Combat Zone Tax Exclusion (CZTE)

Army Reserve: Drilling

Benefit Fact Sheet


Soldiers who serve in a combat zone can exclude certain pay from their taxable income. The Combat Zone Tax Exclusion (CZTE) is unlimited for enlisted members and warrant officers and is limited to the maximum enlisted pay amount, plus the amount of Hostile Fire Pay / Imminent Danger Pay payable to the officer for the qualifying month, for officers.


Army Reserve Soldiers on drill status are not eligible for CTZE. They are eligible when on Federal Active Duty and serving in a combat zone.  Military vehicle with helicopters flying in the background

Additional Information

For more tax information, please see:

Internal Revenue Service Publication 3:

DoD FMR Volume 7A, Chapter 44:

For additional information on possible changes to this benefit as a Wounded Warrior, please visit the Wounded Warrior Pay section of the Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS) website at:

Hostile Fire/Imminent Danger Pay:

Document Review Date: 18 March 2021