Commentary

January 17, 2014

Dollars and Sense

Tax season is upon us. Tax statements are available via myPay (https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx) according to the 2013 myPay Tax Statement Schedule:

Available now

Annuitant 1099-R

Retiree 1099-R

Civilian W-2 (Defense Department and non DOD)

Reserve Component Air Force, Army and Navy W-2

Army Student Loan Repayment Program W-2

Army Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) Civilian W-2

Active/Reserve Component Marine Corps W-2

Available Thursday

Savings Deposit Program 1099INT

Available Jan. 24

Active Component Air Force, Army, and Navy W-2

Available Jan. 31

Travel/Miscellaneous W-2

Coyote quote: “There is a very easy way to return from a casino with a small fortune. Go there with a large one.”




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