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R&A Pay establishes, maintains and pays military retirees, and their eligible surviving spouses and other family members.

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LATEST NEWS

 

Retiree Newsletter

Survivor SBP Newsletter
 

Find out the latest news and helpful information.


Retiree and Annuitant Pay Dates


Retiree payments will be made as scheduled on July 1, 2021. Annuitant payments will be made as scheduled on July 1, 2021. 


Check Out Our New Survivor SBP Newsletter - Second Issue Now Online! 


DFAS has a new Survivor SBP Newsletter! Check out the second issue, with lots of news and helpful info for survivors/SBP annuitants. Learn all about the upcoming changes to the SBP-DIC offset, our new status notifications, changes to simplify annuitant eligibility verification requirements, and more! Get it here: https://go.usa.gov/x7eMc  


New Status Notifications Rolling Out in 2021
 

Retired & Annuitant Pay is rolling out new, helpful Status Notifications this year to keep you in the loop as forms or documents you submit move through the retired pay or annuitant pay processing cycles. The Status Notifications will be sent primarily via SmartDoc email, so make sure you have an up-to-date email in your myPay profile so you can receive them.

Read more about the Status Notifications project in this newsletter article.


SBP Student Child Annuitants: It's School Cert Season. We have helpful tools for you!

We are aware that some student SBP annuitants did not receive their School Certification documents in the mail. Please see the School Certifications webpage for more information: www.dfas.mil/schoolcerts

Need to submit your school cert?

We have helpful tools and info for you: a Form Wizard to help you fill out the DD 2788 form easily and correctly, a special How-To Checklist for Spring/Summer 2021, and an online upload tool on DFAS.mil.

Check them out on the School Certifications webpage.
Annuitants and Guardians/Legal Representatives of Annuitants 
 

We are working to simplify the process of verifying continuing eligibility for Survivor Benefit Plan annuitants. The newest change reduces the number of annuitants who need to submit a Report of Existence (ROE). Now, the only annuitants who need to submit an ROE are those who receive a paper check to a foreign address. Previously, the legal representatives for all incapacitated annuitants were required to submit an ROE twice each year. 

There is a new overview and a downloadable PDF fact sheet of the eligibility verification requirements for annuitants on our “Manage Your SBP Annuity” webpage. We hope this information will help our customers better understand their role in keeping their annuity accounts current.


Retirees and Annuitants: 2020 Tax Year Statements 


2020 tax statements for retirees are available in myPay as of Dec. 15, 2020
2020 tax statements for annuitants are available in myPay as of Dec. 19, 2020

Tax statements sent through the U.S. Postal Service were mailed no later than Feb 1, 2021. In many cases, the electronic online forms are available much earlier and more securely than those sent to customers electing delivery by mail. 

Did you know we have convenient options for requesting a 1099-R reissue without calling our call center? CLICK HERE to find out how!

Please note: IRS Form 1095-B will only be available online via myPay, unless a request is received for a copy by mail. CLICK HERE to request a 1095-B by mail.
According to the IRS, these forms are not required to prepare or file income tax returns.. 
As required by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), DFAS continues to provide IRS Forms 1095-B or 1095-C via individual myPay accounts. These forms are created for military, retiree and federal civilian employees who receive healthcare insurance coverage through Tricare or Federal Employee Health Benefit programs.


Tax Statements for Former Spouses Now in myPay
 

Former Spouses can now view/print/download tax year 2020 1099-Rs conveniently from myPay: https://mypay.dfas.mil.
Plus 1099-Rs are available for up to four previous tax years. If you’re not using myPay, now is a great time to get started: look for “New User” on the myPay homepage. 


