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December 2019 Newsletter

Director's Message

Welcome to the December 2019 Retiree Newsletter!

Tax Season is Here Again

We want to make sure you are aware of all the options you have for getting your tax documents.

Making Forms Easier to Fill Out and Submit

This year, we began rolling out a series of new tools to help retirees and annuitants fill out and submit forms easily and correctly.

What to Expect in Your Year-End Mail from DFAS

For those of you who still request postal mail from us, here is what you'll receive in your year-end mail.

Check the SBP-DIC News Webpage for Information on the SBP-DIC Offset Phased Elimination

Although the NDAA has not yet been signed into law, we want to make sure you know where to get information on how this change may affect SBP annuitants, if passed..

2020 CRDP/CRSC Open Season

The 2020 CRDP/CRSC Open Season is January 1-31, 2020

2020 COLA and Pay Schedule

there will be a 1.6 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, 2019. 

Annuitant CEI Change

More authorized officials can verify identify and sign the CEI to make it easier for annuitants to submit this certificate.

Who to Contact for Pay or Benefit Questions

Have you ever wondered if you are contacting the correct agency? Read this to find out who to call about your question.

Convenient Options for Getting Pay Information and Making Pay Account Updates

Instead of waiting on hold to talk to a customer service representative, you can use these convenient self-service options for getting your retired or annuity pay information, and for making updates to your pay account.

News from Our Partners: TRICARE - Qualifying Life Events 

Outside of Open Season, beneficiaries can only enroll in or make changes to their TRICARE health plan if they experience a Qualifying Life Event (QLE)

News from Our Partners: Army Emergency Relief

For 78 years AER’s mission has been to strengthen the financial readiness of Soldiers and their families by providing support to our comrades experiencing hardship.

News from Our Partners: Armed Forces Retirement Home 

Now offering residency opportunities for married couples.

Click here for a PDF of the December 2019 Retiree Newsletter

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September 2019 Newsletter

Director's Message

Welcome to the September 2019 Retiree Newsletter!

Tax Season is Just Around the Corner: Let’s Get Ready

Getting ready for the 2020 tax season should start now.

Coming Soon: More Tools to Make Filling Out and Submitting Forms Easier

This fall, we begin rolling out a series of new tools to help retirees and annuitants fill out and submit forms easily and correctly.

School Certifications for SBP Child Annuitants: New, Convenient, Online Option for Submitting School Certification Forms Now Available

News for Student Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) child annuitants who need to submit school certification forms.

Taking Care of Your Loved Ones: What You Should Do to Prepare Them

The importance of your Arrears of Pay beneficiary

Helpful myPay Videos on YouTube

If you need to get started with myPay, reactivate your account, or change your email or mailing address or banking direct deposit, we have step-by-step videos on YouTube to show you how. 

News from Our Partners: TRICARE Open Season and Federal Benefits Open Season Begin November 11

Now is the time to think about whether you or your family members want to make changes to your current health, dental, and vision plan coverage. 

News from Our Partners: MSgt Frank Lawrence, USAF (Ret.) on Living at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, DC

A glimpse of what it's like to live at the AFRH in Washington, DC

Click here for a PDF of the September 2019 Retiree Newsletter

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June 2019 Newsletter

Director’s Message

Welcome to the June 2019 Retiree Newsletter!

Now Available on a Screen Near You: a Simpler, Streamlined, Mobile-Friendly myPay

On May 4, DFAS refreshed myPay, making it simpler and more streamlined to use. Plus, myPay is now more mobile-friendly, and easier to use on a favorite mobile device.

It’s Time for a Retired Pay Account Checkup

Use this handy roadmap to perform a retired pay checkup at least once a year. 

Checking Your SBP Coverage on Your Retiree Account Statement

It’s important to regularly check your Retiree Account Statement (RAS) to verify your account information is current.

Did You Know? Tools You Can Use on the R&A Pay Website

Our website is a great place to find the latest news, information and forms needed to maintain your account, as well as serve as a gateway to other tools you can use, like myPay and AskDFAS.

News from our Partners: Living at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport, Mississippi

A peek at what it’s like to live in their resort-like community in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Click here for a PDF of the June 2019 Retiree Newsletter

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March 2019

Director’s Message March 2019

Greetings and welcome to the first Retired and Annuitant Pay newsletter of 2019.

It’s Tax Season: Convenient Options for Getting the Tax Documents You Need

For many, the toughest part of filing taxes is collecting all of the tax information they need. 

