IPERS distributes benefit payments on the last business day of each month. Most members elect to have their payment deposited directly into their checking or savings account.
We understand losing a loved one is hard. IPERS provides financial protection for eligible beneficiaries of members. Please notify IPERS as soon as possible after the death of an IPERS member. We’ll help you understand IPERS death benefits and eligibility requirements.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Members do not begin to receive IPERS benefits automatically, even if the member meets all the qualifications to begin drawing his or her pension. A member must submit a completed application, and the member decides when to do this. However, IRS laws require if a member reaches age 72 and has terminated employment, the member must start receiving benefits.
If you exceed the federally established earnings limit, it will cause an overpayment which you will need to repay. You will receive the final overpayment amount from IPERS the following calendar year. At this time, you may choose to have your monthly IPERS benefit reduced until the overpayment is resolved or make other payment arrangements. You may also choose to have your IPERS benefit suspended if you are close to exceeding the earnings limit. However, you must contact IPERS before you exceed the limit.
For members who are age 65 and over, there is no IPERS earning limit. For members under age 65, the earnings limit is $50,000 or the current Social Security limit, whichever is higher. A member’s IPERS benefit is reduced by 50 cents for each dollar of compensation earned beyond the earnings limit for the remainder of the calendar year. The earnings limit is determined annually, using the calendar year. The limitation on earnings does not apply to members who are elected to public office. A member returning to work in an IPERS-covered job will again start contributing to IPERS and accrue service credits. However, the member cannot receive any additional benefits until the member again terminates employment and completes another bona fide retirement period.
To receive retirement benefits, IPERS members must terminate employment and complete a bona fide retirement period. A member’s right to draw an IPERS pension is not affected by how the member terminates employment.
Your contributions and interest credited to your account are always yours. If you are a vested member, you will receive a portion of your employer’s accumulated contributions based on a formula:
- Regular members: Divide your years of service by 30.
- Sheriffs, deputy sheriffs or other protection occupations: Divide your years of service by 22.
Yes. If you later return to covered employment, you are enrolled in IPERS as a new member without credit for any service before the refund. It is possible to restore the previous time by purchasing service once you become a vested member and are ready to retire. However, buying back service can be expensive so it is important to consider that before deciding to take a refund.
If you quit working for all IPERS-covered employers, you can apply for a refund. However, you should consider your alternatives carefully, including leaving your money at IPERS or rolling over your account to another retirement plan. You can use the IPERS benefit estimator in My Account, or call IPERS to learn more about the benefits you’ve earned.