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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

 

 

December 2017

Director’s Message

2017 is coming to a close and we are about to enter another tax season. 

Get Ready For Tax Season

Tax season is a busy time. 

Retired and Annuitant Pay’s Mailing Addresses Have Changed

On May 1, 2017 the mailing addresses for Retired and Annuitant Pay changed.

 2018 Cost of Living Adjustment

There will be a 2.0 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for most retired pay and Survivor Benefit Plan Annuities 

What to Expect in Your Year-End Mail from DFAS

Each December, we mail your 1099R

Coming this April: SBP Premium Deductions from CRSC

If you receive Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) and have the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)

Important Payment Changes College-Age Child Annuitants Need to Know

One option available for retirees to provide financially for their children is to elect the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) 

Spend Less Time on Hold with Our New Scheduled Callback Option

We’ve improved the Callback Assist feature

Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program Eligibility

The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance to help pay for costs of care when you need help 

September 2017

Director's Message

Retirement is a wonderful achievement

Get Ready for Tax Season! Make Sure Your myPay Account is Active

When was the last time you logged on to myPay?

Notify DFAS When Life-Changing Events Happen

As you move through your retirement years, be sure to keep us informed whenever changes happen that could affect your retired pay.

Prepare Your Loved Ones

Sometimes the most difficult conversations are the most important, like helping your loved ones be prepared for when you pass away.

Retiree Appreciation Days

Throughout the United States and Europe, the military hosts Retiree Appreciation Days (RADs).

Retired and Annuitant Pay’s New Address

Attention all retirees and annuitants.

Pay Dates Through 2018

All retirees and annuitants are paid once per month. 

 

 

July 2017

Director's Message

Retirement is a wonderful achievement

Retired and Annuitant Pay's New Address

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service's address changed effective May 1, 2017.

Audit your Account

Keep your information current so that we can get in touch with you if there is a problem, change or udpate with your account.

The Benefits of a myPay Account

MyPay is a great tool that many DoD employees, active service members and retirees use to manage their account with DFAS.

How to create a myPay account

MyPay is the most effective, versatile and flexible way to manage your retired pay account

Helpful videos on YouTube

Have you ever had trouble with myPay and wished that someone could walk you through the process?  Then these videos are for you.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

A special message for Navy-Marine Corps Retirees

Remaining Pay Dates

If you need to know when you are going to be paid, this article is for you.

Little known but helpful tools in the Cleveland Customer Care Center

During heavy call times, you don't have to wait on the phone to speak to a customer care representative.  Read on to find out more.

 

March 2017

Director's Message
Retirement is the benefit of a lifetime of hard work.

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.

We've got you covered: How-to myPay Video Library
Did you know that there are self-help videos available to assist you in setting up a new myPay account and chainging your myPay password?

Use AskDFAS to Update Your Mailing Address
Don't have access to myPay and need to change your mailing address?

Educate Your Beneficiaries
It's important for your survivors to understand how the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) works.

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

Notification: Inbound Mail Address Change
Attention all retirees and annuitants.  The Defense Finance and Accounting Service's addesses are changing effective May 1, 2017.

Who Should I Contact?
DFAS is the primary payroll office for retirees and annuitants.

2017 Retired and Annuitant Pay Dates
This is a resource to use if you have questions about when you will be paid.

 

December 2016

Director's Message
At DFAS, delivering first-class service to our customers is our priority, and at the same time, we must continue using taxpayer dollars wisely.

When will your form 1099R become available?
The IRS Forms 1099R for the 2016 tax year will become available online in mid-December 2016. You will be able to access yours on myPay.

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.

Benefits Of Going Electronic
Some of the latest reports show that more than 120,000 military retirees like you have chosen to receive their IRS 1095B forms online via myPay.

We’ve got you covered: How-to myPay video library
How To: Set Up a New myPay Account

2017 CRDP/CRSC Open Season Announcement
The 2017 CRDP/CRSC Open Season is Jan. 1-31, 2017.

2017 Cost of Living Adjustment
Based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index, there will be a 0.3 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for most retired pay and Survivor Benefit Plan annuities effective Dec. 1, 2016.

2017 Retired and Annuitant Pay Dates
Click on the link to find out the 2017 dates!

 

Page Last Updated Sept 25, 2019