Question Regarding Supplemental Benefit Payment
Hello, I found these boards this spring and received some good information when I first posted (in March). I am now trying to follow through on all the things I need to do.
So I discovered recently that I can receive a supplemental benefit through the teacher retirement system. Basically, it accounts for the extra compensation you might receive that goes beyond your base salary. For me, I work extra days and I have also worked during the summer.
There are four options a person can choose.
One is a benefit that lasts as long as you live (there is no survivor benefit for any of the options) The other three are a defined amount for a period of time-either 3, 5 or 10 years.
Currently for me, this could be about $250 for my life, $1100 a month for 3 years, $700 a month for 5 years or $425 a month for 10 years. The first one is called a "member only annuity". The other three are "period certain annuities", which I assume means there can be a survivor payment. (I can't really find the info which specifies this)
Is there a reason to do one over the others? It seems to me that the best option might be the 10 year payment, assuming it can also go to a beneficiary. Any comments?