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74-4964. Retirement benefit options; elections of member and spouse; joint annuitants. (1) A member may elect to have such member's retirement benefit paid under one of the options provided in this section in lieu of having it paid in the form stated in subsections (1) and (2) of K.S.A. 74-4958, and amendments thereto. Such election must be made before the date of actual retirement. Only a specific individual person may be designated as a joint annuitant at the time of election of the joint and 1/2 to joint annuitant survivor option, the joint and survivor option and the joint and 3/4 to joint annuitant survivor option. Except as specifically provided in this subsection, an option elected by a member as provided in this section shall not be changed or canceled nor shall the named joint annuitant be changed after the date of actual retirement of the member. If a retirant is divorced after the retirant's date of actual retirement, and the retirant has named the retirant's ex-spouse as a joint annuitant under subsection (5), the joint annuitant option may be canceled and the retirant's benefit returned to the maximum amount of such retirant's retirement benefit commencing the first month following the date such cancellation is ordered by the district court of the county where the divorce action was filed. The retirant shall not receive a refund or interest of any amounts already paid to fund the original joint annuitant benefit. The retirant may not name a subsequent joint annuitant once the original joint annuitant option has been canceled.

(2) The amount of a retirement benefit payable under an option shall be based on the age of the member and, if applicable, the age of the joint annuitant, and shall be such amount as to be the actuarial equivalent of the retirement benefit otherwise payable under subsections (1) or (2) of K.S.A. 74-4958, and amendments thereto, as prescribed under subsection (5). In no case shall the total amount of retirement benefit paid under any option provided in this section be more than 100% of the retirement benefit which would have been otherwise payable if no option had been elected under this section.

(3) If a member who was, up to the entry date of such member's employer, covered by a pension system under the provisions of K.S.A. 13-14a01 to 13-14a14, inclusive, or 14-10a01 to 14-10a15, inclusive, and amendments thereto, so elects one of the options under this section, payment of such option shall be in lieu of any payments provided in subsection (3) of K.S.A. 74-4958, and amendments thereto.

(4) Such election of an option shall become null and void upon the death of a member prior to such member's retirement, except that if a member, who is eligible to retire in accordance with the provisions of subsections (1) and (2) of K.S.A. 74-4958, and amendments thereto, dies without having actually retired the member's spouse, if the spouse is beneficiary for the member's accumulated contributions, and no benefits are payable under subsections (1) and (2) of K.S.A. 74-4959, and amendments thereto, may elect to receive benefits under one of the options provided in this section, in lieu of receiving the member's accumulated contributions.

(5) The following retirement options which are subject to the provisions of K.S.A. 74-49,123, and amendments thereto, are available:

(A) Joint and 1/2 to joint annuitant survivor. A reduced retirement benefit is payable to the retirant during the retirant's lifetime in a monthly amount equal to the product of (A) the monthly payment of the retirement annuity otherwise payable under K.S.A. 74-4958, and amendments thereto, and (B) the percentage equal to 94.5% minus 0.2% for each year by which the age of the retirant's joint annuitant is less than the retirant's age, computed to the nearest whole year, or plus 0.2% for each year by which the age of the retirant's joint annuitant is more than the retirant's age, computed to the nearest whole year, with 1/2 of that monthly amount continued to the retirant's joint annuitant during such joint annuitant's remaining lifetime, if any, after the death of the retirant. In the event that the designated joint annuitant under this option predeceases the retirant, the amount of the retirement benefit otherwise payable to the retirant under this option shall be adjusted automatically to the retirement benefit which the retirant would have received if no option had been elected under this section.

(B) Joint and survivor. A reduced retirement benefit is payable to the retirant during the retirant's lifetime in a monthly amount equal to the product of (A) the monthly payment of the retirement annuity otherwise payable under K.S.A. 74-4958, and amendments thereto, and (B) the percentage equal to 88% minus 0.4% for each year by which the age of the retirant's joint annuitant is less than the retirant's age, computed to the nearest whole year, or plus 0.4% for each year by which the age of the retirant's joint annuitant is more than the retirant's age, computed to the nearest whole year, with that monthly amount continued to the joint annuitant during the joint annuitant's remaining lifetime, if any, after the death of retirant. In the event that the designated joint annuitant under this option predeceases the retirant, the amount of the retirement benefit otherwise payable to the retirant under this option shall be adjusted automatically to the retirement benefit which the retirant would have received if no option had been elected under this section.

(C) Joint and 3/4 to joint annuitant survivor. A reduced retirement benefit is payable to the retirant during the retirant's lifetime in a monthly amount equal to the product of (A) the monthly payment of the retirement annuity otherwise payable under K.S.A. 74-4958, and amendments thereto, and (B) the percentage equal to 91% minus 0.3% for each year by which the age of the retirant's joint annuitant is less than the retirant's age, computed to the nearest whole year, or plus 0.3% for each year by which the age of the retirant's joint annuitant is more than the retirant's age, computed to the nearest whole year, with 3/4 of that monthly amount continued to the retirant's joint annuitant during such joint annuitant's remaining lifetime, if any, after the death of the retirant. In the event that the designated joint annuitant under this option predeceases the retirant, the amount of the retirement benefit otherwise payable to the retirant under this option shall be adjusted automatically to the retirement benefit which the retirant would have received if no option had been elected under this section.

