Defined Contribution Plan

The Episcopal Church Lay Employees' Defined Contribution Retirement Plan (DC) consists of two different plans - a 401(a) plan and a 403(b) plan.Both are administered by Fidelity Investments.

How Does the Plan Work?

  • Your employer must adopt the plan by:
  • Your employer typically contributes a base contribution equal to at least 5% of your compensation.2
  • You may contribute up to the limits set by the IRS.
  • Your employer may match your contribution. This matching contribution, when added to the employer base contribution, typically should be equal to at least 9%.2
  • Your pre-tax contribution reduces your current income for federal income tax purposes.
  • You are not required to contribute. However, you will lose out on the employer match if you choose not to contribute.2
  • You elect the amount you wish to defer to the plan.
  • You choose the investment options for your account.

Impact on Retirement Benefits

  • Your pre-tax contribution to the Defined Contribution Plan allows you to save more money for retirement.
  • When you retire, your pension benefit is based on the value of your account.
  • All growth in the account accrues to you.

Investing

  • You have several Investment Options.
  • Account growth is based on investment performance and may vary.

2021 IRS Contribution Limits

Under 50 years old  2021 2020
Combined total that you + your employer contribute* $58,000 $57,000
Maximum amount you may contribute $19,500 $19,500
 Age 50 years and older** 2021 2020
Combined total that you + your employer contribute* $64,500 $63,500
Maximum amount you may contribute $26,000 $26,000

*The combined total that you and your employer contribute may not exceed 100% of your compensation

**Includes catch up amount for those 50 years and older of $6,500

 

 

1 Your employer may have adopted only one or both plans.
Ask your employer what percentage its base contribution is, and its match, if any.

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