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Planning for retirement

The most common retirement date by far for UFT members is July 1 because it coincides with the end of the school year. If you’re planning a July 1 retirement, you should have already begun to prepare. Fortunately, the UFT has done much of the heavy...

The importance of service credit

A key factor in calculating your retirement allowance under the Qualified Pension Plan (QPP) is your Total Service Credit. It helps to determine whether you’re eligible to retire and the amount you’ll receive when you do.

3 reasons to love our pensions

As UFT members employed by the city Department of Education, it is important to understand the crucial role pension plans play in attracting and retaining talented educators and other school staff and ensuring financial security in retirement.

Purchasing prior service credit

If you were employed by New York City or New York State prior to working for the city Department of Education, you may be able to buy prior service credit that would increase the size of your prospective service pension and may more quickly qualify...

Five-year vesting

All TRS and BERS members are now considered vested after they have completed five years of service in the pension system.

TRS self-service website

The TRS website was built to enable members to manage their accounts on their own schedules, and TRS routinely adds features.

TDA contribution limits to increase in 2023

The Internal Revenue Service has announced that the maximum contribution people may make to their Tax-Deferred Annuity accounts will increase in 2023.

Tax-Deferred Annuity program

By investing part of your paycheck in a tax-deferred annuity, you take an important step toward a secure retirement.

Welcome to the pension system

As members of the UFT, you are entitled to a benefit that is becoming as rare as it is important — a traditional defined-benefit pension plan, the gold standard of retirement plans, which guarantees a lifetime annuity of regular payments based on...

Planning for difficult decisions

Many of us who retire at age 62 can expect to live longer than our forefathers. But to be safe, it's important to prepare by having family discussions about what to do in the event of a debilitating illness or death. Here is a list of topics to...