Jennifer Benda Instructs Service Members on Tax Return Preparation

January 19, 2017 – Press Releases

As part of her work with the Adopt-a-Base program, Jennifer E. Benda, partner at Fox Rothschild LLP, recently teamed up with other Denver-area attorneys and CPAs for two three-day sessions focused on training members of the United States military on how to prepare free tax returns.

The Adopt-a-Base program is a collaboration between the IRS’ Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication (SPEC), the Section of Taxation of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Armed Forces Tax Council (military installations). Volunteers train military personnel on substantive tax issues so that they can become tax return preparers through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA), which provides armed forces members and their families with access to free tax preparation services addressing their unique military tax issues.

Throughout the most recent session, Benda, who serves as Colorado volunteer coordinator for the Adopt-A-Base tax program, taught a range of tax topics, including earned income tax credit, payments, and tax calculation. 

“We are proud to provide this service to the military as a small token of appreciation for all they do for us,” Benda stated.   

Reports show that in Colorado, savings for service members and retirees through the program were $170,401 in return filing fees last year, which averaged $334 per client. 

A former Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Benda is an experienced tax attorney who handles tax controversy and income tax planning and compliance matters. She serves as a steadfast advocate for clients, developing relationships with IRS personnel and IRS Appeals and state departments of revenue, and leverages these relationships to successfully resolve her clients’ tax matters.