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Congress OKs Tax Break for Troops

April 16, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Congress has overwhelmingly approved tax relief for American military men and women involved in the war in Yugoslavia.

The House voted 424-0 and the Senate 95-0 on Thursday to send the measure to President Clinton, who has signaled support.

Like Clinton’s executive order this week, the bill exempts military hazardous duty pay from income taxes, gives personnel in the combat zone a 180-day extension to file their 1998 tax return and exempts them from the 3 percent excise tax on long-distance telephone calls.

The legislation goes slightly further than Clinton’s order by extending the tax relief to support personnel whose duty is performed outside the United States and away from their permanent posts.

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