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1 State Retirement Agency Presenter Patricia Fitzhugh February 24, 2009 WelcomeState Retirement AgencyPresenterPatricia FitzhughFebruary 24, 2009Employers’ Training ProgramPatricia Fitzhugh – Deputy Director of Data Control UnitJerri Nolet – Employer Reporting Manager, Data Control UnitBill Legg – Special Assistant to the Retirement AdministratorCorinne Jackson – Deputy Director of Benefits ProcessingCharlie So – Director of Special ProjectsJoe Kowalewski – Retired Life Manager
2 Introductory RemarksThis recorded presentation is a result of several live presentations held throughout the State of Maryland in This presentation will cover the same topics covered at the live presentations and will also incorporate many of the common questions that were asked during those presentations. Our agenda includes the following topics:- Membership- Enrollment- Purchase of Previous Service- Transfer of Service- Re-employment after Retirement- Withdrawals- Workers’ Compensation Offsets- Payment Options- SRPS ResourcesAs you can see we have a full agenda prepared for today. I would like to specifically draw your attention to the note at the bottom of the slide.
3 Introductory Remarks SRA’s Mission To administer the survivor, disability, andretirement benefits of the System’s participants,and to ensure that sufficient assets are availableto fund the benefits when due.Check out our website there is an article: The Security of Your Pension in Times of Market Volatility
4 Introductory Remarks SRA’s Goals - Efficiently collect the required employer andemployee contributions to fund the System- Prudently invest assets to optimize returns whilecontrolling risks- Effectively communicate to participants the benefits provided by the System- Pay benefits accurately and on timeAnd finally….
5 Accurate, useable and timely member data and information Introductory RemarksTo best help you, we need…Accurate, useable and timely member data and information
6 Introductory Remarks And, from us, you need… - Clear expectations - Up-to-date instructions- Clear expectations- Our support when you have questions and issues(Manual/Web site (http://www.sra.state.md.us/employer.html), Counselors, Telephone, Written Materials)So that…
7 Introductory Remarks Members receive accurate/timely information, So that…Members receive accurate/timely information,and retirees are paid accurately and on time.The Workshop GoalsWe have common goals.
8 Introductory Remarks Workshop Goals - Assist you in fulfilling your day-to-day responsibilities as an employer-partner of the SRPS.- Strengthen cooperation and communication.
9 SRA Administers Several Separate Plans: Introductory RemarksSRA Administers Several Separate Plans:1. Teachers’ Retirement System2. Employees’ Retirement System3. Correctional Officers’ Retirement System4. State Police Retirement System5. Judges’ Retirement System6. Legislative Retirement System7. Law Enforcement Officers’ Pension System8. Teachers’ Pension System9. Employees’ Pension System10. Local Fire and Police Pension SystemEach system has its own set of rules of eligibility and benefits.
10 State Retirement and Pension System of Maryland (SRPS) Introductory RemarksState Retirement and Pension System of Maryland (SRPS)[Defined Benefit Plan—Internal Revenue Code 401(a)]Our Responsibilities- Fiduciary responsibility for administering retirement and pension allowances and other benefits- Keep employer rates affordable- Maximize investment returns and minimize risksI would like to introduce Jerri Nolet, Employer Reporting Manager. She is going to be talking today about Membership, Enrollment, and Workmans’ Compensation Reporting.
11 Membership Topics - Numbers - Who must be enrolled? - Who is eligible?- Numbers- Who must be enrolled?- Who is not eligible?- Membership termination
12 Membership Members Include… - State Employees - Employees of Participating Gov’t Units (PGU’s)- State Police- Teachers- Law Enforcement Officers- Correctional Officers- Fire Fighters- Legislators- Judges
13 Retirees and Beneficiaries = 112,422 MembershipBy the Numbers...Active members = 199,255Retirees and Beneficiaries = 112,422
14 Membership Membership is… Mandatory for all employees who meet the followingeligibility criteria:- Regular, full-time employees- Regular, part-time employees who are budgeted to workat least 500 hours/year or who actually work 500 hours ina fiscal year (retroactive to the beginning of the FY)- - -Employees who meet these criteria cannot rejectmembership; they must be enrolled immediately upon employment.
