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How Will My Military Pay For Active Service In The U.S. Armed Forces In A Combat Zone Appear On My Form W-2, ?

Military pay attributable to your active service in the combat zone that is excluded from gross income will not appear on your Form W-2 in the box marked "Wages, tips, other compensation. " However, military pay for such service is subject to Social Security and Medicare taxes and will appear on your Form W-2 in the boxes marked "Social security wages" and "Medicare wages and tips." If you believe you are entitled to the military pay exclusion, but it is not reflected on your W-2, ask your service branch to issue a corrected Form W-2.

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