Fortunately, VA’s National Center for PTSD offers online resources for identifying the condition and how to get help for yourself, a friend or a family member. And the Department of Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury have put together some low-tech suggestions and high-tech apps that can help you or a loved one better manage holiday stress.
Of course, sometimes it helps to talk with a professional. And the responders and staff at the Veterans Crisis Line at the Department of Veterans Affairs make sure that they are accessible at all times, including the holiday season. The recent HBO film about the VA crisis linefeatures a sequence on Christmas Eve. The responders understand that PTSD and depression don’t take a holiday. If anything, they can become more intense at those times of year when people are expected to “make merry.”
Veterans and their loved ones can receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
- Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1
- Chat online
- Or send a text message to 838255
For more information, visit https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/.
And if you’re interested in a job on the Crisis Line or supporting Veterans in many other ways, please visit VA Careers.
Everybody’s favorite activity – doing their taxes – NOT!
But did you know that disabled veterans may be eligible to claim a federal tax refund based on several options? And that many organizations offer free tax preparation services for veterans? Check out the organizations below.
NOTE: KnowAVet does not endorse any of these organizations nor products nor services. We merely list them here as reference.
Start Here – IRS – Special Tax Consideration for Veterans
Disabled veterans may be eligible to claim a federal tax refund based on: an increase in the veteran’s percentage of disability from the Department of Veterans Affairs (which may include a retroactive determination) or the combat-disabled veteran applying for, and being granted, Combat-Related Special Compensation, after an award for Concurrent Retirement and Disability. To do so, the disabled veteran will need to file the amended return, Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, to correct a previously filed Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ. An amended return cannot be e-filed. It must be filed as a paper return. Disabled veterans should include all documents from the Department of Veterans Affairs and any information received from Defense Finance and Accounting Services explaining proper tax treatment for the current year. Please note: It is only in the year of the Department of Veterans Affairs reassessment of disability percentage (including any impacted retroactive year) or the year that the CRSC is initially granted or adjusted that the veteran may need to file amended returns. Under normal circumstances, the Form 1099-R issued to the veteran by Defense Finance and Accounting Services correctly reflects the taxable portion of compensation received. No amended returns would be required, since it has already been adjusted for any non-taxable awards. If needed, veterans should seek assistance from a competent tax professional before filing amended returns based on a disability determination. Refund claims based on an incorrect interpretation of the tax law could subject the veteran to interest and/or penalty charges. “
Care Connect USA – Tax Relief
Offers tax compromises; payment plans; innocent spouse relief; and garnishment relief.
Catholic Charities of Silicon Valley
Catholic Charities provides free tax preparation services.
Address: 1038 E Brokaw Rd Suite 30 San Jose, CA 95131 (map)
Free tax return preparation for Veterans; military members and their families
Offers free online assistance if you earned $58;000 or less; and if you were 53 years old or younger as of December 31; 2014.
Internal Revenue Service IRS
Telephone: 1-800-829-1040 or 408-282-0179
IRS – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Programs. – VITA/TCE Locator
Get free tax help! Internal Revenue Service United States Department of the Treasury … The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly …
IRS – Department of Veterans Affairs – Benefits & Services
IRS – Frequently Asked Questions
IRS – Information for Veterans With Disabilities
IRS – Proper Reporting Military Disability Retirement Income
IRS – Publication 525; Taxable and Non-Taxable Income
IRS – Publication 907; Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities
IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Description: Is once again offering a no-cost; electronic tax filing service. If you are eligible under the Military OneSource program; you can complete; save; and file your 2014 federal and up to three state returns online at no cost.
Online Taxes (OLT)
Offers free tax preparation if your Adjusted Gross Income is between $13;000 and $60;000 in 2014.
Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE)
Programs are available to taxpayers that earned less than $53;000 in 2014. Over 3.5 million tax returns were prepared using these services in 2014. All tax returns completed through these programs are prepared by IRS certified volunteers so you can feel confident your tax return is accurate. There are over 12;000 locations where you can utilize these services. To find the closest location near you; simply enter your zip code into the easy-to-use
Another IRS Free File option. To qualify for free tax preparation; printing; & e-filing; your adjusted gross income must be $52;000 or less; and you must be between the ages of 18 through 58 years old.
Is available to all active duty military. You can prepare both your federal and state return for free with TaxSlayer Military Edition.
The Simple Dollar – The Ultimate Tax Guide for Veterans
For tax purposes, a veteran is an individual who has served at least 24 continuous months in active duty and has not been released with “dishonorable” status upon discharge. Active duty means you’ve served full-time as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or as a commissioned officer of the Public Health Service, he Environmental Services Administration or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Who Else is Eligible? Spouses of a deceased or disabled veteran, Children of a deceased or disabled veteran, Parents of a deceased or disabled veteran”
TurboTax Military Edition
A software program specifically for service members. There is currently a free version for junior enlisted and a discount version for senior enlisted and officers.
United Way Silicon Valley – Earn It! Keep It! Save It! SCC
Offers free tax assistance to local families and individuals.
Veterans Property Tax Exemption
Eligible veterans receive An exemption on all or part of their property taxes.