BERKELEY TOWNSHIP-Mayor Carmen Amato and the Berkeley Township Council agreed last week that the state government should immediately stop taxing combat pay for New Jersey residents serving in overseas combat zones.
Under federal law, members of the military serving in a combat zone may exclude income received while serving in a combat zone or time in hospitalization recovering from injuries sustained in combat, but New Jersey does not afford war veterans with the same courtesy.
“New Jersey does not provide for such exclusions,” Mayor Amato said. “The imposition of taxes is unfair, as these men and women are serving our country and putting their lives on the line for our protection.”
A bill in the New Jersey assembly right now proposes to change that. Bill A2451 seeks to exclude combat pay from taxable income in New Jersey.