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Indiana Public Retirement System

Indiana Public Retirement System (INPRS) > Retirement Education > Investing Your Annuity Savings Account > What is my Annuity Savings Account? What is my Annuity Savings Account?

Non-retired Members

Annuity Savings Account (ASA)

Upon a member's enrollment into the Fund, an individual Annuity Savings Account (ASA) will be established for the member. The Annuity Savings Account is comprised of all employee contributions and employer pickup contributions. Investment gains and losses are credited to a member's account at the end of every quarter, based on the member’s investment elections.

All TRF members are required by state law to contribute three-percent (3%) of their annual compensation to their Annuity Savings Accounts. This contribution can be made by the employer (employer pickup). Active TRF members may also make voluntary contributions in excess of the mandatory amount to their Annuity Savings Accounts. The voluntary contributions must be made in one-percent increments up to a maximum of ten-percent (10%). Thus, the maximum amount of contributions that an active member can make to his or her ASA is thirteen-percent (13%) of his or her annual compensation.

Post-tax contributions are deducted from your pay after all other deductions have been made. Contributions made to TRF on a post-tax basis will have no future tax liability. Pre-tax contributions are deducted prior to calculating your current income tax withholding, thus reducing your current taxable income. Contributions made on a pre-tax basis will be taxed at the point that they are actually received by the member.

Provided the member meets certain eligibility requirements, the additional voluntary contributions may be made on either a pre-tax or post-tax basis. In order for these contributions to be pre-tax (employment taxes still apply), the following requirements must be met:

  • The employing school corporation must adopt a resolution enabling their members to participate in this plan.
  • The member must have at least 5 years of TRF service as of the end of the previous fiscal year.
  • The member must apply within their 2-year election window. If the employing school corporation elected to participate in the program by December 31, 2003, the 5-year member’s window expires on August 31, 2005. For an employing unit that elects to participate between January 1, 2004 and August 31, 2004, the 5-year member’s election window is from September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2006. For a member who does not yet have 5 years of service, their election window begins September 1 after the fiscal year in which they complete their 5th year of service.
  • The member must complete and submit to TRF an irrevocable payroll deduction authorization form.

Once a member elects to participate in the pre-tax contribution program, that election is irrevocable for as long as the member remains with the current employer. Post-tax contributions may be changed as often as the employer allows. Please visit our Web-Site for additional details regarding pre-tax contributions. Members wishing to make voluntary contributions to their Annuity Savings Accounts should contact their payroll administrator.

Investing Annuity Savings Account Money
 
The Indiana Constitution was amended in 1996 to provide TRF members with more investing options. TRF’s staff has composed an informational brochure, "," for members to use in understanding the different investment options available to them. Please consult this brochure for detailed information concerning the available options and the necessary procedures for changing your investment allocations. Members may obtain a copy of this brochure by either contacting TRF or visiting the TRF's Web site.

Current Investment Options:

Quarterly Statements

After the end of each fiscal quarter, all members with a balance in their Annuity Savings Account (ASA) will receive an electronic quarterly statement. Log on to TRF Interactive to view your current and past quarterly statements detailing your account balance and interest earnings.

If you would like a paper statement mailed to your home, log on to TRF Interactive and select the Personal Information tab, Communications, E-mail Address, then Communications Preferences. Or, you can download the Annuity Savings Account (ASA) Quarterly Member Statement Opt-In form here.

Important things to know about quarterly statements:

  • The quarterly statements contain an unaudited and unofficial record of a member's service credit. Service credit eligible for computing a retirement benefit will be determined officially only at retirement based on properly verified service and applicable laws in effect at the time.
  • The interest rate for the Guaranteed Fund is established on an annual basis by TRF's Board of Trustees.
  • The salary listed on the quarterly statement is for the period running from July 1 through the last day of the preceding quarter. These figures do not necessarily match the teacher's contract salary, which generally covers a different period.