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Part 4: Filing Tax Returns…

1Normally, Americans must file their tax return (IRS Form 1040) by April 15th of the following year. However, an automatic extension applies until June 15th, if the individual is out of the country. This includes serving in the Military on an assigned tour of duty outside of the U.S. and Puerto Rico for a period that includes the entire due date of the return. If an additional four month extension is needed, military members still can get it by filing IRS form 4868.

2Civilian Spouse’s residency: One problem is state taxation for American citizens. However, a member of the military may not be taxed by multiple states or jurisdictions when he or she moves to a different state due to military orders. Moreover, spouses may elect to use the same legal residence as the service member during any taxable year of the marriage as a result of the new tax reform law. This change allows spouses to elect the legal residence of the service member when filing their 2019 tax return, even if the spouse has never established a physical presence in the state where the service member resides. Even better, the new law applies not only to state income tax,but also to local taxes such as vehicle use taxes.

This ends my discussion about the tax benefits for military personnel. Please feel free to share this with your family or friends that might benefit from it.


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Sandy is a CPA, Tax Attorney, and former IRS trainer. He has authored many helpful books on the subject of taxes, including 7 Simple Ways to Legally Avoid Paying Taxes ( Click Here ), Lower Your Taxes: Big Time ( Click Here ), and Real Estate Tax Secrets of the Rich ( Click Here ).

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