Tax Tips For Those Who Serve in the Military

With this week’s honoring of our veterans, it made us think of tax topics that affect our current and formal military personnel, as well as their families.  Luckily, the IRS sent out some tax tips this week and address this specific subject and their unique circumstances.  Thanks again for all that you do!   

  • Tax Information for Members of the Military is the main page on where people can go to find links to helpful info, resources and services.
  • A taxpayer’s military status affects whether they are eligible for certain benefits. Taxpayers can use to check their eligibility for military tax benefits. Qualifying employers include the Armed Forces, uniformed services and support organizations.
  • There are rules specific to those who serve in combat zones. These taxpayers and their families can find out more on the Tax Exclusion for Combat Service page. They may also want to see if special EITC rules may apply that could lead to a larger refund. They can also find out the rules on notifying the IRS by email if they are serving in a combat zone.
  • The Armed Forces’ Tax Guide is a comprehensive publication with info for military members. This includes:
    • Special rules for military personnel serving abroad including deadline extensions
    • Unreimbursed moving expenses
    • Reserve component travel expenses
  • Most military installations offer free income tax assistance through the military Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Military service members can contact their installation’s legal office for more info. Veterans may also qualify for free tax help at locations nationwide. They just have to meet income or age requirements.