Turner and Addiego Bill exempting armed services combat zones from gross income tax passes Senate

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Turner and Addiego Bill exempting armed services combat zones from gross income tax passes Senate

Trenton – Legislation sponsored by Senator Shirley Turner and Senator Dawn Marie Addiego aimed at excluding pay for combat zones of the armed forces from state income tax was sent to the governor today.

“The brave men and women of our armed forces sacrifice so much to keep us safe here at home,” said Senator Turner (D-Mercer / Hunterdon). “The money they earn while in active combat zones, or recovering from a combat zone-related injury, should not be subject to any income tax while they are already putting their lives in danger for our nation. “

Bill, S-2050 / S-2090, would amend the New Jersey tax code to treat combat zone allowances received by members of the military the same way they are treated under the law federal, where they are excluded from federal income tax. .

“Members of our military courageously face increased risks and immediate threats when serving in combat zones, and because of these risks they receive a combat bonus,” said Senator Addiego (D -Atlantic / Burlington / Camden). “New Jersey is currently the only state in the country to tax combat zone wages. This legislation corrects that wrong and would benefit the husbands and wives, as well as the sons and daughters of our military personnel back home. “

Under current state law, combat zone compensation income received by members of the United States Armed Forces is taxable and must be reported as income on the taxpayer’s gross tax return. in New Jersey for the tax year in which they are collected.

The bill was passed by the Senate by a vote of 39-0, the Assembly by a vote of 78-0, and is now heading to the governor’s office.

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