Retirement/Pension

State tax military retirement income

States That Don’t Tax Military Retirement Pay

Updated: November 9, 2022

Here’s your 2022 list of all 50 states that exempt (or don’t exempt) military retirement pay. The laws differ depending on which of the 50 states you live in and some state tax laws are more complex than others. Depending on the state, you may pay no income tax whatsoever, or you may find your […]

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2023 Survivors’ Pension Rates

Updated: December 23, 2022

The 2023 survivors’ pension rates will see an 8.7% increase based on the Social Security Administration’s cost-of-living adjustment increase.  Survivors’ pension rates for 2023 are effective Dec. 1, 2022. Annual COLA increases determine the payout for several military and veteran benefits, including survivors’ pensions. See our COLA increase watch for the most recent updates on […]

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Military Retirement Requirements

Military Retirement Requirements

Updated: December 23, 2022

Military retirement means many different things– income, lifestyle, and spending changes. But what does it take to qualify for military retirement? This article focuses on the requirements for retirement eligibility rather than individual military retirement plans such as High 36, Redux, or the Blended Retirement program. There are some basic military retirement qualification rules–these are […]

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Veterans Pension Rate Table

2023 VA Pension Rates

Updated: December 23, 2022

2023 VA pension rates received an 8.7% cost-of-living increase, based on the Social Security Administration’s 2023 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). 2023 VA pension rates took effect on Dec. 1, 2022. This article reviews the current VA pension rates and guidance on whether or not you may qualify. Veterans who qualify for a VA pension receive the […]

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Aid and Attendance

Updated: December 23, 2022

Veterans and survivors who receive a pension from the Department of Veterans Affairs may be eligible for additional Aid and Attendance benefits if they live in nursing homes or need in-home care with everyday activities. Monthly Aid and Attendance payments supplement VA pension benefits for those who meet the basic qualifying criteria. What Is the […]

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Reserve & National Guard Retirement Points

How To Calculate Reserve or Guard Retirement Points

Updated: November 2, 2022

For Reserve and Guard service members, calculating military retirement pay is an important part of financial and life planning. Eligibility to receive military retirement pay is based on service points earned during service. Those points rely closely on the professional choices a service member makes. Do you need to know how to calculate Reserve or Guard […]

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Calculating military retirement pay

Military Retirement Calculators

Updated: November 4, 2022

Military retirement calculators for retirement pay, BRS, High-3, Redux, COLA, Thrift Savings Plan, by service, comparison calculators and more. Military Retirement Compensation Calculators Service Specific Military Calculators and Resources USA.Gov – Find information on basic pay, pensions and retirement benefits for service members, veterans and military retirees, including whom to contact with questions and concerns. […]

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2023 Retired Military and Annuitant Pay Dates

Updated: November 30, 2022

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) establishes, maintains and pays military retirees, surviving spouses and other family members. Here are the 2022 and 2023 military retiree and annuitant pay dates.  Military retiree paydays always fall on the first day of the month, except when the first day is a holiday or weekend. In those […]

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MAPR - Maximum Annual Pension Rate

Maximum Annual Pension Rate (MAPR)

Updated: July 16, 2020

Those who qualify for VA pension benefits are paid an amount based on the difference between your countable income and a limit that Congress sets called the Maximum Annual Pension Rate (MAPR). What is defined as countable income? This is basically how much money you bring in each month including retirement funds, investment dividends, Social […]

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How To Access Military Retirement Funds Early

How To Access Military Retirement Funds Early

Updated: December 23, 2022

Please note that this article is not to be considered financial advice. Consult a financial professional before making decisions about accessing military retirement funds. What follows is a description of a program that permits Veterans to access military retirement funds early, and should not be confused with encouragement to do so. That is a decision […]

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