15 Membership Membership is Not Available to… - Temporary employees - Contractual employees- Seasonal or Emergency employeesA temporary or contractual employee cannot elect membership.
16 Membership Membership terminates if the member… - Is separated from employment for a certain period oftime (depending on the system)- Terminates employment and withdraws accumulatedcontributions- Retires- Dies
17 Membership Q&A’s Common Questions - Membership Do all part-time employees qualify for membership?When a new part-time employee is hired you need to determine whether or not they are expected (budgeted) to work at least 500 hours in the fiscal year. If they are expected to work at least 500 hours then they must be enrolled. If they are expected to work less than 500 hours then they should not be enrolled, however, you should monitor their actual hours worked. If it becomes clear that they will work more than 500 hours in the fiscal year then they must be enrolled.
18 Membership Q&A’s Common Questions – Membership 2) What do I need to do if I have a new employee who was notenrolled when they began employment because they were notexpected to work at least 500 hours in the fiscal year, but theydo end up working at least 500 hours?You must enroll the employee back to the beginning of the current fiscal year or theirdate of employment whichever is more recent. For example if we are in FY2009and you have an employee who was hired November 1, 2008 then 11/1/08would be their enrollment date. If you had an employee who had been hired February1, 2008 (FY2008) you would make their enrollment date July 1, 2008 (the start of the current fiscal year). The employer must start reporting retirement payroll data for theemployee and Prior Pay Period Adjustment Forms must be submitted on behalf of theemployee. Once the employee is enrolled they are always a member and should havetheir retirement payroll data reported to the Agency even if in subsequent fiscal yearstheir actual hours worked fall below 500 hours.
20 Eligible members must accurately complete and submit three documents: EnrollmentEligible members must accurately completeand submit three documents:1) Application for Membership (#001) (separate form for Legislators and Judges) orLegislative Pension Plan Application for Membership (#002) orJudges Retirement System Application for Membership (#003), and2) Valid Proof of Birth Date, and3) Designation of Beneficiary Form (#004) (signed, dated and notarized).Note: Enrollment is complete when Employer submits the proper forms accurately andcompletely. If not complete or accurate, the forms will be returned to the RetirementCoordinator for completion.
21 What is considered valid proof of birth date? EnrollmentWhat is considered valid proof of birth date?For US citizens, a copy of valid proof of birth date document includes anyone of the following:- Unexpired driver’s license Maryland identification card- Birth certificate Adoption record- United States passport Naturalization records- Census record from United States Bureau of the Census- Military documentation from any branch of the United States Armed Forces- Hospital birth record, certified by the custodian of record- Statement of Age card: county health dept. or US Bureau of Vital StatisticsFor Non US citizens- Resident Alien Registration Receipt CardNote: Please make sure that on any copy of valid proof of birth date document, that thedate of birth is clearly visible and readable.
22 Automatic Enrollment (AE) Reports What is Automatic Enrollment?Employee is enrolled via automated payroll transaction data, but enrollment forms(Application, valid proof of birth and Beneficiary forms) were not received, orpayroll information could be under an incorrect Social Security Number4When are AE Reports prepared?Semi-annually, a listing of AE records (by location code) is submitted to theagency/PGU for review and correction.What should an employer do with the AE Report?Submit the enrollment forms (Application, Proof of Birth Date, Designationof Beneficiary) to SRPS as soon as possible.
23 Fees to be imposed as a result of the 2008 Legislative Session. EnrollmentAdministrative FeesFees to be imposed as a result of the 2008 Legislative Session.Law provides for the imposition of an administrative fee ($100.00) for eachemployee that an employer fails to properly enroll.How it works:- Nov. and Apr.— AE Reports are distributed. Employers have until June tocorrect AE records.- June— Fiscal year end AE Report (effective 6/30/XX) shows employees thatbegan employment prior to 4/1/XX and are active after 5/31/XX andhave not been properly enrolled.- Aug.— Invoices to employers based upon fiscal year-end AE Report- Sept.— Payment due 30 days after invoice date
24 Enrollment Q&A’s Common Questions - Enrollment Why is an administrative fee being imposed for each employee that an employer fails to properly enroll?SRA uses the data in our records to effectively administer the Plan. When an employee is not properly enrolled, SRA must use incomplete information which can impact our operations. Additionally, the data in our records is used by our actuary to help determine the liabilities of the System and the annual employer contribution rate. Therefore, it is critical that our data be complete and accurate.
