WASHINGTON — Troops and civilians using the Defense Department’s MyPay system won’t be receiving any tax records in the mail this year, officials said.

Last fall officials announced that users of, the finance Web site, would no longer supply paper records for things like leave and earning statements in an effort to prevent identity theft and save money.

Carol Garcia, spokeswoman for the Defense Accounting and Finance Service, said that policy also applies to tax records like W-2 forms.

Anyone who has signed up on the site will not automatically receive a print copy of their tax records, she said.

However, Garcia said troops and civilian defense employees can request a paper version of the tax records through the site, if they want a physical copy as well.

“But they have to go into the system and turn that option on,” she said. “They will not receive a paper copy otherwise.”

Those who have signed up will be able to get their tax information earlier; all troops and civilians will have their information available online by Jan. 21, while those receiving for paper copies in the mail could wait until February before they arrive.

Garcia said anyone who has not yet registered with the site can do so to view their information as soon as it’s posted. However, those who sign up before their service’s mailing date will not receive a paper copy of their W-2 in the mail if they register.

Users who previously signed up on the MyPay site and have forgotten their access code can request a new one though a link on the site’s main page.

W-2 release dates

Group Available on MyPay Mail date for non-MyPay users

Active-duty Army Jan. 21 Jan. 27

Active-duty Navy Jan. 21 Jan. 27

Active-duty Air Force Jan. 21 Jan. 27

Active-duty Marines Jan. 10 Jan. 16

Reserve Army Dec. 31 Jan. 7

Reserve Navy Dec. 31 Jan. 7

Reserve Air Force Dec. 31 Jan. 7

Reserve Marines Jan. 10 Jan. 16

Civilian DOD Jan. 9 Jan. 21

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