Alaska Statutes.
Title 22. Judiciary
Chapter 25. Retirement and Death Benefits
Section 41. Refund of Contributions.
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AS 22.25.041. Refund of Contributions.

(a) Except as provided in (c) of this section, a justice or judge who vacates office for any reason and who has not then accrued five years of creditable service under this chapter is entitled to receive a refund of the total amount of contributions, including principal and interest payments on indebtedness, together with interest credited on the amount. To receive credit for an earlier period of service under AS 22.25.010(f), a justice or judge who has received a refund of contributions and who returns to active service shall repay in full, before appointment to retirement, the refunded contributions with interest at the prevailing rate.

(b) A justice or judge whose contributions have been involuntarily refunded because of a levy under AS 09.38.065 or because of a federal tax levy may repay the amount levied together with accrued interest whether or not the justice or judge is on active service. Repayments shall be made under (a) of this section.

(c) A justice or judge whose rights to a refund are subject to a qualified domestic relations order is entitled to receive a refund of the total amount of contributions, together with interest credited on the amount, only if the present spouse of the justice or judge, if any, and each person entitled under the order consent to the refund in writing on a form provided by the administrator. The administrator may waive written consent from the person entitled to benefits under the order if the administrator determines that the person cannot be located or for other reasons established by regulation. The administrator may waive written consent from the spouse if the administrator determines that

(1) the justice or judge was not married to the spouse during any period of the justice's or judge's employment under this chapter;

(2) the spouse has no right to benefits under this chapter because of the terms of a qualified domestic relations order;

(3) the spouse cannot be located;

(4) the justice or judge and spouse have been married for less than two years and the justice or judge establishes that they are not cohabiting; or

(5) another reason established by regulation exists.

(d) Except as provided in this subsection and in AS 29.45.030 (a)(1), amounts held in the system on behalf of a justice or judge or other person who is or may become eligible for benefits under the system are exempt from Alaska state and municipal taxes and are not subject to anticipation, alienation, sale, transfer, assignment, pledge, encumbrance, or charge of any kind, either voluntary or involuntary, before they are received by the person entitled to the amount under the terms of the system, and any attempt to anticipate, alienate, sell, transfer, assign, pledge, encumber, charge, or otherwise dispose of any right to amounts accrued in the system is void. However,

(1) the right of a justice or judge to receive benefits or the contributions and interest may be assigned

(A) under a qualified domestic relations order; or

(B) to a trust or similar legal device that meets the requirements for a Medicaid-qualifying trust under AS 47.07.020 (f) and 42 U.S.C. 1396p(d)(4);

(2) a justice or judge may elect to have the taxable portion of the qualifying distributions transferred directly to another qualified plan or an individual retirement account that accepts the transfer.

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