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1 1 National University of Ireland, Galway Presentation to Pension Scheme Members 18 February 2005 Joint Pension Fund (Incorporating Pension Scheme No.1, Pension Scheme No.2 and the Joint Pension Scheme). “ Model Pension Scheme” Set up on an Administrative Basis by Governing Authority, 28 th January 2005, for Members who become pensionable after 1 st January Full entitlements have not been clarified.

2 2 Two Types of Pension Arrangments 1. Defined Benefit The Pension is based on a percentage or fraction of final salary. 2. Defined Contribution The Pension depends on the money which the employer and employee put into the pension fund. The University Pension Scheme is Defined Benefit

3 3 The State (a) Social Welfare Pension Single € 8,700 € 9,324 With a Dependent €14,498 €15,538 (b) Social Welfare Pension (Widowed) € 7,296 € 8,024 Occupational Pension Schemes Including Purchase of Notional Years Own savings

4 4 Relevant Pensions Legislation (1) Trust Acts Social Welfare Acts (Social Welfare Pension changed annually) Finance Act 1972 (Tax Exemptions for Staff and Employer) Pensions Act 1990 Public Sector Statutes (Including University Statutes)

5 5 Relevant Pensions Legislation (2) Capital Acquisitions Tax Legislation Irish Family Law (Legal Separation, Divorce) Anti-Discrimination Legislation EU Directives (Pending incorporation into Irish law e.g. Directive on Age Discrimination)

6 6 Relevant Pensions Legislation (3 ) Protection of Employees (Part-Time Workers) Act Effective 20 th December Pensions (Amendment) Act 2002 (PRSA’s Introduced and Ombudsman). (Deferred Pension change from 5 to 2 years. Effective 2 nd June 2002.) (PRSA’s become operative. Effective 15 th September Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill ( Effective 1 st April Minimum Retirement Age 65, (from age 60) no compulsion for retirement at age 65 if member is fit and willing).

7 7 Pension Act The Pension Board. Effective 21 st December Preservations of Benefits. Effective 1 st January Minimum Funding Standards. Effective 1 st January Disclosure of Information. Effective 1 st January Trusteeship (NUI, Galway has a Statutory Scheme) 6. Equal Treatment. Effective 1 st January 1993.

8 8 Summary of Scheme Benefits for the Joint Pension Scheme Retirement Benefit at age 65 (or after age 65 for post 01 April 2004 Member) Death in Service – Spouse’s Benefits Pension – Pensionable Service * Pensionable Salary * 1/60 Or Pension – Pensionable Service * Pensionable Salary * 1/80 Plus Lump Sum – Pensionable Service * Pensionable Salary * 3/80. Pension – Pensionable Service * Pensionable Salary 1/80 x 1/2. Plus Lump Sum of ‘1 to 1.5 times’ Pensionable Salary (‘Pensionable Service’ includes potential service to age 65).

9 9 Death in Service – Children’s Benefits  1/3 of Spouse’s Pension for each child, subject to a maximum of 3 children. Death in Retirement  Same as ‘Death in Service’ without the Lump Sum. Disability Pension  Pension = same calculation as ‘Retirement benefit;  Pensionable Service is based on actual service plus ‘added years’ under early retirement due to Ill-Health Scheme. Summary of Scheme Benefits for the Joint Pension Scheme (cont’d)

10 10 Transferability  Transfer of service within the Public Service is allowed. Deferred Pension  Resignation from the Public Sector, there is an entitlement to a deferred pension payable at 60 years of age. Purchase of Added Years  Scheme allows members to buy notional service; the cost is borne by the member; contributions qualify for income tax relief. Summary of Scheme Benefits for the Joint Pension Scheme (cont’d)

11 11 Early Retirement Added Years Review of Pensions Members who pay full PRSI Optional retirement from 60 years of age is available for pre 01 April 2004 members. Statutory, Teaching staff and Administrative Officer grades are entitled to added years, (max. 10) subject to an overall maximum of 40 years. Pensions are reviewed for the purpose of maintaining a relativity with the underlying salaries on which the pensions are based. Pension benefits are integrated with State Social Welfare Pensions. Summary of Scheme Benefits for the Joint Pension Scheme (cont’d)

