RALEIGH, N.C. – “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you;” not the first thing that springs to mind when thinking about your taxes. For Soldiers in the North Carolina National Guard’s Judge Advocate Office though, this is a mission statement.
Army Capt. Timothy Haga, a fulltime NCNG Judge Advocate sat straight and quickly entered tax information into his computer. Across the desk, a young mother slipped a snack to her child as her husband pulled up a recent pay statement online.
With the skill of a lawyer and finance expert, Haga made quick work of the tax return, one of many he has done during this tax season.
“We council people constantly,” said Haga.
The office’s Legal Assistance Section staff are preparing and electronically filing federal and state income tax returns free for all NCNG members, their families and retirees until April 12. The JAG Soldiers and staff prepare the returns every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
“An hour or two with us saves you seven or eight figuring out what goes where,” said Haga.
Time is not the only savings benefit for our NCNG members. With the average rate for civilian tax preparation totaling more than $200, the free service comes at a considerable cost savings as well.
This benefit is not just another additional duty, instead it is a NCNG mission that helps our force take care of its own.
“Financial readiness allows you to concentrate (on duty),” said Haga.
For those interested in making an appointment, call 800-621-4136 x 47035. Ensure you bring all supporting tax documents and a valid ID to the JAG offices here at NCNG Joint Force Headquarters, 1636 Gold Star Drive. A full list of tax documents can be found here: Important Tax Documents.
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