LACERS: Cost of Living Adjustment Becomes Effective July

For Retired Members:

The LACERS Board of Administration has approved the maximum allowable Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for eligible LACERS Retired Members and Beneficiaries at 3.0 percent for Tier 1 and Tier 1 Enhanced Members and 2.0 percent for Tier 3 Members. Tier 1 and Tier 1 Enhanced Members are City employees who became LACERS Members on or before Feb. 20, 2016. Tier 3 Members are City employees who became LACERS Members on or after Feb. 21, 2016. 

The COLA is based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the Los Angeles area, which has been determined to be 3.5 percent for 2024. The maximum COLA is set by the City of Los Angeles Administrative Code at 3.0 percent for Tier 1 and Tier 1 Enhanced Members and is set at 2.0 percent for Tier 3 Members. Tier 1 Retirees who have been retired for a full year or more will receive a 3.0 percent increase. The remaining .5 percent will be banked and applied in the future when the COLA is less than 3.0 percent. According to LAAC § 4.1080.17, the Tier 3 COLA benefit is capped at 2.0 percent, and there is no banked benefit. Therefore, Tier 3 retirees will receive a COLA of 2.0 percent.

All Tier 1 and Tier 1 Enhanced Members who retired after June 30, 2023, will receive a COLA of 1/12th of the 3.0 percent for each full month of retirement completed by June 30, 2024. Similarly, all Tier 3 Members who retired after June 30, 2023, will receive a COLA of 1/12th of the 2.0 percent for each full month completed by June 30, 2024. The COLA will be included in all eligible Retired Members’ and Beneficiaries’ July 31, 2024, check or direct deposit.

2023 1099-R Forms

LACERS has mailed its 2023 1099-R tax forms to Retirees and beneficiaries. The 1099-Rs were sent to the address on file with LACERS. If you have changed your address or plan to, please complete and submit a Change of Address form, found at lacers.org/forms. If you have not received your 1099-R, you can either download a copy via your MyLACERS account or call and request a duplicate to be mailed to you. •

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