A 457 Deferred Compensation Plan is a supplemental retirement savings program that allows you to make contributions on a pre-tax basis. Federal, and in most cases, state income taxes are deferred until your assets are withdrawn, usually during retirement when you may be in a lower tax bracket.
What are the benefits of participating in a 457 plan?
- You reduce your current income taxes while investing for retirement.
- Your earnings accumulate tax-deferred.
- You can dollar cost average through convenient payroll deductions. *
- You may be allowed to make additional "catch-up" contributions if you are 50 (or older) or within three years of your normal retirement age and already contributing the maximum to your plan.
- If you change jobs, you have the flexibility to move your account into your new Employer's retirement plan.
- If you retire or leave service early, there are generally no penalties for withdrawals.
- Supplemental investments are helpful in states and communities where no contribution is made to Social Security.
The ICMA-RC 457 Plan Advantage
- You can increase, decrease, stop and restart contributions as often as you wish without fees or penalties (subject to your Employer's approval).
- You may choose from a wide range of investment options selected by your employer for the plan.
- There are no minimum investment requirements.
- Your designated beneficiaries are entitled to receive all remaining funds in your account in the event of your death.
- You have the most flexible withdrawal payment options available under law.
- You control your account even while you are withdrawing assets.
Please contact your employer for information about enrolling in your 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. To access the standard ICMA-RC 457 plan forms visit our Forms Center.
Keep in Mind:
- There are strict Internal Revenue Code limits on the amount you may contribute each year.
- There are two "Catch-Up" provisions that allow you to contribute over-and- above the normal annual contribution amount.
- If you retire or leave service early, there are no penalties for withdrawals. However, you will be subject to taxes on the amount that you withdraw.
- You are required under IRS rules to begin withdrawing from the plan in the year you reach age 70½ or, if still working for the employer, in the year you retire, whichever occurs later.