Tax Benefits for Armed Forces Members

If you or a loved one served our country as an armed forces member, specific tax details could lower tax liabilities. Current armed forces members serving in a war zone can receive additional benefits. For those navigating a financial life within the armed forces, here are some tax benefits to keep in mind.

  • Tax-Free Combat Pay: When actively serving in or directly supporting a war zone, your salary is tax free—either partially or in full. Additional details apply, so be sure to identify what to do for your specific situation.
  • Extended Filing Deadlines: Some armed forces members, such as people in combat zones, can qualify to receive automatic filing extensions. They also may be able to receive extensions on other tax details.
  • Free Tax Help: Free tax help is available for members at most military bases during the filing season and for ongoing assistance. Check with your base to see what is available for your locale.

Other details may apply, and you can find more information on the IRS website.

* This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax advisor.

Tip courtesy of IRS.gov[i]

[i] https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/members-of-the-armed-forces-get-special-tax-benefits

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