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Free Tax Preparation For Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force Members

from Military OneSource offers free online tax preparation and filing. This online software product is easy to use, and free technical assistance is available if you need it. If you have any personal tax-related questions, you can call 800-342-9647 for free tax consultation with a Military OneSource tax consultant. Eligibility The following individuals are eligible to receive Military OneSource …

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New Commissary Reform Plan to Protect Savings

The DoD is thankfully modifying its approach to reform the commissary benefit with new guarantees to preserve overall shopper savings and also to avoid pay cuts for current employees, according to Deputy Chief Management Officer (DCMO) Peter Levine in a recent teleconference. The guarantees are part of a revised commissary overhaul proposal that officials believe Congress, shopper advocates and store …

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Defense hearings: Commissary reform and North Korea on calendar

By Leo Shane III, Navy Times – Lawmakers will fit in a few defense and veterans hearings this week around President Obama’s already scheduled annual State of the Union address and subsequent congressional party retreats. Both the House and Senate foreign relations committees will focus on the recent nuclear test in North Korea, and its possible effects on security in the Pacific region. …

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What Obama’s last State of the Union holds for troops, vets

By Leo Shane III, Defense News – During the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, President George W. Bush devoted the majority of his annual addresses to issues related to U.S. troops overseas and the ongoing fights. But with combat operations winding down, domestic concerns over employment and the economy have dominated Obama’s speeches. Last year, the president …

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2016 Budget Release

The White House announced plans to roll out its budget submission for the next fiscal year on February 9, missing by one week the mandated deadline of delivering a budget blueprint by the first Monday in February. The date was announced on Twitter by the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, Shaun Donovan, who said his …

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US Attorney Declines Prosecution of Former VA Execs

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said Thursday it has declined a referral from the VA inspector general for criminal prosecution of Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves. The inspector general said in a report this fall that Rubens and Graves, acting like thugs, forced lower-ranking regional managers to accept job transfers against their will.  Rubens and Graves …

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Tax Relief for Disabled Illinois Veterans

A new law in Illinois is increasing relief of property tax for disabled Illinois military veterans. The law expands eligibility for the Disabled Veterans’ Standard Homestead Exemption for United States Department of Veterans Affairs certified service-connected disabilities of 30 percent or more. Under the new law, veterans with disabilities between 30 to 49 percent will be entitled to a $2,500 …

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IRS Reminder

Beginning in January 2016, DFAS will be providing IRS Form 1095-C to all U.S. military members, and IRS Form 1095-B to all Retirees, Annuitants, former spouses and all other individuals having TRICARE coverage during all or any portion of tax year 2015. An IRS Form 1095 documents you (and your family members, if applicable) have the minimum essential coverage. More …

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Will Women be Required to Register for the Draft?

The gradual opening of combat positions to female troops, culminating in Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s December 3 announcement that all military jobs would open to women, changes the factual context of the male-only draft, a recent DoD analysis found. Currently, only male United States residents between ages 18 and 26 are required to register for the military draft.  The 1981 …

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TRICARE Survey Results

The survey found that 81 percent of TRICARE Prime beneficiaries were satisfied with care quality of their health-care plan; 80 percent were satisfied with cost; and 62 percent were satisfied with their ability to pick a doctor. Of TRICARE Standard users, 86 percent said they were satisfied with their care quality, 68 percent were satisfied with cost, and 81 percent …

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