What is a 403(b) Plan?
A 403(b) plan is a retirement plan for specific employees of public schools, tax-exempt organizations and certain ministers. These plans can invest in either annuities or mutual funds. A 403(b) plan is also another name for a tax-sheltered annuity plan, and the features of a 403(b) plan are comparable to those found in a 401(k) plan.
Benefits of a 403(b) Retirement Plan
Earnings and returns on amounts in a 403(b) plan are tax-deferred until withdrawn. For example, if “Tim” was earning $4,000 per month and contributing $700 to his 403(b) plan, his taxable income for the month is $3,300. Employees age 50 or over can make catch-up contributions, which increases the opportunity to defer taxation. The Internal Revenue Service sets the annual limits.
Some of the approved vendors offer a ROTH option. A Roth 403(b) is funded with after-tax contributions from the participant. The participant does not get a tax deduction in the year that contributions are made. However, earnings and returns on amounts in a Roth 403(b) are tax-deferred if the withdrawals are qualified distributions.
403 (b) and 457 Plan Vendors
Information and forms are available at the links below. All forms need to be submitted to the Midland Public School's Business office.
Midland Public Schools utilizes a third party administrator to manage its plans, TSA Consulting Group. Contact information is as follows:
TSA Consulting Group - Provider list and Forms
Choosing your Plan and Your Vendor
Plan Participation Guide