Relocation Income Tax Allowance

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Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA)

Joint Travel Regulations (JTR), Chapter 5, Part B

The RITA reimburses an eligible transferred employee for the additional Federal, State, and local income taxes incurred as a result of receiving taxable travel income.

If you are filing a claim for travel prior to January 1, 2015, follow the procedures at the bottom of this page.


Things you need to know:

  1. RITA is not automatic; you must apply for it in the year after receiving taxable travel pay. For example, if you received taxable travel pay in 2018, you may file a RITA in 2019 after you have filed your 2018 taxes.
  2. If Withholding Tax Allowance was elected, you must file a RITA claim within 120 days of the following calendar year. Failure to file a timely RITA claim will result in a debt owed to DFAS and collection of the entire amount of WTA paid on your behalf.
  3. The method for calculating the RITA payment is based on the date you reported to your new duty location. 
  4. The amount of income reported on the Certification Form has to match the income tax documentation submitted with the RITA claim
  5. For employees who reported to the new duty location on or after January 1, 2015, the RITA calculation is based on taxable income from the Federal Income Tax Return (Form 1040) (after exemptions and deductions) and the IRS published tax tables.

RITA Voucher Submission:

  1. DD Form 1351-2 (Travel Voucher/Sub Voucher)
    1. You must claim RITA in block 18
    2. Block 20 must be signed and dated by you and your reviewer/supervisor
  2. DD Form 1614 (Travel Authorization/Orders) with all amendments
  3. Include Direct Deposit Form SF1199A
  4. All W-2s (travel and payroll), including spouse’s if filing jointly, for the year you are claiming RITA.
  5. RITA Status Certification Form-reported to new duty location on/after January 1, 2015
  6. Completed Federal income tax return (Form 1040)

Need help filling out your RITA Claim. Link to our YouTube tutorial here


Relocations prior to January 1, 2015

Items 1 - 4 on the "Things you need to know" list apply with the exception of the RITA calculation. 

If you relocated prior to January 1, 2015, the RITA calculation is based on the earned income amount and the GSA published tax tables.

Follow the RITA Voucher Submission procedures detailed above and include the following extra documentation.

Additional documentation requirements, reporting prior to January 1, 2015:

  1. RITA Status Certification Form- reported to new duty location prior to January 1, 2015
  2. Additional income documents (if applicable):
    1. Form 1099R Military Retirement (no other Form 1099s are considered)
    2. Schedule SE Self Employment Tax
  3. Cannot process until the GSA rates are released

Need help filling out your RITA claim. Link to our YouTube series here.

Page updated December 7, 2018