Military Taxes

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With the exception of those serving in combat zones or stationed outside the U.S, most military personnel and their families must file taxes by the April 15 deadline. It is important to know which pay and allowances can be excluded from your gross income. Members of the Military community can claim a host of tax advantages that aren't available to civilians including combast pay, breaks for guard and reserve, free tax assistance and more.

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