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Understanding Repayment of the ​Payroll Tax Deferment

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​As announced in announced in ALCOAST 329/20, the Government deferred Social Security tax collection from September through the end of 2020. Recent legislation changed the repayment period. Now, the 2020 deferred Social Security taxes will be collected in 24 installments (previously 8 installments) from your mid-month and end-of-month pay between January 15 and December 30 (previously April 30), 2021.To calculate the impact on your military pay, please see the  Payroll Tax Deferral Guide.

Collection Information on Tax Deferral

Will I be required to pay back the Social Security taxes that are deferred?

  • Yes. Per IRS guidance (as modified by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021), any Social Security taxes deferred September to December 2020 will be collected from your mid-month and end-of-month wages between January and December 30, 2021.

I had taxes deferred between September and December 2020. How will the deferred taxes be repaid?

  • For active duty military members, the 2020 deferred Social Security taxes will be collected in 24 installments, from your mid-month and end-of-month pay between January 1 and December 30, 2021.

How will a military member know the total amount of 2020 deferred taxes to be collected in 2021?

  • Beginning in January 2021, your payslip within Direct Access will reflect the monthly collection amount and contain a note in the remarks section that shows the remaining balance of deferred Social Security taxes.

I am separating from military service, how will my deferred Social Security taxes be collected?

  • If you are planning to or have separated in 2021: If you separate or retire in 2021, before the deferred Social Security tax is collected in full, the unpaid balance will be collected from your final pay. If there are insufficient funds to collect the full amount, you may receive a debt letter with instructions for repayment.

Can I select my repayment terms, by lump sum or evenly?

  • No. The guidance from the Internal Revenue Service (as modified by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021), directs employers to withhold the 2020 deferred Social Security taxes evenly from wages between beginning January 1, 2021, and ending on December 31, 2021.