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.
In order to qualify for these Armed Forces benefits, you generally must have served on active-duty or in a reserve component 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, under the Department of Homeland Security, is also included. While the U.S. Merchant Marine and the American Red Cross are not included, these and other support personnel may qualify for certain tax deadline extensions because of their service in a combat zone.
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.