Contribution Stabilization Program

How the Program Works

Contribution Stabilization Program

  1. We determine an employer’s normal annual contribution using the rates established according to our usual procedures. The Contribution Stabilization Program does not change these procedures or the method for determining the normal annual contribution. The normal annual contribution is the total bill, excluding payments for deficiencies, group term life insurance, previous amortizations, incentive costs and prior years’ adjustments.
  2. We establish graded rates using the methods established by the Contribution Stabilization Program.
  3. We determine an employer’s graded contribution.
  4. The maximum amount an employer can amortize is the difference between the amounts calculated by applying the normal contribution rate and the employer’s graded contribution rate to the employer’s salary base (minus certain payments). Employers may choose to amortize less than the maximum amount.
  5. Employers will pay interest according to a formula established by law on the amortized amount, which is comparable to taxable fixed income investments of a similar duration. The interest rate is set annually by the Comptroller.
  6. The interest rate on an amount amortized in a given year will be the interest rate for that year and for the duration of that ten-year payment period. Amounts amortized in other years will be at the interest rate set for the year of the amortization.

The System graded rate always moves towards the System average rate by up to 1 percent per year. When the employer’s average rate is greater than the employer’s graded rate, then use of the program reduces the portion of the normal contribution that is payable immediately. The balance of the normal contribution is amortized.

When the employer’s average rate is lower than the employer’s graded rate, then program participants will be required to pay their graded rate. Any additional contributions you make will first be used to pay off existing amortizations.

If all amortizations have been paid, any excess will be deposited into a reserve account and will be used to offset future increases in contribution rates. Reserve account funds will earn interest based on fixed rate securities of appropriate duration held by the New York State Common Retirement Fund (Fund). That rate of return will vary annually and will be credited on an annual basis.


(Rev. 10/21)