Government retirement plans
Retirement planning is different if your career has been as a government employee. All mainstream advice about 401(k) plans and Social Security benefits doesn’t apply to you. Find out if your government retirement planning is working for you. Schedule a no-obligation consultation with a CFS* Financial Advisor at Denali today.
Government retirement plans
Teacher Retirement System – TRS
Teacher Retirement System plans are operated by each state’s government, but they all share certain characteristics and benefits. These systems are designed to help public school teachers save for retirement, and they function much like other qualified retirement plans. Members of a teacher retirement system are eligible to dedicate a percentage of their salaries toward a 403(b) plan or, in some cases, a 401(a) plan.
Public Employees’ Retirement System – PERS
The purpose of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) is to attract qualified public employees by offering a variety of benefits to members and their survivors. These benefits, when combined with other income, are designed to provide members with the basis for financial security during their retirement years.
Supplemental Annuity Plans – SBS
The Alaska Supplemental Annuity Plans (SBS-AP) is a defined contribution plan governed by Section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. A portion of your wages and a matching employer contribution are made pre-tax to this plan instead of contributions to Social Security. These contributions, plus any change in value (interest, gains and losses) are payable to you or your beneficiary at a future date.
Thrift Savings Plan – TSP
The TSP is a defined contribution plan, meaning that you decide how much to put in and how to invest the money. Employee contributions to a TSP can be pretax or post-tax. If you contribute pretax dollars you don’t pay any taxes until you start withdrawing money from your TSP. If you contribute post-tax dollars, you don’t have to pay taxes when you withdraw the money in retirement. Either way, your contributions grow tax-deferred. FERS employees receive employer contributions. If you’re covered by the FERS, your employer will automatically kick in an additional 1 percent of your salary, and if you make employee contributions, you are also eligible to receive a matching contribution from your employer.
A 457 plan is a nonqualified, deferred compensation plan established by state and local governments and tax-exempt governments and tax-exempt employers. Like other deferred compensation plans, the purpose of a 457(b) plan is to encourage employees to set aside funds for their retirement. Like other nonqualified plans, this offers similar tax benefits for employees. These tax benefits generally include pretax salary-reduction contributions and tax-deferred growth of investment earnings.
Federal Employees Retirement System – FERS
The Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) is the retirement plan for all U.S. civilian employees. The plan covers all employees in the executive, judicial and legislative branches of the federal government. FERS, however, does not cover military personnel or employees of state or local governments. Employees under FERS receive retirement benefits from three sources: the Basic Benefit Plan, Social Security and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).
For more information, questions about government retirement planning or questions about how retirement planning fits into an investment strategy please contact one of our CFS Financial Advisors at Denali today.
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