IRS Tax Tip 2019-158, November 12, 2019
When it comes to taxes, members of the military often have unique circumstances. IRS.gov has info on several topics that affect current and former military personnel, as well as their families. Here are resources where people can go to find more information.
- Tax Information for Members of the Military is the main page on IRS.gov 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 IRS.gov 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.