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The Soldiers and Sailors Relief Act says, among other things, that states are not permitted to tax the military income of non-residents while those people are temporarily domiciled in the state on active duty with the U.S. armed forces. However, many states (Ohio, New Mexico, and Virginia come to mind) turn around and tax the non-military income of those people at the rate they would tax the military income if they were actually permitted to tax the military income. In other words, these states comply with the letter of the law, but they sure don't comply with the spirit.

Is this issue important within the tax industry? I've been toying with writing my elected representatives to Congress on this issue. I'd like to know if I'm the only one who cares, or if there's a fighting chance I might be the pebble that starts the avalanche.

David Jacobs
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