12 12 What Pension Contribution Do I Pay? Joint Pension Scheme (Statute 161) Members who pay the modified PRSI (Pension 9) i.e. Members who joined the public sector prior to 5 April (1) The Pension is non-contributory. (2) Death Benefits (spouses and childrens pension scheme) : Pay 1 ½ % of Salary. Example: Salary €30,000 Spouses and Children’s contribution is €450 per annum

13 13 What Pension Contribution Do I Pay? Joint Pension Scheme (Statute 161 ) Members who pay the Full PRSI (Pension 14) i.e. Members who joined the public sector post 5 April (1) Pension contribution 3 ½% x Salary minus 2 (0AP) Lump Sum contribution 1 ½% x Salary (2) Death Benefit (spouses and children’s Pension) Pay 1 1/2 % of Salary Example: Salary €31,500 (€30,000 plus 5%) Pension Contribution 3 ½ x (31,500 – 18,648) = 450 Lump Sum 1 ½ x 31,500 = 473 Spouses & Children 1 ½ x 31,500 = 473 TOTAL (6 1/2 %) € 1,396 Notes: OAP = Social Welfare Pension paid at single rate €9,324 (Jan 2004)

14 14 Calculation of your Pension at Retirement Pension Scheme No. 1 and No. 2 Joint Pension Scheme Modified PRSI (Pension 9) Joint Pension Scheme PRSI Full (Pension 14) Model Pension Scheme PRSI Full (Pension 16)

15 15 Pension Based On:- 1. Fraction 1/60 or 1/80 + Lump Sum (1/80 + Lump Sum for “Model Scheme”) 2. Final Salary 3. Service (Number of Years) 4. Social Welfare Pension Rates (January 2004) € 9,324Single Rate € 13,9861 ½ x Single Rate € 18,6482 x Single Rate 5. Taxation

16 16 Service Example SERVICE YEARS Actual Service21.74 ADDED YEARS (If applicable) 8.58 PURCHASED 3.00 TRANSFERRED 2.00 (LEAVE WITHOUT PAY) TOTAL (MAX 40) AVC (Additional Voluntary Contribution) Defined contribution Benefit

17 17 Pensionable Salary Pensionable salary for the purpose of pension calculation is the annual basic remuneration payable at retirement or death. ALLOWANCES ARE NOT PENSIONABLE. Some Grades (e.g.: Technicians) get Salary Awards which are pensionable. In the case of persons who pay the full PRSI Contributions there is a ‘Net Final Salary’ which is used in the calculations of the Pension (‘Full PRSI Contributions’). The pensionable salary is (salary minus twice the old age retirement social welfare pension) in respect of a pension calculated in 1/80 ths (one- eightieths).

18 18 Pensionable Service – Joint Pension Scheme All full-time permanent service is pensionable as also is service in permanent part-time posts, which are pensionable by University Statute. Part time service is pensionable from 20 December 2001 (Protection of Employees (Part- Time Workers) Act 2001). Full-time service in a temporary or probationary capacity is included. Such service must be immediately prior to the permanent appointment and must not be of a trainee or apprenticeship nature. Periods of leave of absence with pay (ie sabbatical) may be counted at the discretion of the Governing Body. Periods of leave of absence without pay are not included. However, in an exceptional case the Governing Body may count such service as pensionable. All service is pensionable, whether there is a break in service or not (the period of the ‘break’ is excluded).

19 19 Pensionable Service – Joint Pension Scheme Cont’d…. Part-time service is counted on a pro rata basis in the case of a full-time member of staff on retirement or death. Service in most Public Sector employments will be counted when transferred to NUIG. The amount of service depends on the agreement between NUIG and other Public Sector Bodies. This is so whether such service is broken or continuous. No credit for previous service is given where a Pension, Gratuity or Refund has already been given. In some circumstances credit may be given if such Pension or Gratuity had been refunded (e.g.. Refund of Marriage Gratuities etc) Years of pensionable service are counted as actual completed years plus any fraction of a year. Pensions on retirement are payable only after two full years of service.

20 20 Pensionable Service – Joint Pension Scheme Transferability of Pensions Full transferability of service is allowed between the University and most Public Sector Employment's in the State (e.g. Civil Service, other Universities, State Bodies, Local Government, Health Boards, VEC’s etc.). The years of service to be transferred to the University or from the University may be either continuous years or broken years of service. Where a participant transfers from or to an organisation in the Public Sector not covered by (a) above, the University may make arrangements for transferability on a reciprocal basis with the other organisation. In the case of transferability from the University to another organisation no account will be taken of ‘added years’ for pension purposes.

