The Ohio Society of CPAs, in cooperation with the Ohio National Guard, on Tuesday launched Operation CPA, providing free tax preparation services from the Ohio Society of CPAs member volunteers to members of the Ohio Guard and reserve service members deployed outside Ohio.
“The Ohio Society of CPAs and its members want to show support for the men and women in our armed services who are risking their lives for our country,” said Clarke Price, president and CEO of the Ohio Society. “Deployed service members have many challenges to deal with professionally and personally, and income tax return preparation is just one more thing to worry about. We know that the prospect of filing a tax return can be a significant concern to service members and their families. That’s where operation CPA comes in.”
Under Operation CPA, military personnel who are Ohio residents currently deployed outside the state will qualify for free preparation of their 2005 local, state and federal personal income tax returns. The qualified service member, their spouse or family member, simply needs to contact the Ohio Society of CPAs by calling 888-959-1212 or e-mail the Society at firstname.lastname@example.org. Operation CPA is part of the Ohio Society of CPAs Financial Fitness Ohio program, which also provides financial management resources for elementary and college student, disaster victims and low-income individuals to become more aware of fiscal responsibility, money management and other financial issues.
“On behalf of all the Ohio National Guard, we appreciate this generous support made available to our currently deployed soldiers and airmen who have put their civilian lives on hold to answer the call,” said Lt. Col. Robert Bramlish, director of the Ohio National Guard Family Readiness Program.