25 Purchase of Previous Service (Buyback) Topics- Definition of Service Purchase (Buyback)- How Credit is Accrued- Types of Buyback- Cost Formulas
26 Purchase of Previous Service What is a “Buyback”?Acquisition of additional retirement credit through theemployee’s direct payment to SRPS.
27 Purchase of Previous Service How Credit is Accrued- Credit for active military duty- Credit for unused sick leave- Credit for service in a PGU before the PGU joinedSRPS
28 Purchase of Previous Service “Buyback” is service purchased other than the above, and includes:- Paying for missed contributions while in an eligible position or for specificperiods of employment that would not have qualified for credit except forlegislative authority.- Regaining previous membership credit after withdrawing contributions andinterest.- Transferring credit from another PGU (no service break; within one year ofentering new system; must transfer required contributions within same periodof time; forfeit benefits in former system).- Purchasing credit for qualifying leave such as: Personal Illness; Maternity/Paternity; Adoption; Study; Gvt. Sponsored or Subsidized Work; Service as anOfficer in an Officially Recognized Organization
29 Purchase of Previous Service Costs: Three FormulasNormal: Contribution rate at time of service X salary earned at time ofservice + statutory interest on the contributions to date of paymentFull Cost: An amount equal to the annuity reserve + pension reserve tofund the additional allowanceHalf Cost: Same formula as “Full Cost” but cost is halved (because credit waslost through service break)Note: Money to pay for previous service may be rolled from a voluntary retirement program.
30 Purchase of Service Q&A’s Common Questions – Purchase of ServiceCan contractual service be purchased? How?Contractual service may be purchased by a member of the Pension System at “full cost” which is the amount equal to the reserves needed to fund the additional benefit as a result of the purchase. The difference between the reserves needed to pay the benefit, with and without the purchased service, is the cost to the member.If the member is not an employee of a participating governmental unit or a former participating governmental unit that has withdrawn, and is purchasing service for periods of employment with the State, the cost is reduced by 50%.This type of service may only be purchased in the 12 month period immediately preceding retirement, as this is when the benefit reserves will be known. A maximum of 10 years service may be purchased at “full cost”.
31 Purchase of Service Q&A’s Common Questions – Purchase of Service2) What is the process for purchasing service?The process starts with a member completing the top portion of the Form 26. If they are purchasing service that is only purchasable in the 12-month period preceding retirement (full cost), they should indicate their proposed retirement date, the amount of service they would like to purchase, and also submit a Form 9, “Application for an Estimate of Service Retirement Allowance.” The member then submits the Form 26 to their former employer for verification of employment.The former employer will verify the necessary information and forward the Form 26 to our office.Once we receive the Form 26 the verification is reviewed for purchase eligibility. If the service is not eligible for purchase, the Form 26 is returned to the member with a letter of explanation. If the service is eligible for purchase, a calculation is prepared, a bill is generated and mailed to the member.All full cost bills prepared also generate an estimate of retirement benefits. Estimates with the purchase of service included and without the purchase (if eligible for retirement without the additional service included) are sent to the member shortly after the bill has been released.
32 Purchase of Service Q&A’s Common Questions – Purchase of Service3) How does a member pay SRA to complete the purchase?A member may remit payment by returning the bill to our office along with a check or money order payable to the State Retirement and Pension System of Maryland. Payment may also be made by direct rollover from a Traditional IRA, or an Eligible Employer Plan which includes a plan qualified under section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, including a 401(k) plan, profit sharing plan, defined benefit plan, stock bonus plan, and money purchase plan; a section 403(a) annuity plan; a section 403(b) tax sheltered annuity; and an eligible section 457(b) plan maintained by a governmental employer (governmental 457 plan). The rollover payment must be accompanied by a completed Form 192 “Trustee-to-Trustee Transfer Request for Purchase of Service.” A Form 192 is sent to the member for this purpose along with the bill.
