West Virginia Consolidated Public Retirement Board (2022)

RETIREMENT BENEFITS:

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Regular Retirement: A member must be 50 years of age with 25 or more years of credited service (excluding Military Service) or age 52 with 20 or more years of credited service (excluding Military Service).
Early Retirement: A member who is less than 52 years of age qualifies for a reduced benefit as long as he or she has 20 or more years of credited service (excluding Military Service).
Deferred Retirement: A member who has 10 years of service, who elects to leave his or her contributions on deposit with the retirement system, is eligible for deferred retirement benefits beginning at age 62. The annuity shall be payable to the retiree during his or her lifetime in the form of a regular retirement annuity or the retiring member may choose an annuity in an actuarially adjusted amount payable during the retiree's lifetime, with one half of the adjusted monthly amount paid to his or her surviving spouse for the spouse's remaining lifetime after the death of the retiree.

There are no regular, early or deferred retirement benefits available for a member with less than 10 years of service.

Regular retirement benefits are paid in equal monthly installments in an amount equal to 3.00% multiplied by the years of service multiplied by the Final Average Salary (FAS). The Final Average Salary is the average of the highest annual compensation received for employment with the agency, including compensation paid for overtime service, received by the employee during any 5 calendar years within the employee's last 10 years of service. This benefit is payable during the lifetime of the retiree.

FAS x Years of Service x 3.00% = Annual Retirement Benefit

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The very first benefit payment due to a retiree or beneficiary will be mailed directly to the recipient's home address.Following the first payment, benefit payments are credited by direct deposit to retiree accounts on the 25th of each month, except the month of December, when retiree accounts are credited on the 18th. If the 25th (or December 18th) falls on a weekend or holiday, direct deposits are processed on the prior full business day.

Retirement Benefits Are Not Automatic.You must apply to the Board for your retirement benefits.Distributions must start by April 1 of the year following the later of: a) the date you reach age 72 if you were born after June 30, 1949; b) the date you reach age 70 ½ if you were born before July 1, 1949; or c) the date upon which you terminate employment.

Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)
Every retiree of the system who is 63 years of age or older and who is retired under normal retirement criteria will receive an annual retirement annuity adjustment of 1% payable on July 1 of each year after the retiree attains 63 years of age.

Every retiree of the system who is retired under the disability retirement provisions and every surviving spouse receiving a benefit under the provisions of this retirement system are eligible to receive the annual retirement annuity adjustment of 1% payable on July 1 of each year following commencement of benefits.

If the retiree has been retired for less than one year or if the surviving spouse has been in receipt of surviving spouse payments for less than one year on that July 1, that first annuity adjustment will be a pro rata share of the full year's annuity adjustment following commencement of benefits.

Any retiree choosing to receive a deferred annuity is not eligible to receive the annual annuity adjustment.

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Disability Retirement Benefits
Total Duty Disability - Any member who has not yet entered retirement status on the basis of age and service and who becomes physically or mentally disabled by injury, illness or disease on a probable permanent basis resulting from any occupational risk or hazard inherent in or peculiar to the services required of employees of the agency or such disability was incurred pursuant to or while the employee was engaged in the performance of his or her duties as an employee of the agency to the extent that the employee is incapacitated ever to engage in any gainful employment shall qualify for a total duty disability, if, in the opinion of the Board, he or she is probably permanently unable to engage in substantial gainful activity by reason of such medically determined physical or mental impairment that can be expected to result in death or that has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months. The benefit for a total duty related disability is an annual amount equal to the base salary received by the employee in the preceding full 12 month employment period, payable in equal monthly installments during his or her lifetime or until the disability sooner terminates.

