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house Bill H.R. 5015

Does the DOD Need to Tell Combat-Injured Vets That Too Much Tax Was Withheld From Their Severance Pay?

Argument in favor

The federal government’s tax withholding error led to these combat-injured veterans receiving less severance pay than they should have, and the DOD needs to help them get that money back.

Loraki's Opinion
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12/04/2016
You have to pass a frickin' BILL to get this done?! I'll say this: if this bill DOESN'T get passed, every single lawmaker who voted against it deserves to be fired forthwith! I understand that people make mistakes but I have to wonder about the federal agencies under the current Administration! I wonder if it was simply an "accounting error"! I mean, if the IRS is willing to target and cheat conservative groups, just how far does the corruption go?! We know that the DOJ and FBI have been corrupted! Does this culture of lawlessness extend to the DoD, as well??? Do you know what happened to that tax money that was improperly withheld? Probably not, but I hope the matter is investigated and people are held accountable! GET THOSE WOUNDED VETERANS THEIR MONEY! I'm sure they could use it!
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K8ekizer's Opinion
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12/04/2016
Why does a bill need to be passed to fix an accounting error? Why is there a POSSIBILITY of this error not being fixed? This is low level, common sense stuff. Is Congress the master of money transactions of the U.S.? No? Then it shouldn't be on the table, taking time away from our legislators actually doing things that will make a difference.
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Dan's Opinion
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12/04/2016
Why is this even a question? Part of the cost of going to war is caring for our veterans after the fact.
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Argument opposed

What’s done is done, the federal government shouldn’t be granting tax refunds or credits for a mistake it made years ago. All the bureaucrats can do now is hope to do better in the future.

Ngtcpa's Opinion
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12/05/2016
They can get it back when they file their tax returns.
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Peter's Opinion
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12/04/2016
Every dollar lost is a dollar the next Congress will assert must be cut from CMS. I'm not opposed to paying soldiers their earned wages, nor providing them welfare, but not at the expense of the working poor who would necessarily fund it in a cut-then-spend Congress. Must amend with debt ceiling increase equivalent to improperly withheld taxes.
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Tom's Opinion
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12/05/2016
Stupid stupid doesn't our Congress know that the Vets get that money back when they file taxes this is a mute point
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bill Progress


  • EnactedDecember 16th, 2016
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed December 10th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house Passed December 5th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 392 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Armed Services
      Military Personnel
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedApril 20th, 2016

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What is House Bill H.R. 5015?

This bill would direct the Dept. of Defense (DOD) to identify severance payments made to combat-injured veterans since January 17, 1991 where taxes were withheld and notify veterans who had taxes improperly withheld so they can recover those funds. Combat-injured veterans would have up to one year after they’re notified about the improper withholding and given instructions for recovering the money to file paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for a credit or refund.

DOD would be required to ensure that money isn’t withheld for tax purposes from DOD severance payments to individuals when those payments aren’t considered gross income.

Under federal law, veterans who suffer combat-related injuries and are separated from the military aren’t supposed to be taxed on the one-time lump sum disability payment they get from DOD as severance pay. Due to an accounting error, over 14,000 veterans were improperly taxed to the tune of $78 million.

Impact

Combat-injured veterans who had taxes wrongfully withheld from their severance pay; DOD; and the IRS.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 5015

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC) introduced this bill so that combat-injured veterans who were improperly taxed could be notified of the error and request compensation from the government for the mistake:

“Our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines risk their lives every day to protect our freedoms. My bill is a common-sense solution to ensure that every veteran who has had their severance payments were improperly taxed receive every penny that they are rightfully owed. These veterans deserve no less for their service and sacrifice to our nation.”

This legislation has the support of 33 cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Republicans.


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Summary by Eric Revell
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AKA

Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016

Official Title

To restore amounts improperly withheld for tax purposes from severance payments to individuals who retired or separated from service in the Armed Forces for combat-related injuries, and for other purposes.

