Rep. Poliquin Introduces Bill to Give National Guard Members the Same Tax Deductions as Federal Employees
WASHINGTON – Maine’s Second District Congressman, Bruce Poliquin, has introduced the Fair Treatment for our National Guard and Reservists Act, a simple and common sense bill to amend the tax code so that our National Guard Members and Reservists receive the same tax treatment for their travel expenses as all other federal employees. Congressman Poliquin released the following statement:
“Every month, our hardworking and dedicated Members and Reservists of the National Guard sacrifice time at home with family and friends to travel for their drill weekends,” said Congressman Poliquin. “This training often requires driving beyond the normal commuting distances, sometimes even crossing state lines, and therefore the expenses can exceed a Member’s monthly drill pay.
“We cannot expect these brave men and women to give up time away from their friends and family so they are prepared for deployment, but not provide them with the same tax deductions that we offer federal employees. I am proud to introduce this legislation to give our National Guard Members the support they surely deserve.”
Under the current tax code, federal employees who travel more than 50 miles from their residence for work-related travel can deduct those expenses from their taxes. By comparison, National Guard Members must travel at least 100 miles to take advantage of that same deduction. The Fair Treatment for our National Guard and Reservists Act will amend the tax code so that National Guard Members will also receive a tax deduction for their travel expenses if they travel 50 miles or more for training.
In a letter of support to Congressman Poliquin, Executive Director of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS), Sergeant Major Frank Yoakum, wrote, “Thank you for your hard work to support the active and reserve components, Veterans, and family members. EANGUS stands ready to work with you and your staff to make sure this important, timely bill is signed into law.”
The Fair Treatment for our National Guard and Reservists Act has been endorsed by the EANGUS and the Reserve Officers Association (ROA).