Legislation Reintroduced to Give Tax Credit to Federal Employees Serving in Combat Zones

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By on June 19, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

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Legislation has recently been reintroduced in Congress to give a tax credit to federal employees serving with the military in combat zones.

Known as the Combat Zone Tax Parity Act (H.R. 2929), the bill has been introduced by Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA) and is being co-sponsored by Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA).

Military personnel serving in combat zones are given a tax credit for their service, and the Congressmen want to ensure the same benefit is offered to federal employees working alongside of the military.

“We must ensure that our federal workforce is treated with fairness and respect,” said Wittman. “Like military personnel, federal employees serving in combat zones put themselves in harm’s way and leave their families behind, increasing the stress and financial burdens on families.”

Connolly added, “This legislation would extend a temporary tax benefit similar to the one received by service members to the dedicated federal employees who willingly risk their lives for our country in combat zones around the world. This small measure honors their service and recognizes the sacrifices they and their families make on our behalf.”

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) also announced its support of the bill.

Wittman introduced the bill in a previous session of Congress but it ultimately failed to advance.

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