Washington (April 11, 2003) - Military and support personnel involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom will get an exclusion from income for combat pay and automatic extensions of time to file and pay tax, according to the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service.

"We are indebted to all the members of the armed forces for what they are doing to protect our freedom and to liberate the Iraqi people," saidTreasury Secretary John Snow.  "In recognition of their service to this country, all servicemen and women are provided an exclusion from income for the military pay they earn while in the combat zone and automatic extensions of time for filing a return or paying a tax.  Relieving members of the military and their families from concerns about their taxes is a small token of the appreciation we owe them."

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