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The Joint Installation Tax Center has been busy -- so busy that the center has been booked solid one month in advance.

The center, located in the Legal Assistance Office of the Fort Meade Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, has had a hard time just keeping up with the phone calls.

Several installations in the Washington, D.C., region have had to curtail their tax center operations this year. For example, Fort Belvoir, Va., has made its tax center available only to active-duty enlisted Soldiers below the rank of E-5.

Consequently, retirees, senior enlisted Soldiers and even general officers stationed at other posts have been flocking to the Fort Meade Tax Center.

To accommodate the crowds, the center has recruited additional manpower and has opened up additional tax preparation stations, allowing for new appointment slots.

These appointment slots are available immediately, but they are filling up fast.

While the Fort Meade Tax Center strives to serve as many people as possible, the services offered do have some limitations. The center can only serve active-duty personnel, military retirees and their dependents.

In addition, taxes cannot be prepared for anyone with income from a private business, two or more rental properties, or more than 10 stock transactions in 2011.

Every tax preparer at the Fort Meade Tax Center has been trained and certified by the IRS. The center also has a number of civilian employees and volunteers who assist in ensuring that each return is as complete as possible.

To schedule an appointment, call the Fort Meade Tax Center at 301-677-9086.

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