Moving Tips – If You Can Get Past The Crazy

March 23, 2015 | Kate Horrell

I recently received a tip about a new app developed by the Department of Defense to help people have a smooth move.  Called "Plan Your Move," the app generates a calendar of tasks that you need to … [Read more...]

Domicile: It’s All About Intent

March 09, 2015 | Kate Horrell

We're on a little theme here, but the subject is so important and it is often confusing.  In recent weeks, I've talked about domicile and residence, taxes, homes of record, and car titles and … [Read more...]

Residence vs. Home of Record

February 27, 2015 | Kate Horrell

In talking with military families about taxes and residences and drivers' licenses, one little thing keeps coming up:  the misuse of the term home of record.  It probably isn't a big thing in the … [Read more...]

Take A Car Overseas: Pros and Cons

February 11, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Every year, thousands of US military families move to locations Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS).  In most cases, the OCONUS orders authorize the shipping of a privately owned vehicle … [Read more...]

Kate Is Clueless About Advance DLA

October 28, 2014 | Kate Horrell

A long-time Paycheck Chronicles reader sent me an email today, saying that her husband was unable to get Dislocation Allowance (DLA) until after their recent PCS was completed, and mentioned that … [Read more...]

Answers From IAL

July 30, 2014 | Kate Horrell

In yesterday's post about reimbursements when your personally owned vehicle isn't delivered as promised, I listed some questions that I submitted to Doug Tipton, President of International Auto … [Read more...]

Reimbursement When Your Car Is Late

July 29, 2014 | Kate Horrell

You may have heard some news about the new contractor who is handling the shipping and storage of personally owned vehicles (POV).   International Auto Logistics took over the contract for POV … [Read more...]

Establishing and Maintaining Domicile

July 28, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Domicile is a complicated issue.  My post on Domicile and Residence, a MSRRA Issue, has remained popular in the four years since I've written it, and it continue to receive comments and questions. … [Read more...]

Keep An Eye On Those Moving Weights

May 18, 2014 | Kate Horrell

The longer you spend in the military, the more you hear the same stories over and over again.  Eventually, even the craziest of tales starts to seem like it might be real.  Take the stories of … [Read more...]

Rental Real Estate and Liability

April 12, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Many military families become landlords when they PCS and can't, or don't want to , sell the house they've purchased.  Being a landlord can be a blessing or a nightmare, depending on a wide variety … [Read more...]

Geographic Bachelor-ing

February 10, 2014 | Kate Horrell

I often get questions about people who are considering a geographic bachelor tour, and wondering about their Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and their finances.  Geographic bachelor (or "geo-bach") … [Read more...]

When Will 2014 Military Pay Be Announced?

December 07, 2013 | Kate Horrell

Update 28 December 2013:  The President has signed the National Defense Authorization Act and it is now law.  The NDAA includes provisions for a 1.0% increase in military pay.  Read more here: … [Read more...]

Leaving California? Tell The DMV

September 23, 2013 | Kate Horrell

I recently heard about a ridiculous practice carried out by the State of California.  Apparently, if have a motor vehicle registered and move out-of-state, you have the obligation to let the … [Read more...]

C’mon Folks, Know Your Benefits

April 04, 2013 | Kate Horrell

If there is one thing that will make me crazy, it is someone who doesn't have any situational awareness.  It could be my child, who has zoned out and has no idea that we've just had an entire … [Read more...]