Two bills looking at tax exemption for military members

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The Gov. Doug Burgum talked about cutting taxes for military members in his budget address. Now, two legislators have introduced bills that would give those tax breaks.

One bill would eliminate the tax on military benefits for retired personnel, while the other would include active service members. House Finance and Taxation Chair Craig Headland says there's more pressure to address this now than in previous sessions. He’s supportive of the one that applies to active military members, too.

“We need increased workforce and I think that's what the bill does. It provides us with eligible people to work after they're done with their military missions,” said Headland, R-Montpelier.

Headland says recent changes to base realignments and closures are also helping swing the pendulum to get this out of committee. Neither bill has left committee yet. The fiscal not on only retirement benefits is $3 million and $5.8 million for all members according to Headland.

Both bills are attached to this article.