401(k) & 403(b)

These retirement savings plans are funded by employee contributions, and in many cases, matching contributions from the employer. If your employer offers a 401(k) or 403(b) plan, you should take full advantage of it.

Features & Benefits

  • Contributions are made before taxes
  • Many employers will match a portion of the employee contributions
  • Funds can be invested in a variety of mutual funds
  • Earnings grow tax-free until withdrawn

Who's Eligible?

  • Plans and guidelines around eligibility and matching funds are established by the employer. Check with your employer to see if you're eligible.

What's The Difference Between a 401(k) and a 403(b)?

They're basically the same; however nonprofit companies, religious groups, school districts and governmental organizations use a 403(b). Laws allow these organizations to be exempt from certain administrative processes that apply to 401(k) plans.

Contribution Limits

     2013      2014
Under 50    $17,500    $17,500
Over 50    $23,000    $23,000

403(b) accounts allow for an additional contribution of $3,000 for employees who have 15 or more years of service.

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