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Category: Michigan

Being in the military and having Michigan has your "Home State of Record", provides special tax benefits explained below.

Filing Extension: United States Military personnel serving in a combat zone on April 15, 2014, will be given 180 days after leaving the combat zone to file their Federal and Michigan state tax returns and will be exempt from any penalties and interest during that period.  To receive this automatic extension within your TaxSlayer account, within your Personal Information section, just check the box that you served in a Combat Zone and follow the prompts.

Qualified Disabled Veterans*: A Michigan taxpayer may claim an exemption of $300 in addition to their other exemptions if:

  • the taxpayer or spouse is a qualified disabled veteran, OR
  • a dependent of the taxpayer is a qualified disabled veteran.

Within the TaxSlayer Michigan state program, simply enter the number of qualified disabled veterans listed on the return within the Basic Information section.

*To be eligible for the additional exemption an individual must be a veteran of the active military, naval, marine, coast guard, or air service who received an honorable discharge or general discharge and has a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.  This additional exemption may not be claimed on more than one tax return.

Subtractions from Income

  • Military Retirement Benefits - Michigan will allow its taxpayers to subtract from their Michigan income any military and Michigan National Guard retirement benefits.
  • Active Duty Military Pay - Michigan also allows its current active duty military residents to subtract their military compensation received for active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces.
    • Compensation from the U.S. Public Health Service, contracted employee pay, civilian pay, and DITY pay are not considered military pay.

Within the TaxSlayer Michigan state program, enter the applicable military subtractions within the appropriate Subtraction from Income section of the Michigan return.