Brandon Tax Preparation Service ready to help
Tax season is right around the corner and volunteers of the Brandon Tax Preparation Service are ready to help military families.
The office combined has over 100 years of tax prepping service experience. Last year they completed over 650 tax returns and saved military families over $200,000 in tax preparation fees!
Located at the Riverview Hillsborough Community College in Brandon at 6437 Watson Road, Riverview, they offer free tax services year around to active duty, retirees, spouses and dependents with valid military identification. Their office hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
The Brandon Tax Preparation Service is in need of volunteers to continue assisting is saving military family’s money and time. They need volunteers for the positions of greeter, tax preparer and a scheduler. Minimum volunteer time is one day per week during tax season, Feb. 1 thru Apr. 15. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Pete Ryner at: email@example.com
To schedule an appointment, call (813) 546-6217 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Retiree Appreciation Day
MacDill Air Force Base Florida is hosting a Retiree Appreciation Day Thursday Feb. 20, 2020, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the 6th Medical Group Clinic, 3250 Zemke Ave., MacDill AFB, Florida. Planned activities include pharmacy services, health fair with immunizations, veterans’ service organizations briefings, renewal of identification cards, legal assistance and preparation of wills and powers of attorneys, and lunch at the dining facility. There will be a cake cutting ceremony with the MacDill Honor Guard at the in the facility entrance at 11 a.m. For more information, call the MacDill AFB Retiree Activities Office (813) 828-4555.
The Retiree Activities Office Federal Income Tax Preparation Assistance
This service is available FREE OF CHARGE to retirees, spouses, widows/widowers, and active duty families of all branches of service.
- Where Do We Provide Tax Assistance? Tax assistance will be provided in the Retiree Activities Office (RAO) at MacDill AFB. (The RAO building is located between the BX and Commissary).
- What can you expect?
The RAO will have specially trained volunteers to assist you with tax returns. Electronic filing will be provided and refunds can be expected within approximately two weeks from the date of filing. If the RAO did not prepare your previous year's tax return, you should bring a copy of the return you filed for that year. The tax assistance program is sponsored by the Staff Judge Advocate and is operated under the supervision of the RAO. Tax preparers are trained under the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program and are certified by the IRS for performance at a level commensurate with most retirees' incomes.
- When Can You Receive Our Free Tax Assistance Service?
Appointments for ID card holders will be available beginning Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. These appointments go fast, but you can get one anytime by dropping by the RAO next to the Commissary after January 20. Tax preparation will begin on Feb. 3, 2020. Please call 813-828-0248 or visit our office on or after Jan. 20. This service is available on a first-come-first-served basis during our operating hours.
Tax assistance is also available free of charge at the Brandon MacDill Family Resource Center by appointment only. Please call (813) 828-0248 for more information.
We Need Volunteers!!
At MacDill AFB, volunteers are needed in a variety of skills and positions. If you would like to stay connected to the MacDill community and share your skills and talents, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 813-828-0248. You will be working with a great team of people in providing support to our active duty military personnel, retirees, widows/widowers, and dependents. No experience is necessary; training will be provided.
Exchange Giving Away More Than $25,000 in Prizes in Three Holiday Sweepstakes
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service, with vendor partners, is giving military shoppers the chance to win more than $25,000 in prizes this holiday season in three military-exclusive sweepstakes.
Authorized Exchange shoppers, including honorably discharged Veterans, may enter any Exchange sweepstakes at ShopMyExchange.com/sweepstakes, including:
- Mars Wrigley Storybook Essay Contest (Oct. 31-Dec. 25): Shoppers can submit an essay of 500 words or less about a favorite holiday memory. One grand-prize winner will receive a $1,000 Exchange gift card, second place will receive a $500 Exchange gift card with third-place winner receiving a $300 Exchange Gift Card.
- Bissell Holiday Clean Sweepstakes (Nov. 1-30): Ten winners will each receive a Bissell Pet Floor Care package worth $537.95. Prizes include a ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet Pro Carpet Cleaner; a SpotBot Pet Portable Carpet Cleaner; and a Pet Stain Eraser Cordless Portable Carpet Cleaner.
“Our military shoppers can clean up with these great prizes, or use an Exchange gift card to help with their holiday expenses,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, the Exchange’s senior enlisted advisor. “Airmen, Soldiers, their families, retirees and honorably discharged Veterans all get a chance to win.”
Shoppers age 18 and older may enter. No purchase is necessary to enter or win.
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Military Shoppers Can Win Big With Subway Holiday Shopping Spree Sweepstakes
In honor of Military Family Month, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Subway are giving 40 military shoppers a chance to win a $3,000 Exchange holiday shopping spree.
From Nov. 1 through Nov. 30, eligible shoppers 18 and older can enter the Subway Holiday Shopping Spree Sweepstakes by visiting ShopMyExchange.com/sweepstakes.
“The holidays are upon us and this money can go a long way towards buying gifts for loved ones,” said Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, Exchange senior enlisted advisor. “The Exchange is excited to give back to so many members of the military community this holiday season.”
Honorably discharged Veterans registered with the Exchange can enter too. To check eligibility visit ShopMyExchange.com/vets.
