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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye

Some recent PERS retirees have discovered another potentially costly inconsistency with the way that PERS treats the IAP account.  I have numerous reports of members taking a December 1, 2011 retirement and wanting to roll their IAP into other tax-advantaged vehicles.  The problem they are encountering is that PERS has 120 days to effect the rollover, and when PERS does the rollover has a significant effect on the interest credited to the IAP at rollover.  For example, we have a member with a transferred IAP as of early January who received the November 30 earnings credit, another with a later January transfer who received the December 31 earnings credit (nearly a full 100 basis points different), while a third won't have the transfer until 2/8 and will presumably receive the estimated 1/31/12 credit.  This inconsistency is quite costly (or can be).  I suppose that the attitude is that "it all comes out in the wash", but some people would prefer you don't do their laundry<g>.

So how about it PERS.  Can't you establish a consistent administrative rule that gives retirees who roll their IAP's over and fixed interest rate that is effective the date of their retirement (assuming they make the request at retirement).  There is no reason that retirees should be subject to the whims and perfidies of how PERS operates to figure their final crediting on the IAP.

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