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CIVILIAN PCS TRAVEL TAX CHANGE

Did you make a civilian permanent change of station move in 2018? Are you anticipating a PCS move in the future? Most civilian PCS entitlements are now taxable. Find out more on how this change affects you at http://go.usa.gov/xPuQS.


MILITARY RETIREE PAY INCREASE IN 2019

The Department of Defense announced annual cost of living adjustments that will benefit military retirees and survivors during calendar year 2019. Most military retirees will receive a 2.8 percent increase to their retired pay beginning with the pay they receive on Jan. 1, 2019. Learn more at https://go.usa.gov/xPdsq.


NOTICE OF STATUTORY CHANGE

The signed National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 includes an immediate repeal of the authority to prescribe a reduced flat rate per diem for long-term temporary duty travel.

Flat rate per diem for long term TDYs of more than 30 days shall only apply for travel through midnight on Aug. 12, 2018. As of Aug. 13, 2018, normal per diem rules, including the following, apply: 

  • Lodging receipts are required for all lodging payments
  • The actual cost of lodging, not to exceed the full locality lodging per diem rate, will be paid 
  • The full meals and incidental expense will no longer be reduced by 75 percent or 55 percent.

Get more information by visiting the Flat Rate Per Diem Transition FAQs.


Did you receive Disability Severance Pay between 1991 and now that was reported as taxable income? Some DSP becomes non-taxable due to certain circumstances and VA disability awards. Find out if you’re eligible to file an amended federal tax return and how to do it by clicking here.


Military members: If you've served in the Sinai Peninsula and qualified for Hostile Fire Pay or Imminent Danger Pay, you may be entitled to Combat Zone Tax Exlusion benefits. Get the details and take advantage!


New Online Form to Report the Death of a Retiree: You can now use our convenient online form to report the death of a retiree at https://go.usa.gov/xnzQ9


Army/Navy/Air Force military members: If you're BRS Opt-In eligible, remember that the decision you enter through myPay cannot be changed once you submit it. The myPay process has multiple warnings that your decision is irrevocable...you can't change it once you've made it.