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Chapter Seventeen: Important Reminders

It is important that you contact us when your mailing address changes and that you periodically review your beneficiary designation.

Mailing address

You should keep a current home address on file with us so that we can mail correspondence and other information to the correct location. If your address changes, please call us at 877-927-5877 (877-9-ASK-TRS) or change it online in the secure Member Account Access area of our website.

Beneficiary Designation

The Beneficiary Designation  form allows you to designate beneficiaries to whom death benefits will be distributed. You initially completed this form when you became a TRS member. For information about the types of beneficiaries you may designate and the benefits they may receive, see Chapter 14: “Death Benefits.”

Periodically review your beneficiary designation and be sure to change it whenever necessary. Some events that may require a beneficiary update include: marriage, divorce, births, deaths or dependents reaching adulthood.

If you are an active member, your TRS Benefits Report contains your designated beneficiaries. You may view this in the secure member area online. To update your beneficiary designation, download your personalized form by visiting the secure member area of our website. Part of the form will be prefilled with information on file for you. If you cannot access your online account, email members@trsil.org and provide your full name, last 4 digits of your Social Security number and mailing address and we will mail the form to your address.

To quickly and efficiently send the completed form back to TRS, use the Document Upload feature within the secure area. You may also fax it to 217-753-0964 or mail it to the Springfield office. 

You can also verify your beneficiary designation by calling us at 877-927-5877 (877-9-ASK-TRS). Due to confidentiality rules, we can provide this information only to members.

Taxability of TRS Benefits

TRS disbursements are not subject to Illinois individual income taxes. However, they are subject to federal taxes (with the exception of occupational disability benefits).