457(b) Plans

For employees of states, counties, and local governments

Your Contributions Limits

In you may be able to contribute up to $22,500 (or 100% of your compensation, if less). Refer to your employer’s plan summary for details.

You can increase or decrease the amount you contribute to the plan as often as your employer allows.

Catch-up Contributions - (if permitted under your employer’s plan)

If you are age 50 or older, you may be eligible to contribute an additional $7,500 in .

If you are within the three years of reaching the plan’s normal retirement age, you may be eligible to contribute up to an additional $22,500 in . Refer to your employer’s plan summary for details on eligibility requirements.

Account Consolidation

If permitted under your current and prior governmental employers’ plans, you can transfer your vested account balance from a prior employer’s retirement plan to your current employer’s plan. This can make it easier for you to track your retirement savings and maintain a suitably diversified investment portfolio. Always make sure that you find out what, if any, surrender charges may apply before you initiate a transfer.

Vesting Status

You are always 100% vested in your own contributions, plus rollover contributions, and any earnings they generate.

Withdrawals and Distributions

Generally not available before age 70 ½, unless the plan permits it earlier or you terminate employment, have an unforeseeable emergency, are disabled, or die. A governmental 457(b) plan may also permit an in-service distribution for Childbirth and Adoption Expenses. Amounts distributed are taxable as ordinary income.

A governmental 457(b) plan may also permit an in-service distribution for Childbirth, Adoption Expenses and Federally Declared Disasters without a federal income tax penalty. Amounts distributed are taxable as ordinary income. * Repayment of these distributions must generally be repaid within 3 years.

Individuals generally must begin taking distributions out of their retirement account, which are:

  • Age 70 1/2, if born before July 1, 1949,
  • Age 72, if born on July 1, 1949, and before 1951,
  • Age 73, if born between 1951 and 1959, and
  • The age will further increase in future years.

Other Plan Features

Availability of employer contributions, loans, and unforeseeable emergency withdrawals varies by plan. Check your employer’s plan summary to see if these features are offered.

Learn More

About your employer’s 457(b) plan: refer to your employer’s 457(b) plan summary.

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