December 06, 1990
Desert Shield Troops Have Tax Filing Extension
WASHINGTON - Military personnel assigned to Operation Desert Shield in the
Mideast will have at least until June 15, 1991, to file and pay any
balance of tax shown on their 1990 tax returns.
The June 15 extension applies to regular military personnel and
reservists who are stationed overseas on the normal April 15 tax
However, like most taxpayers, these military personnel will
probably be due tax refunds and will want to get their refunds as
soon as possible. Last year 70 percent of the 113 million
individual tax returns resulted in refunds. The IRS said it is
working closely with the Department of Defense to expand assistance
for military personnel so that returns can be processed and refunds
issued as quickly as possible.
Taxpayers overseas are usually required to file a form to
request additional time to file beyond the June 15 extended filing
date. If conditions warrant, the IRS Commissioner will exercise his
authority to automatically extend the filing and payment periods
beyond June 15.
While payment of any tax due may be extended, interest will
apply on tax not paid by the normal April 15 deadline. Current law
does not permit the IRS to waive this requirement.
Today's announcement elaborates on the questions and answers
issued on Nov. 21, 1990 and is part of the IRS' continuing effort to
provide guidance on federal tax issues to people directly affected
by events in the Mideast. As other questions and issues arise
involving taxpayers in the Mideast or their families, the IRS said
it will issue additional guidance.
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