With the passage of the funding plan, enacted in AB 1469, contribution rates for the Defined Benefit Program are now greater than contribution rates for the Defined Benefit Supplement Program. As a result, when contributions on compensation that is earned for service in excess of one school year (excess service credit) are transferred to the Defined Benefit Supplement Program, the contributions that exceed the required amount are deemed to be excess contributions and by law must be returned.
Excess contributions for both members and employers will be returned to the employer that remitted the contributions associated with the excess service credit. It is the responsibility of employers to return excess member contributions to employees. Returned pre-tax contributions will be considered taxable income in the year employees receive them regardless of when the contributions were initially paid.
Any excess contributions accumulated for members who refund, retire, receive a disability benefit or die will be returned to the employer monthly. Excess contributions for active members will be returned annually in late September. Interest is not paid on excess contributions as CalSTRS has no legal requirement or authority to pay interest on the return of excess contributions.
If there is an adjustment to reduce a member’s excess service credit from a prior year, employer or member contributions may be due back to CalSTRS.
For more information, please email us at CalSTRSFullFundingProject@CalSTRS.com
- Employer Directive 2014-05
- Chapter 47, Statutes of 2014 (Assembly Bill 1469–Bonta), the CalSTRS 2014 Full Funding Plan legislation
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