The tax law provides some special benefits for active members of the U.S. Armed Forces and certain benefits for individuals serving in combat zones. For more information on the various tax benefits available to members of the U.S. Armed Forces, please refer to Publication 3, Armed Forces' Tax Guide. For federal tax purposes, the U.S. Armed Forces includes commissioned officers, warrant officers and enlisted personnel in all regular and reserve units controlled by the Secretaries of Defense, the Army, Navy and Air Force. It also includes the Coast Guard.
Members of the U.S. Merchant Marine, American Red Cross personnel and other support personnel serving in a combat zone may qualify for certain tax deadline extensions available to members of the U.S. Armed Forces serving in a combat zone. For more information on benefits available to individuals serving in a combat zone (including non-military individuals), refer to Publication 3, Armed Forces' Tax Guide, or to Tax Information for Members of the Military on IRS.gov.
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