Making Administration Easy

All you need to know about enrolling employees, reporting and submitting payroll, correcting errors, and more.

Enrolling employees

Easy Online Enrollment

Enroll your employees online to start them on their journey toward a more confident retirement. We’ll send each new member welcome information, including an explanation of how their benefit works along with an invitation to register online and explore our Members Section

Determining Compensation

An Easy Calculation

You calculate an employee’s retirement account deposit based on their gross monthly pay, before federal income taxes and other deductions. Do not deduct an employee’s voluntary pay reductions to 457, 401(k) or other deferred compensation plans from his or her gross monthly salary before determining compensation for TCDRS.

This amount should include:
  • Wages
  • Sick pay
  • Vacation pay
  • Travel allowance*
  • Car allowance*
  • Uniform allowance*
  • Value of non-monetary compensation (such as housing)

  • Retroactive pay based on an adjustment or judgment
  • Annual or periodic salary supplement from federal, state or local sources (such as state supplement to county judges)
  • Any additional taxable income

*Only include these allowances as part of an employee’s compensation if the allowance amount is included as income on the employee's W-2.

An employee’s compensation should not include:
  • Worker’s compensation payment
  • Damages awarded along with retroactive pay

Calculating the Deposit

To calculate each employee’s TCDRS deposit: Multiply the employee’s compensation by your organization’s employee deposit rate. You can find your employee deposit rate in your Plan Information located in the Employer Portal.

IRS Limits on Employee Deposits

Because TCDRS is a qualified defined benefit plan, the IRS places a limit on the amount of compensation you use to calculate an employee's deposit. The limit for 2024 is $345,000. This limit may change every year and only affects highly compensated employees. 


Calculation Example

Monthly compensation = $1,750
Deposit rate = 7% (0.07)
$1,750 x .07 = $122.50

Combine all the deposits from your payroll from the month and report that total to TCDRS.

Additional Reporting Help

Employer Rate Calculation

Your system may use individual salaries to automatically calculate the employer matching and Group Term Life contribution rates. However, if you need to calculate your employer contribution rate manually, you can use the formulas to the left.

To Calculate Employer Matching:

Employee Deposit ÷ Employee Deposit Rate
x Employer Contribution Rate

To Calculate Group Term
Life Premiums:

Employee Deposit ÷ Employee Deposit Rate
x Group Term Life Contribution Rate

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Correcting Errors

Staying on Track

An uncorrected reporting error could cost your organization additional money. For example:

  • If you overstate or understate an enrolled employee’s deposits
  • If an employee was not enrolled in TCDRS, but should have been

To correct an error, an adjustment to your prior payroll report must be submitted to TCDRS online through the Employer Portal.

Adjustment Instructions


Employment Changes

An Employee’s
Last Day

Letting us know an employee’s last day of employment saves you time, reduces paperwork and will help ensure that there are no delays when a former employee requests a withdrawal or wants to retire.

  • You can enter an exit date for your employees as soon as you get notice that they are leaving or retiring.
  • You can enter exit dates for employees individually or you can upload a file in the Employer Portal that contains exit dates for many employees. See a sample.
  • Uploaded files must be in a CSV format. Get Instructions.

Review reports for your employer, including last day of employment, pending retirement and withdrawal reports, on the Employer Portal.

If you have any questions about how to enter exit dates, please call TCDRS Employer Services at 800-651-3848


Rehiring Employees & Retirees

In order to avoid jeopardizing your plan’s qualified, tax-deferred status, we strongly encourage you to carefully evaluate your human resource policies concerning rehiring retirees and former employees.

Learn More

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Employer Handbook

Take a deep dive into TCDRS plan administration by downloading our Employer Handbook. Free printed copies are also available by contacting your Employer Services Representative.

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How Can  We Help?

Call us at 800-651-3848 or send us a message.