21 21 Pension at Retirement (Non-Contributory) Joint Pension Scheme Pays Modified PRSI Salary €30,000 Service 40 years Lump Sum = 3/80 x 30,000 x 40 = €45,000 Tax Free Pension = 1/80 x 30,000 x 40 = €15,000 p.a. OR Pension 1/60 x 30,000 x 40 = €20,000 Death in Retirement 1/2 x Pension 1/2 x €15,000 = €7,500

22 22 Pension at Retirement (Contributory) Joint Pension Scheme Pays Full PRSI and 5% Pension Contribution plus 1.5% ( Pension 14) Spouse’s/Child Contribution to Pension Scheme Salary €31,500 (includes 5% post 1995 scale) Service 40 years Lump Sum = 3/80 x 31,500 x 40 = €47,250 Tax free Pension = 1/80 x (31,500 – 18,648) x 40 = €6,426 OR Pension 1/60 x (31,500 – 13,986) x 40 = €11,676 Note: OAP = 9,324 2(OAP) = 2(9,324) = €18, (OAP) = 1.5 (9,324)= €13,986

23 23 Death Benefits in Service Non-Contributory Scheme (9) - PRE-1995 MEMBERS Lump Sum - 1 to 1½ yrs salary (based on actual years) Spouse’s Pension Based on :- (1) Years Years would have had at age 65 (2) Salary Actual Salary at Death (3) Fraction 1/160 (1/80 x 1/2) Pension (Spouse’s) 40 x 30,000 x1/160 = €7,500 Social Welfare Pension (Survivor’s Pension) = €8,024

24 24 Death Benefits in Service Contributory Scheme (14) - POST 1995 MEMBERS Lump Sum 1 years to 1½ years salary Spouse’s Pension based on:- (1) Years Years would have had at age 65 (2) Salary Actual Salary at Death minus Old Age Pension (3) Fraction 1/160 (1/80 x 1/2) Pension Spouse 40 x (31,500 – 9,324) x 1/160 = €5,544 Social Welfare Pension (Survivor’s) €8,024

25 25 Professional Added Years Applies to: Statutory, Teaching, Administrative Officer and Higher Administrative Posts Statute 207 Refers: 1. Governing Authority may at its Discretion add years to your service. Maximum of 10 years may be added subject to a maximum of 40 years. 2. A deduction from your added years will be made for previous pension rights in another employment.

26 26 General Rule for Added Years (a) 1/3 of Actual Years OR (b) 5 added years at 60 6 added years at 61 7 added years at 62 8 added years at 63 9 added years at added years at 65

27 27 Added Years for New Entrants to Public Sector after 1 st December 2004 Comprehensive Scheme has replaced old Scheme. Maximum Added Years is 5. Only Professional (Academic Staff) are included. No general Administrative grades to have entitlement. Award is abated if you have a retained Superannuation from a previous employment.

28 28 Claw-Back A deduction of 1% of salary from the Lump Sum on Retirement or on Death is made for each year a contribution to the Spouse’s and Children’s Pension Scheme was not made. Claw-Back is tax deductible Service Years Claw-Back Actual Service Added Purchased 10 Transferred2 (Leave without pay) -30 Total (Max 40)

29 29 Review of Pensions (For Inflation Etc) All Pensions payable (whether Pensions on Retirement, or Pensions to Spouse/Children of a deceased member, or of Deferred Pensions, etc), are adjusted from time to time to maintain purchasing power. The basis of this adjustment is that a relativity of the pension to the salary of the post in which the member retired or died shall be kept. Therefore, in accordance with the above, when University salaries are increased, pensions are automatically increased.

30 30 Purchase of Notional Service (1) May buy years of service to bring your entitlement to 40 years maximum at age 65. (2) Limits to the number of years you can buy. The limit relates to the number of actual years at age 65. Actual Service Can buy Actual Service Can buy: 9 years 1 year 12 years 4 years 19 years 17 years

31 31 Purchase of Notional Service Cont’d (3) Contributions to the Scheme are Tax Deductible at your Marginal Rate. (4) Notional Service can be bought by: (a) Monthly Contributions (b) Lump Sum (subject to conditions)

32 32 Job Sharing Job Sharing Staff: “Will be eligible for superannuation benefits on the same basis as full-time staff, save that each year of service in a job sharing capacity will reckon as six months for superannuation purposes. Pensionable salary will be based on full time salary.”

