Monthly Archives: April 2015

Steve & Barbara visit Flak-Bait at the Udvar-Hazy facility with WAMM and GLMM

[caption id="attachment_1151" align="alignnone" width="300"]Al Baxter and Flak-Bait Al Baxter and Flak-Bait[/caption] Barbara and I were invited to another special viewing of Flak-Bait and join nearly 50 members of the Glen L. Martin Museum and members of WAMM (Washington Area Marauder Men) on April 25, 2015. It was also a special day for the Hubble Telescope and former astronaut Tom Jones also was on hand to sell his books and answer questions. To see the photoshow of our visit click on: http://www.photoshow.com/watch/pg5rQ7HV ...

2014 Tax Season ends; Over 700 Taxpayers Served

April 15 has come and gone and another tax season was completed by the Wheaton Library VITA group handling over 700 taxpayers with nearly 650 successful e-filed tax federal tax returns. ( and about an equal number of state) We helped low income, senior and military taxpayers at the Wheaton Library on Thursday afternoons, Rockville Housing Enterprises on four Saturdays, and at the USO Warrior Center at Bethesda on selected days chosen by organizer David Heiser, a recent IRS retiree. At the Warrior Center, the volunteers did not use the IRS Tax Wise software, but assisted the military TPs with IRS Free File. Free File is a partnership with various Tax Preparation companies and IRS where taxpayers go through the IRS web site to sign on with the tax preparation companies' software preparation at little or no cost if they fit certain criteria. Military tax returns have an extra complexity, especially when dealing with state returns since the TPs home...

Wheaton Library VITA Passes 600 Mark

Our Wheaton Library VITA site finished its last library session on April 9th helping over 50 taxpayers and bring out totals to over 600 successful e-files, with another 30 taxpayers filing paper returns. In addition, Dave Heiser, one of our preparers (who has set a Tax Help site at the Warrior Center at Bethesda/Walter Reed USO) and I have has helped over 100 military taxpayers file their returns with IRS Free File. We usually have to turn away taxpayers who come in after 7pm due to the immense popularity of our site and because we don't have enough preparers.....at least until a bunch comes after their regular work hours. Our tax help is further complicated by the fact the IRS is at a low point in taxpayer service help this year. With their budget cut over a billion dollars in the last four years, and employees leaving the agency like rats from a sinking ship, we get more...