U. S. Coast Guard Pay & Personnel Center
2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Direct Access Maintenance Scheduled
Direct Access (DA) will not be available from 9:00 PM (Central Time) on Thursday, March 4, 2021 until 1:00 AM (Central Time), Friday, March 5, 2021. The system will be offline for routine server maintenance.
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U.S. Coast Guard
Pay & Personnel Center
444 S. E. Quincy St.
Topeka, KS 66683-3591
New Direct Access & WebNow Links
Per ALCOAST 069/21, here are the new web addresses (URLs) for Direct Access and WebNow/Perceptive Content:
New Direct Access link: https://hcm.direct-access.uscg.mil
New ImageNow/Perceptive Content link: https://imgprd01.direct-access.uscg.mil/webnow (Note: CG network access required.)
The user names and passwords you use to access these systems have not changed.
Jan. 28, 2021
Understanding Repayment of the Payroll Tax Deferment
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.
Jan. 19, 2021
2021 tax filing season begins Feb. 12; IRS outlines steps to speed refunds during pandemic
The Internal Revenue Service announced that the nation's tax season will start on Friday, February 12, 2021, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2020 tax year returns.
Coast Guard Support Offers Online Tax Filing & Consultation
Coast Guard personnel, employees, and their dependent family members my file their federal and state taxes online for free.
2020 Tax Statements (IRS Forms W-2, 1099R, and 1095)
Year-End Tax forms are now available via Direct-Access Self-Service.
Jan. 13, 2021
End of Year Tax Forms for Retirees and Annuitants
The IRS 1099-R, Distributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc, forms are now available in Direct Access Self Service. The 1095-B, Health Coverage, forms will be available on or about 15 January. They will not be mailed this year.
Update: Payroll tax payback will be spread out through 2021
If you had payroll taxes deferred, the 2020 deferred OASDI taxes will be collected in 24 installments from your mid-month and end-of-month pay between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31.
Jan. 12, 2021
COVID-19: Payroll Tax Deferral - Update , Collections
This ALCOAST announces impending modifications to take-home pay, for both civilian employees and military members of the Coast Guard, who had their payroll tax deferred in Sep, Oct, Nov, and Dec 2020.
Dec. 7, 2020
2020 IRS Forms W-2 and 1095C Information
ALCGPSC message 139/20 provides information on the availability of IRS Forms W-2 (Wage and Tax
Statement) and 1095-C (Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage) for the 2020 tax year.
IRS Form W-2 and 1095-C - The required 2020 IRS tax forms W-2 (Wage and Tax
Statement) and 1095-C (Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage) will be mailed no later than 31 Jan 2021 to the member’s mailing address listed in Direct Access https://hcm.direct-access.us/psp/HCPRD/?cmd=login. Members who have elected to opt out of receiving the paper forms will be able to download their tax forms from Direct Access and will not receive a paper copy in the mail. Members who have not opted out of paper form receipt are highly encouraged to do so for the reduction of fraud and identity theft while also reducing postage/material costs for the Coast Guard. Commands are highly encouraged to advocate that the most secure method of accessing/receiving IRS Form W-2 is exclusively through Direct Access Self Service. All members with access to Direct Access, regardless of whether they opted out or not, will be able to download and print their individual tax forms starting in late January 2021.
Oct. 30, 2020
Military members: Here’s why your paycheck looks different
Your pay this week may be different than what you expected. Don’t panic.
Oct. 8, 2020
Mailing Address and End-Year Tax Documents
END OF THE CURRENT TAX SEASON IS FAST APPROACHING! All retirees and annuitants are reminded that the Mailing Address listed in Direct Access (DA) is the address all your year-end tax documents will be sent to. Please note that your Home Address will NOT be used for these mailings.
Sept. 11, 2020
Federal government deferring payroll taxes for certain members, employees
Social Security taxes will be deferred for many federal civilians and uniformed members through the end of this year.
April 3, 2020
Retirees/Annuitants/FSPA Payees Change your Federal Income Tax Withholding or Additional Withholding:
Do not use IRS W-4P (Withholding Certificate for Pension or Annuity Payments). Direct Access is configured to withhold federal income tax based on the information from the IRS W-4. Beginning on April 1, 2020, if you provide your information on a W-4P form, you will be asked to complete a W-4 instead so that the system will be able to recognize your request
May 3, 2019
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Changed the Way Tax is Calculated.
The IRS encourages everyone to perform a “paycheck checkup” to see if you have the right amount of tax withheld for your personal situation.
April 24, 2019
Maine Releases New State Income Tax Withholding Certificate
Maine has updated Form W-4ME, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. If you are a resident of Maine you should complete the new form and, if needed, update your state income withholding allowances via Direct Access Self Service as soon as possible.