Tax Information for U.S. Servicemembers

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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.

  • Publication 3, Armed Forces' Tax Guide, addresses a wide range of issues that may affect members of the military:
    • Online ? browse the publication to find specific information;
    • Portable Document Format (PDF) ? download a copy to read later or print select pages;
    • Hardcopy  ? order a paper copy by calling 1-800-829-3676. 

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