457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan (DCP)

A 457(b) is a Deferred Compensation Plan (DCP) developed by the IRS to allow employees of educational institutions and certain tax-exempt organizations to save pre-tax dollars for retirement. A 457(b) works much like a 403(b) plan in terms of taxes and loans and can offer another way to save for retirement. Some school districts sponsor 457(b) plans in addition to offering a 403(b) plan.

With the RBFCU Freedom Retirement Plan™, you can create a plan you'll feel confident about. This plan is offered through an exclusive partnership with Nationwide® and is available to employees in school districts and certain tax-exempt organizations served by RBFCU.

What you should know about a 457(b):

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Contributions are made to your 457(b) before taxes are taken from your paycheck, reducing your taxable income. Taxes are paid on withdrawals, typically in retirement.

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Regardless of age, you may withdraw from your 457(b) when you leave your employer, or in the case of death or unforeseen emergency.

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A loan may be taken against your 457(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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Retirement FAQs

  • How much can I contribute to a 457(b) plan?
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    In 2019, you may contribute up to $19,000 to a 457(b). If you are over age 50, you may contribute an additional $6,000 annually. This limit is separate from the 403(b) limit.

  • Are there any additional contribution catch-up provisions for the 457(b) plan?
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    Depending on your district plan, you may be able to add an additional $19,000 in addition to the standard limit of $19,000. This cannot be used with the age 50+ catch-up provision. This catch-up is used during your final 3 years before retirement age (deemed as age 62 or 65, depending on your district plan). 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 with the 457(b), you may withdraw when you leave your employer, or in the case of death, disability or unforeseen emergency, regardless of your age. Whereas with the 403(b), you can receive your distributions at age 59½, upon severance of employment or become fully disabled.

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