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Update on Resolutions Passed by Board on April 17, 2023

On April 17, 2023, the VCERA Board of Retirement adopted two Resolutions regarding the Alameda Decision, each affecting different groups of VCERA members.

Some members are not affected at all. For example, those who retired from VCERA prior to January 1, 2013, will not see any change in their retirement benefits as a result of the Alameda Decision.  


March 27, 2023 Board Meeting Recap Re: Alameda Flex Credit Resolution

At the March 27, 2023, Board of Retirement meeting, the Board reviewed the pending proposed Resolution Regarding Correction of Pensionability of Benefits under County of Ventura’s Flexible Benefits Program (“Flex Credit Resolution”) in advance of its formal consideration on April 17, 2023. (Links to the materials reviewed by the Board are available below.) The Resolution is to bring VCERA into compliance with the Alameda Decision (“Alameda”), which was issued by the California Supreme Court on July 30, 2020, regarding the pensionability of in-kind benefits that cannot be received in cash.


March 27, 2023 Upcoming Board Meeting: Alameda Flex Credit Resolution

At the upcoming March 27, 2023, VCERA Board of Retirement meeting, at 10:00 a.m. Time Certain, the Board will be reviewing a proposed Resolution to implement the exclusion of in-kind benefits per the California Supreme Court’s July 30, 2020, ruling in ALAMEDA COUNTY DEPUTY SHERIFF’S ASSN.


Disclaimer for VCDSA Pension Calculator

It has come to VCERA’s attention that the Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association (VCDSA) recently released a pension calculator application to its members. VCERA disclaims the accuracy of this pension calculator, as none of the calculations generated by this pension calculator have been tested, reviewed or verified by VCERA. An estimate produced by the VCDSA or any other pension calculator does not create any right to receive benefits under VCERA.


Form 1099-Rs Mailed January 31

Form 1099-Rs reporting the 2022 retirement earnings of retirees and other VCERA payees will be mailed by January 31, 2022. The 1099-Rs are available in Member Portal accounts. Members are encouraged to consult a qualified tax preparer with questions about their 2022 taxable income.

For information regarding income tax, please click here.


2023 Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)

The 2023 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for eligible retirees, beneficiaries and other payees with a retirement date of April 1, 2023 or earlier will be reflected in retirement benefit payments on April 28, 2023:


New Federal Tax Withholding Form W-4P Form Starting January 1, 2023

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) revised the federal tax withholding form W-4P in 2022. VCERA had a temporary grace period but will begin using the revised 2023 version of Form W-4P on January 1, 2023.

If you plan to change your tax withholding at the end of 2022 or beginning of 2023, you will need to use the right form as described below:


Member Portal Multifactor Authentication

To provide additional levels of security, VCERA has implemented Multifactor Authentication (MFA) on our Member Portal.  MFA will assist with prevention of cybersecurity incidents, protect your personal information, and further secure your data against identity theft.  MFA requires you to provide two forms of authentication (Member Portal password and one-time PIN code), before access to the Member Portal is granted. 


Excluded PEPRA pay codes

On April 19, 2021, the Board of Retirement approved to ratify staff determination on pay codes impacted by the October 12, 2020, Resolution regarding Alameda implementation for compensation earnable and pensionable compensation.

The attached list of pay codes reflects those used for the pay items that are not pensionable under the Resolution’s criteria.


Alameda Decision Implementation Update from Retirement Administrator, Linda Webb

Dear County Employees & VCERA Members,

On October 12, 2020, the VCERA Board of Retirement will be considering a matter of general interest and importance to VCERA members regarding the impact of the California Supreme Court Alameda decision on VCERA. You may have received an email containing two letters from the County on this topic.