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Browse our library of helpful articles about tax filing in the military, including information on new tax laws, filing while deployed and ways to maximize your tax refund. Still have questions? Call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 or live chat to schedule a free appointment with a MilTax consultant or a financial counselor. OCONUS/international? Click here for calling options.
Tax Terms Defined for the Military
Whether you're doing taxes yourself or getting professional support from resources like Military OneSource MilTax or the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, the process can be a lot easier if you understand important tax terms.
Accessing and Troubleshooting MilTax Preparation and e-Filing Software
MilTax is available to service members, including members of the National Guard and reserves, immediate family members and eligible survivors. To ensure easy access to MilTax tax preparation and e-filing software, please review these tips and the included step-by-step guide to access the software.
Filing State Income Taxes in the Military
When you’re on the move, it can be hard to know where to file your state income taxes. Thankfully, active-duty service members and their spouses have certain protections under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, including protections about where you claim residency for purposes of taxes and voting. There are rules for military service members and slightly different rules for military spouses.
PCS and Taxes: Deducting Military Moving Expenses
Service members who move due to a permanent-change-of-station move may be eligible to deduct some of their unreimbursed moving expenses from their federal income tax returns. Most moving costs are covered by military allowances, so you’ll want to save your receipts and log your expenses to calculate any possible deduction at the end of the tax year.
MilTax: Free Tax Return Filing Help for Your Service Member
If your service member has recently entered the military, you may now lose the ability to claim them as a dependent. On top of that, this may be the first time your loved one has ever had to file a tax return.
Making Tax Filing Simple
T-A-X-E-S. It’s that time of the year again, and if there’s good news to be had, it’s that you have access to special assistance as a member of the military community in getting your taxes in order.
Here’s What You Need to Know About the New Tax Laws
Tax laws have changed, and they are likely to affect you. Learn how you can take steps now to maximize your benefits under the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and protect against an unexpected tax bill or penalty next year.
Getting a Tax Refund? Seven Budgeting Tips to Make It Count
Getting a tax refund may seem like free money, but it’s not. A tax refund is money you worked hard to earn last year and overpaid to the government. So, before you let it burn a hole in your pocket, think about putting it to better use.
Ins and Outs of Tax Filing When You Are Deployed
Deployed service members are expected to file their taxes. Fortunately, the Internal Revenue Service realizes service members and their families face unique circumstances and offers tools — and some special extensions — to make tax filing easier.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
This year, take command of your taxes. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, provided through the Armed Forces Tax Council, provides coordinators for the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.
Three Ways for Service Members to Get a Federal Tax Filing Extension
If you can’t file your federal tax return by the April 15 – April 17, 2017 – deadline, then consider filing for an extension. Doing so is more common than you may think.
Military OneSource MilTax: Frequently Asked Questions
MilTax is a suite of free tax services for the military from the Department of Defense, including easy-to-use tax preparation and e-filing software, personalized support from tax consultants, and current information about filing taxes in the military.