Author Archives: Angela Lechtenberg, APR

BBPD - Just in Case - Disability and Survivor Benefits

It's summer, and a lot of our members are out taking advantage of the nice weather getting things done in our streets, parks and other places in our community. Working out in the field brings with it a different set of risks for local government employees. A little known fact about LAGERS - we have survivor and disability benefits available to you as a LAGERS member!

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Attention Retirees - 2019 1099-R Tax Forms available

Your 2019 1099 is now available through myLAGERS.

Log on and download yours today!

Go To myLAGERS

 

Instructions for download:

To access your documents, log on to your myLAGERS account

Firefox web browser preferred. Download is not available with Safari web browser.

Click the 1099-R Tab on the left hand navigation bar.

If you received a Partial Lump Sum  (PLUS) distribution in 2019, you will have a separate 1099-R for that distribution. 

A hard copy of your 1099-R will be mailed by January 31. Please remember to allow time for normal U.S. Postal Service delivery.

If you have  questions or need assistance logging on to your myLAGERS account, please call our office at 1-800-447-4334.  During periods of high call volume, if your call is not answered immediately, please leave a message and your call will be returned promptly.

You may need Adobe Reader in order to download and view your 1099-R. Download Adobe Reader here.

Don't forget to visit our website for more information on the taxation of your LAGERS benefits as well as an explanation of what each box on your 1099-R means. Click here to visit our taxes page now!

Changing Your Tax Withholding

You may be choosing to have LAGERS withhold taxes from your monthly benefit. However, you have the flexibility to change these withholdings as your tax situation changes throughout retirement.

You can change your tax withholdings through your myLAGERS account or you can complete a new tax withholding form online through the LAGERS website and send it back to the LAGERS office.


Retiree Link Meetings 2020

Make sure to sign up to attend one of our 2020 Retiree Link meetings. Have a light breakfast and get an update on the system; then hear about some interesting topics from our guest speakers!
Access the schedule here.
We'll also send you a postcard about the meeting in your area.

Tagged 1099, taxes

LAGERS Most Popular Blogs of 2019

Wasabi, the 18-month-old Pekingese who won the 2019 American Kennel Club National Championship knows what it takes to be the best. And while LAGERS defines success a bit differently than the AKC, we do have a "Best in Show" of our own.

The Economic Impact of your Retirement System

LAGERS' most recent economic impact numbers are in, and it looks to be another successful year of providing stable economic foundations for our members, retirees and the communities in which they live. Here are just a few quick stats:

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Annual Meeting 2019 - Educating, Informing and Honoring LAGERS Members and Employers

This year's Annual Meeting was by all counts a success. We met with many members and employer representatives and talk secure retirement benefits and the importance of having a pension. We got to showcase our wonderful hard working public servants by rolling out our first Local Government Hero Award. Congratulations to Brent Mullin, Sikeston Department of Public Safety, for being this year's winner. Brent works with Sikeston's Bulldog Pantry which provides clothing, supplies and food to kids in the community. Congrats to all our nominees this year, and we look to honoring many more LAGERS members with this accolade for many years to come!

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LAGERS' Diane Towne retires - "the Right Place at the Right Time"

Diane, our pension expert benefits officer at LAGERS, retired last week after over 40 years in the pension industry. I was able to ask her a few questions about her career in the industry and how working to serve to local government employees of Missouri made a difference in her life.

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Retiree Spotlight - Melvin Bockelman

Melvin Bockelman was recently celebrated by the Kansas City Police Department. Last year in September, the KCPD honored 50 years of innovation of the computer system that would become the lifeblood of the department. The designer of that system 50 years ago was Mr. Bockelman. The computer system implemented in Kansas City was revolutionary at the time, and is considered one the United States' most advanced computer-based information systems.

Mr. Bockelman was the manager of the computer systems division under the leadership of Chief Clarence Kelly of KCPD. Together, these two pioneers developed the system to make Kansas City a safer place for its citizens and the officers in the field. After he retired Mr. Bockelman went to work for LAGERS employer Lafayette County, where he implemented a similar system there.

The system was called Alert 1, short for Automated Law Enforcement Response Team 1. A former member of the Air Force as a computer systems manager, Mr. Bockelman used his skills in this emerging field to create this “thinking machine” to perform crime rate analysis and crime record searching at the same time. People came from all over the country to see the new computer and learn from the department about this new technology. Mr. Bockelman also traveled the world sharing the story of ALERT 1 to other departments.

After retiring, Mr. Bockelman didn’t stop sharing his expertise. He went on to work for Lafayette County Courthouse, implementing a computer system for them.

From Our Members: I Left My LAGERS job, Will I Still Get a Benefit?

 

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Local Government Hero Finalists Announced

We're proud of each and every one of our nominees for their accomplishments and dedication to the community and to public service. It was a challenge to pick just three finalists for the first LAGERS Local Government Hero Award.

Tagged value of local government, Local Government, local government hero award

From Our Members - How Do I Change my Bank Deposit Information?

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