FERS and CSRS Plans
Selecting the FERS, CSRS, or CSRS with Offset retirement plan reconfigures the Retirement Plan tab for data input related to the specific plan.
The prompts for this screen (and the CSRS input screen) are discussed below:
Service Computation Date
Enter the retirement service computation date (SCD) the participant entered the plan. The SCD may not be the date of employment.
Retirement Sick Leave
Retirement sick leave can be calculated by clicking on the drop-down button to the right of the Retirement Sick Leave value.
Fill in the data as required to calculate the additional years of service. Press the Close button when finished.
Deposit Years of Service
If this applies to the client, click the down arrow and check the box “Federal Service Includes Time when Deductions Were Not Withheld from Pay” then enter the dates for that service time, the dollar amount of the deposit owed and the date deposit to be paid – and, if the payment will occur prior to retirement, check that box as well.
For CSRS and CSRS with Offset, the deposit years of service fields will differ slightly for data entry.
Redeposit Years of Service
If this applies to the client, click the down arrow and check the box “FERS Participant Has Taken Distributions on Prior Deposits” and then enter the time start and end date, the refund date, the amount refunded and select desired “Interest Rate Method after December, 2017” (either 20 Year Average or a custom rate). Finally, check the box if the “Redeposit Will Occur Prior to Retirement”.
For CSRS and CSRS with Offset, the redeposit years of service fields will differ slightly for data entry.
Note: Some of Federal service may not be creditable for retirement eligibility and/or annuity computation if a deposit or redeposit is not paid first. A deposit is a payment for service that was not covered by retirement deductions, also called non-deduction service. Typically, it is for periods of temporary service at the beginning of a career that may have been overlooked. A redeposit is the repayment of retirement deductions. It applies with a break in a client’s federal service where he or she requested a refund of the retirement contributions previously withheld from pay. For more information on this, please contact the Office of Personnel Management (www.opm.gov).
This prompt will appear if the Setup tab is configured not to include the spouse. Enter the spouse DOB. This value may be cleared, in which case survivor benefit options will not be displayed.
Select the type of federal employee the participant is from the list of Regular, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Air Traffic Control and Customs and Border Patrol.
Select the type of retirement the participant is involved in from Regular, Optional-Government Offer, and Optional-Personal Election.
If the participant transferred from CSRS to FERS, select the appropriate item and enter the transfer date.
If the participant is retiring prior to age 62 and is eligible for the Federal Supplement, it will automatically be included. (If they are retiring prior to age 62 and are not eligible for the Federal Supplement, a note will be displayed below the option grid indicating why they are not eligible).
The Federal Supplement is calculated based on the Social Security income at age 62. TRAK can calculate this value, but the best method to get a correct Federal Supplement value is to enter the correct age 62 benefit from Social Security benefit. This special supplement is generally available if the client has reached the minimum retirement age (MRA) and has 30 years of service (YOS), or, age 60 with at least 20 YOS and special class employees.
Supplement has Annual COLA
In very specific situations, the Federal Supplement has a COLA. If the individual qualifies for the COLA, check this box.
If the participant has military service, select the method for entering the service.
|TRAK assumes the military service occurs after 12/31/1956.
Service Computation Date (above) includes Military Service
If the SCD includes military service (either purchased or un-purchased), check this box.
Unpurchased Military Time in Service Computation Date
This prompt will display only if the previous check box (Service Computation Date (above) includes Military Service) is checked. Enter the military time (in years) included in the SCD.
Purchased Military Time in Service Computation Date
Enter the purchased military time (in years) included in the SCD.
|Purchased military time is subtracted from the qualifying YOS with regard to the FERS special retirement supplement and may disqualify the client from eligibility.
Member will have 40 quarters in Social Security by age 62 (CSRS Only)
If the participant will have 40 quarters of Social Security, check this box.
Divorce Reduction Method
This allows for configuring a reduction to the pension due to a divorce. The options are:
None: No reduction occurs.
Percent: The method for reducing the pension is by a percentage. A new Percent Reduction prompt will be displayed. Enter the percent the pension is to be reduced. For example, a 25% reduction for a $1,000 benefit would result in a $750 payment for the client.
Dollars per Month: Enter the monthly dollar value to reduce the annuity for the client. A new Monthly Dollar Reduction prompt will be displayed. Enter the monthly reduction to the annuity.
This includes breaks in service, part time service, and temporary service.
|For federal plans, breaks-in-service and part-time service should always be future. Prior breaks and part-time work are accounted for in the Service Computation Date.
To add a line, click on the add button found at the bottom left of the grid.
Add an entry for each break in service. Note: Some columns are read only columns and may not be edited.
If the buy back cost for the temporary service is known, enter the value in the respective column. TRAK will be able to calculate the current cost for the buy back from the historic interest rate.
TRAK provides the ability to defer the payments after date of separation. Three options are available:
1.No Penalty Age: If the client's retirement date would incur a penalty, the pension payments will be deferred or postponed until no penalty would occur.
2.Earliest Possible: Start payments as soon after retirement as possible, regardless of any penalty.
3.Specific Age: Manually enter the age to start payments. The age cannot be later than 62.
When working with CSRS Offset, specific values need to be entered to calculate the offset.
Most of the inputs are self explanatory. The value for "Start Date of Offset Employment" is the date of the client's return to Federal service. The value for "Social Security at age 62 Without Offset Service" is not a value that can be obtained from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The federal Office of Personnel Management contacts SSA directly to obtain the value when the employee turns 62. Therefore, if the value is unknown, a conservative value should be used. The lower the value, the more it impacts the offset. Therefore a value of zero could be used for the most conservative impact.