Military Tax Filing, Refunds and Returns | Service Members and Families

MilTax: Free Tax Return Filing Help for Your Service Member

If your service member has recently entered the military, you may now lose the ability to claim them as a dependent. On top of that, this may be the first time your loved one has ever had to file a tax return.

All service members have access to Military OneSource MilTax, a suite of free tax services designed specifically for military personnel to help save them money and let them file their tax return quickly and confidently ‒ increasing their chances of scoring a nice tax refund.

MilTax includes:

  • Easy-to-use tax preparation and e-filing software
  • Personalized support from tax consultants
  • Current information about filing taxes in the military

Your service member has a range of support.

MilTax is just one way Military OneSource supports your service member. Discover all the ways your service member is supported – so they can live their best military life.

MilTax is designed to address the realities of military life, such as deployments, combat and training pay, housing and rentals and multistate filings.

Best of all, MilTax is 100% free for service members. There are no hidden surprises. That’s a lot of savings compared to a commercial tax preparation company, which may charge at least $176 to prepare a simple Form 1040 and state return.

Easy-to-use tax software with guaranteed results

MilTax preparation and e-filing software is available from Jan. 22 to mid-October. It’s easy to use, walking your service member through a series of questions to complete their return. The software allows users to securely e-file federal returns and up to three state tax forms. All calculations are guaranteed accurate by the software provider, so your service member can use MilTax with confidence.

Easy, accessible tax support from military experts

If your service member has questions about taxes or just needs help getting started, MilTax consultants are available by phone to help with tax situations specific to military service, such as how to report deployment and combat pay, filing deadlines and extensions.

Our tax consultant was fantastic! Last year I was on the phone with the IRS for hours. This year, with a simple 10-minute call, he solved all of our issues.

MilTax user

In-person support is also available at Volunteer Income Tax Support Assistance offices on many military installations.

Remember, MilTax services are always 100% free, and they’re available 24/7 through Military OneSource. Encourage your service member to learn more about MilTax software and tax consultations. Your service member also has access to free financial counseling to make the most out of their tax refund or for assistance on any financial matter. They can call 800-342-9647 for 24/7 help. OCONUS/International? Click here for calling options.

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