Planning for Your Future

For retirees and annuitants, there are several avenues for allowing a loved one or other trusted individual assist you with your account. 

New Webpage Explains the VA Waiver, Retired Pay, CRDP and CRSC

This article details how each of these benefits affect the others when a retiree is entitled to more than one of them.

School Certification Questions?

We’ve Got Answers

New, Simpler Process for Retirees Eligible to Withdraw from SBP Due to Qualifying VA Disability

Eligible retirees can download the PDF withdrawal packet.

Tip: Changing Bank Accounts for Your Pay? Start Early

Be sure you don't miss a payment when you need to change banks.

Benefits of Using myPay for Annuitants

Many annuitants are missing out on the benefits of using myPay, our online pay management system.

Coming Soon to a Screen Near You: a Simpler, Streamlined, Mobile-Friendly myPay

This spring, myPay will change, making it simpler and more convenient to use. 

News from Our Partners: Air Force Assistance Fund Charities

This March, retirees will have another opportunity to give.

News from Our Partners: Armed Forces Retirement Home Now Accepting Applications

The Armed Forces Retirement Home is now accepting applications for immediate residency.

Click here for a PDF of the March 2019 Retiree Newsletter

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December 2018

Director's Message

Happy Holidays and thank you for reading the December 2018 newsletter.

Get Ready for Tax Season

Tax season is a busy time.

What to Expect in Your Year-End Mail from DFAS

If you aren't in MyPay, this is what you can expect in your year-end mailing from DFAS.

R&A is Expanding Communication through Email

Communication between DFAS and retirees is key to ensuring timely and accurate payments. 

2019 Cost of Living Adjustment

Based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index, there will be a Cost of Living Adjustment for 2019.

2019 CRDP/CRSC Open Season

The 2019 CRDP/CRSC Open Season is January 1-31, 2019.

Who to Contact for Pay and Benefit Questions

Have you ever wondered if you are contacting the correct agency? Read this to find out who to call about your question.

Convenient Options for Getting Your Pay Information and Making Pay Account Updates

You do not have contact the customer care center to make updates to your account.  Read this to find out more.

News from Our Partners - Understanding the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program

Information about the change from Tricare to FEDVIP

News from Our Partners - Air Force Assistance Fund Charities: There in Times of Need

The Air Force Assistance Fund Campaign held from March to May each year supports four charities

Click here for a PDF of the December 2018 Retiree Newsletter

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September 2018

Director's Message

Thank you for taking time to read about what’s new with your retired or annuitant pay. 

Let’s Get Ready for Tax Season

Getting ready for the 2019 tax season should start now. 

Have You Done a Paycheck Checkup this Year?

Big changes to the way taxes are calculated may have affected your paycheck

New, Faster Pay Account Notifications for myPay Users

If you use myPay, you may see something new in your email inbox beginning this fall.

New Area on DFAS.mil Website for Members in the Gray Area

Retired and Annuitant Pay is working on increasing communications with members in the gray area. 

2019 Pay Dates

To help you plan for 2019, here is a list of the days you should expect to receive your retired or annuitant pay. 

Retiree Dental and Vision Plan Changes Coming for 2019

On December 31, 2018, the Defense Health Agency’s TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP), administered by Delta Dental, will end.

Army Emergency Relief Releases 2017 Annual Report

Army Emergency Relief has been a trusted resource to help soldiers, both active and retired, who are dealing with financial challenges.

September 2018 pdf Newsletter

Download a PDF to share with retirees and annuitants who are not online.
 

June 2018

Director's Message

Thank you for checking out the Retired Pay Newsletter!

Life-Changing Event? Keep DFAS Informed

Many life-changing events can impact your retired pay. 

The Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance (SSIA) for Surviving Spouses is now a Permanent Benefit

It can be confusing to understand how SBP, DIC, and SSIA are paid, read this article to clear it up.

Your myPay Account Information is Available To Go

Did you know you can access your myPay account on your smartphone or mobile device?

When Can a Retiree Change their Participation in the Survivor Benefit Plan?

If you have SBP coverage for your loved ones, you may wonder how the coverage might change when your life changes. 

Final Reminder: R&A’s Mailing Addresses Changed Last Year

Be sure you are sending correspondence to the correct address.

Army Emergency Relief is There for Those Who Served

Army Emergency Relief (AER) serves retired soldiers as well as active duty.

