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Mar 17, 2020, 4:16 PM By MOSERS
I am in MSEP11 and have vested. I may leave service at 65, but not retire until my normal retire age of 67. Will I still receive a reduced benefit?
No, your benefit will not be subject to reduction if you are vested, leave service, then retire at age 67. (The reduction you are referring to is for “early retirement” and is a reduction of ½ of 1% (.005) off your base benefit for each month your age is younger than normal retirement.)
However, if you continue working until you are 67, then your benefit would ultimately be higher because you would have more service. When you apply for retirement, your base benefit will be calculated using a formula that takes into account your final average pay and your credited service. For a more in-depth look at which option may be best for you, we encourage you to use our Comparison Calculator to compare various scenarios over time or contact one of our benefit counselors.
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Mar 17, 2020, 4:09 PM By MOSERSWill appropriate staff be meeting to determine to do an all state office building close due to Corona Virus?
MOSERS follows guidance from Governor Parson’s office regarding state office closures. We encourage you to reach out to your HR representative with any questions surrounding closures and office procedures for COVID-19 at this time. For updates on how MOSERS is responding to the current situation please follow our website.
Mar 17, 2020, 10:06 AM By MOSERS
Hi, In light of the of the fact that funding for our pension plan ( retired faculty 2005) is 58% tied to investments, I am confident that many of us are deeply concerned about the free-fall of the stock market. Do you folks have any action plans to address this and do you folks plan to put out any statement addressing this crisis?
The MOSERS Board, our leaders, and our professional investments staff are committed to managing MOSERS’ assets in a prudent manner to ensure the security of your benefits and the sustainability of the system.
MOSERS’ investments have been negatively impacted during the first quarter of CY 2020. However, unlike individual retirees, MOSERS invests over a very long-term time horizon. Our portfolio is well-diversified and designed to weather the volatility of the financial markets. Our assumed rate of return is 7.1%. Over the long term (since 1981- first available data) our return average is 9.5%, which includes other major downturns in the market such as in 1987, 2000-2002, and 2008. Each year, an independent actuary evaluates what our funding needs are and our Board certifies an employer contribution rate. The state of Missouri has consistently contributed the full amount that the actuary has determined is needed, which is key to MOSERS’ long-term sustainability.
Ultimately, your benefits are an obligation of the state and they are secure. We encourage you to visit our Funding page to learn more.
Mar 12, 2020, 8:17 AM By MOSERSIs there a way to update information online for beneficiaries w/o having to go through the whole data entry process for all of them?
To update your beneficiary designations, you must first log in to myMOSERS. Complete and submit the Designation/Change of Beneficiaries form (“Life Ins Beneficiaries” from the Forms drop-down menu) for basic and optional life insurance. If you are a member of the MSEP 2011 or the Judicial Plan 2011, you should also complete and submit the Contribution Beneficiaries form for your employee contributions.
We are working on a new system that will allow you to make a simple update without re-entering all information for your beneficiaries, but right now, with our current system, you must start over and re-enter all information about your beneficiaries if you want to update one of them.Visit our Life Events page for more information.
Feb 20, 2020, 11:32 AM By MOSERS
What percent is the pension plan currently funded at for new employees. Is there a concern to be had that it's not fully funded?
MOSERS is 62.9% funded, as of June 30, 2019, with regard to pension plan benefits for members of MSEP, MSEP 2000, and MSEP 2011. That means MOSERS currently has 62.9% of the assets needed to pay all current and future pension benefits for members in these plans.
The state of Missouri, as the employer, has demonstrated its commitment to providing pension benefits by consistently paying the full amount of employer contributions as determined by the independent actuary and certified by the MOSERS Board. This commitment to funding is key to the long-term sustainability of the System. See our funding pages and Key Facts flyer for more information.
Feb 20, 2020, 10:53 AM By MOSERSI will reach my 80 and out at age 52. Is there any penalties for retirement before age 55 once i meet the 80 and out requirements. I will have 27 years of service at 52.
