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Retiree Tax Reminders

As a reminder, the new federal tax tables and 2019 retiree insurance premiums will be applied to pension checks in February and may affect your net benefit payments.

My Parent Has an ASRS Account and Needs Help. Now What?

This can be a complex question. If someone you care for – a parent, grandparent, spouse, etc. – has an account with the ASRS, but needs assistance accessing or managing that account, there are avenues you can take to help. 

Need-to-Know Information If You're Retiring This Summer

While the ASRS has a diverse group of members, a very large number of those members are school teachers or faculty. That means, among other things, a large number of people retiring at the same time each year; around May and June. We casually refer to it as Retirement Season here within ASRS offices. With approximately 200K-plus active ASRS members, that can mean a fair number of people wanting to retire at roughly the same time. So, what’s the best way to prepare yourself?

Does All My Pay Count Towards My Pension?

Most of us don’t even think about the contributions that come out of our paycheck that go towards building a guaranteed lifetime pension from the ASRS. When we do, it’s usually not until we’re getting very close to that long sought-after retirement date.

ASRS to Modify Payments Process in 2019

The Arizona State Retirement System is modifying its payment process beginning January 2019. These modifications are expected to save approximately $1 million per year, further increase our security, and allow the ASRS more flexibility in payment processing.

As a result of the changes, your ASRS deposit will appear with the description “AZ St Retirement”, and will now be processed through Bank of America.

ASRS Member Advisors: A Look Behind the Scenes

When you need some help, information, or guidance, you may find yourself contacting our Member Advisory Center for assistance.  This includes calling us for help, sending a secure message from your myASRS secure account or making an in-person appointment for more complex issues.

When to Talk to Your HR Before Contacting the ASRS

If you have questions about your pension, do you know who to reach out to for answers? What about if you’ve moved and need to update your information? Or if you have questions about Long Term Disability? Do you go to your employer’s HR? Or directly to the ASRS?

Health Insurance Costs and Retirement

There can be a lot of costs to budget for when thinking about retirement, but have you ever looked into what your health insurance costs could be? If not, you’re not alone! Many people mistakenly think health insurance costs won’t change much when they retire, but that’s rarely the case. In fact, health insurance costs may impact when you’re able to retire or if you need to work after retirement.

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