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For some taxpayers in military service and on duty outside the United States, the time for taking care of certain tax matters can be postponed. The deadline for filing tax returns, paying taxes, and taking other actions with the IRS is automatically extended if either of the following is true:
  • You serve in the Armed Forces in a combat zone or you have qualifying service outside of a combat zone.
  • You serve in the Armed Forces on deployment outside the United States away from your permanent duty station while participating in a contingency operation.
If you qualify, your deadline for taking actions with the IRS is extended for 180 days after the later of:
  • The last day you are in a combat zone, have qualifying service outside of the combat zone, or service in a contingency operation, or
  • The last day of any continuous qualified hospitalization for injury from service in the combat zone or contingency operation, or while performing qualifying service outside of the combat zone.

In addition to the 180 days, your deadline is extended by the number of days that were left for you to take the action with the IRS when you entered a combat zone or began serving in a contingency operation.


Please refer to IRS Publication 3 Armed Forces' Tax Guide for the complete guidelines regarding the filing extension deadline.

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