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January 2014 Newsletter
On 1 February 2014, Community Bank in Europe is changing its payment procedures to be in compliance with the Single European Payments Area (SEPA) format for payment processing. So what? Bottom line is any of your Soldiers who make recurring payments with Community Bank (i.e. rent, utilities, cable/internet, etc.) need to change from the current process where Community Bank employees set-up those payments to the new Online Payments service where the Soldier directs those payments him/herself. Implied tasks are that Soldiers must a) have online banking, b) a checking account (not Savings account), plus c) an International Bank Account Number (IBAN) and a Business Identifier Code (BIC) from the payee to start such payments. Risk if Soldiers don’t comply? Simply stated, their bills will not be paid on 1 February 2014. What do I tell Soldiers to do? If they currently bank electronically with Community Bank and have a checking account, they need to get IBAN and BIC data from their payees and process the payment with Community Bank online when the service becomes available o/a 16 December 2013. If they do not currently have online banking, they need to establish an account www.dodcommunitybank.com then seek the same data from payees. Once the new payment is established, Soldiers must cancel the existing standing-payment orders to avoid duplicate payments. Many of your Soldiers have been notified already by mail or phone. Most vulnerable now are deployed/TDY Soldiers who may not have gotten the word. Request widest dissemination of this email to all your outlying formations/individuals, wherever they may be. EURO BILL PAYMENTS: CHECKLIST Open a checking account if you do not have one (Online Euro Bill Payments cannot be debited from a Savings Account). Enroll in Online Banking www.dodcommunitybank.com if you have not already done so.
Obtain IBAN from the payee (individual or business) to which the payment is being made (in most cases, the IBAN should be printed on your bill).
Set up new Euro one-time or recurring bill payment through Community Bank online banking.
Contact your local banking center or call Customer Service to cancel your existing Standing Payment Order (SPO) prior to January 31, 2014.
2013 MYPAY TAX STATEMENT SCHEDULE Annuitant 1099-R
Civilian W-2 (DoD/Non-DoD)
Reserve Component Air Force, Army, and Navy W-2
Army Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) W-2
Army Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) Civilian W-2
Active/Reserve Component Marine Corps W-2
Savings Deposit Program (SDP) 1099INT
Active Component Air Force, Army, and Navy W-2
FY2014 Military Clothing Allowances (eff. Oct. 1, 2013) Army MALE $1567.43
Navy MALE $1850.14
Air Force MALE $1490.92
Marine Corps MALE FEMALE $1823.51 $1870.39
CASH CLOTHING REPLACEMENT ALLOWANCE (Enlisted Only) Army Navy Air Force MALE FEMALE MALE FEMALE MALE FEMALE BASIC $306.00 $327.60 $334.80 $342.00 $244.80 $248.40 STANDARD $439.20 $468.00 $478.80 $489.60 $349.20 $352.80 SPECIAL $0.00 $0.00 $637.20 $637.20 $0.00 $0.00 CIVILIAN CLOTHING ALLOWANCE Initial Replacement
DAY IN 30 DAY PERIOD
Marine Corps MALE FEMALE $424.80 $446.40 $604.80 $637.20 $0.00 $0.00 30 DAYS IN 36 MONTH PERIOD
UNIT COMMANDER FINANCIAL REPORT (UCFR) (The most important document the unit receives) •PACs must compare the UCFR to their manning roster and notify Finance of PACIDIN changes that must be performed. •Commanders must review, annotate discrepancies, attach pay documents necessary to support changes, sign and have document returned to finance NLT the 10th of each month. •Finance cannot make pay changes based on pen/ink corrections on the UCFR alone—supporting documents must be attached •If you submit the same annotations/corrections every month and nothing ever changes—talk to someone higher. (attached slide show for more information)
OCONUS • • • •
PAY ENTITLEMENTS Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA) Moving In Housing Allowance (MIHA) Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA)
(attached slide show for more information)
Results of the 2013 Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA) Utility/Recurring Maintenance and Move In Housing Allowance (MIHA) Survey. The new MIHA allowances to all military members receiving OHA in Germany. (While effective 1 January 2014, the changes will not be posted on DTMO’s web site until 31 Dec 2013.)
Utility and Recurring Maintenance Allowance On 17 December 2013, the Military Advisory Panel (MAP) members approved the below increase to Germany's utility allowance based on the 2013 survey results. This update was based on survey data provided by Services members receiving OHA in Germany. The new utility allowance is adjusted to 715 Euros, an increase of 12 Euros, and effective 1 January 2014.
The online survey was conducted between 1 March and 1 May 2013. Surveys were included in the analysis only if they were from Service members who had received OHA for at least 6 months, had paid for most of their utilities separately from rent (utility point score of 5 or higher), and had collected a full utility allowance. There are 15,004 Service members assigned to Germany who met the qualifications for the utility portion of the survey; 4354 valid surveys were submitted for a 29% response rate. The response rate for the previous survey was 30%. Slight increases were reported in electricity, natural gas, heating oil, bottled gas, running water, sewer, bottled water, and trash expenses. Move-In Housing Allowance On 17 December 2013, the MAP also approved a decrease in Germany’s MIHA allowance. This decrease was based on the survey data provided by the Service members receiving OHA in Germany. The new MIHA rate for Germany is 421 Euros, a decrease of 66 Euros effective 1 Jan 2014. Analysis of the MIHA portion of the 2013 Overseas Housing Utility and MIHA Survey for Germany indicates that the following decrease is warranted. Move-in housing allowances are shown in Euros.
The online survey was conducted between 1 March and 1 May 2013. Surveys were included in the analysis only if they were from Service members who had received OHA for at least 3 months and no more than 27 months, rented private quarters, and did not share quarters with other personnel on OHA. There are 11,038 Service members assigned to Germany who met the qualifications for the MIHA portion of the survey; 3573 valid surveys were submitted for a 32% response rate. The response rate for the previous survey was 37%. Decreases in telephone hookup, heating hooking, and cabinet expenses reported were only partially offset by increases in freezer, space heater, air conditioner, keys, curtain rods, inspection, and transformer expenses reported. The next OHA survey for Germany will be the Utility/Recurring Maintenance survey scheduled for March 2014. The next combined Utility/MIHA survey is scheduled for March 2016.
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Published on Jan 3, 2014