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Question: My client has been told she can purchase service credits toward her Illinois state employees’ pension plan. Can she use money in her IRA to do that on a pre-tax basis?
Answer: Yes, if she follows the procedures outlined by the state pension plan administrator.
Here’s a piece describing the Illinois benefit program. See page 12, which indicates that IRA money can be used to transfer into TRS to pay for the optional service credits.
The client should contact the pension plan administrator and ask for specific instructions on how to do it. Her best course of action would be a direct transfer of money from the IRA to the TRS, making it simple for the client to explain to the IRS if there’s ever a question regarding what the IRA money was used for.
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