Military families will face less red tape when relocating thanks to legislation co-sponsored by Senator Mike Johanns, which passed the Senate last night by unanimous consent. The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act would grant military spouses the same privilege currently enjoyed by service members to name a single home location regardless of where they are currently stationed.
"Military service often requires families to relocate to different states, which can involve new residency requirements, administrative hurdles, and financial penalties when filing tax returns," Johanns said. "Extending this legislation to include military spouses is the right thing to do. Military families make many sacrifices and are more than deserving of this benefit. I am proud that the Senate can play a part in easing their burden and recognizing their important role."
Current law enables service members to claim a residency and maintain that residency even as they are ordered to a post in a new state. Military spouses, however, are excluded from this benefit. As a result, military families often times are obligated to manage various problems that arise from spouses having residencies and filing tax returns in different states. In some cases, the spouses pay thousands of dollars more in taxes due to being relocated by the military. The Military Spouse Residency Relief Act extends these benefits to military spouses and alleviates this burden.
Similar legislation must be passed by the House of Representatives before being sent to the President for his signature.