Partial Duty Disability - A member of the agency who has not yet entered retirement status on the basis of age and service and who becomes partially disabled by injury, illness or disease resulting from any occupational risk or hazard inherent in or peculiar to the services required of employees of the agency or incurred pursuant to or while the employee was engaged in the performance of his or her duties as an employee of the agency shall qualify for a partial duty disability, if, in the opinion of the Board, he or she is by reason of that cause probably permanently unable to perform adequately the duties required of him or her as an employee of the agency, but is able to engage in other gainful employment in a field other than law enforcement. A partial duty related disability benefit payable during the lifetime of the retiree, or until the retiree attains the age of 55 or until such disability shall sooner terminate, is an amount equal to 60% of the base salary received in the preceding 12 month employment period, but not less than $6,000 annually.Beginning the month following the retiree attaining age 55, At age 55, the retiree shall receive a regular retirement benefit as it would apply to his or her final average salary based on earnings from the agency through the day immediately preceding his or her disability award, but not less than $ 6,000 annually.

Non-Duty Disability - Any employee while in active service of the agency may qualify for a non-duty disability, if, in the opinion of the Board, the member becomes partially or totally disabled on a probable permanent basis to the extent that the member cannot adequately perform the duties required of an employee of the agency from any cause other than those set forth in the duty related disability provisions, and not due to vicious habits, intemperance or willful misconduct on the member's part.A non-duty related disability benefit payable during the lifetime of the retiree, or until the retiree attains the age of 55, is an amount equal to ½ the base salary received in the preceding 12 month employment period. Beginning the month following the retiree attaining age 55, the retiree shall receive a regular retirement benefit as it would apply to his or her final average salary based on earnings from the agency through the day immediately preceding his or her disability award.

Continued Disability - The Board may require subsequent medical evaluations to determine if a disability retiree has fully or partially recovered from such disability. The Board may also require a disability benefit recipient to file an annual statement of earnings and any other information required in rules adopted by the Board.

Death Benefits
"Dependent Child"
means any unmarried child or children born to or adopted by a member or retiree of the fund who is: (1) Under the age of 18; (2) After reaching 18 years of age, continues as a full-time student in an accredited high school, college, university, business or trade school until the child or children reaches the age of 23 years; or (3) Is financially dependent on the member or retiree by virtue of a permanent mental or physical disability upon evidence satisfactory to the Board.
"Dependent Parent" means the member's or retiree's parent or stepparent claimed as a dependent by the member or retiree for federal income tax purposes at the time of the member's or retiree's death.

Duty Related - The benefit payable to the surviving spouse for a duty related pre-retirement death, or to the surviving spouse of a retiree who dies after having been retired with a duty related disability are monthly payments for his or her lifetime in an amount equal to 90% of the base salary received in the preceding 12 month period by the deceased employee, but not less than $10,000 annually.A surviving spouse will also receive $150 per month for each dependent child.If the surviving spouse dies or if there is no surviving spouse, each surviving dependent child will receive ⅓ of the surviving spouse's benefit.If there is no surviving spouse or dependent children, each surviving dependent parent will receive ½ of what would have been paid to the surviving spouse.

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Dependent Child Scholarship - Any person who qualifies as a surviving dependent child of an employee who died in the performance of duty or of a retiree who dies after having been retired with a duty related disability shall be entitled to receive a scholarship to be applied toward the career development education of that dependent at a West Virginia institution.

Non-Duty Related - The benefit payable to the surviving spouse of a retiree who dies after a normal or a non-duty related disability retirement, or after the member served 20 years, is an amount equal to ⅔ of the retirement benefit the deceased retiree was receiving while in retirement status, or would have been entitled to receive to the same effect as if such member had been retired immediately prior to the time of his or her death, but not less than $5,000 annually. A surviving spouse of a regular retiree who elected to have his or her initial retirement benefit actuarially reduced will receive the actuarial equivalent surviving spouse amount calculated at retirement.A surviving spouse will also receive $100 per month for each dependent child. If there is no surviving spouse, or the surviving spouse dies or remarries, each surviving dependent child will receive ¼ of the surviving spouse's benefit. If there is no surviving spouse or dependent children, each surviving dependent parent will receive ½ of what would have been paid to the surviving spouse.