Click here for a PDF of the June 2018 Retiree Newsletter

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March 2018

Director’s Message

Welcome to the first Retired and Annuitant Pay newsletter of 2018

Options for Replacing a Lost IRS Form 1099R

The quickest and easiest ways to get your 1099R

Final Reminder:  R&A’s Mailing Addresses Changed Last Year

Don’t let your mail to DFAS be returned by using the old address

Make Sure Your Federal Tax Withholdings are Correct

How the New Tax Law Could Impact You

Reporting the death of a retiree

Now there is an online option to contact DFAS

Coming in April: SBP Recurring Monthly Premium Deduction from CRSC

A change that will affect direct remitters only

Preserving the Past

9 tips on obtaining missing military records (and awards) for you or a loved one

Take Command: Changes Coming to the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program

Great information from our partners at TRICARE

Army Emergency Relief

No Soldier has to face financial hardship on their own

 



September 2016

Director's Message
December will be here before you know it! Review your pay account information in myPay.

Get Ready for Tax Season! Make Sure Your myPay Account is Active
Be proactive this year and avoid delays with getting your tax forms.

Affordable Care Act (Go Paperless!)
Discover how you will be receiving your IRS Forms.

Notify Us of Life Changing Events
As you move through your retirement years, ensure you keep us informed whenever anything changes that could affect your retired pay.

Prepare Your Loved Ones: What a Beneficiary Should Know In Advance of Your Passing
Sometimes the most difficult conversations to have are the most important. These six steps will help your beneficiary file a claim when the time comes.

Warning! What Could Happen If You Don't Update Your Pay Records
When you experience a life changing event it can have an impact on your pay account.

New Feature! Use AskDfas to Update Your Mailing Address
Need to change your mailing address but don't have access to myPay? Use AskDFAS!

Who to Call?
DFAS R&A Pay, Department of Veterans Affair (VA), or your respective branch of service.

 

June 2016

Director's Message
We know you're retired, but there's work you still have to do to maintain your account.

Audit Your Account
Make sure you review your account every year

Have You Elected Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) Coverage? Then Educate Your Beneficiaries!
It’s important for your survivors to understand how the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) works. Please print this page and share it with your designated beneficiary.

The Key to Managing Your Retired Pay Account
For retirees and annuitants, there is nothing more important than creating, using, and maintaining the security of your myPay account.

Notify Us of Life Changing Events
As you move through your retirement years, ensure you keep us informed whenever anything changes that could affect your retired pay.

Warning! What Could Happen If You Don't Update Your Pay Records
When you experience a life changing event it can have an impact on your pay account.

Need More myPay Help?
Use the following URLs if you’ve never opened a myPay account, need help changing your myPay password, or changing your email address in myPay.

Who Should I Contact?
DFAS R&A Pay, Department of Veterans Affair (VA), or your respective branch of service.

 

March 2016

Director's Message
We know you’re retired, but in this issue we are going to talk to you about some of the work required to manage your military retired pay.

Best Ways to Get or Replace a Lost 1099R
Members can request additional copies of their 1099R tax statements in several different ways.

Affordable Care Act IRS Forms
Find out about the Affordable Care Act IRS forms needed to complete your federal tax return.

Educate Your Beneficiaries
It’s important for your survivors to understand how the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) works. Please print this page and share it with your designated beneficiary.

Former Spouse SBP Coverage Open Season
Learn about the new changes made by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 and how it affects former spouse SBP and RCSBP.

Child Annuitant's School Certification Requirements
Child annuitants generally receive their Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) funds until they reach the age 18.

Need More myPay Help?
Use the following URLs if you’ve never opened a myPay account, need help changing your myPay password, or changing your email address in myPay.

Updating Your Email Address
Keeping your email address in myPay current is key to managing your account.

Retiree and Annuitant Pay Dates for 2016
Click here to find out the Pay Dates for 2016.

Who to Call
DFAS R&A Pay, Department of Veterans Affair (VA), or your respective branch of service.

 

December 2015

Director’s Message
At DFAS, delivering first-class service to our customers is our priority. At the same time, we must continue using taxpayer dollars wisely. I’m writing to ask for your support in balancing these two objectives.

When Will Your Form 1099R Become Available?
The IRS Forms 1099R for the 2015 tax year will become available on myPay in mid-December 2015. You will be able to access yours on myPay.

Best Ways to Get or Replace a Lost 1099R
Members can request additional copies of their 1099R tax statements in several different ways.

