UPDATE: Walker signs bill benefiting military families

UPDATED Thursday, June 27, 2013 --- 2:50 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a bill that exempts from taxes military income for a soldier killed in combat.

The exemption would cover income earned during the year the soldier is killed and in the year before if the soldier hasn't filed a return for that year. The exemption begins with the current tax year.

Walker said Thursday that the new law "sends an important message of gratitude to fallen service members and their families."

The bill passed the Legislature with unanimous support.

Nearly 6,700 U.S. soldiers have died in combat since 2001. About 150 were from Wisconsin.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, May 14, 2013 --- 4:27 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Legislature has passed a bill that would exempt from taxes military income for a soldier killed in combat.

The exemption would cover income earned during the year the soldier is killed and in the year before if the soldier hasn't filed a return for that year.

Both the Assembly and Senate unanimously passed the bill Tuesday. Gov. Scott Walker has pledged to sign it into law.

Andrew Johnson's son David, a former U.S. Army first lieutenant, was killed last year while patrolling in Kandahar province in Afghanistan. Johnson says he was shocked to learn that while the federal government would forgive his son's income taxes, the state wouldn't.

Nearly 6,700 U.S. soldiers have died in combat since 2001. About 150 were from Wisconsin.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, May 14, 2013 --- 1:58 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a bill that would exempt the military income a soldier earns in the year of the soldier's death in combat and the year leading up to his or her death from taxes.

The Assembly passed the bill 97-0 Tuesday. It now goes to the state Senate.

Andrew Johnson's son David, a former U.S. Army first lieutenant, was killed last year while patrolling in the Kandahar Province. Johnson says he was shocked to learn that while the federal government would forgive his son's income taxes, the state wouldn't.

Nearly 6,700 U.S. soldiers have died in combat since 2001. About 150 were from Wisconsin.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Monday, May 13, 2013 --- 12:20 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The parents of a Wisconsin soldier killed in Afghanistan are backing a bill that would forgive state income taxes for military members killed in combat.

Andrew Johnson's son David was killed last year while patrolling in the Kandahar Province. Johnson says he was shocked to learn later that while the federal government would forgive his son's income taxes, the state wouldn't.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by state Rep. Mark Born and Sen. Scott Fitzgerald would exempt military income earned the year before a soldier is killed, along with that from the year in which the soldier dies. The measure is up for vote in both the Senate and the Assembly on Tuesday.

Nearly 6,700 U.S. soldiers have died in combat since 2001. About 150 were from Wisconsin.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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