Serving the retirees of the 46 towns, districts, and authorities of Berkshire County.  


Notes for Retirees

  • Cost-Of-Living Adjustments are voted on annually and if granted, are effective in the July pension check.


  • Affidavits are mailed annually with your July pension check and must be returned to our office, signed and notarized, by August 31. The affidavits are sent to ensure that the proper person is actually receiving the pension and that the retiree is still living.  
    Failure to returned your completed affidavit will result in the interruption of your pension.


  • Your IRS 1099 forms will be mailed to you by January 31st each year.


  • There are limitations for those retirees who return to work in a Commonwealth of Massachusetts position after retirement. You cannot work more than 960 hours in a calendar year, and in the first year you are retired, you cannot earn more than the difference between your exit base salary and your pension. Thereafter you cannot earn more than the difference between your exit base salary and your pension plus $15,000.


  • Health insurance questions should be directed to your former employer. BCRB deducts from your pension the health insurance premium set by your former employer as a convenience to you and your employer. BCRB does not administer your health insurance plan.


  • Your BCRB pension is Federally taxable but not state taxable in Massachusetts.


  • Let us know if you change: your bank or bank account number, your address, your marital status (married, divorced or widowed)

Frequently Asked Questions

Direct Deposit dates:

January 31, 2020

February 28, 2020

March 31, 2020

April 30, 2020

May 29, 2020

June 30, 2020

July 31, 2020

August 31, 2020

September 30, 2020

October 30, 2020

November 30, 2020

December 31, 2020

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Phone: 413-499-1981      

Fax:      413-445-7990                                    


29 Dunham Mall

Pittsfield, MA 01201-6207

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