ASK A GOOD JAG: WHAT TIPS HAVE YOU GOT FOR TAX SEASON?

February 2, 2018 
by 220thairliftwing.com

Alexandra K, Capt, 220 AW Legal Office 

“What tips do you have for tax season?” With 15 April proper nearby, taxes are on our client’s thoughts. We in the 374 AW Legal Business office want to make certain that everyone in the Yokota network gets the best guidance on filing this year. In Request A JAG, we reply Yokota’s burning legal queries in a straightforward, legalese-no cost newsletter. Today’s edition covers our top techniques for tax season. 

Is April 15 really our deadline overseas? Imagine if I was in a fight zone? 

This answer is often the biggest surprise for our clients: when you are living anywhere beyond the United States, there is no need to file your taxes until 15June. Those who are taxed by the United States but live abroad receive an programmed two-month extension to data file your taxes. Be careful though: if you owe taxes and tend to fork out after 15 April, the amount of money you borrowed from will accrue interest and incur penalties. If you feel you might owe but still need additional time to file, utilize a taxes preparer to estimate your taxes and send in an estimated payment; you can follow up with the filing later on. To claim this expansion, your taxes should be marked as an abroad filing when submitted, you need to include a declaration noting that you had been abroad on 15 April. Thank Japan for lowering the strain of filing by April with those extra 8 weeks.

If you served in a Overcome Zone during 2017, you have a lot more time to data file. Not only do you obtain an automated 180-day extension (as well as the two-month delay for living abroad), additionally you receive extra days if you remained deployed through the filing season. Here’s how it operates: claim you deployed to Afghanistan on 1 September 2017 and came back to Yokota on 28 February 2018. First, your home is abroad, which means that your taxes are not credited until 15 June. Second, add 180 days to that 15 June deadline for your 2017 deployment - this brings your deadline to 12 December 2018. Finally, add the 58 days you could not file during the filing period from 1 January through 28 February, because you were even now deployed at that time. That provides you almost a supplementary year to data file your taxes, with a deadline of 8 February 2019. Though this extension is computerized for service participants, it’s very good practice to provide the IRS a heads-up to ensure that they don’t accidentally expenses you. Schedule an appointment with the Yokota Taxes Center or Legal Business office to learn more if this situation pertains to you. 

Do I claim Head of Home if my spouse is not earning income? 

This answer is often the biggest surprise for our clients: when you are living anywhere beyond the United States, there is no need to file your taxes until 15June. Those who are taxed by the United States but live abroad receive an programmed two-month extension to data file your taxes. Be careful though: if you owe taxes and tend to fork out after 15 April, the amount of money you borrowed from will accrue interest and incur penalties. If you feel you might owe but still need additional time to file, utilize a taxes preparer to estimate your taxes and send in an estimated payment; you can follow up with the filing later on. To claim this expansion, your taxes should be marked as an abroad filing when submitted, you need to include a declaration noting that you had been abroad on 15 April. Thank Japan for lowering the strain of filing by April with those extra 8 weeks.

If you served in a Overcome Zone during 2017, you have a lot more time to data file. Not only do you obtain an automated 180-day extension (as well as the two-month delay for living abroad), additionally you receive extra days if you remained deployed through the filing season. Here’s how it operates: claim you deployed to Afghanistan on 1 September 2017 and came back to Yokota on 28 February 2018. First, your home is abroad, which means that your taxes are not credited until 15 June. Second, add 180 days to that 15 June deadline for your 2017 deployment - this brings your deadline to 12 December 2018. Finally, add the 58 days you could not file during the filing period from 1 January through 28 February, because you were even now deployed at that time. That provides you almost a supplementary year to data file your taxes, with a deadline of 8 February 2019. Though this extension is computerized for service participants, it’s very good practice to provide the IRS a heads-up to ensure that they don’t accidentally expenses you. Schedule an appointment with the Yokota Taxes Center or Legal Business office to learn more if this situation pertains to you. 

SO THERE I Was first...BY MAJOR JESSE BARNES  

So now there I was......

Last October I watched Yokota's previous legacy Herc fly away and it had been an emotionally draining evening for me. I've spent years and hundreds of hours flying across the world and I still make an effort to pinpoint why I'm so passionately mounted on this piece of steel and the Tac Airlift objective? Tough to state. The 36th Airlift Squadron has a tradition of retelling valiant tales with probably 10% real truth to those who leave. The departing member hangs their patch and keep a bit of themselves behind. I'd like to share some tales relating to this aircraft which has left Yokota and perhaps leave a small piece of its heritage behind aswell.

So right now there I was......

My 1st 10 flights in the E-Model taught me more than a few approaches in storing massive levels of vomit. Those will be trade secrets therefore i won't share below, and it was a few months before I recognized my "MVP" nickname stood for some violent puker. It merely appeared that the Herc attracted a particular type? That plane possessed its own personality and it was as rugged and amazing as the crews and wrench benders that set their practical it daily. It under no circumstances seemed to fly that fast, actually, it flies at the swiftness of smell. That quickness is normally....subjective. The Legacy Herc doesn't fly that substantial. It basically makes its cash flying low. Nothing like helicopter slow and low but enough never to be called a Strat Airlifter. There is definitely little or nothing worse than being referred to as a Strat airlifter. That's for the Gucci C-17 crews.

So presently there I was......

2008....springtime found in Iraq. Our crew features been delivering beans and bullets for a few months and we finally receive the call. Fight airdrops! We were finally likely to airdrop the products. It's what we were training and practicing for years and it all led to this minute. That's when I then found out just what a leaflet drop was and I'm not going to lie....I might have set my targets too much with the excitement level. We achieved with some Australians to objective plan and I gone overboard trying to make clear leaflet drop dispersal patterns in regards to atmospheric conditions. It had been simply a fancy science-like way of expressing that wind blows these things all over the place once we dump them out the trunk of the plane. The Australian Navigator finally only stopped me and explained it was all magic and that I will concentrate on supporting the mission in Iraq rather than on the Royal Australian Weather Force. To this day, I have no thought what he was talking about but that was mostly as a result of his accent. Long storyline short, I fight airdropped (not littered) 300,000 bits of paper all over the city of Nasiriyah.

So generally there I was.....

The best missions were the relief sorties delivering aid since it was helping individuals. My crew landed in Tbilisi Georgia soon after that yr and a Senator from Delaware achieved me behind the plane to examine all of our sleeping handbags we were providing. Initially, I thought it was just a really overdressed Tbilisian interface dawg until all the camera crews arrived. After some easy introductions he shook my side and asked if I wanted to take a photo with him. He performed say that I possessed a company handshake and asked where I was from. Works out he made a whole lot of headlines later that month when it had been declared that Sen. Joe Biden from Delaware was selected to come to be the vice presidential running mate with Barrack Obama. My release of events didn't make the Stars and Stripes though.

There are so many missions and tales which may have cemented the legacy...of the Legacy Herc. A good but loud Colonel once told me that changing the plane doesn't mean changing the culture. Maybe it's the way of life that I'm emotionally mounted on? 

Safe and sound travels and Sayonara mighty Hercules.