If you are younger than age 65 and you leave LAPP before you have two years of LAPP membership or two years of LAPP service (including purchased prior service), you will not be eligible to collect a pension at retirement. This is what it means to say you are "not vested".
If you leave the Plan, LAPP will send you a Termination Statement with your options. You will have 90 days to make a decision and let LAPP know. If you do not, your contributions with interest will be paid to you with income taxes withheld.
If there is a chance you will be returning to a position with any LAPP employer, you may want to leave your money in the Plan.
Once you reach two years of LAPP membership or service, you will be vested and eligible to receive a pension for the rest of your life when you turn 55.
If you start working for a new employer who participates in one of those plans, you may be able to transfer your LAPP service to that new plan.
How much income tax is withheld from my payout?
If you live in Canada, the amount withheld is based on this table:
|Lump Sum Amount||
Federal Income Tax Rate
|Up to $5,000||10%|
|More than $5,000 up to $15,000||20%|
|More than $15,000||30%|
A T4A will be issued with your payment to show how much additional income you have received and how much tax you have paid. The amount of tax withheld will be based only on the value of this payment. When added to your employment income for the year, you may be required to pay additional tax when you file your income tax return the following year.
If you are living outside of Canada when you receive funds from the Plan, the amount withheld will depend on that country's income tax rates.