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Possible tax refund for veterans

You may be owed a tax refund. The IRS is advising veterans who received disability severance payments after Jan. 17, 1991, (and included that payment as income), they should file Form 1040X to claim a credit or refund.

Veterans may claim a standard refund amount based on the calendar year (an individual's tax year) in which they received the severance payment. Write “Disability Severance Payment” on line 15 of Form 1040X and enter on lines 15 and 22 the standard refund that applies among those listed below:

  • $1,750 for tax years 1991 – 2005
  • $2,400 for tax years 2006 – 2010
  • $3,200 for tax years 2011 – 2016

Claiming the standard refund amount is the easiest way for veterans to claim a refund, because they do not need to access the original tax return from the year of their lump-sum Disability Severance Payment. For instructions on how to file/claim your refund, visit:

All veterans claiming refunds for overpayments attributable to their lump-sum disability payments should write either “Veteran Disability Severance” or “St. Clair Claim” across the top of the front page of the Form 1040X that they file. Because all amended returns are filed on paper, veterans should mail their completed Form 1040X with a copy of the DOD letter to: IRS, 333 W. Pershing St., Stop 6503 – P5, Kansas City, MO 64108.

Veterans Creative Art Show

On Thursday, July 26, the VA Maine Healthcare System (Togus) in Augusta will be hosting its Veterans Creative Arts Show in the Togus Theater, Building 210, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  A visual arts display will be in the theater from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. with an Open Jam and Poetry Slam.  Interested veterans should contact Courtney Oliver, CTRS (Performing Arts Entries) at 623-8411, ext. 4589, or or Elizabeth Marron, CTRS, at 623-8411 or

Car Show & Fundraiser

On Saturday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bangor Veteran’s Home will host its annual car show at the home, 44 Hogan Road, Bangor. Last year’s event attracted over 100 cars, trucks and race cars. This is event is free, although donations are accepted.

The Bangor 101st Air Refueling Wing will be helping with grilling hamburgers, served with chips and drink for $5. All donations and the sale of food will be split between the Maine Alzheimer’s Association and the Bangor Veterans Home Activities Fund.

Joy Asuncion is a retired U.S. Navy veteran, Maine State Ambassador for the Women in Military Service for America Memorial and a Maine Troop Greeter.  She can be reached at 207-930-5640 or





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