ASK THE RETIREMENT BOARD
MSRB staff want to make sure any questions you have are answered. If you are looking for more information or have a question about a specific topic, please click here to us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate your comments, suggestions and questions and look forward to hearing from you!
INCREASED BENEFIT REQUESTS - MARCH 2017 STATUS UPDATE
We at the State Retirement Board understand that you may have a pending benefit transaction or retirement application submitted with us and are anxious to know the status of your individual request. Please click here for the latest update.
INTRODUCING MARIS / ROBERT C. MINUE PROJECT!
PENSION PAYCHECK CALENDARS
March pension checks will be mailed on Wednesday, March 29th and direct deposits will be made on Friday, March 31st, as scheduled. Click the following link to view the Pension Paycheck Calendar!
FORM 1099-R UPDATE
1099-R forms were mailed on January 20, 2017. Be sure to notify the State Retirement Board of any change of address. Click here to download the MSRB's Change of Address form. For additional information on understanding your Form 1099-R, please click here.
HOW TO CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS, DIRECT DEPOSIT, W-4P TAX INFORMATION VIDEO
In episode 3 of Understanding Your Benefits, we explain for retirees how to complete and file a Change of Address request, change of Direct Deposit Information, and a change of W-4P Federal Tax Withholding amount with the retirement board. To view the video, Click here.
RETIREE eNEWS BULLETIN
The March issue of the Retiree eNews Bulletin is now available! Read it here!
DO YOU NEED HELP FINDING OUR BOSTON OFFICE?
Directions to our Boston Office location can be found here, otherwise you'll want to watch the MSRB's newest video, How to find our Boston office! It will show, and explain to you, how to find our exact location within the heart of Downtown Crossing in Boston. Please take a look and let us know what you think! Email your feedback to MSRBCommunications. We look forward to hearing from you.
VOLUNTARY SEPARATION INCENTIVE PROGRAM
Questions related to eligibility and time lines for the Voluntary Separation Incentive Program for Executive Branch Employees should be directed to your individual agency Human Resources Office. Information may also be found at http://www.mass.gov/anf/.
PENSION ESTIMATE PERCENTAGE CHARTS
Members can calculate their own retirement benefit estimate using the appropriate Retirement Percentage Chart below.
Information on how benefits are calculated can be found in our Retirement Benefit Guide beginning on page 14.
Section 60 of the Pension Reform Act of 2011 (Chapter 176 of the Acts of 2011) allowed certain* ORP participants a one-time opportunity to change their retirement coverage to the Massachusetts State Employees’ Retirement System (MSERS). *Individual eligibility was confirmed when the participant received the official packet at their home address.
The most current ORP updates are posted on the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education's (DHE) website. Click the following link to view: ORP Information
Please direct your ORP queries to the DHE ORP email box: ORP@bhe.mass.edu
PLEASE NOTE: Employees of the Massachusetts State Retirement Board cannot, and are not authorized to, advise you in any manner as to which plan is better suited for you. Please carefully review all materials that were mailed to you by the DHE. Certain plan provisions under the MSERS may not be applicable to transferring ORP participants.