Washington (Oct. 31, 2003) -- The House of Representatives voted to give tax relief "to the families of the brave men and women in uniform who have died serving our country."  H.R. 3365, the Fallen Patriots Tax Relief Act, passed by a vote of 413--0.

"We can't repay America's military for their bravery when defending our country," said Bill Thomas (R-CA), chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. "This is only a small step in showing our appreciation."

The Fallen Patriots Tax Relief Act doubles the death gratuity payment given to the families of fallen soldiers from $6,000 to $12,000. This bill also ensures that the full death gratuity payment will be tax-free.

"This is now the sixth time since July 2002 the House has passed tax relief for America's military," added Thomas. "Sadly, today's bill is a scaled back version of what we have previously passed. I hope, at the very least, the Senate will finally act on this bill so we can get relief to the families of America's fallen soldiers."

-- WebCPA staff

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