Q & A and You: IPERS Answers Timely Member Questions

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IPERS is dedicated to supporting our members, including answering your most frequently asked questions. Each month IPERS creates the following list of questions members are asking with frequency by phone, email and social media. The list is updated as questions are received. Before you contact IPERS by phone or email, read this page; it may offer the information you need. 

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June 2024

How can I acquire an Application for IPERS Retirement Benefits?

Currently, you must call IPERS and request an application be mailed to you. In the second of of 2024 IPERS will offer online retirement applications for Regular members. More information about the digital retirement application will be available soon.

May 2024

After I retire, how long do I have to wait before I can return to work as a licensed teacher? (Information as of 5-2-24)

In March 2024, Governor Reynolds signed HF 2612 that shortens the Bona Fide Retirement requirement from four months to one month only for members who retire between July 1, 2024, and June 30, 2027, and return to work as a licensed teacher. Learn more on IPERS’ page for licensed teachers.

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Did the Governor sign a bill that creates a cost-of-living increase for IPERS members? (Information as of 5-2-24) 
Today the Governor signed HF 2661 that enhances benefits for Sheriff/Deputy Sheriff members only. The benefit enhancements include:

  1. Increasing the multiplier that determines the amount of the retirement benefit from a maximum of 72% to a maximum of 80%.
  2. Establishing an annual 1.5% COLA.

IPERS is working to update its website and other communications materials to represent these changes.


March 2024

Is IPERS going to stop sending documents by mail?

Annually, IPERS mails millions of pieces of paper, which has environmental and financial consequences.

Beginning in late 2024, IPERS will default ALL members’ document delivery preference to digital. At that time, IPERS will discontinue providing documents via the US Postal Service.

Also at that time, IPERS members will have the opportunity to manage/change their delivery preference by calling IPERS or in My Account. IPERS will notify members when this functionality is available.

IPERS strongly encourages its members to activate the account in My Account. Not only does My Account include all documents, statements and correspondence from IPERS; it also offers a range of resources for IPERS members and retirees. Watch this video for an overview of My Account. Watch this video to learn more about logging in

When will I receive my Annual Benefits Statement?

FY2023 Annual Benefits Statements began mailing on approximately March 21, 2024.