Q. What is meant by the term “federal active duty status” in terms of the new NJ $3,000 tax exemption for New Jersey residents who served honorably in the military? I served in the New Jersey Army National Guard for six years and received an honorable discharge. My duty consisted of six months of basic and advanced infantry training, five-and-a-half years of monthly drills and two weeks of annual summer camp. Would I qualify for the exemption if my unit was never activated?
— Proud to have served
A. It doesn’t seem as if you qualify.
That’s because it appears you were not “federalized,” and therefore are not considered a veteran, said Abby Rosen, a certified financial planner with RegentAtlantic in Morristown..
She provided this excerpt from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:
“Active service in the National Guard or Reserve includes: » Active duty (Title 10) – full-time duty in the Armed Forces, such as unit deployment during war, including travel to and from such duty, except active duty for training, OR » Full-time National Guard duty (Title 32) – duty performed for which you are entitled to receive pay from the Federal government, such as responding to a national emergency or performing duties as an Active Guard Reserve (AGR) member.”
Rosen said if you are uncertain if you ever served under a federal capacity, you may request records here.
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