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As Federal annuitants, many of you recall the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) as a way to support your favorite charities locally, nationally and internationally. However, when you left active government service, it may have been more difficult for you to contribute as easily.

We have made it easier for Federal retirees (either civilian or military) to give to charity through the CFC. Last year, retirees gave more than $1.5 million to their favorite charities through CFC.

In 2017, we introduced substantial changes to modernize the CFC program. One of those changes gave retirees and survivors the opportunity once again to have convenient options of contributing directly through the CFC, including through monthly annuities! Whether your pension comes through OPM Retirement Services or the Defense Finance and Accounting Services retiree pay, you can once again elect to make a recurring pledge to your favorite charities. If you are in the middle of transitioning from active to retiree status, you can also choose to keep your commitment and move them to another funding source.

This year's campaign theme, Show Some Love, highlights ways Federal retirees like you give to the causes that ignite your passions. A survey conducted by the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Association showed that by giving retirees and survivors the option to donate through their annuities, charities could receive millions in additional support through the CFC. Last year Federal employees and retirees pledged more than $100 million in monetary pledges.

As Federal employees and retirees, your dedication to making a difference in your communities, your country, and your world demonstrates a high degree of selflessness. If you choose to continue to participate in CFC, please take a moment to tell your CFC story to inspire others to engage as well. Your example throughout your career and into the retirement phase of your life is how you can continue to "build a more perfect union" one person at a time.

To help those in need by pledging, please visit the CFC's Online Donor Pledging System (www.opm.gov/ShowSomeLoveCFC).


Tax season is almost over- April 15th is quickly approaching.

  • If you cannot file timely, file an extension for free online by April 15th. An extension does not extend the time you have to pay any tax due. You will owe interest on any amount not paid by the deadline, plus you may owe penalties.

  • Don’t wait to file your tax return just because you owe money. Avoid additional penalties and interest by filing your tax return now and choosing from the available payment options at: Payments. You can pay your balance online using IRS Direct Pay or apply for an online payment agreement.

  • Bring taxes you have withheld closer to what you owe to avoid owing tax next year. Use the IRS withholding calculator and update your withholding through OPM at https://www.servicesonline.opm.gov/.


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As a friendly reminder, tax season is in full-swing. The IRS has many useful resources available online. Visit the IRS filing page for valuable information about free filing and resources for tax preparation help. Also be sure to visit the IRS tax center for retirees. The deadline to file the 2018 income tax return and pay any tax due is April 15th.


 
 
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