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December 2023 Retiree Newsletter

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Director’s Message
Welcome to the December 2023 Retiree Newsletter!

Gray Area Retiree Spotlight - New to Retired Pay: What to Know for Tax Season 
After you retire and begin receiving retired pay, the next tax season will bring a few changes.

There’s Still Time to Get a Head Start on Tax Season
Convenient options to replace an IRS Form 1099-R.

You Asked, We Delivered: The New “What to Do When a Military Retiree Dies” Checklist and Enhanced Webpage
Thanks for your feedback and ideas, we’ve made some improvements to help smooth the process for survivors and beneficiaries.

New Retiree and Annuitant DFAS Resources Now Available! 
Here at DFAS Retired and Annuitant Pay, we’re very busy working on ways to improve our customer service for you. 

Introducing Our Newest Form Wizard: DD 2656-6, Survivor Benefit Plan Election Change Certificate  
We are excited to announce our newest Form Wizard for the DD 2656-6, Survivor Benefit Plan Election Change Certificate.

How to Upload Your Documents Using our askDFAS Online Upload Tools
If you’re not uploading your documents to DFAS via our askDFAS online upload tools, you are missing out on some key benefits.

The SBP Open Season Ends January 1, 2024
The deadline for the Survivor Benefit Plan Open Season is midnight January 1, 2024

Important Changes If You Pay SBP/RCSBP Monthly Premiums Direct Through Treasury CRS
Some retirees need to pay monthly Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) or Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP) premiums directly. Recently, CRS changed their payment processes and their customer service phone number.

2024 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) 
Based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index, there is a 3.2 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for most retired pay and Survivor Benefit Plan annuities, effective December 1, 2023. 

What Retirees Can Expect in the Year-End Mail from DFAS
For retirees who request their tax statements via postal mail from DFAS, each January we will mail your 1099-R, along with a special print edition of the DFAS Retiree Newsletter with important news for the coming year.

CRDP/CRSC Open Season - Frequently Asked Questions
 If you’re eligible for both CRDP and CRSC, CRDP/CRSC Open Season is when DFAS will send you a letter with instructions on how to change your election from one type of payment to the other if you choose.

News from Our Partners: Free MilTax Services Available to Recent Retirees 
If you separated from service within the last 12 months, you are eligible to file your taxes for free with MilTax e-filing software and support.

News from Our Partners: 2023 Air Force Assistance Fund “50 Years of Caring” Campaign—Sprint Finish!
2023 marked the Department of the Air Force’s 50th annual Air Force Assistance Fund Campaign at Air and Space Force Bases worldwide.  

2024 Pay Calendar
To help you plan for 2024, below is a list of the days you should expect to receive your pay.

Click here to download a PDF of the December 2023 Retiree Newsletter
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September 2023 Retiree Newsletter

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Director’s Message
Welcome to the September 2023 Retiree Newsletter!

Gray Area Spotlight: Did You Know? The 2023 SBP Open Season is Your Opportunity to Enroll or Discontinue RCSBP/SBP Coverage 
In the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Congress provided for a special Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) Open Season, which ends January 1, 2024.

Another Tax Season is Right Around the Corner: Are You Prepared?
Tax season is just around the corner and DFAS wants to ensure you are prepared.

Employment Compensation from a Foreign Government Can Impact Your Retired Pay
Your military retired pay can be impacted if you receive compensation from a foreign government without advance permission

The Survivor Benefit Plan Open Season Ends January 1, 2024
The deadline to enroll or discontinue during the SBP Open Season is January 1, 2024.

Helpful Form Wizards and Convenient askDFAS Online Upload Tools
At DFAS, we continue to look for ways to make filling out forms and sending information to us as easy as possible. Two resources we provide are Form Wizards and the askDFAS Online Upload Tools.

Simplifying Eligibility Verifications for Retirees and SBP Annuitants
As part of our work at DFAS Retired & Annuitant Pay to transform into an even more customer-friendly environment, we are simplifying eligibility verifications for both retirees and SBP annuitants.

Retiree Appreciation Events 2023
Come see us at the following upcoming Retiree Appreciation events!

From Our Partners: 2023 Air Force Assistance Fund “50 Years of Caring” Campaign
On 27 February, the Department of the Air Force launched the 50th annual Air Force Assistance Fund 50 Years of Caring Campaign at Air and Space Force Bases worldwide.

