You may receive a refund of your total contributions if you officially resign from your position with the City and it is not your intention to accept another position of employment that requires membership in another Massachusetts Retirement System. If you voluntarily leave employment that began after January 1, 1984 and have less than five years of service, no interest will be refunded to you.
If you have served between five and ten years of service, you will receive half of the interest. If you have over ten years of service, all of the interest will be refunded to you. It is important to note that if you do receive a refund or your retirement contributions, we are required to withhold 20% of your federal tax liability. Alternatively, you can have the entire retirement contribution "Rollover" into a tax-qualified Individual Retirement Account (IRA).