I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.
First of all, from one veteran to another, thank you for your service to our country! I greatly appreciate it.
Arrears of state tax are not capable of being garnished from your Military Retirement benefits. Taxes owed the IRS are not given the same protection, but taxes owed the state cannot work to act as a garnishment against you Military Retirement.
And you are correct. VA benefits are similarly protected as are social security benefits and other federally approved pension plans.
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I wish you and yours the best in 2016,