Illinois CPA Society Members Participate in Military Service Tax Preparation Project
by Terri Eyden on
With Veteran's Day approaching, the Illinois CPA Society  - in partnership with the IRS - will once again offer free federal and state income tax preparation performed by society member volunteers to active military members who have recently returned from or are still serving in a combat zone or qualified hazardous duty area. The Military Service Tax Preparation is a year-round program available to deployed members of the Armed Forces and their families.
Volunteer CPAs are dedicated to helping military families take advantage of the unique tax benefits, exclusions, and filing extensions available to them. Illinois CPA Society volunteers have helped hundreds of military personnel since the program began by making the stressful task of tax preparation easier and alleviating an often hectic and time-consuming task for families.
The Military Service Tax Preparation Project is designed to help those who don't have a relationship with a CPA and who would otherwise have few resources for financial advice and information on IRS guidelines for military personnel. To qualify for free tax preparation assistance, individuals must meet the following criteria:
- Be an Illinois resident.
- Be a member of the US Armed Forces having served in a combat zone or qualified hazardous duty area within the 2013 tax calendar year.
- Be a member of the US Armed Forces serving in a contingency operation.
Family members - spouse, son, daughter, or parents - can request assistance on behalf of military personnel. For more information about the Military Service Tax Preparation Project or to arrange for assistance from a volunteer CPA, visit the Illinois CPA Society's website  or contact Jill Loeser, Government Relations Manager, at (800) 572-9870 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .