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You will learn about the opportunities and responsibilities of membership in the Fund, options available to you during your career in public service, and your benefits when and if you retire.
We urge you to read this handbook completely in order to understand your membership benefits. You may make photocopies of all information provided.
The best way to find the most current information is to use this Web site.
You are encouraged to register for PERF Online. Using PERF Online, you can update your address, select or change your beneficiary information and change your investment allocations. You can access PERF Online on this site via the “Member Login” button in the left navigation bar or via the link in the “Online Services” box in the upper right hand corner. Once you have registered, you will receive a PIN number that you will use to log in.
|While every attempt has been made to verify that all the information in this handbook is correct and up-to-date, INPRS does not make any representation or warranty as to the completeness or accuracy of any information provided herein. The content of this handbook does not constitute legal advice, and nothing within it should be considered a legal opinion. In the event of a discrepancy between information in this handbook and the laws of the state of Indiana, the applicable state law shall apply.|
The laws and regulations governing the Indiana Public Employees’ Retirement Fund may be found in Titles 5-10.2, 5-10.3, and 5-10.5 of the Indiana Code and Title 35 of the Indiana Administrative Code.
Founded in 1945, PERF is now one of the largest pension funds in the United States – both public and private.
The Fund works with more than 1,100 participating employers across the state in serving approximately 148,000 active members, 70,380 benefit recipients, and their families. Benefits paid by the Fund come from the contributions of public employers and members, and returns on the investment portfolio.
PERF is responsible for receiving contributions from employers and members, investing those funds in a prudent manner, and paying benefits to qualifying members. Since 1996, PERF has been authorized by state law to invest the assets of the Consolidated Retirement Investment Fund (CRIF) in the stock market.
Effective July 1, 2011, in accordance with Indiana Law, the Indiana Public Retirement System (INPRS) is established. INPRS administers and manages the Teachers’ Retirement Fund, Public Employees’ Retirement Fund, the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Retirement Fund, the 1977 Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Pension and Disability Fund, the Legislators’ Retirement System, the Judges’ Retirement System and the State Excise Police, Gaming Agent, Gaming Control Officer and Conservation Enforcement Officers’ Retirement Plan. INPRS also oversees three non-retirement funds including the Pension Relief Fund, the Public Safety Officers’ Special Death Benefit Fund, and the State Employees’ Death Benefit Fund. Each of the current funds will remain separate and will be administered by the nine-member board of trustees of INPRS.
We advance the achievement of retirement security for current and future retirees and beneficiaries through our delivery of operational and investment excellence, exemplary customer service and trusted stakeholder communication.
Appointed by the governor by July 15, 2011, the board consists of the following:
An executive director carries out the policies set by the board and administers the fund on a daily basis. (IC 5-10.5)
Annuity Savings Account (ASA) for ASA Only Plan – the individual account provided for each member of the ASA Only plan that is funded by a 3 percent employee fixed mandatory contribution and a variable employer contribution. These contributions are paid by the state of Indiana on the member’s behalf. Interest and earnings may also be added to this account.
Annuity Savings Account (ASA) for PERF Hybrid Plan – the individual account provided for each member of PERF that is funded by 3 percent mandatory contributions. These contributions are paid either by the member in payroll deductions or by the employer on the member’s behalf. Voluntary contributions, interest and earnings may also be added to this account.
ASA Only-Covered Position – any eligible position for which the state of Indiana elects to cover and make contributions to INPRS to fund benefits.
Beneficiary – in general, the person or institution designated to receive all or part of your benefits upon your death. There are several types of beneficiaries, which are further discussed throughout this handbook.
Contributions – funds paid by employers to fund future benefits. Pre-tax contributions are paid to PERF from a source (such as wages, employer-paid contributions, rollovers) prior to the calculation of income taxes. Taxes on before-tax contributions are deferred until the funds are distributed before retirement or paid as a retirement benefit.
Employer – the state of Indiana or participating quasi agency which employs members eligible for the ASA Only plan.
Fixed and Variable Rate Contributions (employer share) – contributions to the ASA that must be made as required by state law.
Member – a public employee enrolled in the ASA Only plan through the state of Indiana or a quasi agency.
Public Employee – new hires with the state of Indiana. Employees of private companies are not eligible for membership.
Survivor Beneficiary – the person receiving a designated percentage of your benefits upon your death. Several types of survivor beneficiaries are further discussed throughout this handbook.
Vesting/Vested – the minimum amount of time you have to work (full years of participation) in one or more covered positions to receive a portion of the variable annual rate contributions (employer share) and earnings of the ASA Only plan.
Voluntary Contributions – contributions made to the ASA that a member may choose to make through payroll deductions if his or her employer participates in the program.
Years of Participation – each full year of employment in a PERF-covered position. Years of participation help in determining your qualification for vesting.
Section One: Benefit Structure