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1 Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System 15 th Floor Andrew Jackson Bldg. 502 Deaderick Street Nashville, TN 37243

2 A Guide to TCRS Retirement TCRS provides benefits for more than 215,000 active members, and over 113,000 retired members TCRS provides benefits for more than 215,000 active members, and over 113,000 retired members Currently there is over $33 Billion Dollars held in trust for TCRS Currently there is over $33 Billion Dollars held in trust for TCRS 24 th Largest US public pension fund 24 th Largest US public pension fund 87 th Largest World pension fun 87 th Largest World pension fun 6 th Best funded state pension plan 6 th Best funded state pension plan Over 91% funded as of July 1, 2011 Over 91% funded as of July 1, 2011

3 Members Include: State Employees State Employees Teachers Teachers Police and Firefighters Police and Firefighters Local Governments Local Governments Utility Districts Utility Districts

4 Non-Contributory Members Employer pays the required employee contributions on the members behalf Employer pays the required employee contributions on the members behalf –State Employees Employed After 7/1/81

5 Contributory Members Members have an account balance with TCRS Members have an account balance with TCRS Contribute 5% of their monthly salary Contribute 5% of their monthly salary –K-12 Public School Teachers –Several Political Subdivisions

6 Types of Retirement Plans  Defined Contribution Plans  Defined Benefit Plans

7 Defined Contribution Plan The annuity at retirement is based on the retiree’s account balance The annuity at retirement is based on the retiree’s account balance The employee chooses the investments and bears the risk of investment losses The employee chooses the investments and bears the risk of investment losses Contributions are available for withdrawals or loans; may be subject to early withdrawal penalties Contributions are available for withdrawals or loans; may be subject to early withdrawal penalties Examples: 401 (k), 457, 403 (b) plans Examples: 401 (k), 457, 403 (b) plans

8 Defined Benefit Plan Contributions are not available for loans or withdrawal until termination of employment Contributions are not available for loans or withdrawal until termination of employment Benefits are calculated with a set formula Benefits are calculated with a set formula Benefits are paid to member for lifetime Benefits are paid to member for lifetime Employer bears risk of any investment loss Employer bears risk of any investment loss Examples: Social Security, TCRS Examples: Social Security, TCRS

9 What Determines the Employee’s TCRS Retirement Benefit? Average Final Compensation (AFC) – the average of your highest sixty consecutive months of salary. Average Final Compensation (AFC) – the average of your highest sixty consecutive months of salary. Years of Service – your total number of years and months of creditable service Years of Service – your total number of years and months of creditable service Age at Retirement – determines early retirement reduction factors and benefits paid under the optional survivor benefit plans Age at Retirement – determines early retirement reduction factors and benefits paid under the optional survivor benefit plans

10 Refunded Service Previously withdrawn service may be re- established by re-depositing the amount withdrawn plus 7½ percent interest compounded annually from the date of the refund. Previously withdrawn service may be re- established by re-depositing the amount withdrawn plus 7½ percent interest compounded annually from the date of the refund. A member must have one year of active membership service prior to making a redeposit. A member must have one year of active membership service prior to making a redeposit. This payment may be made in a lump sum amount or under an installment payment plan. This payment may be made in a lump sum amount or under an installment payment plan.

11 Military Service Armed Conflict Service Armed Conflict Service –World War I: 4/17/17-11/11/18 –World War II: 12/07/41-12/31/46 –Korean War: 6/27/50-1/31/55 –Vietnam Era: 2/28/61-5/7/75 Peacetime Military Service Peacetime Military Service –10/15/40-5/7/75 Interrupted Military Service Interrupted Military Service Up to Four Years of Military Service Can Be Established Permitted A Member Is Not Eligible for Federal Retirement Benefits for Such Service. (Please refer to Application for Military Service Credit for more details)

12 Additional Prior Service Types Probationary Service: Period of time employees are require to work prior to becoming eligible for membership in the system. Probationary Service: Period of time employees are require to work prior to becoming eligible for membership in the system. Out-of-State Service: Service rendered in another state where member is not eligible to receive a benefit. Eliminates any early reduction penalties, however, the years of service will not be added to the TCRS service. Out-of-State Service: Service rendered in another state where member is not eligible to receive a benefit. Eliminates any early reduction penalties, however, the years of service will not be added to the TCRS service.

