Requesting your Retirement Benefits

In general, you must file a retirement application with CPF about three months or more before the date you want to retire, although there is one application filing exception noted below. As part of the application process, you choose your form of payment and, if applicable, designate a beneficiary.

CPF must receive your completed application to retire prior to your anticipated retirement date in order for our Client Services group to process your retirement for that date. Retroactive retirements are not generally permitted.

Application Filing Exception: CPF recommends that you file a retirement application to ensure that you select the payment option that meets your needs. However, CPF will automatically begin your retirement benefit payments even if you do not complete a retirement application if you have reached your IRS required beginning date (typically, April 1 of the year following the year in which you attain age 72). In this case, if CPF does not receive a completed retirement application on time, your retirement benefit will be based on the normal form of payment and your marital status in CPF’s records at that time. If you want to choose your form of payment and designate a beneficiary, we encourage you to contact our Client Services group at least three full calendar months before your IRS required beginning date, if you are no longer working for a participating employer at the time.

Receiving Your Retirement Benefit Payments

CPF strongly encourages you to have all retirement benefit payments sent directly to your bank by electronic transfer. Using this method allows CPF to transmit retirement benefit payments directly to your bank account, which helps to ensure that they arrive safely and are deposited on time. All you need to do is complete a Payment Method Authorization Form. Once the banking relationship is established, there is no need for further maintenance, unless your banking information changes.

Taxes on Retirement Benefits

Benefits paid from the Plan are subject to federal income tax and possibly state and/or local taxes. Please note:

  • If you receive a lump sum payment or any other payment that is eligible for rollover to another eligible retirement plan or an individual retirement account (IRA), no tax will be withheld if the payment is directly rolled over to that other plan or IRA. However, if the payment is not directly rolled over, 20% of the payment will be withheld for federal income tax.
  • Periodic payments are treated like wages for withholding purposes. However, you may elect not to have taxes withheld.
  • At retirement, you will receive a Form W4-P and a state withholding form to complete and return to CPF.
  • Every January, retired members will receive a Form 1099-R, which reports the distributions from the Plan during the previous calendar year.

You should consult your tax advisor before making any federal, state, and/or local tax withholding elections.

Mistaken Payments

If you or your survivors receive incorrect payment(s) for any reason, overpayments may be charged against, and underpayments may be added to, any benefits otherwise payable to you or your survivors. Interest may be charged or paid, depending on the circumstances.