Members of the military and veterans often have unique federal tax situations. The IRS and Department of Defense have several resources designed to help meet their specific needs. Browse through some of the resources below to find more information.
Resources to help current and former military personnel file their tax returns
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They may qualify for free tax return preparation through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program or Tax Counseling for the Elderly. They can use the VITA/TCE locator tool to find a site near them.
Another option is IRS Free File. This software allows people to file their taxes electronically for free if they earned $69,000 or less in 2019. Those who make more and are also comfortable doing their own taxes can use Free File Fillable Forms.
Resources for current members of the military Tax Information for Members of the Military
This page on IRS.gov includes resources geared to several groups:
Current and former military personnel.
Those serving in a combat zone.
Publication 3, Armed Forces Tax Guide
This publication has information and tips to help service members and their families take advantage of all tax benefits. These include:
Travel expenses of Armed Forces Reservists.
IRA contribution rules for members of the military serving in combat zones.
Rules for members of the Armed Forces deducting moving expenses.
Eligible unreimbursed moving expenses.
This page highlights information for members of the military in a combat zone.
This page includes information about the steps someone in a combat zone follows to notify the IRS about their service.
Resources for veterans
Tax Information for Veterans this page on IRS.gov includes information on tax and non-tax resources available to veterans.
The frequently asked questions about veteran employment and retirement plan benefits include information for veterans getting back into the civilian workforce. These questions also highlight details about retirement plan benefits.
The Resources for Disabled Veterans page features links to more information about:
Where to get free tax preparation help.
IRS forms and publications in formats accessible to people with disabilities.
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