403(b) Tax-Sheltered Plan

A 403(b) is a Tax-Sheltered Plan that allows employees of educational institutions and certain tax-exempt organizations to save pre-tax dollars for retirement. A 403(b) works much like a traditional 401(k) and can offer another way to save for retirement.

The RBFCU Retirement Program is available to employees in school districts and certain tax-exempt organizations within the state of Texas. With our financial advisors, you can create a plan you'll feel confident about.

What you should know about a 403(b):

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Contributions are made to your 403(b) before taxes are taken from your paycheck, reducing your taxable income. Taxes are paid on withdrawals, typically in retirement.

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You may make a withdrawal from your 403(b) at age 59½, upon severance from employment, or in the case of hardship, disability or death. These distributions are taxable at current tax rates as ordinary income. Penalties may apply to withdrawals taken before allowable age.

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If plan allows, a loan may be taken against your 403(b) funds regardless of your employment status. Repayment terms and interest rates are determined by your investment provider. Certain rules may apply.

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  • What will my income be after I retire?
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  • What will my expenses be after I retire?
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  • What is the difference between a 403(b) plan and a Roth 403(b) plan?
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    With a 403(b), contributions are made pre-tax. Taxes are then paid on withdrawals, typically in retirement when you will likely be in a lower tax bracket. With a Roth 403(b), your contributions are made after taxes have been paid, and then withdrawals taken within the limits of your plan are tax free.

  • How much can I contribute to a 403(b) plan?
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    In 2023, you may contribute up to $22,500 to a 403(b) and/or Roth 403(b). If you are over age 50, you may contribute an additional $7,500 annually in 2023. This limit is combined for both plans.

  • Can I transfer my 403(b) plan at any time?
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    Yes. If you are still employed, you may transfer your 403(b) between eligible 403(b) providers. If you are no longer employed or otherwise meet a qualifying event, you become eligible to roll funds over to an IRA or other eligible retirement plan.

  • Are there any additional contribution catch-up provisions for the 403(b) plan?
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    Depending on your district plan, the 403(b) may have a 15 year service catch-up which may add up to $3,000 annually for 5 years. You must qualify every year through your district’s administrator.

  • What is the difference between a 457(b) plan and a 403(b) plan?
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    Both types of plans are tax deferred, but the 457(b) lets you start withdrawing money from your account as soon as you stop working for the sponsoring employer, no matter your age or in the case of death, disability or unforeseen emergency, regardless of your age if certain requirements are met. Meanwhile, 403(b) plans allow standard, penalty-free withdrawals at age 59½, as well as limited early withdrawal exceptions.

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