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Community > Veteran's Affairs > 2018 Veterans News

2018 Veterans News

Local Elks Keeping Our Veterans Warm With Handmade Quilts
July 6, 2018

Mission Viejo, Saddleback Valley Elk Sandy Bergan and Elks supporters recently crocheted quilts for use by Veteran patients at the Veterans Hospital in Long Beach.  The colorful and comfortable quilts were a welcome sight to Veterans and were delivered by the Elks Veterans Committee Bingo Team when they visited the hospital to play bingo with the Vets.  

Sven Akesson, Dennis Lumley, and Lucky Walch of the Elks Veterans Committee are also members of the Freedom Committee of Orange County (FCOC).  The mission of the FCOC is to bring veteran’s living history from WW II, Korea, Vietnam, and the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, into classrooms throughout Orange County.  Members, invited guests, and educators are welcome to the General Meetings held the second Wednesday of each month from 11:30am to 1:30 pm, at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, in Costa Mesa.  For more information, contact Mr. Scott Williams, President, FCOC, at 714-501-0941 or swllmsca@gmail.com

In late June, Elks Veterans Committee Members assisted the President/CEO of Brain Education Strategies and Technologies, Inc. (BEST) with her application for a $65,000 grant which was submitted to the Infinite Heroes Foundation.  If awarded, the grant will be used for a Traumatic Brain Injury/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder study BEST is conducting for 50 Veterans in four states, including California.

Lodge #2444 is celebrating 49 years of service to Saddleback Valley Communities. It is one of 8 lodges in the Orange Coast District of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) whose headquarters is in Chicago, Illinois. The BPOE is a charitable organization with a 150 year history of giving. "Elks Care Elks Share" For information regarding Elks programs or membership, call 949 830-3557.

Veterans Committee Chairman

Jerrie Muir





IR-2018-95, April 13, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Armed Forces members who served in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt may qualify for combat zone tax benefits retroactive to June 2015, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) enacted in December 2017, members of the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Coast Guard who performed services in the Sinai Peninsula can now claim combat zone tax benefits. Eligible service members should review Publication 3, Armed Forces’ Tax Guide, available on IRS.gov.

Among other benefits, eligible service members may be able to exclude part or all of their combat pay from their income for federal income tax purposes. Excluding combat pay from a taxpayer’s income can result in lower tax.

How Armed Services members can claim a refund

Service members who previously paid tax on this income may be due a refund. They may file an amended tax return, Form 1040X, if they already filed a tax return for tax years 2015, 2016 and 2017. 
 
Combat pay received on or after Jan. 1, 2018, will be correctly reported on any W-2 forms issued to any service member who serves in the Sinai Peninsula. Service members who served in the Sinai Peninsula in 2015, 2016, or 2017 can provide documentation of their service to their finance officer and ask for a Form W-2c, Corrected Wage and Tax Statement.
 
However, an eligible service member who is unable to secure a corrected Form W-2c may still claim the combat pay exclusion by attaching to their Form 1040X copies of official documents showing they served or worked in the Sinai Peninsula. These documents should indicate the area, theater or military operation and the approximate entry date. Acceptable documents include military orders, letters of authorization (civilians), hospital discharge papers, discharge from active duty, official letterhead memorandum from a military department or civilian employer, or a request and authorization for temporary duty travel of Department of Defense personnel (civilians and military).
 
Amended returns can only be filed on paper (electronic filing is not available) and can take up to 16 weeks to process. Within about three weeks after mailing an amended return, taxpayers can track the status online using Where’s My Amended Return?
 
For more information about requesting a refund based on service in the Sinai Peninsula, see the Form 1040X instructions, available on IRS.gov.