When do I start paying income taxes on my retirement annuity?

Income taxes are due as soon as you begin receiving benefits. You may have taxes withheld by the ERS, and then you would file once per year, as most active employees do. You may choose to have no taxes withheld, but you are then required to file estimated taxes quarterly, and may owe the government a penalty if you do not pay sufficient taxes on time. You may be entitled to a monthly tax exclusion on part of your annuity for contributions that were taxed (contributions paid before January 1, 1984). The ERS calculates this amount, and our custodian bank records it on your 1099R Income Tax Statement issued each year. 

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1. What is the ERS?
2. Are employee contributions required?
3. What does a defined benefit retirement plan mean?
4. Does the Commission make a contribution?
5. How does being IRS qualified affect you as a member?
6. Who oversees the ERS?
7. Where is the money; is it protected?
8. How much of my pension benefit comes from my contributions?
9. Is there a maximum amount of credited service I can earn?
10. When do I start paying income taxes on my retirement annuity?
11. How does accumulated sick leave affect my benefit?
12. Are loans possible from the plan?
13. What if I don’t leave a surviving spouse or children?
14. When can I expect to receive my first retirement check?
15. How do I apply for retirement benefits?
16. Is there a cost-of-living adjustment to protect against inflation?
17. Is there life insurance when I retire?
18. When is the best time to retire?
19. What deductions are taken from my retirement check?
20. Can I have my benefit check directly deposited into my bank?
21. Is there Disability Retirement?