13 Sick Leave Every 20 days of accumulated sick leave will add one additional month of credit to the member’s total service credit. Every 20 days of accumulated sick leave will add one additional month of credit to the member’s total service credit. Employees of a political subdivision may receive sick leave credit if the local government passes the resolution authorizing such service.

14 Sick Leave Formulas 10 month: 200 days/ 1 year 10 month: 200 days/ 1 year 11 month: 220 days/ 1 year 11 month: 220 days/ 1 year 12 month: 240 days/ 1 year 12 month: 240 days/ 1 year 10 month: days/20*1.20= months 10 month: days/20*1.20= months 11 month: days/20*1.10= months 11 month: days/20*1.10= months 12 month: days/20= months 12 month: days/20= months

15 Retirement Requirements Service Retirement Service Retirement –Member must be age 60 and vested or have 30 years of service regardless of age Early Retirement Early Retirement –Member must be 55 and vested –One reduction factor will be applied 25-year Early 25-year Early –Member must be under the age of 55 and have 25 years of service. –Two Reduction Factors will be applied

16 Election of Benefit Payment Plans Single Life Annuity Plans Single Life Annuity Plans –Regular/Maximum Plan –Social Security Leveling Joint and Survivor Plans Joint and Survivor Plans –Option I - 100% Joint and Survivor –Option II - 50% Joint and Survivor –Option III - Modification of Option I –Option IV - Modification of Option II

17 Retirement Benefit for Member and Beneficiary Both at age 60 Ret. Plans Benefit % MemberBeneficiary Reg/ Max 100% Option % Option % Option 3 (Pop-Up)81.62% Option 4 (Pop-Up)89.88%

18 Soc. Sec. Leveling (Member Age 55) Reg./Max Amount Soc. Sec. Age % of S.S. paid by TCRS Based on Age (51%) Benefit Paid to Member until 62 from TCRS Benefit Paid to Member after 62 From TCRS Soc. Sec Total Paid from TCRS & SS after

19 Disability Benefits Disability is a reduced benefit. Disability is a reduced benefit. TCRS offers three types of Disability Benefits: TCRS offers three types of Disability Benefits: –Ordinary: a disability due to medical reasons –Accidental: an on the job injury –Inactive: becoming disabled after one has terminated employment For further information, please contact our disability Counselors at option 3

20 Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)  Must be retired 12 months prior to July 1 in order to receive COLA the following year.  Based on the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the previous year.  Payable up to three percent and compounded annually. Employees of a political subdivision may receive the cost of living adjustment if the local government passes the resolution authorizing the adjustment.

21 Selecting A Beneficiary Please make sure your beneficiary is kept up to date. Please make sure your beneficiary is kept up to date. Check beneficiary designation on TCRS annual statement. Check beneficiary designation on TCRS annual statement. If adjustments are necessary please fill out a change of beneficiary form. If adjustments are necessary please fill out a change of beneficiary form.

22 Choosing A Beneficiary Monthly benefits can not be paid to estates, institutions, or multiple beneficiaries. Monthly benefits can not be paid to estates, institutions, or multiple beneficiaries. Certain death benefits offered are payable only to a spouse. Certain death benefits offered are payable only to a spouse. For more information and assistance, please refer to the “Selecting a Beneficiary” pamphlet.

23 Temporary Employment TCRS offers temporary employment with TCRS covered entities to retired members. TCRS offers temporary employment with TCRS covered entities to retired members. –Limited to 120 days of employment within a 12 month period  960 hrs/8 hr day  900 hrs/7.5 hr day  840 hrs/ 7 hr day –Salary Limit Per Year –60 Day Waiting Period From the members date of retirement unless waived by employer

24 Frequently Asked Questions Can I change my option after retirement? Can I change my option after retirement? How soon do I need to apply for retirement? How soon do I need to apply for retirement? Can I continue to contribute to my 401 (k) or life insurance? Can I continue to contribute to my 401 (k) or life insurance? When will I receive my first retirement check? When will I receive my first retirement check? What is withheld from my retirement check? What is withheld from my retirement check?

25 Internet Site tcrs.tn.gov  Benefit Calculator  Downloadable Forms  Publications  Contact Information 


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