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Armed Forces Tax Benefits Benefits

Program Description

This law allows tax benefits or relief for special tax situations of active members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Information on these special tax benefits for Armed Forces Personnel can be found in Publication 3, Armed Forces Tax Guide.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for these Armed Forces benefits, you generally must be or have been in active military service and you must be a taxpayer who is interested in receiving tax information and tax preparation assistance.

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, Marine Corps 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.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

No application is needed to use this program. However, you must file your taxes using the guidelines shown in Publication 3, Armed Forces Tax Guide.

Program Contact Information

For more information, visit the Tax Information for Members of the Armed Forces page, or view Publication 3, Armed Forces Tax Guide or irs.gov/forms.