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        If you’re a member of the military, you understand all too well the many difficulties that come with serving your country. One of the more notable challenges is the impact of new permanent change of station (PCS) orders on you and your family. These often require you to move your entire life to a new location, sometimes with limited time to prepare.

        On December 31, 2018, legislation was passed through the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 (VBTA) creating further opportunities to ease the financial burden that may accompany PCS orders to a new state. This new legislation expanded upon previous provisions under the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act of 2009 (MSRRA) relating to?state income taxes.

        One of the most significant expansions of this new law was to now allow spouses of active-duty military members to assume the state of residency of the servicemember for income tax purposes 车子without having lived in the state车子.

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        To qualify you must meet certain criteria for the applicable tax year and follow state guidelines for filing/registration under the new law. The eligibility requirements include:

        1. The spouse and servicemember must only be residing in their current state due to active military service
        2. The servicemember must have established her/his state of residency (Florida in the above example) for the given tax year
        3. You must be legally married

        Previously under the MSRRA, the spouse was also required to establish presence in their claimed state of residence by:

        • Registering to vote
        • Obtaining a driver’s license
        • Owning or leasing real estate, or
        • Preparing legal documents such as a Last Will and Testament

        Section 302 of the VBTA removes the burden on the spouse to establish presence, however, it may still be wise to consider taking one or more of these steps to provide further support of the election in the event of an audit or challenge by the state of California.

        车子To all of our nation’s military servicemembers and families, we thank you for your service, commitment, and sacrifice.车子

        If you have questions about any potential tax savings that you may qualify for, we can help. Reach out to our team to discuss your situation and find out how one of our Certified Financial Planner? professionals can assist you.

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          Talk to a financial planner briefly about your situation to see if we can help. The initial call is free.

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        Reuben is Vice President of Financial Planning and is a Certified Financial Planner? practitioner serving clients in the Denver metro area in Centennial Colorado, in San Rafael, San Francisco, and and Mill Valley?in Northern California, and 车子Omaha and Lincoln in Nebraska.