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  • Annual Benefit Statement

    Nov 24, 2020, 4:01 PM By MOSERS
    I was wondering if MOSERS had some type of packet where we could put all of our MOSER info (retirement, deferred comp and life insurance) all in one packet so that if we die our family would know everything they need to get the benefits. 

    This is a great question! We would encourage you to see your Annual Benefit Statement, as it displays all of your current benefit information in one document.

    We send this annually in March to all active members but you can access it anytime by logging into myMOSERS. Here, it is available to print out or save as a PDF, which you can share with trusted loved ones or family members.

    Retirees get their Annual Benefit Statement each year on the anniversary of their retirement date or BackDROP date. We send benefit statements to vested former state employees once every 5 years. 

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  • Separation of Service

    Nov 24, 2020, 3:52 PM By MOSERS
    If a person retires from the state, part time work is offered to meet a state agency's needs, how many days/hours/months must a person be separated from full time state employment to accept a part-time position?

    At their November 19, 2020 meeting, the MOSERS Board of Trustees adopted:

    • Board Rule 9-2, "Termination of Employment and Reemployment of MSEP/MSEP2000/MSEP 2011 Retiree"
    • Board Rule 4-9, "Termination of Employment and Reemployment of ALJLAP Retiree"
    • Board Rule 4-10, "Termination of Employment and Reemployment of Judicial Plan or Judicial Plan 2011 Retiree"
    • Revisions to various other MOSERS Board Rules.

     

    The purpose of Board Rules 9-2, 4-9, and 4-10 is to set forth procedures relative to compliance with the Internal Revenue Code and Treasury Regulations regarding retiree re-employment and in-service distributions.

    Before receiving a benefit payment from MOSERS, IRS rules require a “bona fide termination” of the member’s employment. For purposes of these new rules, a "bona fide termination" occurs when:

    1. a member has completely severed the member’s employment;
    2. the member has 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. the member is not subsequently employed by any employer on any basis (full-time, part-time, or other) within 30 days after the member’s employment with the member’s prior employer has ended.

    For purposes of these rules “employer” means the State of Missouri or any other employer covered by MOSERS.

    All board rule changes will take effect on December 21, 2020.  

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  • 5 Year vs. 4 Year Backdrop Period

    Oct 21, 2020, 1:57 PM By MOSERS
    What is the difference between taking a 5 year vs. a 4 year backdrop?  Do you wait one year after you retire for the 4 year backdrop?  

    When we calculate your monthly benefit we use your final average pay (FAP) and credited service as of your BackDROP date. This is where the difference between 4 and 5 years would come into play. The 5-year milestone significance is that it is the longest BackDROP period allowed by the state statutes. It is likely that your monthly payments will be lower if you take BackDROP than they would be without BackDROP. You may be able to increase your monthly payment by not electing BackDROP or by electing a BackDROP period of 4 years rather than 5. On the other hand, if you elect a 4-year (or shorter) BackDROP period, you should expect that your lump-sum amount will go down. A MOSERS benefit counselor can provide you with estimates for all your options.

    If you elect BackDROP, we will issue your lump-sum payment on the same day as your first monthly benefit payment.

    Please see our BackDROP page or contact a MOSERS benefit counselor for more information.

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  • Purchasing Military Service

    Oct 7, 2020, 4:19 PM By MOSERS
    Is there a way to purchase 48 months of military time, where Mosers deducts the purchase amount from the Back Drop total. ??? 

    No. You must complete any purchase of military service prior to applying for retirement. BackDROP funds are distributed after retirement. However, if you have money in your MO Deferred Comp account, as a member of MSEP or MSEP 2000, you can use those funds to purchase prior military service (exception: Roth 457 assets cannot be used to purchase service credit). You can view our Purchasing and Transferring Service Credit brochure (MSEP & MSEP 2000) for more information. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact a MOSERS benefit counselor or contact MO Deferred Comp.

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  • Electing BackDROP at Retirement

    Oct 6, 2020, 8:46 AM By MOSERS
    Hi, If I choose not to receive drop back may I in the future draw money from drop back? Thank you.

    No. If you retire and do not elect BackDROP, you will get your ongoing monthly benefit but there is no option for a BackDROP lump-sum payment in the future once you have retired. 

    You may continue working longer than 5 years beyond your normal retirement date if you wish, and still have the option of electing BackDROP at retirement. 

    Once eligible (members of MSEP and MSEP 2000 who work at least two years past their normal retirement eligibility date may elect BackDROP), you will make your decision about whether or not to elect BackDROP during the retirement process on your Election Form. 