From Our Partners: Military Families - Take Advantage of Your FEDVIP Enrollment Period
The Federal Benefits Open Season is your annual opportunity to enroll in, change, or cancel a FEDVIP dental and/or vision plan.

2024 Pay Calendar
To help you plan for 2024, below is a list of the days you should expect to receive your pay.

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June 2023 Retiree Newsletter

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Director’s Message

Welcome to the June 2023 Retiree Newsletter!

Gray Area Retiree Spotlight: Your Service Needs to Know About Your Life-Changing Events!
As we continue our look at RCSBP, DFAS and your Branch of Service identified a common challenge that may impact you and your loved ones—timely notification of your life-changing events to your Branch of Service!

Don’t Forget to Give Your Retired Pay Account a Regular Checkup!
Use this handy checklist to do a retired pay checkup at least once a year.

Simplifying Eligibility Verifications for Retirees and SBP Annuitants
As part of our work to transform DFAS Retired & Annuitant Pay into an even more customer-friendly environment for you, we are simplifying eligibility verifications for both retirees and SBP annuitants.

SBP Open Season Allows Retirees to Enroll or Discontinue SBP Coverage during 2023
The SBP Open Season runs from December 23, 2022 to January 1, 2024.

Enrolling in SBP Coverage During the 2023 SBP Open Season? Here’s What Retirees Need to Know
Enrollment is a four-step process.

Planning to Discontinue SBP Coverage During the NDAA 2023 SBP Open Season? What Retirees Need to Know
Before submitting your request for discontinuance, please review the SBP advantages and disadvantages information on the first page of the Discontinuance form.

From Our Partners: Bases Launch 2023 Air Force Assistance Fund Campaign…50 Years of Caring
News from the Air Force Assistance Fund

From Our Partners: Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society - a Lifeline for Sailors and Marines since 1904!
News from the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

2023 Pay Calendar
To help you plan for 2023, here is the list of paydays.


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March 2023 Retiree Newsletter

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Director’s Message

Welcome to the March 2023 Retiree Newsletter!

The 2023 Tax Deadline is Approaching
April 18, 2023 is the tax deadline this year and now is a good time to make sure you have all your tax documents ready

Gray Area Retiree Spotlight: What is RCSBP?
RCSBP is quite similar to the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) that covers non-reserve components of the armed services. However, there are a number of differences in eligibility, coverage and cost that reflect the unique nature of Reserve and Guard service.

The NDAA 2023 SBP Open Season is Now
The SBP Open Season runs from December 23, 2022 to January 1, 2024.

The NDAA 2023 SBP Open Season: What Retirees Need to Know About Enrolling 
The SBP Open Season allows for retirees receiving retired pay, eligible members, or former members awaiting retired pay who were NOT enrolled in SBP or RCSBP (Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan) as of December 22, 2022 to enroll. Enrollment in SBP during the Open Season is a four-step process.

The NDAA 2023 SBP Open Season: What Retirees Need to Know About Discontinuing 
The SBP Open Season also allows eligible members and former members who were enrolled in SBP or RCSBP (Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan) as of December 22, 2022 to permanently discontinue their SBP coverage. 

Keeping Your AOP and SBP Beneficiaries Informed and Updated
An inevitable reality for all of us is that one day we will no longer be there for those we love. For military retirees, there are two ways to leave something behind for your loved ones.

Changes to the Survivor Benefit Plan for SBP Annuitants in 2023 
This year brought big changes to the Survivor Benefit Plan for surviving spouses who were also receiving Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) payment from the VA. It also brought big changes for surviving spouses and children of members who died on active duty or inactive duty, in the line of duty, and chose the Optional Annuity for Dependent Children. 

News from Our Partners: Air Reserve Component Retirement Pay Applications Transition to myFSS
Headquarters AF/A1 is in the process of transitioning all personnel systems currently located on the myPers website onto two new platforms, myFSS and MyVector.

News from Our Partners: Bases Launch 2023 Air Force Assistance Fund Campaign…50 Years of Caring
On 27 February, the Department of the Air Force launched the 50th annual Air Force Assistance Fund 50 Years of Caring Campaign at Air and Space Force Bases worldwide.

News from Our Partners: Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
Thank you to all who supported NMCRS in 2022. Your generosity made a huge impact in the lives of over 40,000 Sailors, Marines and their families.

2023 Pay Calendar
To help you plan for 2023, here is the list of paydays.


Click here to download a PDF of the March 2023 Retiree Newsletter
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