The benefit payable to the surviving spouse of a member for a non-duty related death with less than 20 years of service are monthly payments in which the annual benefit is a sum equal to ½ of the base salary received in the preceding full 12 month employment period by the deceased member.If there is no surviving spouse, or the surviving spouse dies or remarries, each surviving dependent child will receive ¼ of the surviving spouse's benefit.If there is no surviving spouse or dependent children, each surviving dependent parent will receive ½ of what would have been paid to the surviving spouse.

Reinstatement Of Previously Withdrawn Service
Any employee who is rehired as an employee of the agency may purchase previously withdrawn service, provided that they redeposit the withdrawn funds plus 7.5% interest per annum from the date of withdrawal to the date of redeposit. The repayment must be made by lump sum payment.

Military Service
Any member of this retirement system who completes 20 years of service with the agency is entitled to apply for up to 5 years of military service credit for active duty in the armed forces of the United States prior to employment with the agency.No contributions are required to receive credit for this service. Any employee of the retirement system who is called to active duty in the armed forces of the United States during employment with the agency and returns to employment within 90 days following discharge may be eligible to purchase up to 5 years of additional military service credit for such duty.Military service credited under this plan may not be credited under any other retirement system administered by the Board.

Annual and Sick Leave at Retirement:
If a member was hired and enrolled in a PEIA insurance plan between March 12, 1994 and June 30, 2001, they may elect to use accrued and unused annual and/or sick leave for one of two options; however, accrued and unused leave cannot be divided and used for both options:

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Option 1:Members may elect to increase their retirement benefit - Any member with accrued and unused annual and/or sick leave days may elect to use the days at the time of retirement to acquire additional credited service in Plan B. The accrued days shall be applied on the basis of 2 workdays' credit granted for each 1 day of accrued annual and/or sick leave days.

Option 2:Members may elect to use such leave to purchase health insurance under the PEIA - If a member was enrolled in a PEIA insurance plan between March 12, 1994 and June 30, 2001, and coverage has been continuous since that time, his or her accrued and unused annual and/or sick leave may be used to pay towards health insurance premiums. The member may purchase ½ month of single health coverage for every 2 days of unused annual or sick leave, or ½ month of family health coverage for every 3 days of unused annual or sick leave.

If a member was hired between July 1, 2001 and June 30, 2015, they may elect to use accrued and unused annual and/or sick leave days to increase their retirement benefit at the time of retirement to acquire additional retirement service in Plan B. The accrued days shall be applied on the basis of 2 workdays' credit granted for each 1 day of accrued annual and/or sick leave days.

If a member first becomes a member on or after July 1, 2015, accrued and unused annual and/or sick is not eligible to be applied to acquire additional retirement service.

Termination of Employment
Any member who terminates employment may receive a refund of all employee contributions he or she has contributed into the retirement system plus 4% interest compounded annually. If the member withdraws his or her contributions, he or she forfeits all rights to any future retirement or disability benefits under this retirement system.

Employment after Retirement
Any retiree of Plan B, who begins participation in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) on or after July 1, 2005 may not receive a combined retirement benefit in excess of 105% of the member's highest annual salary earned while either a member of PERS or while a member of Plan B when adding the retirement benefit from PERS to the retirement benefit received by that member from Plan B.

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Appointments
Most retirement related matters can be handled from the convenience of your home via mail and telephone.However, members who wish to visit CPRB to discuss related matters with a CPRB staff member are required to make an appointment.

Questions
Should you have questions regarding the West Virginia State Police Retirement System, please feel free to contact us in writing or by phone at the Consolidated Public Retirement Board (CPRB), Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Note
Information contained in this document illustrates CPRB's understanding of the current provisions of the West Virginia State Police Retirement System.These provisions are contained in the current plan statutes and legislative rule, and are subject to modification by the West Virginia Legislature each year.This document is for general guidance purposes only.In the event there is a discrepancy between information contained in this document and WV Code and Rules, the language in the Code and Rules shall prevail.

FAQs

What is the 80 year rule for retirement? ›

What is the Rule of 80? This provision creates a so-called Rule of 80, a new definition of Normal Retirement for members of the Hybrid Defined Benefit Component. This allows members to claim a full, unreduced pension benefit if their combined age and years of service equal at least 80, beginning at age 50.