    Please see our BackDROP page for more information and feel free to contact a MOSERS benefit counselor to discuss all your options. 

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  • Early Retirement Incentive Due to COVID-19

    Oct 5, 2020, 3:11 PM By MOSERS
    Is he Governor considering an Early Retirement package/incentive for State Employees that might help with the state budget in the long run due to COVID19?

    We are not aware of any proposed early retirement incentives for state employees. Any such incentive would require legislative authorization. There were no early retirement incentives that passed during the recent regular legislative session, which ended May 15, nor during the special session this past summer. Anytime the Missouri General Assembly is in session, you can follow any bills affecting MOSERS on our Legislation page. The General Assembly will meet again for their next regular session beginning in January 2021. 

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  • Adding Insurance Coverage for your Spouse and Child(ren)

    Sep 24, 2020, 4:16 PM By MOSERS

    How do I go about getting life insurance on my son? thanks 

    You may purchase $10,000 in optional life insurance coverage on each of your eligible children. You can do this by logging in to myMOSERS and completing the Enrollment/Change-Optional Life Insurance form to add coverage for your child(ren). Please see the Life Insurance page on our website for more information. 
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  • Where to find your 1099-R

    Sep 14, 2020, 4:34 PM By MOSERS
    We're we able to use the 1099r form for 2018 taxes as well for 2019? What. If I never received a 1099R at all
    No, you are not able to use a 1099-R from 2018 for 2019. A new 1099-R is issued each year and mailed before January 31st. If you did not receive yours in the mail then you can access an electronic copy of your 1099-R by simply logging in to myMOSERS to your MOSERS Member Homepage and you will find it listed under Personal Information. You can also call our office to have a duplicate copy mailed to you.
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  • Rumor Central Notifications

    Aug 24, 2020, 11:58 AM By MOSERS
    A long time ago I signed up to receive an email notification when Rumor Central was updated and it worked great.  After you all redesigned Moser's website, I very rarely receive an email.  Once in a while I will get an email telling me Rumor Central has been updated, but not for every update.  Is this a programing error or do you no longer send out an email every time Rumor Central is updated?  I liked the notification email so I didn't have to check for updates every time I was on the computer.

    Thank you so much for your interest in Rumor Central and in notifications, in particular! Usually, the busiest time for Rumor Central is January through May during the legislative session. Summer months tend to be somewhat slow for Rumor Central questions. This year, perhaps due to the pandemic and people working from home, it seems to be even slower. However, I expect that we will start getting more questions once the session begins again. 

    You are correct. We used to send updates once each week or every other week. However, in August, since we had just two questions, we did not send an update to subscribers. Going forward, our intention is to send an email update, at minimum, once a month on the third Friday of each month. We will send them more often if we get several questions.

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  • Temporary Benefit and BackDROP

    Aug 10, 2020, 5:48 PM By MOSERS

    Next year I'll be five years into my backdrop. I'm hearing that if you work past that you'll actually lose money. True? What's the particular significance of the five-year milestone? Thank you!

    The amount of a BackDROP lump sum could decrease if you were eligible to retire before age 62 but worked beyond age 62 and retired under MSEP 2000. This is due to a provision in MSEP 2000 called the Temporary Benefit. The Temporary Benefit is an amount paid to you in addition to your Base Benefit but the Temporary Benefit ends at age 62. The 5-year milestone significance is that it is the longest BackDROP period allowed by the state statutes.

    Since your BackDROP lump-sum amount is 90% of what you would have received if you had been retired during the BackDROP period, it can max out at age 62 under the MSEP 2000 and begin decreasing if you work beyond age 62 (and retire under MSEP 2000).

    The Temporary Benefit is not available to those who retire under MSEP, so your MSEP BackDROP lump-sum amount will not decrease if your work beyond age 62 and retire under MSEP.

    You are not required to take BackDROP, regardless of how long you work beyond normal retirement eligibility, and you don’t have to notify MOSERS of any decisions about BackDROP until you retire.

    The BackDROP is simply a benefit payment option that is available to eligible members. Members who are or may become eligible for BackDROP are encouraged to attend a Ready to Retire/PreRetirement Planning Seminar and/or contact a MOSERS benefit counselor to make an appointment for further explanation.

    *BackDROP is available only to general state employees who are members of MSEP & MSEP 2000 and who work at least two years beyond normal retirement eligibility

    I would encourage you to utilize our Comparison Calculator to look at different scenarios. Additionally, our benefit counselors would be happy to provide you with a more in-depth explanation of BackDROP, your options, and various benefit estimates under different scenarios. Contact us to schedule an appointment or virtual counseling session.

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