There is deep respect for all those that are willing to sacrifice so much for the protection of our freedoms as a country. When you are active in the military, there are definitely going to be some challenges that you face financially that ordinary civilians don’t experience. From heading overseas to moving constantly, the IRS has tried to help make things easier for those that are in the armed forces. Mark Dicus & Company is here to share some tips for military members to help make filing their taxes a little easier.
What Military Income is Not Taxable?
For those that are in the military, not all income you receive is taxable. For instance, any income you receive during combat shouldn’t be taxed in any way. Any basic compensation will be taxed. When you are in the military, you are likely getting allowances for living and family expenses. Also, there are allowances for uniforms, moving & travel costs, professional education and more. All of these allowances are not taxable income either. If you have questions about what should and shouldn’t be claimed as taxable income, it is wise to talk to a professional.
Take Advantage of Deductions
There are a couple of large deductions that you want to make sure you take advantage of as well.
– Uniforms Expenses: We all know that there are uniforms that are worn and required for servicemen and women. Not only that, but those uniforms are held to a high standard. Any cleaning and expenses that incurred when it comes to your uniforms should and can be deducted when you file your taxes.
– Travel & Lodging Expenses: Anytime you travel over 100 miles and stay the night there, those expenses involved in your travel and lodging are a deduction as well. Additionally, you can deduct 50 percent of the money you spend on meals.
– Moving Expenses: The military takes care of those that are asked to moved repeatedly. However, there are some expenses that can add up with regards to moving. Any of those extra expenses can be deducted.
Military Have More Time to File
Anytime you are stationed abroad or are in combat during tax season, you will be allowed more time to get your taxes filed for that year. The IRS will give you 180 days from the time you return from combat or your time overseas to file. If you were injured while serving, you will have 180 days from the time that you are released from the hospital.
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If you are a member of the military and have questions about filing your taxes, there is no one better to turn to than the experts at Mark Dicus & Company to help answer your questions. We will make sure you’re taking advantage of all of the deductions and exceptions that are available to you. Call us today!