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Summary of Kentucky Military and Veterans Benefits: The Commonwealth of Kentucky offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including State Tax Exemptions, State Employment Preferences, Education and Tuition Assistance, Vehicle Tags, as well as Hunting and Fishing License privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

Kentucky State Military and Veterans Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

What are my Kentucky Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Kentucky Income Tax Exemption for Military Wages: Effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2010, all military pay received by active duty members of the Armed Forces of the United States, members of reserve components of the Armed Forces of the United States and members of the National Guard are exempt from Kentucky income tax.

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Kentucky Retired Military Pay Income Taxes: Kentucky allows a pension income exclusion of up to $31,110 * for all pension income that is reported as taxable and included in the federal adjusted gross income. You may be able to exclude more than $31,110. If you are retired military and receive pension income greater than $31,110, you will need to complete Kentucky Schedule P Kentucky Pension Income Exclusion.
Kentucky Pension Income Exclusion Schedule P

* ($41,110 for taxable year 2017 and earlier)

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Kentucky State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income if any of the following conditions apply:

  • You were entitled to receive a disability payment before September 25, 1975;

  • You were a member of the military (active or reserves) or were under a binding written commitment to become a member on September 24, 1975;

  • You receive disability payments for a combat-related injury. This is a personal injury or sickness that:

  • Resulted directly from armed conflict,

    • Took place while you were engaged in extra-hazardous service,

    • Took place under conditions simulating, including training exercises such as maneuvers, or

    • Was caused by an instrumentality of war.

  • You would be entitled to receive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) if you filed an application for it (the exclusion under this condition equals the amount you would be entitled to from the VA).

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Kentucky State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.

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