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All employees are immediately eligible to participate in the 403(b) plan. There are no age or service requirements.
Employees who are students and regularly attending classes at the employer during the calendar year are excluded.
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You are eligible to contribute on a pretax basis, up to the maximum IRS contribution limit.
You can increase or decrease the amount you contribute to the plan as often as your employer allows. Please note that some member institutions permit contributions to their 403(b) plans on a pretax basis, on a post-tax Roth basis, or a combination of the two. Please consult with your employer for more information.
You might be eligible to contribute an additional catch-up amount if you meet the following condition.
You are immediately vested in your own contributions, rollover contributions and earnings they generate.
Accessing your money before retirement
Generally, you can withdraw your account balance if any of these events apply:
Separation from service
Immediate financial hardship
You attain age 59½ or older
You must begin taking distributions when you reach age 72 (age 70½ if born before July 1, 1949) or retire from the employer sponsoring the plan, whichever occurs later.
To the extent permitted by the applicable investment option, you may elect to receive a distribution of all or a portion of the amount held in your rollover account at any time.
Remember that income tax is due at withdrawal, and withdrawals from your 403(b) account prior to age 59½ are subject to federal restrictions and a 10% federal tax penalty.
If you have an immediate financial need created by severe hardship and you lack other reasonably available resources to meet that need, you may be eligible to receive a hardship withdrawal from your voluntary contributions. A hardship may include:
Medical expenses for you, your spouse or your dependent
Expenses directly related to the purchase of your principal residence
Tuition, fees, room and board, for post-secondary education for the next 12 months for you, your spouse, your children, or your dependents
Amounts required to prevent eviction from, or foreclosure on, your principal residence
Funeral expenses for your deceased parent, spouse, children or dependents
Repairs for uninsured or underinsured damage to your home due to theft, fire, storm or other casualty
If you feel you are facing a financial hardship, you should see your financial professional for more details including important information regarding required documentation.
The plan is intended to help you put aside money for your retirement. However, your employer has included a plan feature that enables you to access the money from the plan tax-free without permanently reducing your account.
All loans will be limited to the lesser of: one-half of your vested account balance or $50,000, across all plans of your employer.
The minimum loan amount is $1,000.
All loans must generally be repaid within five years. A longer term may be available if the loan is to be used to purchase your principal residence.
You can have two loans outstanding at a time: one general purpose loan and one mortgage loan.
You pay interest back to your account. The interest rate on your loan will be fixed with 1% above Prime Rate.
A $50.00 processing fee for all new loans and a $25.00 per year maintenance fee are charged to your account.
A participant receiving a loan from the plan must enter into an Automated Clearing House (“ACH”) debit agreement to repay the loan from the participant’s personal bank or savings account.
Unpaid loan amounts will be taxed as ordinary income and may incur a 10% federal tax penalty if the employee is under age 59½. For additional information regarding loans, please see your financial professional.