How many years do you have to work for the state of WV to retire? ›

Retirement; commencement of benefits. (a) A member may retire with full benefits upon attaining the age of 50 and completing 25 or more years of service or attaining the age of 52 and completing 20 years or more of service by filing with the board his or her voluntary application in writing for retirement.

How is PERS retirement calculated? ›

Your retirement benefit is calculated using a formula with three factors: Service credit (Years) multiplied by your benefit factor (percentage per year) multiplied by your final monthly compensation equals your unmodified allowance.

How many days can a retired teacher sub in WV? ›

A TRS retiree can sub up to 140 days per fiscal year without affecting their retirement. If the TRS retiree is teaching at a college or university, then he/she must stay under 7 hours per semester.

What is the 3 rule in retirement? ›

That's partly why today's financial advisors are telling people to plan for a 3% withdrawal rate. This advice follows the idea of "Hope for the best, plan for the worst." Plan your necessary expenses at 3%. If stocks tumble, and you're forced to withdraw 4% to cover your bills, you'll still be safe.

What should you not do in retirement? ›

Plan for healthcare costs in retirement, pay off debt, and delay Social Security until age 70 to help maximize your benefits.
  • Quitting Your Job. ...
  • Not Saving Now. ...
  • Not Having a Financial Plan. ...
  • Not Maxing out a Company Match. ...
  • Investing Unwisely. ...
  • Not Rebalancing Your Portfolio. ...
  • Poor Tax Planning. ...
  • Cashing out Savings.

Can you collect a pension and still work full-time? ›

You can work full time if you wish. However, if you plan to return to your past employer, you may be limited in the job you can take while still collecting the pension. If you return to a full-time position with your past employer, your pension payments may stop.

Is WV tax friendly for retirees? ›

West Virginia is tax-friendly toward retirees. Social Security income is partially taxed. Withdrawals from retirement accounts are partially taxed. Wages are taxed at normal rates, and your marginal state tax rate is 5.90%.

How long does a government pension last? ›

Pension payments are made for the rest of your life, no matter how long you live, and can possibly continue after death with your spouse.

How many years do you have to work to get a pension? ›

The minimum retirement age for service retirement for most members is 50 years with five years of service credit. The more service credit you have, the higher your retirement benefits will be. There are three basic types of retirement: service, disability, and industrial disability.

How much will my Social Security be reduced if I have a pension? ›

How much will my Social Security benefits be reduced? We'll reduce your Social Security benefits by two-thirds of your government pension. In other words, if you get a monthly civil service pension of $600, two-thirds of that, or $400, must be deducted from your Social Security benefits.

How much is a PERS retirement? ›

As a member, you contribute 10% of your salary toward your retirement. Your employer contributes an amount equal to 14% of your salary. That means an amount equal to 24% of your total salary is being invested by OPERS. These numbers may vary based on your employment type.

How is WV Teacher retirement calculated? ›

Annual Retirement Benefit under Straight Life

A regular retirement benefit under the Straight Life annuity option is an amount equal to 2% of a member's final average salary multiplied by the member's years of service credit paid in equal monthly installments.

What is 100 minus age rule? ›

The old rule about the best portfolio balance by age is that you should hold the percentage of stocks in your portfolio that is equal to 100 minus your age. So a 30-year-old investor should hold 70% of their portfolio in stocks. This should change as the investor gets older.

What is a good amount of money to retire with at 65? ›

Retirement experts have offered various rules of thumb about how much you need to save: somewhere near $1 million, 80% to 90% of your annual pre-retirement income, 12 times your pre-retirement salary.

What is the 4 rule in retirement? ›

The 4% rule is easy to follow. In the first year of retirement, you can withdraw up to 4% of your portfolio's value. If you have $1 million saved for retirement, for example, you could spend $40,000 in the first year of retirement following the 4% rule.

