Before completing any certification, employers must be aware of the restrictions against withdrawal. Members cannot withdraw their STRS Ohio account if they are:
If you are aware of any violation of these restrictions, enter the current date for the Last Day of Service and Last Day on Payroll fields. Enter a zero in the Employee Contributions and Service Credit fields, and put a note in the comments section that the individual is continuing employment. If members have additional questions, they should call the STRS Ohio Member Services Center at 888‑227‑7877.
Since contributions are posted to member accounts only once a year when the annual report is processed, it is necessary for the district to verify contributions and service credit up until the last day of service. Therefore, STRS Ohio needs current year contribution information before distributing the member’s account. It is important that these figures be accurate. The refund and interest amounts are based on these reported contributions and service credit. Overpayments due to an employer certification error will be billed to the employer.
Yes, STRS Ohio will only ask you for the fiscal year(s) information that is needed to process the withdrawal application.
STRS Ohio requires that each withdrawal certification list contributions only, not earnings. It is important that contributions listed on the employer certification balance to the annual report contributions for each year. If a member has accrued contributions, remember to include them in the year they were earned, not when they were paid.