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403(b) plan

Welcome to your 403(b) retirement plan. Click below to view the features and highlights of your employer’s retirement plans.

The plan highlights are only a brief overview of the plan's features and are not a legally binding document. The information in this section does not modify the terms of the plan and in the event of a conflict, the terms of the plan control.

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All Anne Arundel County Public School employees, including temporary employees and substitute teachers, are eligible to begin contributing upon date of hire.

Starting early has its advantages

Employee contributions
As much as 100% of your annual includible compensation (i.e., the amount of taxable wages and benefit received from your employer), up to the maximum IRS contribution limit. You may change the amount you contribute to the plan as often as your employer allows.

2024 contribution limit

Your contribution limit for 2024 is $23,000.

Catch-up contributions
You might be eligible to contribute additional catch-up amounts if you meet the following condition. 

2024 catch - up contributions

An additional $7,500 if you are age 50 or older.

Stop/change contributions

You may change your contribution amount or discontinue contributing at any time and resume contributing again later, subject to your AACPS plan and any administrative requirements. In the meantime, your account will continue to grow on a tax-deferred basis. Please allow one month’s notice for processing.

You are always 100% vested in your own contributions.

Accessing your money before retirement

Your plans were established to encourage long-term savings. 

A 403(b) plan generally has less stringent withdrawal restrictions while you are employed; however, a 10% federal early withdrawal tax penalty may apply to withdrawals prior to age 59½.

The following are distribution events for your 403(b) plan:

  • Attaining age 59½

  • Retirement or severance from employment*

  • Your death or total disability

  • Hardship withdrawals

In addition, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires you to take Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) withdrawals from your retirement account(s) annually beginning the year you reach the RMD eligible age. RMD eligible age is:

  • Age 73 if you were born January 1, 1951, or later (The RMD eligible age will increase to age 75 after December 31, 2032)
  • Age 72 if you were born after June 30, 1949, and before January 1, 1951 (For individuals turning age 72 in 2023, no RMD payment is required in 2023)
  • Age 70 ½ if you were born before July 1, 1949.

* Distributions where the employee retires or severs from employment at or after age 55 are not subject to the 10% federal early withdrawal tax penalty. 

Important considerations before deciding to move funds either into or out of a Corebridge Retirement Services account
There are many things to consider. For starters, you will want to carefully review and compare your existing account and the new account, including: fees and charges; guarantees and benefits; and, any limitations under either of the accounts. Also, you will want to know whether a surrender of your current account could result in charges. Your financial professional can help you review these and other important considerations. Consult a tax professional before making a decision to move funds either into or out of a Corebridge account.

Tax-free loans, available to 403(b) plan participants only, make it possible to access your account, subject to certain limitations, without permanently reducing your account balance. Defaulted loan amounts (not repaid on time) will be taxed as ordinary income and may be subject to a 10% federal early withdrawal tax penalty if you are under age 59½.

* You are only eligible to take a loan if you are an active AACPS employee.