Need More myPay Help?
If you’ve never opened a myPay account, need help changing your myPay password, or changing your email address in myPay, check out our new online training tutorials using the following URLs.

Your myPay Account Inactive?
Keep your finances at your fingertips and don’t risk getting your 1099R and RAS lost in the mail or opened by someone else.

Avoid Fraud, Protect Your Account
Online fraud is a fact of life. We’ve all read the articles about people who have had their accounts hacked.

Cost of Living Adjustment for 2016
Based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index, there will be no Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for retired pay and Survivor Benefit Plan annuities.

Retiree and Annuitant Pay Dates for 2016
Click here to find out the Pay Dates for 2016.

Notify Us of Life Changing Events
As you move through your retirement years, ensure you keep us informed whenever anything changes that could affect your retired pay.

Tips to Use When Making a Bank Account Change
If you’ve switched your bank account, we need to have your pay deposited to your new account and you can make the change online or by mail.

Child Annuitants’ School Certification Requirements
Child annuitants generally receive their Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) funds until they reach the age 18.

Child Annuitants’ Power of Attorney Requirements
If a child annuitant wants their guardian to have control over their banking information, a notarized and signed power of attorney is required.

Who to Call DFAS Retired and Annuitant (R&A) Pay
DFAS R&A Pay is primarily a payroll office. We establish and maintain military retired pay and annuity accounts, and issue monthly payments to both military retirees and their eligible survivors.

Donations Help Military Families Worldwide
Retired service members can continue to donate to the same military aid organizations they contributed to while on active duty using any of the following methods:

 

October 2015

Director's Message

The most important part of preparation for tax season is communication with our customers. There are a number of things you should be doing now in preparation for tax season.

When Will Your Form 1099R Become Available?

The IRS Forms 1099R for the 2015 tax year will become available online in mid-December 2015. You will be able to access yours on myPay.

Want to Receive Your 1099R Earlier Next Year? Convert to Electronic 1099R!

You can log into your myPay account and sign up to begin receiving your 1099R electronically. This is the quickest way to receive your tax forms.

The Key to Managing Your Retired Pay Account

For retirees and annuitants, there is nothing more important than creating, using, and maintaining the security of your myPay account.

Updating Your Email Address

We use your email address as our primary method of contacting you or sharing any news that may affect your retired pay.

Using myPay to Update Your Correspondence Address

The quickest and easiest way to update the mailing address you have on file is to use myPay (https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx).

Best Ways to Get or Replace a Lost 1099R

Members can request additional copies of their 1099R tax statements in several different ways.

Understanding Your Tax Information for the Affordable Care Act

During January 2016, DFAS will begin providing IRS Forms 1095. The information will be necessary when you prepare to file your 2015 federal income tax return.

Update on Survivor Benefit Coverage for Same Sex Spouses

On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court determined that states are required to issue marriage licenses to two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex.

Review Your Account Information

You might be surprised to learn that we get a lot of returned mail. If you’ve moved and haven’t told us, we won’t know how to reach you.

Educate Your Beneficiaries

It's important for your survivors to understand how the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) works. Please print this page and share it with your designated beneficiary.

Who to Call

DFAS R&A Pay is primarily a payroll office, and we establish and maintain military retired pay and annuity accounts, and issue monthly payments to both military retirees and their eligible survivors.

 

July 2015

Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Learn about your taxes and the Affordable Care Act

Update Your Email Address

Keeping your email address in myPay current is key to managing your account

Avoid Fraud, Protecting Your Account

Tips for managing your account

Audit Your Account

Make sure you review your account every year

The Key to Managing Your Retired Pay Account

Get a myPay Password and Keep it Current

Donations Help Military Families Worldwide

Who to Call

DFAS Retired and Annuitant (R&A) Pay   

    

March 2015

Director’s Message

Retired and Annuitant Pay Director’s Message

Getting your Tax Statement

Best Ways to Get or Replace a Lost 1099R

The Key to Managing Your Retired Pay Account

Get a myPay Password and Keep it Current

Update your email Address

Keeping your email address in myPay current is key to managing your account

Avoid Fraud, Protecting Your Account

Tips for managing your account

Audit Your Account

Make sure you review your account every year

Smartdoc Update

New Address for Smartdocs

Starting this spring, SmartDoc emails will start coming from a new address: DFAS-SmartDocs@mail.mil.