33 33 Job Sharing One job is divided between two individuals. There is one salary. – For pension purposes – (i) The period worked is one-half the no. of years employed by a job-sharer – (ii) The salary is the full salary (this is important for members who pay FULL PRSI) – (iii) Buying Notional Service: Service cannot be bought to compensate for periods ‘lost’ due to Job-Sharing.

34 34 Example: Job-Sharing and Buying Notional Years StartFinishStatusYears/ Days Pension Service 1/1/9031/12/1993Full-time3:000 1/1/9431/12/2025Job-share31:00015:182 AGE 6534:00018:182 Buy ‘Notional Service’6:000 AGE 6540:00024:182

35 35 Part-Time Staff For Pension Purposes (1) The period worked is the number of years in the part- time employment. E.g.. If you work 20 years as part- time, Service is 20 years. (2) Salary/Wages and service will be pro-rata the full- time salary. If your part-time salary is less than twice the social welfare pension (€18,648 p.a.) you may not get a pension. You will be entitled to a lump sum on retirement.

36 36 Part-Time Staff Cont’d… (3) You cannot buy service to make up the period ‘lost’ because of the part-time work. Example: If you have 40 years as Part-Time you cannot buy years to make 40 Full-Time years.

37 37 Model Pension Scheme Began 1 st January Model Scheme is for Members who become pensionable from the date of the Protection of Employees (Fixed Term Work) Act 2003 (15 th July 2003). Pension based on 1/80 th plus Lump Sum. Increases in Pension is decided by the Minister. Lump Sum on Death is payable to legal representative (not to surviving Spouse). Part-time Workers. New benefit structure to be introduced by Department of Finance. Retrospection Pension Rights from 1 st January 2005 needs clarification from Department of Finance.

38 38 Budget 2004 (Proposal Only) Proposal for an alternative way to calculate a pension (for payers of full PRSI). Example:Salary €12,000 Years of Service 25 Social Welfare Pension Single Rate € 9,3241 st January 2005 Social Welfare Pension x 2 €18,648 Social Welfare Pension x 1.5 €13,986 Social Welfare Pension x 3.33 €31,048 (cut-off) Possible final formula 1/200 th of pensionable remuneration below 3.33 times OACP cut-off plus 1/80 th remuneration in excess of cut-off. Example: 1/200 x €12,000 x 25 = €1,500 per annum OACP: Old Age Contributory Pension

39 39 Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI) Rates Employees (earning over €356 per week) Employer Employee 1. Class A1 – Most Employed Persons First €40, %6% Balance (No ceiling) 10.75% 2% 2. Class K1 (Levy only) Persons in Receipt of Occupational PensionsNil2% Pensioners with Medical cards (over 70)NilNil 3. Class D1 (Pre-1995 Employees in Public Sector)2.35%2.9% Over €40,4202%

40 40 Estimate Pension After Tax To calculate your after tax pension you do three calculations: 1. Your Tax Credits 2. The ‘Income Tax’ you pay. Mind the ‘Marginal Restriction Rule’ 3. Subtract salary deductions (including income tax) from gross pension.

41 41 Tax Credits Credits Personal Credit: Married 3040 Single 1520 PAYE (from January 2004) 1040 Age 410over 65 Health Expenses est (rate 20%) 240 Med 1 form Total 4730

42 42 Calculate Income Tax Payable Tax exemption Limit for over 65’s Salary 62,000 p.a. (Estimate)€ Income (Pension) 31,000 p.a. (1/2 of salary)Pension 32,500 Interest/Dividends Tax due 31,000 20% = 6200married person (Max 20%)NIL Tax 6,200€32,500 Married Less Credits-4,730(Previous Page)€16,250 Single Tax Payable 1470 Amounts over €32,500 is subject to 40% Tax Rate.

43 43 Net pension after deductions from Gross pension Gross pension31,000 Less Levies 2% -620 VHI estimated (VHI have deducted Tax at 20%) Income Tax Nil Total€29,380 annual Pension after Tax €2,448 monthly Pension after Tax


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