Any benefit to which any person may be entitled under this chapter may be reduced in amount upon application of the person entitled thereto to the board of trustees, provided that such person shall first relinquish in writing all claim to that part of the full benefit which is the difference between the benefit which the person would be otherwise entitled to receive and the benefit which the person will receive. The reduced benefit shall be payment in full of all amounts due under this chapter for the month for which the payment is made and acceptance of the reduced benefit releases the retirement association from all obligation to pay to such person the difference between the amount of the reduced benefit and the full amount of the benefit which such person would otherwise have received. After July 1, 1971, any benefit reduced under the provisions of this subdivision may not again be restored.
(a) Any person covered under section 354.44, subdivision 6, who ceases to render teaching service, may leave the person's accumulated deductions in the fund for the purpose of receiving a deferred annuity at retirement.
(b) The amount of the deferred retirement annuity is determined by section 354.44, subdivision 6, and augmented as provided in this subdivision. The required reserves for the annuity which had accrued when the member ceased to render teaching service must be augmented, as further specified in this subdivision, by the applicable interest rate compounded annually from the first day of the month following the month during which the member ceased to render teaching service to the effective date of retirement.
(c) No augmentation is not creditable if the deferral period is less than three months or if deferral commenced before July 1, 1971.
(d) For persons who became covered employees before July 1, 2006, with a deferral period commencing after June 30, 1971, the annuity must be augmented as follows:
(1) five percent interest compounded annually until January 1, 1981;
(2) three percent interest compounded annually from January 1, 1981, until January 1 of the year following the year in which the deferred annuitant attains age 55;
(3) five percent interest compounded annually from the date established in clause (2) to the effective date of retirement or until June 30, 2012, whichever is earlier; and
(4) two percent interest compounded annually after June 30, 2012.
(e) For persons who become covered employees after June 30, 2006, the interest rate used to augment the deferred annuity is 2.5 percent interest compounded annually until June 30, 2012, or until the effective date of retirement, whichever is earlier, and two percent interest compounded annually after June 30, 2012.
(f) If a person has more than one period of uninterrupted service, a separate average salary determined under section 354.44, subdivision 6, must be used for each period and the required reserves related to each period must be augmented as specified in this subdivision. The sum of the augmented required reserves is the present value of the annuity. For the purposes of this subdivision, "period of uninterrupted service" means a period of covered teaching service during which the member has not been separated from active service for more than one fiscal year.
(g) If a person repays a refund, the service restored by the repayment must be considered as continuous with the next period of service for which the person has allowable service credit in the Teachers Retirement Association.
(h) If a person does not render teaching service in any one fiscal year or more consecutive fiscal years and then resumes teaching service, the formula percentages used from the date of the resumption of teaching service must be those applicable to new members.
(i) The mortality table and interest rate actuarial assumption used to compute the annuity must be the applicable mortality table established by the board under section 354.07, subdivision 1, and the interest rate actuarial assumption under section 356.215 in effect when the member retires.
(j) In no case may the annuity payable under this subdivision be less than the amount of annuity payable under section 354.44, subdivision 6.
(k) The requirements and provisions for retirement before normal retirement age contained in section 354.44, subdivision 6, also apply to an employee fulfilling the requirements with a combination of service as provided in section 354.60.
(l) The augmentation provided by this subdivision applies to the benefit provided in section 354.46, subdivision 2.
(m) The augmentation provided by this subdivision does not apply to any period in which a person is on an approved leave of absence from an employer unit covered by the provisions of this chapter.
(n) The retirement annuity or disability benefit of, or the survivor benefit payable on behalf of, a former teacher who terminated service before July 1, 1997, which is not first payable until after June 30, 1997, must be increased on an actuarial equivalent basis to reflect the change in the postretirement interest rate actuarial assumption under section 356.215, subdivision 8, from five percent to six percent under a calculation procedure and tables adopted by the board as recommended by an approved actuary and approved by the actuary retained under section 356.214.
Any person who ceased teaching service prior to July 1, 1968, who has ten years or more of allowable service and left accumulated deductions in the fund for the purpose of receiving when eligible a retirement annuity, and retires must have the annuity computed in accordance with the law in effect on June 30, 1969, except that the portion of the annuity based on accumulations after June 30, 1957, under Minnesota Statutes 1967, section 354.44, subdivision 2, and accumulations under Minnesota Statutes 1967, section 354.33, subdivision 1, must be calculated using the mortality table established by the board under section 354.07, subdivision 1, and approved under section 356.215, subdivision 18, and the postretirement interest rate assumption specified in section 356.215, subdivision 8.
Any member who ceased to render teaching service during the 1972-1973 fiscal year whose application for retirement becomes effective after June 30, 1973, shall be eligible to receive the new retirement benefits provided by the law in effect on July 1, 1973.
Teachers who retire after June 30, 1973 and who failed to make an election pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 1971, section 354.145, subdivision 1, clause (1) and subdivision 2, clause (1) shall have their annuity at retirement computed under section 354.44, subdivision 2 or 6, whichever is larger.
(1) Teachers who retired after June 30, 1972 and before July 1, 1973 who failed to make an election pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 1971, section 354.145, subdivision 1, clause (1) shall have their annuity recomputed under the law in effect on June 30, 1973 under the provisions of either Minnesota Statutes 1971, section 354.33, subdivision 1 or 7, whichever is larger.
(2) Teachers who retired after June 30, 1972 and before July 1, 1973 and who failed to make an election pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 1971, section 354.145, subdivision 2, clause (1) shall have their annuity recomputed under the law in effect on June 30, 1973 under the provisions of either section 354.44, subdivision 2 or 6, whichever is larger.
Any member or retired former member who is covered by the formula in effect after June 30, 1973, and who made payments to the fund pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 1965, section 354.511, shall upon request receive a refund of such payments.
Ex1957 c 16 s 20; Ex1959 c 50 s 21,22; 1965 c 644 s 1; 1967 c 654 s 1; 1967 c 715 s 1; 1969 c 399 s 1; 1969 c 485 s 28; 1971 c 40 s 28-31; 1971 c 87 s 1; 1971 c 88 s 1; 1973 c 270 s 13; 1973 c 728 s 23-25,27; 1974 c 289 s 47-53; 1975 c 306 s 24-27; 1977 c 97 s 5-7; 1978 c 796 s 43; 1980 c 607 art 14 s 45 subd 2; 1980 c 614 s 142; 1981 c 224 s 124; 1Sp1985 c 7 s 23; 1986 c 444; 1986 c 458 s 18; 1987 c 259 s 40-42; 1987 c 284 art 6 s 10; 1989 c 319 art 13 s 69; 1990 c 570 art 12 s 41,42; 1995 c 141 art 3 s 20; 1996 c 305 art 1 s 82,83; 1997 c 233 art 1 s 54; 2002 c 392 art 11 s 52; 2006 c 271 art 3 s 47; 2006 c 277 art 2 s 7; 2009 c 169 art 1 s 67; art 4 s 32; 2010 c 359 art 1 s 56
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