- Don't be fooled! Scammers could try to contact you by text, phone or email and pretend to be from TRS in hopes of collecting your bank account number, username, or password. TRS will never contact you for this information!
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO? Delete the message without responding and call our office directly. Our main numbers are (406) 444-3134 or (866) 600-4045.
- Benefit Recipients: 1099-R tax forms for 2022 were mailed in late January. Users of My TRS may access their 1099-R online starting February 15.
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TRS Funding Primer
Are you concerned about the financial stability of TRS? Have you ever wondered how TRS is funded? We've created a handout just for you! Click here to read or print a copy (pdf).
Public pensions contribute to the state and local economy
It is estimated that each dollar paid out by Montana's public pensions supports $1.21 in total economic activity. (Source: National Institute on Retirement Security, Montana Fact Sheet).
In fiscal year 2022, TRS paid out over $400 million in benefits, with the bulk of that amount – over $347 million – paid to 14,212 recipients living right here in Montana.
School Boards page
Are you a Montana public school board member? TRS has created an informational webpage just for you.
The TRS Mission
Our mission is to promote long-term financial security for our members while proactively maintaining the stability of the system.
The most common sources of income for retirees in the U.S. are Social Security and personal savings (including investments). TRS members have the added security of a defined benefit pension plan in which the monthly benefit amount is based on both their years of service and their average final compensation. Defined benefits are guaranteed for the member's lifetime.
All TRS members contribute a percentage of their earned income as a share of the funding for their retirement, disability, and death benefits. TRS employers also contribute a share based on their employees' total earned income. The employer contributions go into a statewide pool and those pooled funds are invested by the Montana Board of Investments to provide long-term funding for TRS benefits.
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