Originally released in April 2007, and updated in June 2008, August 2009, March 2010, and February 2011, our Basic Electronic Reporting Tool (BERT) is designed to provide all school districts with an easy-to-use retirement deduction reporting tool that requires less data entry, features user-friendly input screens and is fully compliant with our employer reporting requirements (807 CMR 5.00 ).
Using the latest release of BERT, you—school district payroll officials—can:
- create your monthly deduction report database right on your desktop computer,
- create, change and delete employees’ records as needed,
- test your output file for common reporting errors and correct them BEFORE you submit your report to the MTRS, and
- export your monthly deduction report to your local hard drive, diskette, CD and/or other media.
You will still need to send us your file via MyTRS, along with your payment, which you can also submit using MyTRS.
BERT is a Microsoft Access application. In order to run BERT, you must either have Microsoft Access Runtime or Microsoft Access 2000 or later, installed on your PC. Information on obtaining and downloading Access Runtime for free are located in section 2.2 of the BERT User Guide file size 1MB . [Note to Macintosh users: Since MS Access is not available in a Mac-compatible version; you will not be able to use BERT unless you have both the PC-version of Access Runtime and Virtual PC installed on your Mac.]
Instructions for downloading BERT
Please see the BERT User Guide for instructions on downloading and technical assistance.