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It’s another busy morning at the Tax Assistance Center.

Ron McCall sits in the waiting room at the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate and completes paperwork before his scheduled Thursday appointment.

“I come up here every year. I think it’s about four years now,” McCall, a retired Navy master chief, said. He said the free service by the volunteers is “great.”

They provide tax preparation to active duty, active duty family members, retirees, their family members and Reservists/National Guardsmen serving on active duty for 29 days or more.

The center is in building 3439, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, on Honest John Road. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday until April 30. Clients are encouraged to make an appointment; however, walk-ins are welcome from 8 a.m. to noon on any business day. To schedule an appointment, call 842-1040.

McCall, a contract specialist in the Army Contracting Command, resides in Crane Hill which is in Cullman County.

Sixth-year volunteer Carol Burke greets him and takes him back to her desk to start doing his taxes. She is a retired lieutenant colonel.

“It’s a way of giving back because when I was on active duty I always came here,” Burke said. “And it’s a vital service. When I was on active duty it gave me peace of mind to know I could trust the folks here.”

Last year’s returns totaled 4,777 which included 2,411 federal and 2,366 state. This delivered $4,377,185 in refunds and saved $978,438 in fees.

The volunteers include Burke, Cheryl Burns, Lee Smith, Lisa McCrary, John Patch, Eric Deets, Emily Hsi, Jan Berry, Lindsay Coop, Kay Theodoss, Greg Knight, Rob Morris, Sandy Hovde, Min Wallace, Billie Hunter, Jenn Mills, Carmen Villanueva, Ruthee Villanueva, Dawn Byers, Ed Sekerak, Dale Fulton, Mary Casey and Wendy Digenarro.

Rachael Yeoman, paralegal in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, entered her 16th year as the tax center manager. Capt. Cade Shiozaki, chief of legal assistance, is this year’s tax center officer-in-charge.

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