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Lawmakers claim oversight in forgiving state taxes for those killed in combat

Eau Claire (WQOW)- This week, Wisconsin lawmakers unanimously approve forgiving state taxes for those military members killed in combat.

The issue became public after the father of a Dane County soldier, killed in Afghanistan, was surprised when the IRS forgave the soldier's federal taxes, but the state wouldn't budge on the taxes owed to it.  But after this week's vote, state taxes will now be forgiven for the year in which a military member dies, plus the year before, if that person hadn't filed their taxes yet.

"The thought that these folks who gave everything in the interest of this country and this state would have to pay tax is amazing," says State Representative Dana Wachs.  "It just stuns me that this hadn't been thought of before."

Lawmakers say this was simply an oversight and fixed it right away when it was brought to their attention.  The measure now goes to Governor Walker's desk for final approval.

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