How Do I…
Help Members Get Credit for Previous Public Service?
As you are enrolling new members in TMRS, inquire if they have performed any previous government service. If so, they may be eligible to establish credit for this service. Prior service falls into three categories:
- Another TMRS city (Buyback Refunded TMRS Service)
- A non-TMRS city, or other state, federal or governmental service (Restricted Prior Service Credit)
- One of the statewide Proportionate Retirement Systems (see 1), if previously refunded.
Buyback of Previously Refunded TMRS Service
If an employee previously worked for a TMRS city and left his/her account intact, no action is needed. The employee’s account automatically reflects the service of all TMRS cities for which he or she has nonrefunded service.
If they refunded their service with a previous TMRS city, they may be eligible to buy back their service. Advantages to buying back refunded service are:
- Members increase their service for vesting and retirement purposes by the number of months they buy back.
- Members increase the amount in their account by the refunded amount (plus a 5% reinstatement fee); this increases their account value, and the reinstated money will be matched by the city when they retire.
To be eligible, an employee must have at least 24 consecutive months of service and must be an employee of the city at the time the city adopts the buyback. Upon adoption of ordinance, TMRS issues letters and applications to employees who qualify.
To make a buyback:
If you fax a form, do not mail a separate copy. We only need one copy of each form, either faxed or mailed.
How Do I? for Cities
- Enroll a new member?
- Process the city payroll?
- Prepare W-2 forms?
- Assist members with a beneficiary change?
- Help a member get credit for previous public service?
- Help a member get credit for military service?
- Help a member refund?
- Help a member apply for service retirement?
- Help a member apply for occupational disability retirement?
- Report a death?
- Help a member who is divorcing?
- Handle the Tax Treatment of SDB Premium Contributions?
Statewide Retirement SystemsTMRS
Teacher Retirement System of Texas
Employees Retirement System of Texas
Judicial Retirement System of Texas (Plan 1 or 2)
Texas County & District Retirement System
City of Austin Employees Retirement System
For information about your city’s plan, go to www.tmrs.com, click on City Plan Provisions, and choose your city from the pulldown menu.