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Retiree Income Verification Statements in Member Portal
Retirees can now view and print their Income Verification Statements in the Member Portal. You can still contact TRS to obtain a statement if there is a unique circumstance such as needing a signed version of the document. Click to access the Member Portal
Announcing 2019 Pre-Retirement Planning Seminars
The Teacher's Retirement System will be hosting 7 seminars (REGISTRATIONS FULL) this coming August through November. The dates and locations are as follow:
August 24, 2019 Alva – Northwestern Oklahoma State University
September 14, 2019 Lawton – Great Plains Technology Center
September 21, 2019 Atoka – Kiamichi Technology Center
October 5, 2019 Oklahoma City (2 sessions) – Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Rockwell Campus
October 26, 2019 Tulsa – Tulsa Technology Center, Owasso Campus
November 16, 2019 Weatherford – Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Important 1099-R Notice For Retirees
TRS will mail each retiree a Form 1099-R at the end of January of every year. This form will show: 1) the gross amount of your retirement benefit for the previous calendar year; 2) the amount of state and federal income tax wihheld from your retirement benefit; and, 3) the federal taxable amount of your retirement benefit for the year. The information contained on your Form 1099-R should be used in completing your state and federal income tax returns.
Please allow for normal postal delivery time. If you have not received your Form 1099-R by February 16, contact TRS.
Taxes and Your Retirement Benefit
Your TRS retirement benefit is considered income for tax purposes. The tax rates applied to your benefit are based on withholding tables provided by the Internal Revenue Service and the Oklahoma Tax Commission. The Oklahoma tax withholding tables will not change for 2019; however, recently signed federal legislation will change the federal tax withholding tables beginning with your benefit deposit on February 1, 2019.
If you wish to change your withholding submit a new Tax Withholding form. This form can be found on our website at http://www.ok.gov/TRS/Forms Please seek advice from your tax professional for guidance related to changing your tax withholdings.
2019 Retiree Health Insurance Rates (Employees Group Insurance Division)
If you have retiree health insurance premiums through the Employees Group Insurance Division (EGID) deducted from your TRS benefit, be aware that EGID has adopted a change in 2019 health insurance premium rates. For more information on the 2019 rate changes, visit the EGID website at https://omes.ok.gov/services/employees-group-insurance-division. TRS cannot answer questions related to 2019 rate changes or coverage. If you have specific questions about your coverage, please contact EGID at 1-800-752-9475.
Post-Retirement Employment and HB 1023XX
Some current members and recent retirees have contacted TRS to ask if the increases in the salary schedules in HB 1023XX that were passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor, will affect any applicable salary caps that apply to retirees who return to work. The short answer is “no” but this is a good time to talk about options.
SB 428 Allows Some TRS Retired Teachers to Return
to teaching Without Salary Limitations
Senate Bill 428 was passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor. It is effective July 1, 2017. The purpose of the bill is to provide an incentive for bona fide retired classroom teachers to come back to work as classroom teachers without impacting their retirement benefits. Click on the link below for the emergency rule related to SB 428.
GASB 68 Allocation Schedules Now Available
The link below is to the TRS “Schedule of Employer Allocations and Collective Pension Amounts” required by GASB 68. These audited schedules indicate each participating employer’s share of the “Net Pension Liability” of TRS from its FY 2018 financial statements. The amounts in these schedules are to be used for employers’ FY 2019 financial statements.
GASB 75 Allocation Schedules Now Available
The link below is to the TRS "Schedule of Employer Allocations and Collective Other Postemployment Benefit (OPEB) Amounts" required by GASB 75. These audited schedules indicate each participating employer's share of the "Net OPEB Liability (Asset)" of TRS from its FY 2018 financial statements. The amounts in these schedules are to be used for employers' FY 2019 financial statements.