 

October 2014

Director's Message

Retired and Annuitant Pay Director's Message

Why You Should Have a myPay Account

The key to effective day-to-day management of your retirement pay is creating and maintaining a myPay account.

Need Help Creating a myPay Account?

Use this step-by-step guide to help create a myPay account.

Managing the myPay Password

In a world of identity theft and online criminal threats, it is the password that safeguards your money, your identity and your well-being.

Using myPay to update your correspondence address

Keep in Touch, Make Sure We Have Your updated Mailing Address on File!

Updating Your Email Address

Keep in Touch, Make Sure We Have Your eMail Address on File!

Retiree and Annuitant Pay Dates for 2014

For your reference, here is a listing of all the remaining retiree and annuitant pay dates in calendar 2014.

When Will Your Form 1099R Become Available?

The IRS Forms 1099R for the 2014 tax year will become available online in mid-December 2014.

Want to Receive Your 1099R Earlier? Convert to Electronic 1099R!

You can log into your myPay account and sign up to begin receiving your 1099R electronically.

Best Ways to Get or Replace a Lost 1099R

Military retirees and annuitants receive a 1099R tax statement either electronically via myPay or as a paper copy in their mail each year.

Annuity Changes – Changes in Certification of Eligibility Requirement

Effective Aug. 1, 2013, most Survivor Benefit Plan annuitants over the age of 55 were no longer required to complete and submit an annual Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.

Keeping in touch With Your Branch of Service Retiree Organization

All Military Retirees: Military Retiree Service Organizations are moving towards electronic communication.

Army plans Soldier for Life website upgrades

By Mark E. Overberg, Deputy Chief, Army Retirement Services

Making your VA copayments online

Do you receive monthly billing statements for services provided to you at the VA?

Change in Tricare Prime Premiums

Retirees who pay their Tricare Prime premiums through a retired pay allotment may notice a slight change in their October net pay.

Debit Card Program

A Treasury mandate requires us to pay our military, civilian, and retired customers by electronic funds transfer (EFT).

Donations Help Military Families Worldwide

Retired service members can continue to donate to the same military aid organizations they contributed to while on active duty.

 

June 2014

Director's Message

Retired and Annuitant Pay Director's Message

Why You Should Have a myPay Account

Key to Managing Your Retirement Pay: Maintaining Your myPay Account

myPay Spring Release Makes Life Easier for Retirees

myPay Simplifies Password Requirements

Updating Your Password

Guidelines for Updating Your Password

Update Your eMail Account

Keep in Touch, Make Sure We Have Your eMail Address on File!

Audit Your Account

Basics of Managing Your Retirement Pay: Keep Your Information Current!

Prepare Your Loved Ones

Managing Your Retirement Pay: Educate Your Beneficiaries

Direct Deposit Now Required, Debit Card Option Available

Debit Card Program Now Available for Retirees

 

March 2014 Newsletter

Retired and Annuitant Pay Director’s Message
Welcome to the new year! And since it’s the new year, you know we’re in tax season.

Five Easy Ways to Request a Duplicate 1099-R
2013 Tax Statements are available. Here’s the information you need to access your copy.

How to Create your myPay Account
Use this step-by-step guide to help create a myPay account.

Managing the New Stronger Password
myPay introduced new strong password requirements in 2013 to align with DOD’s security requirements. Use this guide to create and manage your new password.

TriCare Changes
The TRICARE Walk-in Customer Services at TRICARE Service Centers will be eliminated April 1.

Continued Communication with Army Retirees
A message about Army Knowledge Online from Army LTG Howard B. Bromberg, the Army G-1.

Army AKO Email Change
A message from Army Retirement Services: Army Knowledge Online (AKO) closure affects retirees' myPay accounts

Updates to Secondary Dependency Information
DFAS recently updated the secondary dependency webpage and customer inquiry contact process.

 

December 2013 Newsletter

Retired and Annuitant Pay Director’s Message
Delivering first-class service to our customers is our priority. I’m asking for your support in achieving this goal. 

How to Create your myPay Account
Use this step-by-step guide to help you create a myPay Account.

Managing the New Stronger Password
myPay introduced new stronger password requirements earlier this year to align with DOD’s security requirements. Use this guide to create and manage your new password.

Make Sure We Have Your Email Address
Have you updated your email address in myPay recently?

Three Easy Ways to Request a Duplicate 1099R
2013 tax statements are available. Here’s the information you need to access your copy.