What is the first thing to do when you retire? ›

What Are Some of the Very First Things You Should Do When You Retire?
  • Move Somewhere New: Have you ever wanted to live in the country? ...
  • Travel the World: ...
  • Get a Rewarding Part-Time Job: ...
  • Give Yourself Time to Adjust to a Fixed Income: ...
  • Exercise More:

What do you do all day when you retire? ›

They use their newfound free time in a variety of ways, including taking up new hobbies, relaxing at home, watching TV and lingering over daily activities. Many retirees also continue to work or volunteer. Here's how American retirees are spending their days.

Can my pension be taken away? ›

A number of situations could put your pension at risk, including underfunding, mismanagement, bankruptcy, and legal exemptions. Laws exist to protect you in such circumstances, but some laws provide better protection than others.

At what age is Social Security not taxable? ›

However once you are at full retirement age (between 65 and 67 years old, depending on your year of birth) your Social Security payments can no longer be withheld if, when combined with your other forms of income, they exceed the maximum threshold.

Does pension income affect Social Security? ›

Pension payments, annuities, and the interest or dividends from your savings and investments are not earnings for Social Security purposes. You may need to pay income tax, but you do not pay Social Security taxes.

At what age do you stop paying property taxes in WV? ›

Below is a representative, nonexclusive list of property that may be exempt from property tax: The first $20,000 of assessed value of owner-occupied residential property owned by a person age 65 or older or by a person who is permanently and totally disabled is exempt.

Do seniors pay property tax in West Virginia? ›

The Senior Citizen's Tax Credit is available to those homeowners who: Participate in the Homestead Exemption program (contact your county assessor's office for more information), Have paid their property tax, and.

How much can a retired person earn without paying taxes in 2022? ›

In 2022, this limit on your earnings is $51,960.

We only count your earnings up to the month before you reach your full retirement age, not your earnings for the entire year.

What is the average pension payout per month? ›

In terms of how much you are likely to receive in benefits, figures from the SSA state that the current average monthly benefit for a retired worker is $1,615.81.

Is it better to take a lump sum or monthly payments? ›

In most cases, the lump-sum option is clearly the way to go. The main difference between a lump-sum and a monthly payment is that with a lump-sum option, you get to have control over how your money is invested and what happens to it once you're gone. If that's the case, then the lump-sum option is your best bet.

What is the average government pension? ›

What is the average monthly pension payment? The average monthly Social Security benefit paid to retired workers in 2021 is $ 1,548.29, or $ 18,579.48 a year.
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How much is the average government pension?
Type of pension benefitMedian Benefit, 2019
Federal Government Pension$ 27,687
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Is a pension better than a 401k? ›

Pensions offer greater stability than 401(k) plans. With your pension, you are guaranteed a fixed monthly payment every month when you retire. Because it's a fixed amount, you'll be able to budget based on steady payments from your pension and Social Security benefits. A 401(k) is less stable.

Why retiring at 62 is a good idea? ›

Probably the biggest indicator that it's really ok to retire early is that your debts are paid off, or they're very close to it. Debt-free living, financial freedom, or whichever way you choose to refer it, means you've fulfilled all or most of your obligations, and you'll be under much less strain in the years ahead.

What age do most people retire at? ›

What Is the Average Retirement Age? Working Americans say they expect to retire at an average age of 66, up from 62 in 2002, according to a 2022 Gallup poll. But most retirees don't stay on the job nearly that long. The average retirement age is 61 in 2022, up from age 59 in 2002, Gallup found.

Can I collect my deceased spouse's Social Security and my own at the same time? ›

Social Security will not combine a late spouse's benefit and your own and pay you both. When you are eligible for two benefits, such as a survivor benefit and a retirement payment, Social Security doesn't add them together but rather pays you the higher of the two amounts.

What is the average Social Security check at age 65? ›

At age 62: $2,364. At age 65: $2,993. At age 66: $3,240. At age 70: $4,194.

How can I increase my Social Security benefits? ›

Below are the nine ways to help boost Social Security benefits.
  1. Work for 35 Years. ...
  2. Wait Until at Least Full Retirement Age. ...
  3. Sign Up for Spousal Benefits. ...
  4. Receive a Dependent Benefit. ...
  5. Monitor Your Earnings. ...
  6. Avoid a Tax-Bracket Bump. ...
  7. Apply for Survivor Benefits. ...
  8. Check for Mistakes.

