457(b) DEFERRED COMPENSATION
The Monterey County 457 Deferred Compensation Plan is a retirement savings program offered by the County of Monterey for County employees through Nationwide and is a means to save towards retirement in addition to the CalPERS pension. This voluntary plan allows participants to save for retirement pre and/or post tax. 457(b) plans are offered to employees of state and local governments, subdivisions of state governments or certain eligible key employees of tax exempt organizations. The Monterey County Deferred Compensation Plan goals and objectives are set forth in the Plan Investment Policy Statement and is used to guide the Monterey County Deferred Compensation Administrative Committee in effectively supervising, monitoring and managing the investments of the Plan.
THE MONTEREY COUNTY DEFERRED COMPENSATION ADMINSTRATIVE COMMITTEE
The committee meets on a quarterly basis on the third Wednesday of the month. Click HERE to view agendas and exhibits for upcoming and previous meetings.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE
All employees, including regular, temporary, intern, per diem, contract, and appointed positions may enroll into the 457 deferred compensation plan. The Plan Features and Highlights is available for more information.
Based on current IRS policy, employees may contribute up to $19,000 per year towards their 457 plan though payroll deductions win an increase cap of $25,000 for employees who are 50 years old and older or $38,000 for those enrolled in the 3-yr. Special Catch Up limit. The minimum contribution is $10 per year period. For more information or contribution and catch-up limits, click HERE.
TRADITIONAL 457 CONTRIBUTIONS
The Monterey County Deferred Compensation Plan accepts pre-tax contributions up to the IRS limits
ROTH 457 CONTRIBUTIONS
The Monterey County Deferred Compensation Plan accepts after-tax contributions up to the IRS limits.
How are Roth Contributions Different from Traditional 457 Contribution?
Roth contributions are made with after-tax dollars. Traditional 457 contributions are made on a before-tax basis and you pay taxes only when you take a distribution.
Do I Pay Taxes When I Take a Distributions from my Traditional 457 Account?
Your distribution is income tax-free if you are eligible for a distribution from your Plan and you withdraw your Roth contributions and my earnings after holding the account for at least five tax years and:
- You are at least age 59 1/2; or
- You become disabled; or
- You pass away (in which case, your beneficiaries will take a withdrawal)
3 YEAR SPECIAL CATCH-UP
Employees who are within 3 years of normal retirement age and who under-contributed in prior eligible years may increase their 457 contribution, ranging up to $38,000, for 3 consecutive years. Employees may only enroll into a 3 year special catch-up one time. For additional information please contact a member of the Monterey County Employee Benefits team.
A 457 loan allows employees to borrow from their account up to 50% of their balance or $50,000 whichever is less. Any amount borrowed will be paid back through payroll deductions within 5 years, including interest based on the Prime Lending Rate. All interest payments are paid back to the employee account. First time home loans have a 15 year pay back option.
There are two fees: 1) a one-time $50 loan initiation fee that is deducted from the proceeds of the loan; and 2) a quarterly $12.50 maintenance fee.
How to Apply
- Call 1 (877) 677-3678
TRANSFER AND ROLLOVERS
Participants can request to have certain retirement accounts rolled into the Monterey County Deferred Compensation Plan. Use the Incoming Assets Form to transfer funds from other eligible retirement accounts.
SEPARATION AND RETIREMENT
Upon separation from the County, you can elect to keep your monies in the Plan, you can rollover funds, or you can take funds as a distribution.
Phone: 1 (831) 200-5501
Customer Service: 1 (877) 677-3678
Employee Benefits Team