33 Transfer of Service Topics - Title 37 - Eligibility to Transfer - Career Changes- Transfer of Service Credit Waivers
34 Title 37 of Annotated Code of MD allows… Transfer of ServiceTitle 37 of Annotated Code of MD allows……members of a state or local pension or retirement system totransfer to another state or local pension system under thefollowing circumstances:1) No break (30 days or more) in service, and2) Application (for transfer is made within one year of becoming amember of the new system), and3) Each system is operated on an actuarial basis
35 Transfer of Service Eligibility for Transfer Guidelines: (Change in job requiring participation in a different plan)Guidelines:- Employee initiates the transfer (Employer should alert the employee of the criteria) withinone year of new employment…otherwise, the service credit is maintained in separate plans.*- Employment must be continuous (no break in employment over 30 days).*Exceptions:a) If the change is from Employees’ Contributory Pension System to the Teachers’Contributory Pension System or vice versa, then there is no time limit to the transferservice credit.b) If the change is from Non-Contributory to Contributory Pension or Alternate ContributoryPension or from Contributory to Alternate Contributory Pension, accounts may becombined after completion of one year of service.Before considering transferring service credit or combining accounts the member needs to careful review the benefits of all plans so that they will know what they get.These are like plans and therefore not subject to the one yearb. Retirement Systems – ContributoryPension Systems – Contributory or Non-Contributory
36 Form to transfer depends on previous plan Transfer of ServiceCareer ChangesForm to transfer depends on previous plan- Career changes within same pension system (with no break in service)—Member does not need to take any action.- Career changes into a different SRPS (no break in service)—Within one year,member needs to complete form 37 (Election to Transfer) to have accountscombined.- Career changes with a break in service—Does not qualify under Title 37- Career change from an external system—Member should complete Form 26(Request to Purchase Previous Service) and send it to the previous employerfor salary and service certification.
37 Transfer of Service Credit Waivers GuidelinesWho can request a waiver from the one year filing requirement?A member who has:-Accumulated service credit in a pension or retirement system, and-Accepted a new position requiring membership in the SRPS, and-Did not make claim to transfer service within the one-year afterbecoming a member of one of the several SRPS systems.In order for the process to be complete we must receive the funds.Most of the time the delay in processing is due to the forms are incomplete in the salary verification and service on Form 26.
38 Requests for Waiver of One Year Requirement Transfer of ServiceRequests for Waiver of One Year RequirementA member who fails to make claim for transfer of service creditwithin the one year may do the following…- Submit a written request to the Executive Director along with supporting documentsstating why member did not make the claim to transfer within one year.- Provide written certification from prior/current employer that the sole reason wasattributable to mishandling or misinformation by member’s employer.- Requests for waiver must be within four years after joining the new system- Members who became eligible to transfer service credit before 7/1/2007 must applyfor the waiver on or before 6/30/2011.Written certification must be from the Secretary of a principal department or equivalent agency head.Not a personnel officer or H/R Director.
39 Review of Requests for Waiver by Executive Director Transfer of ServiceReview of Requests for Waiver by Executive DirectorExecutive Director may accept a member’s request for a waiver if the member satisfactorily demonstrates that…- Failure to make claim to transfer within one year was solely attributable tophysical or mental incapacity during the filing period, or- Failure to make claim was attributable solely to misinformation ormishandling by the member’s employer and member provides certificationrequired from the reporting authority agency head.
40 Transfer of Service Automatic Waiver Agency will grant an automatic waiver of the one year filing requirement, if…The member submits the completed form and all documentationwithin one year of becoming a member in the new system.The required deposit of member contributions, plus interest, does notoccur within one year.The delay in the deposit of the member contributions is attributablesolely to the failure of the previous employer to transfer thecontributions.Typically what will happen is when the money comes into our office we will verify that the member has started the process and go ahead with the waiver.It is automatic because they do not have to petition.
41 Transfer of Service Q&A’s Common Questions – Transfer of Service1) Why are all annual base salaries (not partial year earnings) and effective dates of salary changes required?The calculation of cost is the amount of contributions (plus interest) the member would have contributed based on their annual salary had they been a member of the State System for the period being transferred.
