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Paystub Codes Defined

In order to help you better understand the different codes on your LACERS retirement benefit paystubs, we have provided the following explanation of terms for your reference: 

*Please refer to the sample paystub shown here, which contains numbered entries that correspond to the terms listed below.


Disbursement Methods

In retirement, you will receive your retirement allowance once a month on the last day of the month. You may choose one of the following options for the delivery of your retirement allowance:

Direct Deposit

Your retirement allowance will be deposited into the account at the financial institution you designate on the last day of the month.

Since the direct deposit program became available more than a decade ago, enrollees have always received their monthly retirement allowances on time.

To choose this option, complete and submit a Direct Deposit Authorization form and return it to LACERS.  

Paper Checks

Your retirement allowance will be issued as a paper check and mailed to the address on file to arrive by the last day of the month. However, there may be unforeseeable postal delivery delays, such as adverse weather conditions or natural disasters that will affect the actual delivery date of your check.


Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA)

Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA)

Each year the LACERS Board approves Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs)for Tier 1 and Tier 3 Retired Members and beneficiaries based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the Los Angeles area during the previous calendar year. The COLA becomes effective July 1st of each year.


1099-R Form


LACERS mails 1099-R tax documents to retirees and beneficiaries for the previous tax year on or before February 1 in accordance with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules. Please note that 1099-Rs are only sent to the address on file with LACERS.

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