Tips to Use When Making a Bank Account Change
Are you thinking about changing your bank account? If so, follow these steps to avoid missing or incorrect payments.

Cost of Living Adjustment for 2014
December 2013 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for Retirees and Annuitants.

Contact info for Tricare and Delta Dental and VA Claims
Do you need a point of contact for questions about your Tricare coverage?

Survivor Benefit Plan Opportunity Open for Military Retirees with Same-sex Spouses
Military retirees who were married to a same-sex spouse on or before June 26, 2013, may now have spouse coverage in the Survivor Benefit Plan. Retirees must take action by June 25, 2014.

Notify Us of Life Changing Events
If you experience a life changing event, make sure you contact us because it may affect your retired pay. 

Do You Have Questions About Your Retired Pay?
The DFAS channel on YouTube has videos to help you maintain your retired pay account. Check out the how to manage your account and how to get a 1099R video.

Online Tools You Can Use
Before you pick up the phone, try some of our online tools. Save yourself time and stress by trying one of these options first.

Online Tools Your Loved Ones Can Use
It’s important that you educate your beneficiaries about how to apply for their benefits. We want you to be aware of all the information available to them.

 

September 2013 Newsletter

Labor Day is over, we’re well into September, and at least up here near the Great Lakes, it is almost time to put the barbeque away.
  
The IRS Forms 1099R for the 2013 tax year will become available online in mid-December 2013. You will be able to access yours on myPay.
If you have never created your myPay account or if you have created your myPay account, but have problems remembering your login ID or password you can find complete instructions here.
  
Earlier this year, to align with the Department of Defense’s modern security mandates, myPay introduced new stronger password requirements. 
   
You can log in to your myPay account and sign up to begin receiving your 1099R electronically. If you do, we will email a notification to you when your tax documents are available online.
   
If you have already elected to receive your 1099R electronically and your email address has changed, please update it in myPay by November 10, 2013.
  
If you choose to receive your 1099R from us in the mail, it’s important to make sure the mailing address you have on file with us is current.
  
Do you have questions related to your retirement or retirement pay but you’re not sure who to call?
  
Effective Aug. 1, 2013, most Survivor Benefit Plan annuitants over the age of 55 are no longer required to complete and submit an annual Certificate of Eligibility.
Pay schedule for retirees and annuitants for the year 2014.
It is a difficult topic to bring up, but knowing your loved ones are provided for and prepared for your death can be a good feeling.
  
Retirees who pay TRICARE Prime enrollment fees through a retired pay allotment may notice a slight change in their October net pay.
 

June 2013 Newsletter

We know you’re retired, but in this issue we are going to talk to you about the work required to manage your military retirement pay. Now is the best time to take an active role in managing your pay account. 

myPay Update: More Security, More Features
On May 11, myPay both greatly enhanced the overall security of the system and made more self-serve options available to retired members. Learn about the changes!

Managing Your Passwords on myPay
In a world of identity theft and online criminal threats, it is the password that safeguards your money, your identity and your well-being. Learn about the new password requirements on myPay.
 
Take a look at the screen shots and step-by-step instructions before you create your new myPay password!
 
Check out a list of things to check at least once a year in your retirement account.
 
The myPay Spring 2013Release allows retirees to view most of their allotments, including those for mortgage payments, insurance, and charitable contributions that are not paid through EFT. Follow the instructions and screenshots to use the new feature.
 
Retirees frequently forget who their beneficiaries of record are, and occasionally need to update or change a beneficiary. Learn how myPay offers retirees the option to designate Arrears of Pay beneficiaries online.
 
Before, retirees could get their 1099R from myPay for only the latest tax year. Now retirees have the ability to get tax information from previous years on their own! Learn how to access your 1099R’s from prior years on myPay.
 
Sometimes the most difficult conversations to have are the most important, like helping your loved ones be prepared for when you die. These six steps will help your beneficiary file a claim when the time comes.

Annuity Changes
If you have elected to cover your spouse or loved ones under the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), you should be aware of recent changes to the process for application for benefits.
 
The Department of the Treasury announced all payments from the federal government are to be made electronically and not by paper check as of March 1, 2013.
 
The SOS has benefit coordinators, support coordinators and financial counselors.
Retiree survivors are welcome and can be connected to their local Retirement Services Officer (RSO) when appropriate.
 
To avoid a disruption of pay that might affect your quality of life, please follow the simple steps below when changing your direct deposit. 

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