42 Transfer of Service Q&A’s Common Questions – Transfer of ServiceIn addition to the beginning and ending dates of the membership being transferred, why are the dates of any missing time and additional service, such as military credit or a purchase, required?The exact dates of actual service are needed not only to calculate the contributions and interest correctly, but to ensure the member receives the proper benefit calculation at retirement (post-7/98 enhanced service vs. pre-7/98 non-enhanced service). These dates are also needed to ensure that the member will not be granted duplicate service credit such as military service or purchased service.
43 Transfer of Service Q&A’s Common Questions – Transfer of Service3) When can a member transfer retirement service credit from another employer?If an employee participated in another Maryland retirement plan immediately prior to this new enrollment, service credit may be transferred from the previous system/plan if certain criteria are met. While the employee must initiate any transfer request, the new employer is in an important position to alert the employee of the transfer criteria.The application to transfer is irrevocable, so you should advise your employee to contact one of our Retirement Benefits Specialists, so the employee can make an informed decision.
44 Re-employment After Retirement Topics- General Guidelines- Earnings Limitations Overview- Some Detail for Different Pension and Retirement Systems
45 Re-employment After Retirement IntroductionIn general, retirees returning to work with a participating employer in SRPS may be subject to an earnings limitation and a reduction in monthly benefits.Participating employers include: State agencies/colleges/ universities, public schools, libraries, participating counties, cities and towns.All State Agencies and the University of Maryland are considered one employer.Members should refer to form Reemployment After Retirement (127,128 or 131) and contact a benefits specialist for additional assistance.
46 Re-employment After Retirement General GuidelinesRules vary depending on the type of retirement (service ordisability), retirement system and employer.There must be a bona fide separation of employment.MD Retirement Law requires a minimum of 45 day breakbetween the member’s last day on payroll and the daterehired by the same employer.
47 Re-employment After Retirement Earnings Limitation OverviewAn “earnings limitation” is the maximum annual income a SRPSretiree may earn through re-employment (after retiring), with thesame participating employer without being subject to a reduction tothe monthly retirement allowance.Note: Significant IRS-related tax penalties can apply.Service - Formula isAFC – Annualized Basic Allowance = Annual Earnings LimitOrdinary DisabilityAFC + 5,000 – Annualized Basic Allowance = Annual Earnings Limitation
48 Re-employment After Retirement Re-employment with Participating Employers:Some DetailFor Employees’ and Teachers’ Retirement & Pension Systems, Correctional Officers’ Retirement System and Local Fire & Police Pension Systems, there are earnings limitations and/or suspension of pension payment depending on type of retirement:- Service Retirement (earnings limitations apply)- Early Service Retirement (earnings limitations apply)- Ordinary Disability Retirement (earnings limitations & suspensions apply)- Accidental Disability Retirement (suspensions apply)Exceptions: If Annual Final Compensation is less than $10K; if retired more thannine calendar years.Service Retirement - subject to an earnings limitation if re-employed with the same employer. It is in effect for the first 9 years.Early Service Retirement – subject to an earnings limitation for employment w/any participating employer within the first 12 months from retirement date. Based upon calendar year starting January 1Ordinary Disability – subject to an earnings limit for employment with any participating employer until normal retirement age. A temporary suspension will apply if they return to work with a participating employer.Accidental Disability – Benefits can be temporarily suspended if re-employed by a participating employer at a compensation equal to or greater than AFC.Exceptions: Please refer to the training manual for the exceptions for the Teachers systemsHealth Care PractitionersCorrectional Officers
49 Re-employment After Retirement Re-employment with Participating Employers:Some DetailFor State Police Retirement System, there are earnings limitations and/orsuspensions of payment depending on type of retirement…- Service Retirement (subject to an earnings limitation for temporaryemployment with a PGU)- Ordinary Disability Retirement (earnings limitations and suspensionmay apply)- Special (Accidental) Disability Retirement (suspensions may apply)Temporary employment – defined as full-time employment for 6 months or less or pt for the equivalent of six months or less.Ordinary Disability - subject to an earnings limit and temporary suspension of benefits, if employed with a participating employer as a probationary status law enforcement officer, law enforcement officer or chief.Special Disability – Earnings limit does not apply, but may be subject to suspension of benefits if with a participating employer as a probationary status law enforcement officer, law enforcement officer or chief.
