Sending Office: Honorable Richard Hudson
Current Cosponsors: Holding, Crowley, Taylor, Castor, Peters,
Endorsing Organizations: Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the U.S., Military Order of the Purple Heart, Navy SEAL Foundation.
As you know, the United States currently has military personnel stationed around the world to conduct both combat and peacetime operations. Whenever a servicemember is deployed to a combat zone, there are several financial benefits he or she receives related
to their geographic location.
One such benefit is the Combat Zone Tax Exclusion (CZTE), which allows the individual to receive pay and benefits tax free. This is a simple way we show support for those who are willing to risk their lives to defend our nation. Currently, there are three
regions designated as combat zones by the President: the Afghanistan Area, the Arabian Peninsula Area, and the Kosovo Area.
While the CZTE is applied to a wide range of members of our armed forces, it is rightfully not applied to all of our forces who are deployed around the world. However, there are locations outside of combat zones where soldiers regularly conduct combat operations
and put their lives on the line. Many times these operations fall to our Special Operations Forces (SOF) who are conducting counter-terrorism missions under the authority found in 10 USC 127e. This is the most common authority in which Unites States SOF conduct
Because of this discrepancy, I introduced H.R. 5747, the Special Operations Forces Tax Cut Act with 5 bipartisan original cosponsors. This bill would modernize the CZTE by applying it to US forces conducting combat operations under 127e. This does
not change the current geography-based model, but simply adds this criteria to reflect the spirit of the CZTE.
Our nation continues to conduct security operations around the world that do not easily fit into one nation or geographic region. As we address the global threat of terrorism, we must make good on our promises to our men and women in uniform.
Simply put, those who are put into combat situations should be given the same benefits no matter where they are geographically located. With this in mind I urge you to join me as a cosponsor of H.R. 5747, the
Special Operations Forces Tax Cut Act. If you have additional questions or would like to be added as a cosponsor, please contact Shaun Taylor at
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