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Tax Information for Members of the U.S. Armed Forces


Audio file for podcast: Armed Services Tax Assistance 2009

The tax laws provide some special benefits for active members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those serving in combat zones.

For federal tax purposes, the U.S. Armed Forces includes officers and enlisted personnel in all regular and reserve units controlled by the Secretaries of Defense, the Army, Navy and Air Force. The Coast Guard is also included, but not the U.S. Merchant Marine or the American Red Cross. However, these and other support personnel may qualify for certain tax deadline extensions because of their service in a combat zone.

Other Items:

  • Revenue Ruling 2009-11, Differential Wage Payments to Active Duty Members of the Uniformed Services

  • IR-2007-46 — Free Online Tax Filing Available to Many Military Members

  • IR-2006-152 — Active Duty Reservists Get Relief on Retirement Plan Payments; Refunds of 10-Percent Tax Available Back to 2001, New Law Says

  • IR-2006-129 — New Law Expands IRA Options for Military; Many Can Still Contribute for 2004 and 2005

  • Military Family Tax Relief Act of 2003 — Tax breaks related to military service, including two provisions that may require amended returns.

  • IR-2003-132 — IRS Helps Military Personnel Get New Law's Tax Breaks

  • IR-2003-63 — New Tax Scam Targets Families of Armed Forces Members

  • Notice 2003-21  — Tax Relief for Those Involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • IR-2003-43 — Tax Assistance for Military Families; Page for Armed Forces

  • Fact Sheet 2003-11 — Information for Taxpayers Serving in the Armed Forces

  • News Release IR-2002-18 — Tax Relief for Troops in the Afghanistan Combat Zone.

  • Notice 2002-17 — Tax Relief for Those Involved in Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • White House Commission on Remembrance, National Moment of Remembrance

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: April 17, 2009