Within 1 Year of Retirement
Information and Resources for Within 1 Year of Retirement
To Do List for Within 1 Year of Retirement
Focus in on your Retirement Planning
Define your retirement lifestyle. Will you continue to work (encore career, part-time or volunteer work)? How will you structure your time? Will you retire in place or move?
Choose your target retirement date. When will you leave current employment to retire?
Gather Information about Medicare, State-Sponsored Health Benefits, Long-Term Care, and Social Security
Learn about Medicare and assess your future health care needs. Visit http://www.medicare.gov/ to learn about Medicare and the difference between Part A, B, & D. Watch eFiles for Life Planning Seminars on Medicare.
Learn about the state-sponsored health benefits for retirees who are Medicare eligible and NonMedicare eligible individuals. If you are Medicare eligible, compare the state-sponsored supplemental health care plan (Medigap) to other Medigap plans offered. Visit http://www.medicare.gov/supplement-other-insurance/medigap/whats-medigap.html for other plans.
Understand Social Security. Create an account at http://www.ssa.gov/Review your Social Security “Personal Earnings and Benefit Statement.” Find out the benefits due to you, and the steps you need to take to activate your payments upon retirement. Determine your optimal age to begin taking payments; you may want to consider delaying the age at which you collect in order to increase your monthly payment.
Investigate Long Term Care, if you don’t already have a plan. Information may be found on our Long-Term Care Insurance page. There is a 50 percent chance that today’s 65-year-old couples could live well past the age of 90. Rising health care costs, coupled with inadequate health care coverage, can have a devastating impact on your retirement income plan.
Focus on Financial Planning
Assess the financial risks of retirement. As you put a retirement plan in place, understand the five financial risks that can impact your retirement: o A longer lifespan requires savings to last longer o Inflation’s effect on the future purchasing power of today’s dollars o An overly conservative asset allocation that may put you at risk for not being able to outpace inflation o A withdrawal rate that depletes assets too quickly o Rising health care expenses
Gather information regarding the financial aspects of the retirement process. Determine potential gaps in estimated retirement income and expenses.
Catch up on savings. Learn the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) limits for contributions for investing in your TraditionalIRA and/or Roth IRA accounts.
Familiarize yourself with your financial investment options for retirement. If you have accounts with TIAA-CREF or Fidelity, schedule a one-on-one appointment with a TIAA-CREF or Fidelity consultant. They come to Mason Campuses each month or you may schedule an off-campus meeting. For information tohttp://hr.gmu.edu/benefits/retire/tiaa.phpIf you participate in the Virginia Retirement System, visit http://www.varetire.org/
Attend Next Steps: Plan for Your Retirement, the day-long pre-retirement seminar provided by HR & Payroll’s Learning Team (Topics covered: Retiring from Mason, VRS, ORP, Social Security, Medicare and supplemental health insurance). Call 703-993-6764 to find out when it is scheduled.
Assemble Your Retirement Plan
Review your retirement benefits. Schedule an appointment with a Mason Benefits Administrator in Human Resources, to learn what actions need to be taken for a successful retirement from Mason, and what resources are available to provide support and guidance. Talk with a Mason Benefits Administrator to determine which benefits you will continue to receive in retirement from Mason, and familiarize yourself with how they will work. Be sure to factor in your spouse/significant other’s benefits as well, where applicable.
Virginia Retirement System (VRS) – if you are enrolled in VRS, register and use My VRS Retirement Planner http://www.varetire.org/. For more help, contact an HR Benefits Administrator at 703-993-2600.
If your have TIAA-CREF and/or Fidelity work with their financial counselors to clarify the details of your retirement plan (TIAA-CREF and/or Fidelity) and the decisions you need to make, including your payout options. To schedule a meeting, visit our supplemental retirement counseling page.
Review your options for Supplemental Retirement Plans. The university offers two types of tax-deferred annuity plans: 403(b) Tax-Sheltered Annuity (TSA) Plans and Virginia's 457 Deferred Compensation Plan (DCP) as well as an after-tax 403(b) plan, a Roth 403(b). For more details go to http://hr.gmu.edu/benefits/retire/supplemental.php
This is a good time to take care of important documents. Update your will, power of attorney and beneficiaries on retirement accounts, savings and checking accounts.
Refine your retirement budget. Map your retirement planning fundamentals, including a detailed plan of your estimated expenses. These plans will determine your lifestyle, so be sure to include inflation costs in your retirement budget. If the lifestyle you want will cost more than you expect, you may need to consider working part-time during retirement, reducing expenses, or postponing your retirement date to meet your goals.
Revisit your retirement asset allocation. Check the asset allocation of all savings and investment accounts you expect to use to generate retirement income. Financial advisors suggest that workers nearing retirement who are still investing in a 401(k) or IRA may want to consider maintaining a diversified portfolio with a mix of investments. A balanced portfolio that includes a significant portion of equities can help promote potential future growth, and protect against inflation, rising health care costs and longer life spans.
Develop your retirement income stream. Create a retirement planning strategy that covers your expenses. Know what your Social Security payments, and other sources of retirement income (pension, 403b, 401K, etc) will be. Determine how much you need to withdraw from your portfolio annually, being as conservative as possible, particularly in the early retirement years. Assess when you can withdraw money from your retirement accounts without penalty (most individuals can withdraw from tax-deferred savings plans without penalty at age 59½).
Schedule a retirement coaching session with HR & Payroll to help you plan for your life in retirement
Attend "Next Steps: Plan for Your Retirement", a one-day seminar hosted by HR & Payroll and offered in April and November each year
Retirement Resources for Every Age
- Virginia Retirement System (VRS) Handbook for Members (Faculty/Staff Plan 1 - vested (vesting occurs after 5 years of state service) by 1/1/2013)
- Virginia Retirement System (VRS) Handbook for Members (Faculty/Staff Plan 2 - hired before 1/1/2014 and not vested by 1/1/2013)
- Virginia Retirement System (VRS) Handbook for Members (Faculty/Staff Hybrid Plan - hired January 1, 2014 or later)
- Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) for faculty (including a plan comparison with VRS)
Retirement Centered Organizations
- Society of Financial Service Professionals
- National Association of Personal Financial Advisors
- State Retiree Health Insurance (including Medicare Part D)
- Senior Connections
- U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging
- Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging
- Virginia Division for the Aging