50 Re-employment After Retirement Re-employment with Participating Employers:Some DetailFor Law Enforcement Officers’ Pension System, there are earningslimitations and/or suspension of payment depending on type ofretirement…- Service Retirement (earnings limitations do not apply)- Ordinary Disability Retirement (earnings limitations and suspension could apply)- Special (Accidental) Disability Retirement (suspensions may apply)Ordinary – subject to an earnings limit if under normal retirement age, employed with a participating employer as a probationary status law enforcement officer, law enforcement officer or chief and receives annual comp greater than or equal to AFC at retirementOrdinary Suspension - subject to suspension of benefit if not eligible for normal service retirement, employed with a participating employer as a probationary status law enforcement officer, law enforcement officer or chief and receives annual comp greater than or equal to AFC at retirementAccidental - subject to suspension of benefit if not eligible for normal service retirement, employed with a participating employer as a probationary status law enforcement officer, law enforcement officer or chief and receives annual comp greater than or equal to AFC at retirement
51 Re-employment After Retirement Re-employment with Participating Employers:Some DetailFor Judges’ Retirement System, there are earnings limitations and or suspension of payment depending on type of retirement…- Service Retirement (earnings limitations may apply)ExceptionsEmployed as a faculty member with a community college or publicinstitution of higher learning.Temporary Assignments to sit in a Court of the State.Subject to earnings limit if – employed in a position with a unit of State gov’t that is compensated wholly or in part by State, county or municipal funds after retiring from a unit of state government.
52 Re-employment After Retirement Re-employment with Participating Employers:Some DetailFor Legislative Pension System, earnings limitationsdo not apply.Reporting(a)At least once a year – provide a list of employees to SRA included on payroll of employer and their earnings for that year.(b)Due date for reporting wages by the PGU is Jan. 31st for the prior year wages earned.(c)Wage information should be uploaded to the SRA secure website. (https://www.sra.state.md.us/upload)d. SRA will match the payroll data to our retiree database, matching wages reported to earnings limit computed at the time of retirement.e. If the member exceeds the earnings limit a letter is sent to the agency to certify that the salary is correct.f. If there is a discrepancy typically the PGU will send an explanation of the discrepancy.g. Once the salary certification process is complete the member will receive a letter indicating the reported salary.h. The Offsetts will go to the board of Trustees for review and approval.i. Once approved the member will be billed and they can pay over 12 months or in a lump sum. Payments will be deducted starting July 1 of the following fiscal year.
53 Re-employment After Retirement FAQs Common Questions – Re-employment After RetirementHow does the Agency determine if someone has exceeded their earnings limitation?Each year SRA requests a file containing the earnings of all employees from each employer. SRA compares the employees listed on this file against the retirees listed in our records. When we find a match we compare the wages for those people with their current employer against their earnings limitation that was calculated when they retired. Those people who have exceeded their earnings limitation are contacted by the SRA to arrange for repayment of their excess earnings.A member cannot call to certify their own salary we must get this information from the payroll coordinator.Disability retiree/Early service retirees have different rules. The retirees need to make sure they understand the rules regarding re-employment before returning to work.Emphasize during retirement that they keepMembers should refer to Form 127 – Reemployment RulesMembers should refer to their Notice of Retirement Allowance (Award Letter) to find information about Earnings Limitation and Average Salary.
55 Withdrawals Membership terminates if the member… - Is separated from employment for a certain period oftime (depending on the system)- Terminates employment and withdraws accumulatedcontributions- Retires- Dies
56 Termination of Membership WithdrawalsTermination of MembershipMembers who terminate state or municipal employment, may withdraw the balance of their contributions and end their membership in the system.By withdrawing their accumulated contributions, they forfeit all rights to a possible future benefit.
57 Withdrawals Vested Members -Vesting is the accrued right to a retirement benefit, (basedupon the plan of membership) at a later date.-Generally vesting requires five years of eligibility service.- Vested members contributions continue to earn interest up to date ofpayment.-Non-vested members who leave the balance of their contributions in the SRPS will continue to earn interest at 4% or 5% per annum on their balances until their membership period ends. At that time, no additional interest will be added.
