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  • Unused Sick Leave and Legislation

    Apr 6, 2022, 1:21 PM By MOSERS
    How will HB2234I effect someone that is 7 years pass their BackDrop with 1500 hours of sick leave if it passes?

    HB 2234 does not change the current statutory rules for converting sick leave to service credit or BackDROP.

    You will get one month of credited service for each block of 168 hours of unused sick leave you have at retirement. While this will increase the amount of your benefit, unused sick leave cannot count toward eligibility for retirement or as part of the BackDROP period. That is, the months of unused sick leave will not make you eligible for retirement (or BackDROP) sooner, but will increase the amount of your payment once you have retired.

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  • Your W-2 and 1099-R Tax Form

    Apr 6, 2022, 8:30 AM By MOSERS
     I retired from the state of Missouri in October 2021 am needing access to my 2021 W2 and 2021 1099R. Please tell how to access your system for this information. Please e-mail me with instructions. Thank you. 

    Your W-2 form comes from your employer, not from MOSERS. You will need to reach out to your employer for your W-2.

    MOSERS provides retirees and benefit recipients with a 1099-R tax form. We mailed 1099-R forms at the end of January. You can also access it online by logging into myMOSERS. You will find it under Personal Information and available for you to print. This form lists your 2021 retirement benefit income from MOSERS. You will need this form to file your income tax return. If you receive more than one benefit from MOSERS, you may receive more than one 1099-R from us. If you are unable to log in to myMOSERS, call us at (800) 827-1063 or (573) 632-6100 and we can mail you a replacement. For security reasons, we cannot email it to you.

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  • Social Security and Your Pension

    Mar 24, 2022, 4:12 PM By MOSERS
    I attended the Ready to Retire seminar yesterday and I have one question I forgot to ask. If you receive a pension does it affect the amount of the SS benefit you receive? Or does the SS benefit stay the same regardless?

    Since a MOSERS pension is from Social Security covered employment in which you paid Social Security payroll taxes, it has no effect on your Social Security benefit. Additionally, your MOSERS benefit is a pension and, therefore, it does not count as salary or wages towards the annual earnings limit for Social Security.

    We also suggest you speak to a tax professional or financial advisor for advice specific to your situation. 

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  • State Taxes and BackDROP

    Mar 23, 2022, 1:31 PM By MOSERS
    As a recent retiree, I had a bad shock from my 2021 taxes when I discovered state withholding taxes were not taken out of my lump sum retirement benefit.  Despite the language on the BackDrop distribution form mentioning state and local taxes were my responsibility, I assumed since MOSERS took care of the Federal taxes they would take care of state taxes.  I don't recall this being covered in various pre-retirement information. You may want to make this information more prevalent to retirees,

    Thank you for your email. While we mention the member’s responsibility for state taxes on BackDROP cash payments in the Ready to Retire seminar (and reference book) and on the BackDROP Distribution form, we appreciate your feedback and will try and highlight this point in the future. 

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  • Accumulated Sick Leave at Retirement

    Mar 22, 2022, 11:23 AM By MOSERS

    I was hired in 2012. Does my accumulated sick leave count toward my time served when I retire?

    Unused sick leave does NOT count towards service for retirement ELIGIBILITY. In other words, it will not make you eligible for retirement sooner than you would have been without it. You must meet both the age and service requirements – not counting unused sick leave – to be eligible to retire.

    However, as part of your retirement benefit calculation, we will add one month of additional service for each block of 168 hours of unused sick leave you have at retirement. This will increase the AMOUNT of your benefit payment every month in retirement

    There are some specific situations in which unused sick leave doesn’t count:

    • MSEP 2011 members: If you left state employment after January 1, 2018, and prior to being eligible for early or normal retirement, you will get no service credit for unused sick leave.
    • MSEP retirees: If you leave state employment prior to being eligible for early or normal retirement, you will get no service credit for your unused sick leave.
    • Legislators, statewide elected officials, and judges: You do not accrue sick leave.
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  • Transferring to a Different State Agency

    Mar 18, 2022, 4:07 PM By MOSERS
    I will be going to work for a different state agency on March 24. Will I still be able to get on this system to check my things? Do all the contributions I've selected previously stay the same?

