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Retirement counseling -- a few appointments remain

Outstate individual retirement counseling appointments have filled quickly. A few appointments remain in Ely, Rockford, and Willmar.

Register now for an individual counseling session in a city near you.

Commission explores public pension privatization

An organization that spends millions of dollars on a state-by-state effort to privatize public pensions is now playing a significant role in pension discussions at the Minnesota state capitol.

The Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement (LCPR) heard testimony on Jan. 24 from a University of Minnesota research fellow whose pension policy research is funded in part by the anti-pension Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Also testifying was the executive director of the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System, whose state’s transition away from pensions to a private, defined-contribution system was partly due to a push from the Arnold Foundation.
  
The Feb. 19 LCPR meeting is set to include testimony from a representative of the Pew Charitable Trust. Pew has received $9.7 million from the Arnold Foundation to support its Public Sector Retirement Systems project (http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/projects/public-sector-retirement-systems), according to Governing magazine (http://www.governing.com/topics/mgmt/gov-john-arnold-pensions.html).

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2018 Federal tax update

The 2018 federal tax tables have been entered into the TRA computer system.

Annuitants with federal tax withholding designations will notice the change to your net payment amounts starting on February 1.  In most, if not all cases, the new tax tables result in an increase to your net payment.

TRA will not send updated annual increase letters.

1099-R statements available online

The annuitant 1099-R forms for 2017 can now be printed through your MyTRA Online account.

Don't have an account? Watch our video on how to create one.

A paper copy is scheduled to arrive in your mailbox by January 31.

2017 CAFR available

TRA's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) is available. Basically our financial report, the CAFR shows our financial health, where TRA assets are invested, how money is spent, and sources of revenue.

Annual increase letters in the mail

If you were eligible for a post-retirement increase on Jan. 1, you will receive a letter detailing the increase to your monthly benefit, along with current Minnesota tax information. (2018 federal tax information is not available so TRA used 2017 information.)

A post-retirement increase of 2 percent goes into effect on Jan. 1. Members who started receiving a benefit on or before July 1, 2016, receive a 2 percent increase. Members who started receiving a benefit between July 2, 2016 and June 1, 2017, get a prorated increase.

Tax tables are available on our website under Forms and Publications. Federal tables will be added when available.

We encourage recipients to view their MyTRA account, or their bank statements for net amounts after the 2018 Federal tax tables have been received, as the net amount (direct deposited) may change.

Setting the record straight
about pension finances

An article published by Bloomberg News (“New Math Deals Minnesota’s Pensions the Biggest Hit in the U.S.,” Aug. 31, 2017),  uses numbers reported under the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) rules to paint an incomplete and misleading picture of the financial health of Minnesota’s public pension plans.

The key point to understand about numbers reported under GASB rules is that the true health of a pension plan is determined not by GASB annual accounting rules but by funding policy. (More HERE.)

Learn about your pension

As a public employee, you are already contributing to your financial future! Watch our video to learn more.

 

TRA ends fiscal year on a high note

As of June 30, 2017, TRA had approximately $21.22 billion in assets. Our unaudited investment return is 15.11% for the fiscal year.

Read the details in our Investment Return & Inflation Analysis report.

Direct deposit schedule

2018 Direct Deposit Schedule
January 2 July 2
February 1 August 1
March 1 September 4
April 2 October 1
May 1 November 1
June 1 December 3

 

 

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2018 Federal Tax Tables

2018 Minnesota Tax Tables

 

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