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457(b) plan

Plan details 

Welcome to your 457(b) retirement plan. Click below to view the features and highlights of your employer’s retirement plan.  

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 Erie County employees are immediately eligible to participate in the plan, including any elected or appointed officer and any employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement. The Plan does not allow participation by independent contractors.

Immediate participation

Generally, you can begin participating in your DCP plan on your first date of employment. Refer to the Enrollment section of this site for how to enroll.

Starting early has its advantages

Your contributions

Generally, you can contribute as much as 100% of your annual adjusted income, up to the maximum IRS contribution limit. You contribute automatically by payroll reduction.

2023 contribution limit

Your contribution limit for 2023 is $22,500.

Contributions to the retirement plan may be made on either a pretax or after-tax (Roth) basis. Roth may be a good option if you're expected to be in a higher tax bracket during retirement.

Catch-up contributions

You may be eligible to contribute additional catch-up contributions if you meet the following conditions: 

2023 catch-up contributions

> $22,500 if you have undercontributed in prior years and are within the last three taxable years before ending the year before the year you attain normal retirement age as specified under the plan, or

> $7,500 if you are age 50 or older

If you are eligible for both, you cannot combine the two catch-up amounts, but may contribute up to the higher amount. Please consult a tax professional to determine which catch-up contribution option would work best for your financial situation.

Accessing your money 

Access to your contributions

In general, the money in your account may be distributed under any of the following circumstances:

  • Separation from service 
  • Your retirement 
  • Your death
  • Purchase of service credits
  • Unforeseeable emergencies

Income taxes payable upon withdrawal. 

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.

Unforeseeable emergency withdrawals

Your plan provides for hardship withdrawals due to an unforeseeable emergency. This is defined as a severe financial hardship resulting from a sudden and unexpected illness or accident (involving the participant or a dependent), a loss of property due to casualty, or other similar extraordinary and unforeseeable circumstances due to events beyond your control. For more information regarding specific hardship withdrawal provisions, call Corebridge Retirement Services at 1.800.448.2542.

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.

RO 2767020 (03/2023)