ST. PAUL - The Credit for Military Service in a Combat Zone tax filing deadline for service in 2012 is Oct. 15 for most qualifying service members.
“I want to take this opportunity to remind our Minnesota combat veterans to take advantage of this tax credit before it expires.” Said Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin. “The 2012 credit is $120 per month or a partial month of service in a combat zone.”
The Department of Revenue recently sent letters explaining how to claim the credit to over 2,400 service members who may qualify. Service members have already claimed more than $2.4 million in refunds for the 2012 credit, with an average refund of $600.
“Our veterans earned this tax credit serving our country in combat.” Lueck said. “As a fellow veteran, I want to ensure sure they and their families are aware of this credit and if they qualify, file a claim before the Oct. 15 deadline.”
To qualify members must have: served in a combat zone or qualified hazardous-duty area anytime on or after Jan. 1, 2012, been a Minnesota resident during the time of service, and received combat pay which is exempt from federal and Minnesota income tax.
To claim the credit members must file Form M99 Credit for Military Service in a Combat Zone and attach corresponding Form DD-214 for each period of qualifying service. If still on active duty, attach leave and earnings statements for each month of qualifying service.
Tax credits for service in a combat zone are also available for 2013, 2014 and 2015. For more information, visit the Members of the Military page on the Minnesota Department of Revenue’s website.
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