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Serving the retirees of the 46 towns, districts, and authorities of Berkshire County.  



Notes for Retirees

•    Cost-Of-Living Adjustments are voted on annually and if granted, are effective

     in the July pension check.


•     Affidavits are mailed annually with your July pension check and must be returned

      to our office, signed and notarized, by August 31. The affidavits are sent to ensure

      that the proper person is actually receiving the pension and that the retiree is still


      Failure to returned your completed affidavit will result in the interruption of

      your pension.


•    Your IRS 1099 forms will be mailed to you by January 31st each year.


•    There are limitations for those retirees who return to work in a Commonwealth of

      Massachusetts position after retirement. You cannot work more than 960 hours in

      a calendar year, and in the first year you are retired, you cannot earn more than

      the difference between your exit base salary and your pension. Thereafter you

      cannot earn more than the difference between your exit base salary and your

      pension plus $15,000.


•    Health insurance questions should be directed to your former employer. BCRB

      deducts from your pension the health insurance premium set by your former

      employer as a convenience to you and your employer. BCRB does not administer

      your health insurance plan.


•    Your BCRB pension is Federally taxable but not state taxable in Massachusetts.


•    Let us know if you change: your bank or bank account number, your address,

      your marital status (married, divorced or widowed)


Direct Deposit dates:

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January 29, 2016

February 29, 2016

March 31, 2016

April 29, 2016


September 30, 2016

October 31, 2016

November 30, 2016

December 30, 2016

May 31, 2016

June 30, 2016

July 29, 2016

August 31, 2016