No, there are no IRS tax penalties for taking your MOSERS monthly pension benefit prior to age 55.
If you are eligible for and elect BackDROP, you have three options for your BackDROP lump-sum payment. Before you make any decisions, we strongly recommend that you read the Special Tax Notice to ensure you understand the tax implications of your choice. We also encourage you to consult a tax professional. If you’d like to learn more about the tax advantages of rolling the lump sum over to a qualified employer plan, like MO Deferred Comp, read Thinking About the BackDROP?
- Cash Option: This is either one lump-sum payment at retirement or three annual installments. From any amounts paid in cash, we will deduct 20% for federal income tax (as required by the IRS) and any Missouri state income tax withholding you choose. You will be responsible for any IRS early withdrawal penalties that may apply. If you terminate service before the year you reach age 55, there will be a 10% early withdrawal penalty on any payments not rolled over, unless you meet another exception to the penalty. See the Special Tax Notice brochure for more information.
- Rollover Option: We will send your tax-deferred distribution directly to a qualified employer plan.
- Combination Cash & Rollover Option: You can take a portion of the lump sum in cash (less 20% for federal income tax, as required by the IRS, and any Missouri state income tax you choose to have withheld) and roll the rest over to a qualified employer plan. You will be responsible for any IRS early withdrawal penalties that may apply.
On another note, unless you have plans for medical coverage elsewhere, you may want to consider the cost of medical insurance in the timing of your retirement. The cost of medical insurance is significantly higher for retirees than it is for active state employees. Contact your medical insurance provider for coverage and premium options. For most state employees, that is Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan (MCHCP). If you are employed at a college, university, or the Department of Conservation, contact your human resources/employee benefits office.
Feb 20, 2020, 8:59 AM By MOSERS
If I leave the state after 5 years of employment and take the refund option do I get the amount shown on my end of year paystub or do I get the amount yearly that is shown on my W2. Example: W2 for 2019 shows retire contribution of 1800.99 but pay stub shows retire 2011 plan at 9,421.30 for year to date. Which one is the refund amount?
We are unable to see members’ paystubs or W-2 information so we can’t speak definitively to that information. (And keep in mind that your W-2 for 2019 would include only those contributions you made in 2019.) However, you can log in to myMOSERS and find your total employee contributions plus any interest. Once logged in to your Member Homepage, click on the Personal Information tab. Then, click on Contribution Calculator. Scroll all the way to the bottom for your accumulated balance. This would be your refund amount. Please see our Employee Contributions brochure (2011 Plan) for more information. If you are unable to log in, you may contact a MOSERS benefit counselor for your balance.
Feb 19, 2020, 12:00 AM By MOSERSThe Director of the Missouri Corrections Department has made a statement in meetings and made the statement nobody will retire from Department of Corrections with more than 20 years experience in the Department, it cost the state to much money. I am beginning to believe this statement is true. There has been high ranking, senior experience staff being terminated without cause. Is this fair? In fact a Division Director within the Department was just recently terminated. Is this legal?
We are not a part of employment decisions at individual departments; therefore, we cannot comment on those decisions. However, you may be interested to know that in FY19, the average amount of service for new retirees from the Department of Corrections was 21.87 years, which is similar to the average service of retirees from most other departments.
MOSERS-covered employers, including the State of Missouri, have demonstrated their commitment to providing pension benefits by consistently paying the full amount of employer contributions as determined by the independent actuary and certified by the MOSERS Board. This commitment to funding is key to the long-term sustainability of the System.
Feb 19, 2020, 12:00 AM By MOSERSWhen will the enrollment for the April 2021 and May 2021 pre-retirement seminars become available?
Feb 7, 2020, 8:26 AM By MOSERS
When will 2020 Tax Forms come out or I can get it online?
1099-R forms have been mailed! For immediate access to your 1099-R, or if you find you need a replacement copy of it, log in to myMOSERS. You will find your 1099-R under Personal Information and available for you to print.
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