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This section only applies to members of the 1977 Fund. “Converted” members of locally administered funds who elected to be covered by the 1977 Fund provisions are not eligible for a distribution of contributions.
If you end your employment other than by death or disability before you complete 20 years of service, you may apply for a distribution of your member contributions plus accumulated interest. To initiate a request for a distribution, you can log in to your PERF Online account. You may also call (888) 526-1687 to initiate a distribution request by phone with a customer service representative. Your account will earn interest for a period of five years. If you are continuing employment in a non-1977 Fund covered position with the same employer, your account will earn interest until you separate from employment.
If you have at least 20 years of service and decide to terminate employment before you are age eligible for a retirement benefit, your member contributions will be held until you become eligible for a benefit (age 50 for a reduced benefit, or age 52 for an unreduced benefit). Your member contributions will be used to help fund your retirement benefit.
If you terminate employment before you complete 20 years of service, you can withdraw your 6 percent member contributions and accumulated interest from the 1977 Fund. You may elect to have the distribution paid directly to you, or you may direct the 1977 Fund to make a direct rollover of the distribution amount.
If you elect to withdraw your member contributions and you do not make a direct rollover of the distribution, it is subject to a mandatory 20 percent federal income tax withholding on the taxable portion (state tax withholding may also apply). The payment is taxed in the year you receive it unless, within 60 days, you roll it over to an eligible IRA or an eligible employer plan that accepts rollovers.
If you receive a distribution of your 6 percent member contribution before you reach age 55 and you do not roll it over, then, in addition to the regular income tax, you may have to pay an early distribution tax penalty equal to 10 percent of the taxable portion of the payment. For more information, contact our Customer Service Center at (888) 526-1687, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST. You may also e-mail at email@example.com.
In addition, there is no income tax withholding on the amount you roll over. For more information, contact our Customer Service Center at (888) 526-1687, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST. You may also e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Section Seven: Taxation of Retirement Benefits