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Minn soldiers qualify for military tax credit

Thousands of Minnesota soldiers and veterans could miss out on hundreds of dollars from a refundable tax credit about to expire.

To receive the credit in time, the Minnesota Department of Revenue is sending letters to more than 3,600 qualifying soldiers encouraging them to claim the credit before it's too late.

The Credit for Military Service in a Combat Zone is for soldiers who served in a combat zone or qualified hazardous duty area during the tax year.

For military credit served during 2008, the credit is $59 per month served. On October 15, 2012, the 2008 credit will be expiring.

For time served between 2009 and the present, the credit has increased to $120 for each month served.

To receive the credit, soldiers must file 2008 Form M99, Credit for Military Service in a Combat Zone, and attach corresponding Form DD-214. If still on active duty, soldiers may attach Leave and Earnings statements for each month of qualifying service.

They must have been a Minnesota resident during the time of service to qualify.

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