    It depends on where you transfer to. MOSERS defined benefit pension plan covers most, but not all, state agencies. If you are transferring from a benefit-eligible position with one MOSERS-covered employer to a benefit-eligible position with another MOSERS-covered employer, then yes, you can continue to find the information you need on our website and your personal information by logging in to myMOSERS. This is a nice advantage of working for the state since it gives you so many options.

    If you move to an employer not covered by MOSERS, you should contact that retirement system. For example, employees of the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri Highway Patrol are covered by the MODot and Patrol Employees’ Retirement System (MPERS).

    If you are referring to your MO Deferred Comp contributions, when transferring to another state agency, your contribution to your deferred compensation account will not be interrupted. However, we recommend that you confirm with your human resources or payroll representative to ensure that all deductions are accurate. To view your deferred comp account for balance and contribution activity, you can either access through the ESS portal or by logging in at  

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  • Submitting Proof-of-Age

    Mar 14, 2022, 2:50 PM By MOSERS
    How do I submit my proof of age? I uploaded a copy of my passport but the proof of age status is still shown as incomplete. Thanks.

    To establish your eligibility for retirement, you must submit an acceptable proof-of-age and lawful presence document with your retirement application. You can submit one of the following documents:

    • U.S. Birth Certificate (certified with embossed or raised seal issued by state or local government)

    OR a photocopy of one of the following:

    • Valid Missouri Driver’s License or Missouri Nondriver ID

    • U.S. Passport (current or expired)

    • U.S. Certificate of Citizenship

    • U.S. Certificate of Naturalization

    • U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad

    You can mail in or drop off your birth certificate and we will return it.

    To upload any of the other documents, log in to myMOSERS. Once you are logged in, click Online Documents and then Document Upload.

    Once you upload a document, our staff must process it. Please allow 1-2 business days for it to show as complete in our system.

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  • Separation of Service and Reemployment

    Mar 11, 2022, 12:02 PM By MOSERS

    Is it true that state workers that retire in 2023 will not be able to come back to work for state government on a temporary basis and why is this?


    No, that is not true. A retired member may return to work with a MOSERS-covered employer as long they follow the termination and reemployment rules.

    Before receiving a benefit payment from MOSERS, an employee must have a “bona fide termination". For purposes of the MOSERS’ board rules, a "bona fide termination" occurs when:

    1. You have completely severed employment;
    2. You have not entered into a prearranged agreement, prior to retirement, with any employer for subsequent employment on any basis (full-time, part-time, or other); and
    3. You are not subsequently employed by any employer on any basis (full-time, part-time, or other) within 30 days after your employment with your prior employer has ended.

    For purposes of these rules, “employer” means the State of Missouri or any other MOSERS-covered employer. See FAQs on Separation of Service for more information.

    Upon meeting the termination and reemployment rules, you may return to work and continue receiving your monthly pension payment, as long as your position is not a MOSERS or MoDOT and Patrol Employees’ Retirement System (MPERS) benefit-eligible position.

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  • Supplemental Budget Bill

    Mar 7, 2022, 10:08 AM By MOSERS
     Did HB3014 include funding for matching, up to 25.00, team members contributions? We used to get matching funds before it disappeared in early 2000.
    The $25 incentive for saving in MO Deferred Comp was not in the supplemental budget bill, HB 3014; however, it is in HB 3005. You can follow any bills that might impact MOSERS on our Legislation page. Each week, we post an updated legislative status report for your information.
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  • Calculating the CPI

    Mar 4, 2022, 3:24 PM By MOSERS
    I understand that MOSERS COLA is 80% of the "average CPI" increase. Can you tell me how the average CPI is calculated? According to, "From December 2020 to December 2021, consumer prices for all items rose 7.0 percent, the largest December to December percent change since 1981."

    This is a great question! The source you reference is comparing the change from just the month of December in 2020 to just the month of December in 2021. According to Missouri state law, each January, MOSERS must compare the average monthly values of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the calendar year just completed (2021) to the average CPI from the prior year (2020) to determine the percentage change between the two years. For example, while the difference from the month of December 2020 to the month of December 2021 was nearly 7%, the difference from January 2020 to January 2021 was 1.38%. We must use the average change from one year to the next. Please see the 2022 COLA Calculation Memo for details.

     As you noted, for general state employees, COLAs are based on 80% of the percentage increase in the average (CPI) from one year to the next. The maximum increase is 5% (minimum 0%). Please see the article, The 2022 COLA is Here, for additional information. 

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