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Exchange’s You Made the Grade Program
Good Grades Pay Off for Military Kids with Exchange’s You Made the Grade Program. MacDill students who excel in the classroom have a chance to receive $5 Exchange gift cards every grading period during the 2018-19 school year and can enter a worldwide sweepstakes for a chance to win a $2,000, $1,500 or $500 Exchange gift card. To receive a $5 Exchange gift card, first- through 12th-grade students must present a valid military I.D. and proof of a B average or higher during any 2018-19 school year grading period at the MacDill Exchange customer service area. The You Made the Grade sweepstakes entry forms are on the back of the gift card carrier. Students can send completed forms to:
You Made the Grade
PO Box 227398
Dallas, TX 75222-7398
Students can submit one sweepstakes entry per grading period, with drawings typically held in June and December.
POC: Christina Oliver, GM Administrator MacDill/Patrick AFB Exchanges, (813) 840-2143/828-3858, email@example.com
EFMP 201 – MILITARY & FAMILY READINESS CENTER
Transitioning out of the military? Familiar with SSI or Special Needs Trust? Thought about your Healthcare Benefits? Have any questions for Tricare or EFMP Medical (Various agencies will be on hand) If so, then this EFMP “201” is the place for you! (Open to ALL Branches)
To register, call M&FRC at 828-0145, opt 1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
EFMP FAMILY EVENTS
MACDILL AFB PARENT ADVISORY BOARD OFFERS PARENTS A FORUM FOR THEIR CHILDREN'S CARE
Any parent utilizing the CDCs, FCC, School Age, and/or Youth Center (to include sports and camps) are encouraged to participate in monthly forums and quarterly meetings about all of the FSS Child and Youth programs on base. The meetings are held from 1200-1300(ish) at varying locations throughout the base to meet the limitations of MacDill's working parents. Lunches are provided for free to help ease the burden of making the meeting and not sacrificing your lunch hour. The monthly forums are a great place to share with the PAB Committee, who are also parents of MacDill youth, any questions, concerns, compliments, or suggestions in a low threat, highly motivated setting. The quarterly meetings, led by the PAB Committee, allow parents to come together with C&Y Program Directors and representatives to discuss upcoming improvements, updates, or changes, generate rapport, and interact eye to eye. Additionally, PAB sponsors fun and interactive events and activities throughout the year to foster morale, generate funds for the Programs, and give back to the families and staff members supporting our wonderful and resilient military children. This organization is free to join and we are always looking for motivated individuals wanting to give back to their community. Currently, the Committee is looking to fill the treasurer, facility representative, events coordinator, media specialist, and public relations positions. We are also excited to have parent volunteers looking to assist with our events and activities. These activities include, but are not limited to Back-To-School Fair, Picture day, Penny Challenge, Pot Lucks, Month of the Military Child, Staff & Caregiver Appreciation week, and so much more. Please find us on Facebook at MacDill Parent Advisory Board or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
POC: Tiffany Fenimore (6AMW/927ARW), Karen Goss (CENTCOM), Yari Torres, and Brittany Jackson (CDC 3)
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) will begin in September 2018 at the Macdill AFB Chapel. All adults interested in becoming Catholic, and haven’t received their first Holy Communion and or Confirmation are strongly encouraged to attend.
POC: Martin Okoro, (813) 828-8565 or Peta-Gaye Petty, (813) 828-5323
PREGNANCY 101 // BABY BASICS // BREASTFEEDING BASICS
For more information contact the New Parent Support Program @ 813-827-9172.
GIVE PARENTS A BREAK
Is your spouse deployed?? Is your family experiencing unique stressors?? Let us help! Give Parents A Break (GPAB) is funded by the Air Force Aid Society and sponsored by the 6 Force Support Squadron to support Active Duty Air Force members, assigned to MacDill Air Force Base and tenant organizations by providing 4 hours of free childcare at CDC #3 each month. Families must meet specific qualifying needs and obtain a Certificate of Eligibility/Referral from the Military & Family Readiness Center. All CDC enrollment requirements must be met prior to reservations for care being accepted and reservations must be made at least one week prior to the date of the GPAB session. Visit http://www.macdillfss.com for more information on this program or call CDC #3 at 828-0195. To obtain a GPAB Certificate of Eligibility, please call the Military & Family Readiness Center at 828-0145, ext 1.
MACDILL PARENTS: JOIN US FOR THE NEW MILITARY PARENT 101 EDUCATION FOCUS GROUP!
https://www.macdillfss.com/images/AllImages/pdfs/ChildrenandYouth/Mil-Parent-101-Educ-Focus-Gp_2019.pdf Fourth Tuesday of each month, 10-11 am at the M&FRC Annex, Bldg 38, Conference Room. Network, share challenges and provide strategies to help inbound military parents and their children navigate the local school system. POC: Nelly Richards, 828-0146 or the Military & Family Readiness Center, 828-0145 ext. 1.
PARENTS! MACDILL AFB OFFERS THE FOLLOWING YOUTH PROGRAMS CHILD CARE
Before and After School Care is available for children in Kindergarten through age 12. When school is out, SAC is open for full-day services, from 6:30 am until 5:45 pm. Also, the Youth Center is available for ages 9-18 (while in high school).
POC: Chris Hug, 813-828-7438 or go online to: http://www.macdillfss.com, and click on the "Youth" tab.