SBP-DIC Offset Phased Elimination - 2021 Phase One


Some spouse SBP annuitants will see an increase in the SBP annuity payment they receive during phase one (2021). Some spouse SBP annuitants will not see a change in phase one (2021) of the SBP-DIC Offset Phased Elimination. You DO NOT need to call DFAS to tell us you are affected by the change in the law. Check out the article outlining the upcoming phases in the June 2021 Survivor SBP Newsletter or see our full range of FAQs on the SBP-DIC News webpage
*Note: the change in the law does NOT affect the amount of DIC you receive from the VA. You should continue to receive your normal DIC amount from the VA.*


2021 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)


Based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index, there will be a 1.3 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for most retired pay and Survivor Benefit Plan annuities, and the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance (SSIA), effective Dec. 1, 2020. 
With the COLA applied, the maximum amount of SSIA payable will be $327.

Retirees saw the change in their Dec. 31, 2020 payment and annuitants in their Jan. 4, 2021 payment.

For details, see the Fiscal Year 2021 COLA Memorandum:
https://militarypay.defense.gov/Pay/Retirement/cola/


TRICARE Enrollment Fee Allotments 


Please contact your TRICARE regional contract. DFAS cannot set up these allotments. They must be set up by TRICARE through the regional contractors. Please note: only Retirees can set up allotments from their pay. Allotments cannot be paid from SBP or SSIA annuity pay

The information to set up allotments through the regional contractors is as follows:

TRICARE East
Humana Military
1-800-444-5445
Allotments can be set up online or via phone. For more information on setting up allotments, visit https://www.humanamilitary.com/selectfees or call 1-800-444-5445. 

TRICARE West
Health Net
1-844-866-9378
Allotments can be setup online, via telephone self-service, or by paper application. For more instructions on setting up allotments, visit https://www.hnfs.com/content/hnfs/home/tw/bene/enroll/allotment.html or call 1-844-866-9378. 

TRICARE Overseas
International SOS
For Country Specific Toll-Free Numbers, visit: http://www.tricare-overseas.com/contact-us
Please contact your country-specific number via phone for more information about setting up your allotment.

See the December DFAS Retiree Newsletter for more information on setting up the new TRICARE Select Enrollment Fees


Spouses and Children of Recently-Deceased Retirees


We have new tools and information to assist you with the SF 1174 for claiming the retiree’s Arrears of Pay. We can now deposit an Arrears of Pay (AOP) payment directly to an eligible claimant’s bank account instead of mailing a check. And we have an online upload option that will provide you with status notifications. Please see the How to Claim Arrears of Pay Using the 1174 page for details.


Spouses, Eligible Former Spouses, and Children of Deceased Retirees


We have new tools and information to assist you with the DD Form 2656-7 for starting a Survivor Benefit Plan Annuity. We have a Form Wizard to help fill out the form correctly and easily. And we have an online upload option that will provide you with status notifications. Please see the Start an SBP Annuity page for details.


Processing Time Frames - How Long Does It Take?


Please see our new webpage for current typical processing time frames: How Long Does It Take?


R&A Pay is Expanding Communication through Emailed SmartDocs


As part of our commitment to continually improving our customer service, R&A Pay is expanding the use of emailed SmartDocs as a way to communicate about changes to your account and actions that may be needed. Email notifications will speed up the time it takes to notify you about your account. If you don’t yet have an email address in myPay, please add one now so you can receive these email notifications. 


Direct Deposit Required


A treasury mandate requires us to pay our customers electronically. Most military retirees and annuitants getting paper checks need to set up direct deposit. Start direct deposit now.

Direct Express® Debit Card Program provides members who do not have a bank account an alternative to payment by EFT.


Direct Deposit Bank Account Changes


Follow these steps to avoid missing or incorrect payments!


Same-Sex Marriage SBP
 

Department of Defense issued implementing guidance extending SBP coverage to same-sex spouses of military members and retirees.


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Pay Schedule

Pay Verification / Proof of Income

Survivor Benefit Plan Information


HOW DO I?


Get My 1099R

Correct My 1099R

Change My Arrears of Pay Beneficiary

Start or Change Direct Deposit

Change My Address

Manage My Allotments

Start International Direct Deposit

Report a Retiree's Death

Report an SBP Annuitant's Death


myPay Puts You In Control


myPay: Get started guide

The most convenient way to manage your retirement account is through myPay, our online account management system.

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Page updated June 9, 2021