See Tuggle Duggins Adopt-A-Base Attorneys in Action
Mike Wenig, a tax attorney with Tuggle Duggins, is passionate about his work as an Adopt-A- Base volunteer at Fort Bragg. He has participated in the program since its inception in North Carolina and has been the coordinator for the Fort Bragg site for the last two years. His Tuggle Duggins colleges, Vaughn Ramsey and Pete Evenson, also participate in the Adopt-A-Base program and find it very rewarding. They offer time and expertise by providing tax law instruction to military tax preparers. (Watch a video of them in action here.)
"I think the Adopt-A-Base program is important because it is a way of showing support for our troops. And, to me, the Adopt-A-Base program is the best pro bono I've ever done," Ramsey said.
Thousands of service members across North Carolina breathe easier during tax season thanks to Adopt-A-Base, the signature pro bono program of the North Carolina Bar Association Tax Section. The program allows volunteer attorneys to train tax preparers via the Military Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, a free tax service available to the military. All instructors must pass 5 exams to participate in the program.
In 2017 at Fort Bragg alone, Military VITA filed 19,663 returns, saved military families more than $5 million in tax preparation fees and helped them receive $28.4 million in refunds, according to Terry Spearman, Tax Site Coordinator.