In a statement made by the IRS, members of the military and designated civilians providing earthquake relief in Haiti were given additional time to file 2009 tax returns and pay any taxes due.
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Tax Relief for Military Serving in Haiti

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In a statement made by the IRS, members of the military and designated civilians providing earthquake relief in Haiti were given additional time to file 2009 tax returns and pay any taxes due.

This tax extension was covered under the Combat Zone Tax Extension, which brings to light the severity of the damage done in the area and the needed service being provided by military personnel.

MILITARY MEMBERS SERVE THOSE IN NEED, WORRY FREE

While serving the hurricane-hit area of Haiti, the last thing on military servicemembers' minds was deadlines for filing federal taxes back home.

To ease this burden, deadlines for 2009 federal tax responsibilities such as returns and payments were automatically extended for military serving in a combat zone area or contingency operation.

The extension was given automatically without penalties or interest payments, and servicemembers do not need to file forms with the IRS to receive the tax extension.

OPERATION UNIFIED RESPONSE: TAX RELIEF

Operation Unified Response is a contingency operation, which means designated persons providing earthquake relief in Haiti received the same extensions available to military and support personnel serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other combat zone areas.

COMBAT ZONE EXTENSION FOR SERVICEMEMBERS

In most cases, eligible taxpayers and those serving Operation Unified Response to the Haiti Earthquake have a grace period of 180 days after leaving the contingency operation area to file their taxes which includes filing a 2009 federal income tax return, paying taxes due for 2009, making a 2009 IRA contribution, and a quarterly estimated tax payment for 2010.

The combat zone tax extensions apply to members of the military, Red Cross, eligible correspondents, and civilian support personnel under the direction of the Armed Forces. In many cases, the combat zone tax relief also applies to spouses of military service members on this active duty.



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