Inactive Members

Inactive members are TRSL members who are either no longer employed by a TRSL agency but left their contributions in the system, or members who have left state service and elected to take a deferred retirement. Although you are no longer actively contributing to TRSL, it is important that you keep your contact and beneficiary information up to date with us. Deferred retirement

Members with at least five years of service credit may terminate their positions, leave their contributions with TRSL, and on the first of the month after their 60th birthday (62nd birthday for those with membership on or after July 1, 2015) be eligible to apply for a TRSL retirement benefit based on their total years, including unused sick leave. However, sick leave cannot be used for eligibility. For more information, see the Sick Leave & Conversion to Service Credit  brochure.

Refund of contributions

If you would like to request a refund of your employee contributions, visit our section on How do I get a refund?

COVID-19: TRSL Information and Resources
Last updated 09/15/2022

Important information about the CARES Act
TRSL Regular Plan, Plan A and Plan B (defined-benefit plan)
Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, certain refunds and distributions from retirement plans were not subject to the 20% mandatory federal tax withholding at the time of withdrawal, if certain conditions were met. However, the distributions were taxable. The tax on the income from this distribution must be paid by April 15, 2024. 
The CARES Act provision applied to TRSL members who terminated employment in all positions eligible for TRSL membership and who refunded member contributions as well as to TRSL DROP/ILSB retirees who made DROP withdrawals (single sum and partial-single sum only) on or after Jan. 1, 2020, and before Dec. 31, 2020 and completed one of the following forms:
  • Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020 – Application for Refund (Form 04-7CA) 
  • Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020 DROP or ILSB Withdrawal Method Selection (Form 05-11CA)​​​​​​​
Need more information?

  Taking a Refund of Your Contributions
  Special Tax Notice Regarding TRSL Payments
  Application for Refund (Form 7)
  Retiree Refund Application (Form 7A)
  Direct Deposit for Refund of Contributions (Form 7D)
  Refunds Due (lists members who left their contributions at TRSL over five years ago)
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