The combat-injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016 provides that most veterans who received a one-time, lump-sum, disability severance payment when they separated from military service are entitled to a refund if that payment was claimed as income. The payment must have been received after Jan. 17, 1991, and before Jan. 1, 2017. Eligible veterans should have received a mailed notice from the Department of Defense in July of 2018 explaining how to claim their tax refunds.

Deadlines are soon approaching as the time available for claiming these tax refunds is limited to:

• One year from the date of the Department of Defense notice, or

• Three years after the due date for filing the original return for the year the disability severance payment was made, or

• Two years after tax was paid for the year, the disability severance payment was made.

Usually, taxpayers can only claim tax refunds within three years from the due date of the return; this alternative time frame is especially important since some of the claims may be for refunds of taxes paid as far back as 1991.

Two options for claiming the tax refund:

• Option 1: File a claim based on the actual amount of the overpayment attributable to your lump-sum disability severance payment, or

• Option 2: Choose to claim the standard refund amount listed below that corresponds to the year the disability severance payment was made. Simply write “Disability Severance Payment” on Form 1040X, line 15, and enter the standard refund amount listed below on line 15, column B, and on line 22, leaving the remaining lines blank. Claiming a standard refund amount is the easiest way to request a refund because it does not require finding the original tax return or requesting information about the return from the IRS. It may result in a larger or smaller refund based on the actual amount from the return. The standard refund amounts are:

• $1,750 for tax years 1991 – 2005

• $2,400 for tax years 2006 – 2010

• $3,200 for tax years 2011 – 2016

Veterans can submit a claim based on the actual amount of their disability severance payment by completing Form 1040X and carefully following the instructions. An original return is not necessary if the information for that tax year is available. Veterans without the required information to complete the Form 1040X, you can request a transcript online at IRS.gov/transcript.

• Complete and file IRS Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, for the tax year the disability severance payment was made.

• Write either “Veteran Disability Severance” or “St. Clair Claim” across the top of the front page of the Form 1040X

• All amended returns are filed on paper, so veterans should mail their completed Form 1040X, with a copy of the DoD letter, to:

Internal Revenue Service

333 W. Pershing Street, Stop 6503, P5

Kansas City, MO 64108

The IRS has posted detailed information on IRS.gov. Veterans with questions about claiming a tax refund for disability severance payment can call the IRS toll free at (833) 558-5245 ext. 378 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. local time (Alaska and Hawaii follow Pacific time).


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