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Dear Retirees, 

The COVID-19 global pandemic has put a strain on resources everywhere. Nonprofit organizations in your community and around the world face increased demand for their services responding to the needs of COVID-19 victims, but they struggle with reduced resources due to limited donations and canceled fundraising events. 

The generosity of the federal community including retirees like you is awe-inspiring. You have continued to fulfill your professional responsibilities and keep our country moving even after ending your public service career. One way I see that commitment is through the charitable contributions you make via the Combined Federal Campaign. 

In this time of great uncertainty, we have ANOTHER opportunity to help and to lead by example. Now, OPM has approved a special solicitation and will open the CFC online pledge portal and mobile giving app from now through June 30 to accept supplemental, one-time or recurring donations to the CFC-participating charities of your choice via credit card, debit card, or bank transfer. This is an opportunity to help even more if you are able. If you did not make a recurring pledge from your annuity during the 2019 campaign, you have the additional opportunity to pledge via payroll allotment. 

You can hear a short message about this opportunity from the Honorable Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development here

  • The CFC online giving portal is a safe, trusted, and proven way to make contributions to more than 6,000 qualified 501(c)(3) charitable organizations that were approved for the fall 2019 CFC.

  • The electronic gifts you make through opm.gov/ShowSomeLoveCFC or the mobile giving app will be distributed to the charities as early as May 15, 2020. Recurring gifts will continue until January 15, 2021.

  • Charities will receive Special CFC COVID-19 Solicitation donations without being charged a distribution fee or having to devote precious resources to fundraising. They will put these emergency funds to work supporting victims of COVID-19 wherever they are needed most.

Supporting charities in this way empowers them to do what they do best, benefiting all our communities locally and around the world during this time of great need.


 

The IRS would like to remind Federal retirees of the updated deadline to file and pay federal income taxes. Due to COVID-19, the deadline to file and pay your Federal taxes has been extended to July 15, 2020. If you require further guidance please use the following link https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus.


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 Withholding Estimator and update your withholding through OPM at https://www.servicesonline.opm.gov/.



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 assistance. Also, be sure to visit the IRS tax center for retirees. The deadline to file the 2019 income tax return and pay any tax due is April 15th.


 

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).


 
 
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