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ARLINGTON, Va. — Military and civilian employees registered with the Defense Department’s electronic pay system can now get their W-2 earning statements electronically, if they choose.

Current myPay users, those who registered with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, or DFAS, must request to receive an electronic W-2, and must do so before Dec. 1, according to a press statement.

The online version, complete with printing instructions, is legal for all tax purposes and lets users print as many copies as needed, the release states. Users also can save their W-2s to a disk.

However, once a decision is made to receive an electronic copy, users will not be able to change their minds between Dec. 1 and Jan. 31. In February, they will be able to get a hard copy through local financial services activities or by logging on to https://mypay.dfas.mil.

According to the release, users should use the following steps. Under “Taxes,” select “Turn on/off Hardcopy of W-2.” The user will be given the opportunity to select “hard copy.” In doing so, the user has elected to receive a hard copy by mail, and still will be able to see the W-2 electronically.

Retired military servicemembers, annuitants and civilians outside of DFAS will continue to receive tax statements or 1099 statements by mail. No action is required.

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