58 The Withdrawal Process WithdrawalsThe Withdrawal ProcessMembers electing to withdraw contributions, need to submit:1) Application for Withdrawal of Accumulated Contributions form (# 005)2) Trustee to Trustee Distribution form (# 193) (Only if member electsRefund Choice #2 or # 3 on the Application for Withdrawal form)3) The Receipt of Safe Harbor and Affirmative Election form (# 746)Note: If the member has more than one account, an Application for Withdrawalform must be submitted for each account.
59 The Withdrawal Process WithdrawalsThe Withdrawal Process- Processing deadline is the 10th of the month.- Checks will be dated and mailed on the last bankingday of the month.- No refunds may be processed in July.- All applications received after June 10th will havea check date of Aug. 31st.
60 Withdrawals Tax Consequences Before anyone withdraws contributions from SRPS, they should consult a tax advisor. Under some circumstances, there could be costly mandatory tax consequences.Members who receive a payment from SRA, will be mailed an IRS tax form 1099-R by January 31 of the year following the withdrawal for tax reporting of the distribution.
61 Withdrawals Q&A’s Common Questions – Withdrawals 1) Who can withdraw their contributions and interest?Only employees who are terminating employment and membership. SRPS does not allow partial withdrawals or loans against contributions and interest.2) When must the Retirement Coordinator complete the Coordinator section on the Form 5?The Retirement Coordinator must complete the Coordinator section by clearly noting the date of termination/resignation date of the applicant if the date is within three months of the date of application for the refund.
62 Workers’ Compensation Offsets Topics- Offset Provisions- Administration of Offsets
63 Workers’ Compensation Offsets Law requires that SRPS reduce accidental or specialdisability retirement benefits by Workers’ Compensationbenefits paid or payable after the date of retirement for thesame accident.This offset applies to retirees who were State employees.It also applies to retirees who were teachers andmembers of the Teachers’ Retirement or PensionSystems.
64 Workers’ Compensation Offsets Offset ProvisionsSRPS does not offset the portion of an accidental orspecial disability benefit attributable to employeecontributions…only to the employer funded portion.SRPS must leave sufficient payment to cover the cost of health insurance premiums and may not offset for Workers’ Compensation benefits that are reimbursements for various fees paid to third parties.
65 Workers’ Compensation Offsets Administration of OffsetsTo prevent any overlap of Workers’ Compensation benefits andretirement benefits paid, SRPS will review each accidental or specialdisability allowance prior to payment of any retroactive pension benefitpayment.If an offset is required, SRPS will offset any retroactive benefits to theextent allowed by law.If the retroactive benefits are not sufficient to satisfy the offset, SRPSwill initiate a monthly recovery in accordance with the Board ofTrustees’ policy.
67 Payment Options Basic Allowance - Maximum lifetime allowance to retiree- Payments cease upon death of retiree- No beneficiary protection
68 Single-life Annuities Payment OptionsSingle-life Annuities- Pay benefits over retiree’s lifetime- Upon death of retiree, reserves, if any, are distributed as a lump sum to one or more designated beneficiary(ies). (Beneficiary can be changed at anytime during retirement.)- No recalculation of benefits
69 Single-life Annuity Options Payment OptionsSingle-life Annuity OptionsOption 1Full Return of Present Value of Retiree’s Basic Allowance- Lower monthly benefit than Basic Allowance.- Guarantees monthly payments that equal the total of the retirementbenefit’s present value, if any, remaining at time of retiree’s death.Option 4Full Return of Employee Accumulated Contributions- Provides lower monthly benefit than Basic Allowance- Guarantees the return of the remaining balance in accumulatedcontributions and interest as established at time of retirement, if anybalance remains at the time of the retiree’s death.
70 Payment Options Dual-life Annuities Four options pay benefits over two lifetimes (retiree’s and sole surviving beneficiary’s lifetimes).- Benefit amount based on retiree’s age and age of beneficiary at time of member’s retirement.- Only one beneficiary can be designated.- Beneficiary can be changed (but causes a recalculation of retiree’s benefit based on current ages).
