Members of the military put their lives on the line so that we can live in this free world. To show appreciation for their work, Liberty Tax Service® will offer free tax returns to active-duty military personnel and military veterans.

New military customers can come to a participating Liberty Tax® office and walk out with their taxes prepared professionally, accurately – and FREE.

Before you head to our offices, you may want to gather your paperwork to make your tax preparation goes as smoothly as possible. This checklist tells you what you’ll need to bring.

Tax returns for members of the military tend to be more complex because of the different pay and allowances available to them. Professional tax preparers at Liberty Tax Service® will be able to help with those returns.   

Below is a quick list of potential deductions. You can also check out this Military Tax Guide to see which income is treated as taxable or non-taxable.


Military Deductions

Traditional IRA contributions: The money you allocate towards your retirement account is tax deductible for the year in which it was contributed. Only when you begin to withdraw the funds will you be taxed.

Moving expenses: If you have to move due to a military order or permanent change of station, you can deduct your moving expenses. For military members, there is no limit on the number of miles moved to claim this deduction.

Education expenses: Students may qualify for a tax credit, even if the G.I. Bill was used. Loan interest and other qualifying expenses may be deductible.

Travel expenses: Travel for training, drills, or other work-related events over 100 miles can be deducted by reservists on their taxes. So can highway tolls, hotel stays, and meal costs. Active military members can also deduct qualifying travel expenses.

Home mortgage interest: Even though BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing) is nontaxable military income, you can still deduct the mortgage interest and property taxes paid on your home.

Tax preparation fees: We’ve got you covered there. Come to a participating Liberty Tax® office anytime during the week of February 15, and, if you’re a new customer, your tax preparation will be FREE. If you miss us on those days, you can deduct your tax preparation fees on your tax return when you visit us at a later date. We’ll make sure we get that deduction for you.

Disclaimer: Every effort has been taken to provide the most accurate and honest analysis of the tax information provided in this blog. Please use your discretion before making any decisions based on the information provided. This blog is not intended to be a substitute for seeking professional tax advice based on your individual needs.