Can I retire after 20 years of work? ›

Eligibility. You are eligible to retire at any age after completing 20 years of creditable service. You may also receive a service retirement benefit at age 62, even if you do not have 20 years of creditable service.

What occupations do not pay into Social Security? ›

Currently, roughly 6 million (PDF) state and local government workers are not covered by Social Security, including many teachers, firefighters, and police officers. Like most state and local workers, noncovered workers usually participate in defined benefit (DB) pension plans offered by their government employer.

How many service credits do I need to retire? ›

To qualify for retirement benefits, you need 40 Social Security credits. You earn credits by paying Social Security tax on your income, and you can earn up to four per year. In 2022, $1,510 in earnings equals one credit; you earn four credits after making $6,040 for the year.

What is the 80 year rule for retirement? ›

What is the Rule of 80? This provision creates a so-called Rule of 80, a new definition of Normal Retirement for members of the Hybrid Defined Benefit Component. This allows members to claim a full, unreduced pension benefit if their combined age and years of service equal at least 80, beginning at age 50.

How many years do you have to teach in WV to retire? ›

WV State Teachers Retirement System (TRS) and PEIA guidelines are: Full benefits at age 60 with 5 years of service. Full benefits at age 55 with 30 years of service. Full benefits at any age with 35 years of service.

How many years do you have to work for the state of WV to retire? ›

Retirement; commencement of benefits. (a) A member may retire with full benefits upon attaining the age of 50 and completing 25 or more years of service or attaining the age of 52 and completing 20 years or more of service by filing with the board his or her voluntary application in writing for retirement.

What is the UK State Pension for an 80 year old? ›

The over 80 pension is a State Pension for people aged 80 or over. To be eligible you must get either a basic State Pension of less than £85.00 a week, or no basic State Pension at all. It can give you £85.00 a week in the 2022 to 2023 tax year.

Do you get more State Pension when you reach 80? ›

As people get older, it is vital for them to maximise their money, as they may not have a salary coming in each month to support living expenses. The state pension provides a consistent income for pensioners, and retirees over the age of 80 could increase the amount they receive.

What will the UK State Pension be in 2023? ›

What could the new State Pension rates be in April 2023? Going off the predicted 10 percent increase, those on New State Pension weekly payments could see a rise from £185.15 to around £203.67 - a rise of £18.52. Those who are paid every four weeks could see payments rise from £740.60 to around the £815 mark.

How much is the current UK old age pension? ›

The full new State Pension is £185.15 per week. The only reasons you can get more than the full State Pension are if: you have over a certain amount of Additional State Pension. you defer (delay) taking your State Pension.

What will pensions rise by in 2022? ›

There was a 3.1% increase in the full new state pension in 2022/23. Whether you actually get the full amount is based on your national insurance record when you reach state pension age.

Why is New State Pension higher than old? ›

The new State Pension is calculated based entirely on your National Insurance contributions. In some circumstances, it can be worked out based on different rules and give you a higher rate if you chose to pay “the married woman's stamp” or married women and widow's reduced-rate National Insurance contributions.

How much is the full State Pension 2022? ›

This means the basic State Pension will increase to £141.85 per week and the full rate of new State Pension will increase to £185.15.

Who gets a widow's pension? ›

If your civil partner, husband or wife has died, you may be eligible to apply to the benefits scheme to receive a lump sum followed by regular payments for up to 18 months. This money can be used to help you manage your bills and cover other vital spending during what is a distressing time.

Why do I only get basic State Pension? ›

You may not qualify for the Basic State Pension yourself because you haven't paid enough national insurance contributions or received enough national insurance credits. You may still be able to claim Basic State Pension in some situations. You could also be eligible for Pension Credit to top-up your income.

How much money can you have in the bank on Pension Credit? ›

There isn't a savings limit for Pension Credit. However, if you have over £10,000 in savings, this will affect how much you receive.

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