71 Dual-life Annuity Options Payment OptionsDual-life Annuity OptionsOption 2100% Survivor’s Benefit- Lower monthly benefit than Basic Allowance- Guarantees same benefit to survivor after retiree’s death- Benefit ends after death of retiree and beneficiary
72 Dual-life Annuity Options Payment OptionsDual-life Annuity OptionsOption 350% Survivor’s Benefit- Lower monthly benefit than Basic Allowance- Guarantees 50% of the benefit to survivor after retiree’s death- Benefit ends after death of retiree and beneficiary
73 Dual-life Annuity Options Payment OptionsDual-life Annuity OptionsOption 5100% Survivor’s Benefit with “Pop-Up” Provision- Lower monthly benefit than Basic Allowance- Guarantees same benefit to survivor for life after retiree’s death- Guarantees that the monthly benefit will “pop-up” to the Basic Allowance for the retiree if the beneficiary predeceases the retiree.- If the original beneficiary predeceases the retiree and the retiree is collecting the Basic Allowance amount and names a new beneficiary, the benefit will be recalculated based on the new beneficiary’s designation and current age.
74 Dual-life Annuity Options Payment OptionsDual-life Annuity OptionsOption 650% Survivor’s Benefit with “Pop-Up” Provision- Lower monthly benefit than Basic Allowance- Guarantees 50% of the benefit to survivor for life after retiree’s death- Guarantees that the monthly benefit will “pop-up” to the Basic Allowance for the retiree if the beneficiary predeceases the retiree.- If the original beneficiary predeceases the retiree and the retiree is collecting the Basic Allowance amount and names a new beneficiary, the benefit will be recalculated based on the new beneficiary’s designation andcurrent age.
75 Special Limitation of Beneficiary Selection Payment OptionsSpecial Limitation of Beneficiary SelectionBeginning 1/1/06, pension law prohibits certain beneficiarydesignations for these options:- 100% Survivor’s Benefit (Option 2)- 100% Survivor Benefit with “Pop-Up” Provision (Option 5)Retirees who select either of these two options cannot name a beneficiarywho is 10 or more years younger than the retiree unless the beneficiary isa spouse or disabled child (as certified by physician).
76 Payment Options Option Selection After the first benefit payment is normally due, the option cannotbe changed.All members preparing for retirement, need to consider theirincome needs during retirement and the needs of theirsurvivors.
77 Payment Options Q&A’s Common Questions – Payment Options Will the retiree’s beneficiary receive health insurance?For state employees who retire and select option 2,3,5 or 6 and named their spouse as beneficiary, upon the retiree’s death, their spouse will receive a continuing monthly benefit and may elect to receive health insurance.2) What does the beneficiary receive if the retiree selects the basic allowance?The basic allowance does not provide any beneficiary protection. If the retiree dies after the 15th of the month the beneficiary or beneficiaries will receive the payment due to the retiree for that month. If the retiree dies on the 15th of the month or before the beneficiary or beneficiaries will not receive a payment from the SRA.
78 Payment Options Q&A’s Common Questions – Payment Options Can a beneficiary be changed anytime during retirement?Yes. For retiree’s who selected the basic allowance or retirement options 1 or 4, a new beneficiary or beneficiaries can be designated at any time by submitting a notarized Form 4. There is no effect on the retiree’s monthly benefit.For retirement options 2,3,5 or 6, a Form 66 and Form 67 must be completed to designate a new beneficiary with a proof of birth document for the new beneficiary. The retiree’s monthly benefit will be recalculated using the new beneficiary’s information.
79 SRPS Resources Web site (http://www.sra.state.md.us/) Information for Members, Employers, Retirees;Forms/Documents, Contact Information, FAQ’s, etc.- - -Member CounselorsBenefits/Account Information throughRetirement Counseling, Telephone Response and Correspondence UnitsPublished Handbooks
80 Personal Statement of Benefit SRPS ResourcesAdditional ResourcesPersonal Statement of Benefit(PSB—history and projections for active members)- - -Web Page for Employers(http://www.sra.state.md.us/employer.html)Information on Employer Contribution Rates, Forms, FAQ’s.View and print Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports and individual system benefit HandbooksSee Manual for more resources, contact information and plan detail.