2,000 Minnesota Veterans Face Deadline To File Tax Credit
Thousands of Minnesotans are about to miss out on money and they may not even know it. They're veterans, and they need to act fast to avoid a deadline that is one week from Tuesday.
October 15, the paperwork has to be in the hands of the Department of Revenue.
Sean Gibson went out for a run in Fort Snelling Tuesday. It's part of his daily routine, a time to quiet his mind since coming back from a war zone. He's an Air Force Veteran, served in Iraq. During his tour overseas, he missed out on a lot, he didn't want to also miss out on a tax break from the country he served, "when you're gone for six months from your family and kids, it's nice to have another program out there to help us."
The tax credit allows vets to collect $120 per month served in combat territory. For Gibson, who was gone for six months, that means a check worth $720 dollars, "why not collect a benefit for those serving overseas."
Gibson now works at the 133rd Airlift Wing. He says there are many programs vets simply aren't aware of. He doesn't want this perk to pass fellow veterans by.
Terri Steenblock with the Department of Revenue agrees, "our veterans have made a tremendous sacrifice for us and their family members have as well, it's a small way to recognize their service."
The Department of Revenue says roughly 2,000 Minnesotans are qualified for their service in 2009, but haven't applied yet. With the average refund about $440, that's real money.
Gibson says he paid a price for service, it's nice to get some payback, "anything to help us veterans out is a great program."
Even though the tax credit for 2009 expires in 7 days, you can still apply for 2010, 2011 & 2012.
However, with the federal government shutdown, you can't apply in person at the VA. But you can apply online.