Early Pay is a free, automatic direct deposit service we offer to military service members. Whether active or retired, all service members can access their Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS) direct deposits one business day before the set pay date.

Direct deposits from companies or places other than DFAS do not qualify.

Important Information About Receiving Payments

  • Make sure your Armed Forces Bank account is linked to your IRS information.
  • Existing customers who have received previous tax payments will automatically receive CTC payments in the same account.
  • If you are opening a new account you will need to link it to your IRS information before CTC payments can be received.
  • If you had a previous account at another bank and just opened your Armed Forces Bank account you will need to link it to your IRS information to ensure your CTC payments are received.

 

Child Tax Credit Payments from the IRS will begin in July 2021 and spread out until the month of December.  Filing your 2020 tax return electronically with direct deposit also can speed refunds and future advance CTC payments.

 

FILE YOUR TAXES

 

2021 Military Early Pay Calendar

Pay PeriodFirst-of-Month Pay DayPay AvailableMid-Month Pay DayPay Available
January1/112/30/201/151/14
February2/11/292/152/12
March3/12/263/153/12
April4/13/314/154/14
May5/14/295/155/13
June6/15/286/156/14
July7/16/307/157/14
August8/17/298/158/12
September9/18/319/159/14
October10/19/3010/1510/14
November11/110/2911/1511/12
December12/111/3012/1512/14