(D) Life with 5 years certain. A reduced retirement benefit is payable to the retirant during the retirant's lifetime in a monthly amount equal to 99% of the monthly payment of the retirement benefit otherwise payable under K.S.A. 74-4958, and amendments thereto, and if the retirant dies within the five-year certain period, measured from the commencement of retirement benefit payments, such payments will be continued to the retirant's beneficiary during the balance of the five-year certain period.

(E) Life with 10 years certain. A reduced retirement benefit is payable to the retirant during the retirant's lifetime in a monthly amount equal to 98% of the monthly payment of the retirement benefit otherwise payable under K.S.A. 74-4958, and amendments thereto, and if the retirant dies within the ten-year certain period, measured from the commencement of retirement benefit payments, such payments will be continued to the retirant's beneficiary during the balance of the ten-year certain period.

(F) Life with 15 years certain. A reduced retirement benefit is payable to the retirant during the retirant's lifetime in a monthly amount equal to 92% of the monthly payment of the retirement benefit otherwise payable under K.S.A. 74-4958, and amendments thereto, and if the retirant dies within the fifteen-year certain period, measured from the commencement of retirement benefit payments, such payments will be continued to the retirant's beneficiary during the balance of the fifteen-year certain period.

(G) Lump sum payment at retirement. (i) Pursuant to this option, the member must specify a lump sum amount to be paid to the member upon the member's retirement. The lump sum amount will be based on the actuarial present value of the benefit as provided in K.S.A. 74-4958, and amendments thereto. The lump sum amount designated by the member must be in 10% increments and shall not exceed 1/2 of the actuarial present value of the benefit provided in K.S.A. 74-4958, and amendments thereto. If the member's spouse elects a lump sum payment as provided in this section pursuant to the provisions of subsection (6), the lump sum payment will be based on the present value of the retirement option selected by the spouse. The lump sum amount designated by the spouse must be in 10% increments and shall not exceed 1/2 of the actuarial present value of the option selected in this section.

(ii) Pursuant to this option, the member must elect to have the remaining actuarial present value paid in a monthly amount under the provisions of K.S.A. 74-4958, and amendments thereto, or subsections (5)(A) through (5)(F) of this section.

(iii) In the event that the designated joint annuitant pursuant to subsection (5)(A), (5)(B) or (5)(C) under this option predeceases the retirant, the amount of the retirement benefit otherwise payable to the retirant under this option shall be adjusted automatically to the retirement benefit which the retirant would have received if no option had been elected under this section.

(iv) The provisions of this subsection shall be effective on and after July 1, 2001.

(6) On and after July 1, 1996, if a member with 20 or more years of credited service dies before attaining retirement age, the member's spouse, if the spouse is the sole beneficiary for the member's accumulated contributions, may elect to receive benefits under one of the options provided in this section in lieu of receiving the member's accumulated contributions or in lieu of receiving benefits as provided in K.S.A. 74-4959, and amendments thereto. Payments under one of the options provided in this section to the member's spouse if so elected, shall commence on the date that the member would have attained retirement age.

(7) Benefits payable to a joint annuitant shall accrue from the first day of the month following the death of a member or retirant and, in the case of the joint and 1/2 to joint annuitant survivor option, the joint and survivor option and the joint and 3/4 to joint annuitant survivor option, shall end on the last day of the month in which the joint annuitant dies.

(8) The provisions of the law in effect on the retirement date of a member under the system shall govern the retirement benefit payable to the retirant and any joint annuitant, except, for retirement benefits payable after July 1, 1993, for retirants who retired prior to July 1, 1982, in the event that the designated joint annuitant under the option provided in subsection (5)(A), (B) or (C), as applicable, predeceased the retirant, the amount of the retirement benefit otherwise payable to the retirant under the option provided in subsection (5)(A), (B) or (C), as applicable, shall be adjusted automatically to the retirement benefit which the retirant would have received if no option had been elected under this section.

(9) Upon the death of a joint annuitant who is receiving a retirement benefit under the provisions of this section, there shall be paid to such joint annuitant's beneficiary an amount equal to the excess, if any, of the accumulated contributions of the retirant over the sum of all retirement benefit payments made to such retirant and such joint annuitant. Such joint annuitant shall designate a beneficiary by filing in the office of the retirement system such designation at the time of death of the retirant. If there is no named beneficiary of such joint annuitant living at the time of death of such joint annuitant, any amount provided for by this section shall be paid to, in order of preference as follows:

(A) The joint annuitant's surviving spouse;

(B) the joint annuitant's dependent child or children;

(C) the joint annuitant's dependent parent or parents;

(D) the joint annuitant's nondependent child or children;

(E) the joint annuitant's nondependent parent or parents; or

(F) the estate of the deceased joint annuitant.

(10) The provisions of this section shall apply only to members who were appointed or employed prior to July 1, 1989, and who did not make an election pursuant to K.S.A. 74-4955a, and amendments thereto.

History: L. 1965, ch. 447, § 14; L. 1967, ch. 431, § 12; L. 1980, ch. 238, § 6; L. 1982, ch. 319, § 39; L. 1985, ch. 254, § 3; L. 1987, ch. 299, § 30; L. 1988, ch. 302, § 16; L. 1989, ch. 232, § 22; L. 1993, ch. 227, § 42; L. 1996, ch. 266, § 15; L. 1998, ch. 64, § 77; L. 2000, ch. 152, § 23; L. 2001, ch. 209, § 38; L. 2003, ch. 155, § 13; L. 2013, ch. 132, § 2; June 13.



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