RETIREMENT & BENEFIT SERVICES DIVISION MEMORANDUM
June 11, 1997
TO THE HEADS OF ALL STATE AGENCIES
|ATTENTION:||All Personnel and Payroll Officers|
|SUBJECT:||1997 EARLY RETIREMENT INCENTIVE PROGRAM FOR MEMBERS OF THE ALTERNATE RETIREMENT PROGRAM (ARP)|
On June 5, 1997, as part of the 1997-1999 biennial budget, an Early
Retirement Incentive Program (ERIP) was enacted for certain members
of the Alternate Retirement Program (ARP) who retire during a
limited window of opportunity.
The purpose of this memorandum is to discuss (1) ERIP content and eligibility requirements pertaining to ARP, (2) administration and implementation of the ERIP provisions as they apply to ARP, and (3) general ARP retirement information.
II. ERIP CONTENT AND ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS PERTAINING TO ARP
The 1997 ERIP is available to an ARP member:
If these eligibility requirements are met, the ARP member will receive an additional 12% of his or her final average earnings, as defined under the State Employees Retirement System (SERS), in five (5) equal annual lump sum payments. The Retirement & Benefit Services Division will issue the lump sum payments directly to the member. The first payment will be made in October 1997, and annually thereafter with the last payment occurring in October 2001.
As in the case of retirement supplements paid to participants in the 1989 Retirement Incentive Program, ARP incentive payments are being treated by the Division as taxable income; accordingly, they will be reported to the State of Connecticut Department of Revenue Services and the Internal Revenue Service. A 1099R Form will be issued to the member for each of the five affected years. ARP members should address any questions concerning the taxable nature of these payments to their tax advisors.
III. ADMINISTRATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF ERIP PROVISIONS AS THEY APPLY TO ARP
Following notification by the ARP member of his or her intention to retire under the ERIP, the agency and the member must complete the following for submission to the Retirement & Benefit Services Division, 55 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106, Attention: James Schnell:
A copy of the member's birth certificate or acceptable substitutes with affidavit must be included with the above paperwork. All required forms and documents must be received by this Division prior to the retirement effective date selected.
IV. GENERAL ARP RETIREMENT INFORMATION
Agency Personnel/Payroll Officers should also advise ARP members retiring under the ERIP of the following:
A message concerning the 1997 ERIP will be included with paychecks dated June 20, 1997 and July 3, 1997; a copy of the check insert appears in Attachment "C" to this memorandum.
Please do not direct employees with inquiries concerning the ERIP to this Division; instead, share with employees the information contained in this memorandum. General questions which agencies are unable to answer may be addressed to James Schnell, Coordinator of the ARP, at (860) 702-3508.
Very truly yours,
STATE EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT COMMISSION
NANCY WYMAN, SECRETARY EX OFFICIO
Steven Weinberger, Director
Retirement and Benefit Services Division
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