The state will not tax combat pay earned by Utahns serving in Operation Desert Storm that is considered tax-free by the federal government, Gov. Norm Bangerter promised Friday.

The governor said his office will support whatever legislation is needed to make sure the men and women overseas don't have to pay taxes on their military pay.Filing deadlines have also been extended for Utahns serving in the war in the Persian Gulf. They do not have to file their state income tax returns until at least 180 days after they return from the Gulf or are discharged from a hospital.

Utah military personnel stationed outside the combat zone must file their state income taxes within three months and 15 days from their dates of discharge or return to the U.S., whichever is earlier.

The governor also said the state will not charge them penalities or interest on unpaid 1990 taxes as long as they meet the extended deadlines.