center will be closed Sundays and federal holidays. It will be open until midnight on April 15. Entrance to the tax center after 6 p.m. and on Saturdays will be the main canopy-covered entrance to the building; this will be the only unlocked entrance during those times.

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, electronic filing and tax form distribution 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 Internal Revenue Services’ training program and are IRS certified to prepare tax returns.

Assistance is provided on an appointment or walk-in basis. Appointments are strongly recommended. In order 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 a leave and earnings statement 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.

Last year, the Tax Center served more than 20,000 Soldiers, retirees and their Family members; prepared nearly 18,000 returns and collectively saved clients about $3.6 million in tax preparation costs. The center remained open until June 30, 2012 to support Soldiers returning from overseas. If necessary, it will do so again this year.