    You have to pass a frickin' BILL to get this done?! I'll say this: if this bill DOESN'T get passed, every single lawmaker who voted against it deserves to be fired forthwith! I understand that people make mistakes but I have to wonder about the federal agencies under the current Administration! I wonder if it was simply an "accounting error"! I mean, if the IRS is willing to target and cheat conservative groups, just how far does the corruption go?! We know that the DOJ and FBI have been corrupted! Does this culture of lawlessness extend to the DoD, as well??? Do you know what happened to that tax money that was improperly withheld? Probably not, but I hope the matter is investigated and people are held accountable! GET THOSE WOUNDED VETERANS THEIR MONEY! I'm sure they could use it!
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    They can get it back when they file their tax returns.
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    Why does a bill need to be passed to fix an accounting error? Why is there a POSSIBILITY of this error not being fixed? This is low level, common sense stuff. Is Congress the master of money transactions of the U.S.? No? Then it shouldn't be on the table, taking time away from our legislators actually doing things that will make a difference.
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    Why is this even a question? Part of the cost of going to war is caring for our veterans after the fact.
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    Why does our government have to legislate honesty? If taxes were withheld improperly and are not repaid that is theft, end of story!
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    Yes, absolutely inform the veterans of the error and code their personal income tax info for expedient filling. Then correct this error from happening again.
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    I can't fathom opposing this. The federal government stole money from veterans. OF COURSE it should be paid back. It's a disgusting error, but it's able to be corrected, and so it should be.
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    The bill misses the point: if the DOD already knows too much was withheld, that amount should be refunded, period. Direct the IRS to send out the checks anyway and Anyone thinking They still deserve a check can file Their paperwork Themselves.
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    There were times during my military service, both as a Marine and as an Army Officer, where I was paid more than I should have been. From when I was married and changed my marital status, when I set up my housing allowance, even being promoted. There were times where I was being paid more than what I should have been and I had no idea because I just didn't know. However, once the Department of Defense discovered their error, you better damn well believe they recouped those costs regardless of the impact it had on my own personal financial standing. So as quick as what they are to take back what is considered theirs without even so much as an apology, they should be just as quick to return what was never theirs and with an apology. Especially for a Combat Wounded Veteran and wearer of the Purple Heart.
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    Although veterans may be able to recoup this money when they file their taxes, many veterans that are in poor financial standing may do only the bare minimum in filing their taxes and have no idea how to navigate our overcomplicated tax system to recover this money.
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    Please make it up to the vets that have served our country! They deserve all the we can give them, especially money that is rightfully theirs!
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    If the DoD made mistakes computing the tax rates on Veterans, it's their job to notify each Vet via US Mail, email (if available) and public service TV announces. And based on response, 1/4 to 1/2 pages in large metropolitan areas in case some people still read liberal rags. Why can't Government seek out these Vets, instead of Vets seeking out their tax returns. Yes, yes, I know, Government only takes what's their "fair share."
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    What fool even has to ask such a stupid question? Of course! It must be repaid immediately! Today! Not only that, but investigate and fire those responsible. This is the problem with "bureaucracies", once an inept, or corrupt person gets in. Then make rules and regulations having the weight of law, which is a DIRECT violation of the law, that law being the Constitution! Perhaps instead of wasting time on stuff that common sense dictates what should be done, use that time more constructively by reading the Constitution!
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    Veterans are being shortchanged by bureaucratic inertia. They deserve every penny owed.
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    If the government made an error, and knows about it, there should be no question that they need to rectify it. If the vets didn't already get the money back when they filed their taxes (they may not have known, may not have a CPA, or maybe didn't file because of their injuries), then they need to get that money back now.
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    This shouldn't even be something our congress has to legislate. The DoD needs to do their job and and pay its veterans the salaries they earned!
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    There's one hundred reasons to do it and no reasons not to do it.
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    If you read though the yea and nay comments, they are along the same lines. The yea comments believe this should automatically happen, the nay comments believe it SHOULD HAPPEN maybe just happen quicker or more drastically to support veterans.
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    Of course veterans deserve their severance payments. The fact that they've been denied them makes my blood boil.
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    Combat-injured veterans should not be taxed in the first place. But, yes, by all means they should be told.
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