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Refund of Contributions

​Have you left your job and need to know your options for your account balance?  

It typically takes at least seven weeks from your date of termination to process and issue a refund payment.  Payment of your refund can be made directly to you or the funds can be rolled into another qualified retirement plan.  If you elect to receive a direct payment, KRS is required to withhold 20% for federal income taxes.  The amount withheld is not a penalty tax and will apply towards your federal tax liability for the year in which the refund was issued.  Additional taxes due to age or other factors may also apply if you choose to receive a direct payment.

Your Refund Options

Option 1:  Keep your money at KRS

Your account will continue to earn interest on the accumulated account balance and you can retire when you become eligible based on a combination of age and service credit.

If you change jobs and your new employer is a  participating agency with KRS, you will contribute to your existing account and continue to accrue service credit.

Option 2: Withdraw your account

Members who are no longer employed by an agency participating with KRS are eligible for a refund of member contributions plus any accumulated interest if they have terminated employment.  Members do not receive a refund of any employer contributions. 

Refunds from your KRS account may be paid directly to you or can be rolled over to another qualified retirement plan.  If you elect to receive a direct payment, KRS is generally required to withhold 20% for federal income taxes.  The amount withheld is not a penalty tax and will apply toward your federal tax liability for the year in which the refund is issued.   Additional taxes due to age or other factors may apply if you choose to receive a direct payment of your refund. 

If you go to work for a participating agency at a later date, you may be eligible to purchase your refunded service.  The purchase will not reestablish your original participation date which determines the benefit tier you are in: you only receive credit for the months of service you purchase.

By taking a refund, members forfeit eligibility for future benefits including health insurance and the $5,000 death benefit.

Option 3: Retire if your eligible

Retirement eligibility is dependent upon your age and years of service.

Contact Us

If you are interested in taking a refund should contact KRS for more information, or to obtain a Form 4525,  Application for Refund of Member Contributions. 

You may also call us at 502-696-8800 or Toll-Free at 800-928-4646, or complete the request below to obtain a form via mail.

Please do not include any sensitive information, such as your SSN, in any email correspondence. If your request requires that you give us confidential information, call our office at 502-696-8800 or 800-928-4646.

Request Refund Paperwork 


Example: 555-555-5555

Example: example@kentucky.gov



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