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Why do I contribute to HCRRS?

Massachusetts public employees do not pay (FICA tax) into the Social Security Administration. Instead of Social Security you contribute to the Massachusetts Public Employee Retirement System, which is a "defined benefit plan" authorized by M.G.L. Chapter 32. Massachusetts established its government pension plan beginning in 1911, long before the establishment of the Social Security Administration in 1935. Originally, Social Security excluded government employees, but over the years many state pension plans changed to become supplemental plans to Social Security. However, Massachusetts remains a non-Social Security state, with a government pension plan designed to replace Social Security.


Hampden County Regional Board of Retirement
67 Hunt Street, #116, Agawam, Ma 01001
Tel. (413) 737-1344 • Fax (413) 732-7999