Supplemental Guaranteed Lifetime Income

Overview

Supplemental Guaranteed Lifetime Income

ERS Retirees can Convert Peach State Reserves funds to Guaranteed Monthly Income

Supplemental Guaranteed Lifetime Income (SGLI)

ERS retirees can now use funds in Peach State Reserves to purchase a supplemental annuity from ERS. The SGLI is a program that can be used to provide additional financial security during retirement through lifetime monthly benefit payments.

Effective January 1, 2021, an Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) retiree who has at least $25,000 pre-tax (non-ROTH) funds in the Peach State Reserves (PSR) 401(k) and/or 457 Plan may choose to use the PSR funds to purchase a Supplemental Guaranteed Lifetime Income (SGLI) monthly benefit.

Minimum Requirements

  • MUST be an ERS retiree who did NOT elect a Partial Lump Sum (PLOP) at retirement;
  • Minimum purchase amount = $25,000;
  • Transfers can only be made from pre-tax, non-ROTH PSR 401(k) and 457 Plans;
  • Purchase of annuities can only take place at or after retirement, but before December 31st of the year the retiree reaches 70 or in the calendar year in which the member commences retirement, whichever is later; and
  • SGLI annuity purchases must be in compliance with the federal Internal Revenue Code and are subject to the federal minimum distribution rules.

Other Specifications

  • May purchase up to two SGLI annuities during allotted time;
  • ERS creditable service must be at least 10 years;
  • Requests must be made through ERS, not PSR;
  • Cannot purchase a SGLI annuity amount that would cause for the sum of the annuity plus the member’s retirement allowance to exceed 90% of his or her highest month of earnable compensation; and
  • SGLI annuities are not subject to COLAs.

Considerations

  • Your monthly benefit is established at purchase and will not change, even in years of good investment gains or in years of losses.
  • Your purchase is final and irrevocable – you cannot cash out or reverse the purchase at any time in the future.
  • Depending on your circumstances, annuity purchase rates, and financial market performance, a SGLI purchase might be right for you.  Various annuity options are available for purchase outside of the ERS plan, through entities like investment and insurance companies, and could be a better option for your situation. 

Need an Estimate?

Contact ERSGA to make your request.  You can call and speak with a Customer Care Representative, or send an e-mail to the Customer Care Group by using the link “Contact the Customer Care Group” on the right side of the Contact page on our website (under About).

For More Information

For more information, please review the Q&As for the Supplemental Guaranteed Lifetime Income: SGLI Q&A and Section 23 of the ERS Handbook.

SGLI Forms:

SGLI Direct Deposit Form
SGLI Change of Beneficiary Form
SGLI W-4
SGLI G-4