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02-27-2017 02:30 PM
I am helping my son file his taxes and he received income from the National Guard for Basic Training. I recall as I was going through the process it asked me if he was active duty military. Is National Guard considered to be active duty military?
02-27-2017 06:57 PM
Active duty refers to a status where you're actively working in a military position and if you're given an order to go into a combat zone or into some sort of action you don't have a choice. In other words being on active duty means you're actively doing something (a job of some sort, etc.) for the army, navy, etc. and you can be deployed at any time. Being in the reserves and going through basic training are not active duty.
If you have any other questions I'll be glad to help.
Senior Tax Advisor (Tampa, FL)
05-10-2018 09:32 PM
From the military standpoint, you are correct - basic training is considered active duty.
From the IRS standpoint, Louis is correct - National Guard activity is not considered active duty, unless the unit is activated.