WASHINGTON—The American Federation of Government Employees today applauded the introduction of a bill to establish tax equity for federal employees deployed in combat zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Recently Reps. Frank Wolf (R-VA), Tom Davis (R-VA), and Joe Schwarz (R-MI) introduced the Federal Employee Combat Zone Tax Credit Act (H.R. 5920) to extend a tax credit to federal civilian employees that is currently provided to military personnel.
“H.R. 5920 recognizes the essential contributions federal civilian employees are making to our nation’s interests by serving in combat zones,” said AFGE national president John Gage. “This legislation amounts to fairness for those patriotic federal civilian employees who are risking their lives by serving our nation in dangerous locations around the globe.”
AFGE has argued that the disparate income tax treatment of federal civilian employees deployed in these combat zones – many of whom are serving side-by-side with military personnel – is unfair and inequitable. Providing the same income tax credit to federal civilian employees and military personnel alike would rectify this inequity.