Under federal law, until veterans pay back their involuntary separation pay, they can have their VA disability compensation withheld. After 31-year-old Marine veteran Tim Foster received a 50% disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs in January, he was shocked to discover the compensation benefits would be withheld until May 2016. The reason, Foster explained to Task & Purpose, is that he received $30,000 in involuntary separation pay from the Marine Corps when he was forced out in August 2014, due to personnel cuts.
With the deadline for income taxes due this week here are some facts on the tax burden in Minnesota. Minnesota collects income taxes from its residents utilizing four tax brackets. For single taxpayers • 5.35 percent on the first $25,070 of taxable income. • 7.05 percent on taxable income between $25,071 and $82,360. • 7.85 percent on taxable income between $82,361 and $154,950. • 9.85 percent on taxable income of $154,951 and above. For married couples filing jointly
Great news for the uninsured population and veterans living in rural communities with limited access to health care providers and services. If you are a veteran enrolled in, or eligible for, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care services, the Veterans Choice Act of 2014 and Choice Improvement Act of 2015 were created to offer you greater access to care in your community. If you are a veteran who is not eligible for VA health care and do not have insurance, the Health Insurance Marketplace may be a great option for you.
Americans love automobiles. The IRS even shares the national motoring madness by annually adjusting most of the standard mileage rates taxpayers can use to claim certain types of road trips as tax deductions. The annual adjustments are based on inflation, as well as the IRS' yearly study of the fixed and variable costs of operating a vehicle. Below are the adjusted per-mile amounts you can claim for different types of tax-deductible travel in 2015, as well as 2016 rates for your planning purposes. Mileage rate deductions
We've expanded the optometry clinic at the St. Cloud VA to serve more veterans. While the main clinic and check-in desk are still located in the Building 29 basement, additional rooms have been added on the first floor of Building 29 to accommodate growing veteran demand for optometry services. We have also hired a new optometrist, Dr. Rachael Lloyd, who will be working in these new rooms.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it plans to propose expanded disability compensation eligibility for veterans exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
For enlistment purposes, the military breaks education into three overall categories: Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3. The vast majority (over 90 percent) of all enlistments are from the Tier 1 category. Tier I - Applicants in Tier I have a high school diploma, or at least 15 college credits. This means a high school diploma, not a GED. Depending on state law, completion of high school by home study may or may not be considered equivalent to a high school diploma.
As tax-filing season begins, veterans should be aware of people contacting them who claim to be from the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury. These IRS tax impersonators have been using phone calls and emails to take millions of dollars from taxpayers in every state in the country. The callers tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card, money order or a wire transfer.
Whether you travel for business or pleasure, it's important to know that TRICARE is portable and travels with you wherever you go. You should receive all routine care and get your prescriptions filled before traveling. If you have a medication that you take regularly, get enough to take with you and be sure to pack your medication in your carry-on luggage. With routine care complete, your only health care concern should be urgent or emergency care. Your first line of defense when deciding what kind of care you need is TRICARE's Nurse Advice Line (NAL) at (800) TRICARE (874-2273).
VA maintains a list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships associated with military service in Vietnam and possible exposure to Agent Orange based on military records. This evolving list helps veterans who served aboard ships, including "Blue Water veterans," find out if they may qualify for presumption of herbicide exposure. Veterans must meet VA's criteria for service in Vietnam, which includes aboard boats on the inland waterways or brief visits ashore, to be presumed to have been exposed to herbicides.