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Retirement Board Election 2017
From June 6, 2017 through June 19, 2017 the Kansas City Police Employees’ Retirement Systems (KCPERS) will hold an election to fill one position on the Retirement Board created by the expiring term of Major Richard Smith. According to applicable state statutes any individual can seek this open position. Major Smith has indicated that he will be seeking reelection.

In addition, an election will be held to fill the unexpired term created by the resignation of our fellow board member Barbara Stuart. According to applicable state statutes only members of the Civilian Employees’ Retirement System of the Police Department of Kansas City can seek this open position.

Candidates should submit a letter declaring their candidacy, accompanied by their resume, to the attention of (Ret.) Sergeant Gary Jenkins, Election Director, at the KCPERS office, 9701 Marion Park Drive B, Kansas City, Missouri 64137 no later than May 3, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

The election will be conducted by mail, phone or electronic balloting. The Retirement Board has engaged Intelliscan Inc. to conduct the trustee election. Members will be able to cast their vote by mail, phone, or by logging on to a secure website. Please watch your mail for your ballot from the Kansas City Police Employees’ Retirement Systems and Intelliscan so that you do not miss instructions on how to cast your vote. Ballots and voting instructions will be mailed to all KCPERS members on June 5, 2017. All votes must be received at Intelliscan’s office in Pennsylvania by June 19, 2017. Official voting results will be provided to the Election Director and Retirement Board Chair by June 20.

Anyone needing additional information about the Retirement Board election should contact Gary Jenkins at (816) 931-3535 or through the KCPERS office at (816) 482-8138.

2017 Cost of Living Adjustment
The Retirement Board approved a motion at the April 11 board meeting to provide a 2.5% COLA to the base pension for all members whose retirement or whose deceased spouse’s eligibility to a pension were effective on or before December 31, 2016 as authorized in sections 86.1220 and 86.1590 RSMo. The Pension Systems Manager was instructed to grant this COLA effective with the May 31, 2017 benefit payment for the Police plan retirees and the June 1, 2017 benefit payment for the Civilian Employees’ plan retirees.


2016 Tax Information and Mailing Schedule for IRS Form 1099R

This year, as usual, your IRS Form 1099R for filing your 2016 taxes will be mailed to you by Northern Trust. Northern is the company that processes the Police and Civilian Employees’ Retirement Systems monthly benefit payments.


Northern has advised us that 1099R’s for both retirement systems will be mailed to all retirees prior to February 2, 2017. While the Retirement System can request a duplicate form, Northern Trust charges the Retirement System for each duplicate 1099R we request. If you do not receive your 1099R by February 10, 2017 please contact the Retirement Office.

 

For those of you filing taxes in Missouri, below you will find additional information about Missouri’s Public Pension and Social Security Exemptions and Qualified Health Insurance Premiums. For those retired Police plan members who have their health insurance premium deducted from their monthly benefit check, below you will find a link to additional information about the IRS treatment of insurance premiums for retired public safety officers.

 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the Retirement Office at 816 482-8138. 

 

Missouri Public Pension and Social Security Exemption

Retired members of KCPERS that are Missouri tax filers may be eligible to exempt a portion of their pension and/or Social Security income from Missouri income tax. To claim the pension and/or Social Security exemption on 2016 returns, Missouri tax filers will need to file using Form MO-1040, otherwise known as the long form, or Form MO-1040P, short form. If filing on Form MO-1040, you will need to complete the worksheet in Part 3 of Form MO-A and file it along with Form MO-1040. If you were age 62 by December 31, 2016 and received Social Security benefits, you will also want to complete the section for the Social Security exemption in Part 3. If filing on Form MO-1040P, the calculation of the pension and/or Social Security exemption is found on page 3 of that form.

 

Generally for 2016 tax returns, the pension exemption will be calculated as the amount of your taxable pension, limited to a maximum of $36,976 for each taxpayer, and then reduced by the amount of your nontaxable social security benefits, if any. The amount of your pension exemption may be reduced for married couples with Missouri adjusted gross income above $100,000 or for single taxpayers with Missouri adjusted gross income above $85,000. Your exemption is decreased by the amount your income exceeds the limit.

 

For more information regarding eligibility please contact the Missouri Department of Revenue at (573) 751-3505 or www.dor.mo.gov, or consult your tax professional.

Qualified Health Insurance Premiums

Missouri also allows a subtraction from federal adjusted gross income for qualified health insurance premiums. On 2016 tax returns, the subtraction is taken on Line 12 of Part 1 of Form MO-A and filed along with Form MO-1040. The Missouri Department of Revenue supplies a worksheet for Line 12 of Form MO-A which can be found in the MO-1040 instruction packet.

 

IRS Treatment of Insurance Premiums for Retired Public Safety Officers

Military Leave of Absence Statutes and Retirement Board Policy

On August 28, 2015 the new military leave provisions for the Police Retirement System and Civilian Employees’ Retirement System will become law. In addition, the Military Leave Policy has been update to implement the changes in the statutes.

The changes in the statutes provide that a member may restore creditable service in the Retirement System for a military leave of absence by paying the amount of member contributions missed during that time. Members may also choose to not restore creditable service lost due to a period of military leave. A total of five years of military leave time can be purchased at the member contribution rate. A member may request a waiver to be granted creditable service in the Retirement System for the period of military leave time without having to pay the member contribution rate. The Retirement Board can waive the payment of member contributions for up to a total of three years (of the five years) of creditable service for military leaves of absence. A waiver can only be requested when the member provides orders under Title 10 or Title 32 and provides the appropriate copy of their DD-214 or NGB 23. The amount of creditable service that has previously been granted to a member by the Retirement System prior to August 28, 2015 will not change.

In anticipation of the changes to state statutes the Retirement Board also adopted changes to the Military Leave of Absence Policy. Attached you will find a copy of the amended policy. As you will see the Retirement System will continue to follow the provisions of USERRA as it relates to granting creditable service for military leaves of absence.

One of the biggest changes in the policy is that it will be your responsibility to contact the Retirement System to request a Military Leave of Absence worksheet upon your return from military service. The worksheet will show the dates of unpaid service in the Retirement System. Upon receipt of the worksheet members will need to complete an Application for Creditable Service due to Active Duty Military Service and provide the required documentation that corresponds with the current period of military leave. Members will designate on the application if they are planning to restore the service by making the member contributions or if they are requesting a waiver of the member contributions.

The worksheet, application form, and required documentation will be submitted to the Military Leave Review Committee (please see the attached policy for more information on the Committee) who will make a recommendation to the Retirement Board based on the application and documentation submitted by the member. If approval is recommended by the Military Leave Review Committee and granted by the Retirement Board, staff will notify the member of the amount of member contributions that are due, if any, and the date by which the contributions must be paid in full to grant the creditable service.

If you have any questions about the changes to the Military Leave statutes or policy, please do not hesitate to contact Sharon Blancett at 482-8830 or me at 482-8157. We are also available to meet with members to review the application form, required documentation, review process, and USSERA time limits for completing the application process.

Retirement Board Policy #10 - Military Leave of Absence

Application for Creditable Service Due to Period of Active Duty Military Service

2015 Military Leave Statutes 




 



 


 


 

 

 

 

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