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    Retirees: Watch your mailbox for your year-end statement

    At the end of December, all retirees will receive a statement showing year-to-date payment info

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    Retirees: Returning to work for a Massachusetts employer?

    Know the rules before you do

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    Pension Reform III affects all MTRS members

    Understand what it means for you

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The Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement System is the largest of the Commonwealth’s 105 contributory retirement systems. We provide retirement, disability and survivor benefits to more than 88,000 active educators and 59,000 retirees and survivors. We’re glad to have you as a visitor and encourage you to browse often!

Retirees: Your year-end statement, 1099-R and Benefit Verification form are coming soon

If you are receiving a monthly benefit from the MTRS, be sure to watch your mailbox for two important mailings:

  • At the end of December: your year-end statement, which provides a summary of your benefit payments during 2014.
  • By the end of January: your 1099-R tax form and your Benefit Verification form, which will arrive in the same envelope. As a reminder, the Massachusetts retirement law requires that the MTRS perform, at least once every two years, a verification of all retirees and beneficiaries who receive a monthly benefit. For more information, see Benefit Verification process.

Notice of December Board meeting

Please note that the Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement Board will hold its next meeting on Friday, December 19, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Room of its Cambridge office, at One Charles Park, 2nd floor, Cambridge, MA. Meetings are generally held on the last Friday of the month unless otherwise noted. For discussion topics, see the meeting agenda pdf format of Agenda 12/19/14
. For information on past meetings, see Board meeting minutes and agendas.

Dear Members, please bear with us during this extremely busy time!

If you're waiting to hear from us on a request for service, we ask that you please be patient. We received more than 20,000 service purchase applications after Pension Reform III, and the record-setting volume has caused lengthy processing delays. Although we had anticipated a temporary increase in the number of applications—and increased staffing levels accordingly—the volume simply and significantly exceeded our projections.

We are very sorry for any delay you may experience, and ask that you please bear with us during what is an extremely busy time for our staff. Thank you in advance for your understanding and continued patience.

NOTE: If you are retiring within the next four to six months and you have one or more service purchase applications currently pending with us, please let us know so that we may give your service purchase requests priority.