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I’m in the military.  Which parts of my pay count as income

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I’m in the military. Which parts of my pay count as income?

Over and above basic pay, members of military have a salary that is divided into many categories.  Generally, all categories that provide income (basic pay), or that defray a personal cost are considered income for child support purposes.  For example BAH (basic allowance for housing) and BAQ (basic allowance for quarters), categories that represent housing allotments paid to a serviceman, are considered income for child support purposes.  These amounts are paid to a serviceman to be used to reimburse payment of, of to pay, for his residence.  Keep in mind that whether a payment is “taxable” income for state or federal purposes does not guide whether it is considered income for child support purposes.

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