MIL Tax Question While Deployed

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  1. Cheerio

    Cheerio New Member

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    Supossively when you are OCONUS you do not pay taxes from your check. Well I am a deployed National Guard and we get most of our taxes back in our check at the end of the month. My question is can we still claim equipment bought for our "jobs" on our taxes? THe stuff we buy is tax free of course but I was not for sure if we could claim the item itself since it is not taxed? I am new to the whole tax thing. Usually someone else does them and I dont have anyone to ask that knows for sure. If I can claim it on my taxes, I need to know so I can start saving my receipts for my taxes.
     
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    you don't pay taxes at all when overseas? news to me. i want the hundreds in federal taxes back a month i've been paying for 4 years.
     
  3. Dzl

    Dzl New Member

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    No taxes only in a combat zone. I never heard of no taxes just being OCONUS.
     
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    NisAznMonk New Member

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    I'm OCONUS and I still pay all of my taxes. While in a combat zone you don't pay state and federal taxes....but the medicare and social security still has to get paid.
     
  5. Cheerio

    Cheerio New Member

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    Let me re-phrase, i am in a combat zone
     
  6. luke2o9

    luke2o9 New Member

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    You should be able to write it off if it was required for your job. They're pretty strict on what work related expenses you can and can't write off. Also keep in mind that unless you pay mortgage on a house or something where you're total itemized deduction is greater than your standard deduction then it's not going to do you any good.
     
  7. Nixstress

    Nixstress Look at me! I am edgy and stabby! OT Supporter

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    I don't know how much you know about taxes so if the following doesn't make sense, I'll be happy to explain it to you further.

    First off, when you file your tax return do you itemize your deductions or do you use the standard deduction? If you itemize your deductions then the equipment you purchased qualifies as an employee business expense, and falls under miscellaneous itemize deductions.

    Miscellaneous itemize deductions are subject to the 2% limit, so depending on what your gross income is you may or may not be able to use this deduction. The bottom line is, keep all your receipts and then when it's time to file your taxes just add things up and see what you are able to use.
     
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    Then it is tax free
     

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