2009 Tax Preparation Services for Military Members Published Jan. 15, 2010 By Courtesy N/A Swanton, Ohio -- 2009 Tax Preparation Services for Military Members You have many choices when the time comes to file your 2009 tax return. We have highlighted 3 programs which offer free or discounted tax services. Each program has its own eligibility criteria. Operation: CPA - CPAs throughout Ohio have volunteered their time and expertise to prepare 2009 tax returns free of charge for deployed Ohio residents this filing season. Military personnel who are Ohio residents currently deployed outside of the state, (not necessarily deployed to combat theater) will qualify for free preparation of their 2009 individual or joint local, state and federal personal tax returns. To take part in Operation CPA, qualified service personnel or their spouse or family member may call The Ohio Society of CPAs toll-free at 888-959-1212 or e-mail. Military personnel will be matched with a CPA volunteer. Military OneSource - Starting January 18, 2010 Military OneSource will provide free tax-filing services (H&R Block At Home online tax filing (formerly H&R TaxCut) to service members and their spouses regardless of activation status. The MOS program includes online state and federal tax-filing services and tax consultations by phone. Beginning January 18, 2010 users can access these free services through the Military OneSource home-page at www.militaryonesource.com Please do not try to register in advance by accessing the H&R Block tax-filing service web site directly. Keep in mind that Military OneSource can help tame your tax stress with expert advice on planning, on tax issues specific to service members, and sound ways to use your refund. Our expertly prepared articles, booklets, recordings and worksheets on tax filing and other financial matters can be accessed on the Military OneSource home-page at www.militaryonesource.com and click on the "Find Information" and then click on "Money Management" under the Financial & Legal category. Collins & Associates Military Appreciation Drive - This tax season (January 1, 2010 - April 15, 2010) Collins & Associates will prepare 2009 tax returns free of charge for any currently deployed member of the armed forces (Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve & Coast Guard). They will also reduce their normal preparation fee by $60 for all U.S Armed Services Veterans. Collins & Associates will donate $10 from every non military tax preparation to one of the military & veteran friendly non-profit organizations, Heroes in Action or Vets, Inc. To take part in the Military Appreciation Drive, qualified service personnel, their spouse or family member may call Bill Huckaby at 734-854-2926 or email for more information. 2009 Tax Preparation Services Service Members Status Operation: CPA Military OneSource Collins & Assoc. Current Service Members Deployed Free Free Free Current Service Members Not Deployed NA Free Processing fee may apply - call for details Veterans NA NA $60 off regular preparation fees This is not an endorsement or recommendation.