If you have performed active government service, you may be eligible to establish this service credit. Prior service falls into three categories:
If your membership in TMRS is terminated for any reason, any prior service you have established becomes void. Prior service can only be used for vesting and retirement purposes.
If you previously worked for a TMRS city and left your account intact, do nothing. Your account automatically reflects the service of all TMRS cities for which you have nonrefunded service.
If you refunded your service with a previous TMRS city, you may be eligible to buy back your service. Advantages:
To be eligible, you must have at least 24 consecutive months of service and you 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:
Establishing Restricted Prior Service Credit helps you reach vesting and retirement eligibility sooner. Only your service TIME is counted under RPSC. You do not receive any monetary credit (no buyback is involved).
To be eligible to get Restricted Prior Service Credit, your city must offer this option (See 2). RSPC may be established if you have previous full-time employment with any of these entities:
To apply for RSPC, complete an Application for Restricted Prior Service Credit (TMRS-35R) .
This program allows you to combine service credit in two systems to meet retirement eligibility. If you previously worked for one of the Statewide Proportionate Retirement Systems (see 1) and left your account intact, you need do nothing. You are building two separate retirements with the two systems. The proportionate “sharing” comes in when counting time. If you have one year with TRS and two with TMRS, you have accrued three years toward both retirements.
Each participating System has its own procedures for administering retirement benefits. Contact each System for information about each retirement.
If you are currently a member of TMRS and you refunded your service with another participating system, you may be eligible to buy back your service. Advantages to making a proportionate buyback are:
If you are a member of a proportionate system other than TMRS, and have previously refunded service credit in TMRS, you may establish credit for your TMRS time by notifying us of your intention to establish this credit. Service credit in TMRS established using Proportionate Buyback has no monetary value and counts only as time and cannot be used for vested death benefits. Download the TMRS Proportionate Buyback Application.
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