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Date: December 15, 2015

Bulletin Number: 1448

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Subject Supplemental Retirement Annuity (SRA) and Tax Deferred Annuity (TDA) Contribution Limits for 2016.

Purpose To inform agencies of OSC’s annual record update process and provide data entry instructions for entering SRA and TDA deductions to ensure compliance with contribution limits.

Background

Pursuant to IRS Regulations, Section 403(b):

  • The regular annual contribution amount will remain at $18,000 for 2016.
  • An additional deferment is available to employees age 50 and over. These employees can defer up to $6,000 in catch-up contributions in addition to their regular contribution amount for a combined total contribution limit of $24,000 in 2016.
  • An additional deferment is also available to SUNY, Education Department, School for the Blind and School for the Deaf employees who qualify for the 15-Year Rule. These employees can defer up to $3,000 in addition to their regular contribution amount for a combined contribution limit of $27,000 in 2016.  CUNY participants are not eligible to participate in the 15-Year Rule as decided upon by CUNY Board of Trustees on 11/23/2015.

Affected CUNY Employees

Employees who currently have any of the following SRA or TDA deductions:

  Deduction Code      Narrative Description

  403                             Supplemental Ret Ann CUNY               
  413                             NBE Tax Deferred Annuity
  414                             NYT Tax Deferred Annuity
  417                             HRC TDA
  419                             CUNY TDA Copeland

Affected SUNY Employees

Employees who currently have any of the following SRA or TDA deductions:

Deduction Code      Narrative Description

 404                           Supplemental Ret Annuity Prog
 408                           SUNY TDA Fidelity
 415                           SUNY Tax Deferred Annuity  
    
Affected Education Department, School for the Blind and School for the Deaf Employees

Employees who currently have the following SRA or TDA deduction:

Deduction Code      Narrative Description

432                            ED TDA Copeland    
    

Effective Date(s) Institution Paychecks dated January 7, 2016.
Administration Paychecks dated January 13, 2016.

OSC Actions

In order to help prevent employees from making excess 403(b) deferrals in 2016, OSC will insert a new effective-dated row that is based on the first day of the pay period for payroll checks issued on 1/7/2016 and 1/13/2016.  These effective dates are as follows:

12/03/2015 Inst Extra Lag (1/07/2016 check date)
12/10/2015 Inst Lag (1/07/2016 check date)
12/24/2015 Inst Current (1/07/2016 check date) 
12/17/2015 Admin Lag (1/13/2016 check date)

The new effective-dated row will reflect:

  • The employee’s current biweekly deferral election.
  • The regular maximum contribution amount of $18,000 for 2016 in the Goal Amount field.
  • A beginning contribution balance of zero (0) for 2016 as reflected by the blank Goal Balance field.

OSC will terminate all active SRA and TDA deductions for employees whose status is Retired, Terminated or Deceased by end dating the deduction.

Agency Actions Agencies must review the Control-D report NBEN749 (SRA/TDA Default Goal Amount) which lists participating employees. This report will be available in Control-D on or about December 18, 2015 for Institution agencies and on or about December 24, 2015 for Administration agencies.

Agency Processing Instructions to Change Existing Deductions or Start New Deductions If a change to the employee’s current deduction or Goal Amount for 2016 is necessary, agencies must update the General Deduction page in accordance with the instructions below.

Note: Agencies must not begin this data entry until after December 18, 2015 for Institution agencies and December 24, 2015 for Administration agencies.

When making changes, the transactions should be entered only during the processing of the pay period when the deduction will take effect. Agencies must not insert future-dated transactions for these deduction codes.

To change the Goal Amount for employees who are eligible to make additional contributions in 2016 under the age 50 and over deferment and/or the 15-Year Rule, the agency must insert a new effective dated row for the applicable SRA/TDA deduction code in the employee’s General Deduction Data record. All information will roll up on the newly inserted row. The agency must override the Goal Amount to reflect the employee’s increased 2016 deferral limit.

To change the Deduction Amount (for employees of SUNY, Education Department, School for the Blind and School for the Deaf) or the Percent (for employees of CUNY), the agency must insert a new effective dated row for the applicable SRA/TDA deduction in the employee’s General Deduction Data record and override the Deduction Amount/Percent to reflect the employee’s new biweekly deferral election.

To cancel the deduction, the agency must insert a new effective dated row for the applicable SRA/TDA deduction in the employee’s General Deduction Data record and populate the Effective Date and End Date fields with the first day of the pay period.

In order to prevent employees from making excess 403(b) deferrals in 2016, agencies must not enter or change the Goal Balance Amount under any circumstances.

Questions Questions regarding this bulletin may be directed to the Payroll Deductions mailbox.