The CSU 403(b) Tax Sheltered Annuity (TSA) Program is a voluntary program that allows eligible CSU employees to save toward retirement by investing pre-tax contributions in tax-deferred investments in either annuities or mutual funds, under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 403(b). TSA contributions are made solely by the employee through payroll deductions, prior to federal and state taxes being calculated. Consequently, these pre-tax contributions result in reduced taxable income for participating employees.
In order for eligible employees to enroll, a 403(b) account must be established with Fidelity.
The Internal Revenue Code (IRC) establishes specific limits that govern the amounts an individual can contribute to a 403(b) plan. As a result of the federally mandated Economic Growth Tax and Reconciliation Relief Act (EGTRRA). Currently, two IRC limits apply: the IRC Section 402(g) "elective deferral limit" and the IRC Section 415(c) "percentage of compensation" limit.
NOTE: Please contact your tax advisor or financial planner for specific assistance in understanding the impact of federal and state taxes on your individual situation.
In order for eligible employees to take advantage of the tax savings via payroll deduction, a 403(b) account must be established with Fidelity.
Currently, two IRC limits apply: the IRC Section 402(g) "elective deferral limit" and the IRC Section 415(c) "percentage of compensation" limit. For the 2019 tax year, the contribution limit is 100% of adjusted gross income at a maximum of $19,000 per year.
Contributions to a 403(b) plan are not offset by contributions to a 457 plan. For example, for tax year 2019, a participant could elect to contribute up to $19,000 to a 403(b) plan AND up to $19,000 to a 457 plan, for a total contribution of up to $38,000.
Contributions to a 403(b) plan are offset by any contributions to a 401(k) plan in the same tax year. Employees contributing to both a 403(b) and 401(k) plan are restricted by IRS regulations to a combined total of $19,000.
Under IRC Code Section 402(g)(7), employees that have at least 15 years of service (full-time equivalent) with the CSU and have not maximized the annual contribution limits during this time, may be eligible to contribute an additional $3,000 per tax year for up to five years, for a total of $15,000 maximum contribution for this provision. To take advantage of this additional catch-up allowance, proof of 15 years of service (annual CalPERS statement) and a completed 15 Year Catch-Up Allowance Worksheet are required.
Before utilizing the 15 year catch up provision, employees must have 15 years of service with the CSU system, and complete the 15 YEAR CATCH UP WORKSHEET. The worksheet must be completed in order to determine if you qualify for the 15 year catch up provision. Employees wishing to complete the worksheet may contact their Tax Shelter Annuity provider for assistance completing the contribution amounts on the worksheet.
The age based catch-up allowance under IRC section 414(v), allows employees that are age 50 or will turn age 50 by the end of the current tax year (December 31), to contribute an additional $6,000 to a 403(b) plan or to a 401(k) plan and also contribute an additional $5,500 to a 457 plan.
If an employee qualifies for both of the catch-up provisions, additional contributions will be first applied to the 15 year catch-up allowance and then to the age based catch-up provision.
For additional information regarding this program, including maximum contribution amounts, catch-up allowances, and administration of the TSA program, please refer to the 403(b), 457, and 401(k) Comparison Chart or contact the Office of Human Resources.
IRC Section 402(g) (8) Catch-up
Employees who wish to contribute under the catch-up option must demonstrate eligibility by completing a Catch-Up Calculation Worksheet. This worksheet must be completed and submitted to the Office of Human Resources every year for which a participant wishes to contribute more than the annual 402(g) limit.
|$3,000 per year beyond the 402(g) limit, for up to 5 years or a lifetime maximum of $15,000.|
|IRC Section 414(v) Catch-up
Also referred to as the "over-age-50" catch-up. Permits employees who are at least age 50 by the end of a calendar year to make catch-up contributions on a graduated scale. An additional annual contribution, as noted in this section, is permitted even if the employee participates in another retirement savings plan, i.e., 401(k) or 457 plan(s), administered by the Department of Personnel Administration (DPA)--Saving Plus Program.
|$6,000 in 2019|
Log on to Netbenefits to enroll in the Fidelity 403(b) plan.
Several factors should be considered when choosing a tax-deferred contribution plan. Ask yourself the following questions to determine the best plan for you:
As a state employee, you have other significant advantages for funding your retirement income. The Saving Plus Program offers two supplemental retirement plans: a 401(k) Thrift Plan and a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan.
They offer a wide variety of investment options with varying levels of risk. Information regarding participation in the voluntary 457 and 401(K) plans is available through:
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Please refer to the 2019 Plan Comparison and Enrollment Guide for information regarding contribution limitations should you wish to concurrently participate in a Tax-Sheltered Annuity (TSA) plan. Part-time, seasonal, and temporary employees are not eligible to participate.