Texas Vernon’s Civil Statutes
Sec. § 6.055
Reduction in Disability or Compensation Benefits for Certain Persons


(a)

In this section, "earned income" means income earned by a Group B pensioner in the form of wages, salaries, commissions, fees, tips, unemployment benefits, and other amounts received by virtue of employment or self-employment but paid before any deduction for taxes or insurance. In addition, earned income also includes those amounts contributed on a before-tax basis to any retirement plan or employee health and welfare benefit plan.

(b)

The board shall require any Group B pensioner who became a member of Plan B or the combined pension plan on or after May 1, 1990, and who is receiving a Group B disability pension under Section 6.04 of this article or a periodic disability compensation under Section 6.05 of this article to provide the board annually, on or before July 1 of each year, with a true and complete copy of those portions of the persons federal and, if applicable, state tax return, including appropriate schedules, for the previous calendar year that indicate the persons occupations, if any, and earned income for the previous calendar year. If the pensioner did not file a tax return for the previous calendar year, the board may require other documentation reflecting the pensioners occupation or earned income that the board determines appropriate.

(c)

The pension system may waive the July 1 date under Subsection (b) of this section in lieu of one later in the same calendar year if the Group B pensioner provides the board with a true and complete copy of a grant of an extension of time for the filing of the persons tax return from the appropriate governmental agency or a true and complete copy of an extension request that results in any automatic extension.

(d)

If, after evaluating the information received under Subsection (b) of this section, the board finds the Group B pensioner is or has been receiving earned income from one or more employments, including self-employment, during the preceding year, the board shall reduce future disability retirement payments to the Group B pensioner in accordance with the following formula: $1 for each $1 that the sum of "a" + "b" is greater than "c," where "a" is the earned income of the Group B pensioner attributable to the previous calendar year from the persons employments, "b" is the total amount of Group B disability retirement payments received by the Group B pensioner the previous calendar year, and "c" is the annualized amount of the average computation pay the Group B pensioner received as of the date the person left active service.

(e)

For purposes of the computation under Subsection (d) of this section, the average computation pay shall be deemed increased at a rate of 2.75 percent, without compounding during the year, as of each January 1 that the Group B pensioner receives a Group B disability retirement payment.
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