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403(b) Universal Availability Notice 2017

Required Notice, Information Only

The University of Illinois (the "University") sponsors the University of Illinois Supplemental 403(b) Retirement Plan (the "Plan"). Eligible employees of the University can voluntarily elect to defer a portion of their compensation to the Plan to supplement their retirement savings.

The Plan is a supplement to the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) pension. Participation in the Plan does not reduce any University benefits based on full salary, such as SURS, life insurance, disability, or survivor benefits.

Eligibility

Generally, all common law employees of the University who receive compensation reportable on a Form W-2 are eligible to participate in the Plan, so long as the employee elects to contribute at least $200 each year. The only employees not eligible to participate in the Plan are non-resident aliens with no U.S. source income.

Contributions

An employee can elect to defer a portion of his or her compensation to the Plan on a pre-tax and/or post-tax (Roth) basis.

Pre-tax Contributions - Both Federal and State income taxes are deferred on the contributions and any earnings thereon until distributed from the Plan. Distributions are taxed as ordinary income for Federal tax purposes. However, distributions are not taxed by the State of Illinois if distributions are made (i) in accordance with Plan provisions, (ii) on or after the participant has attained full retirement age, and (iii) while the participant is a legal resident of the State of Illinois.

Post-tax (Roth) Contributions - Federal and State income taxes are withheld from Roth contributions at the time that they are contributed to the Plan. However, contributions and any earnings thereon are not subject to Federal and State income taxes upon distribution if a five year period has passed since Roth contributions were first made to the Plan and the distribution is a "qualified distribution". A qualified distribution is a distribution (i) made on or after the date on which the participant attains age 59 1/2, (ii) made to a beneficiary on or after the death of the participant, or (iii) attributable to the participant's being disabled.

Employee contributions to the Plan can be allocated among the investment options offered by any approved vendor under the Plan. Employees are 100% vested in their accounts under the Plan at all times.

Contribution Limits

Annual contributions to the Plan are limited per IRS regulations. The 2017 calendar year contribution limits are:

Year Basic Elective Contribution Limit Age 50+ Catch-up Contribution 15 Years of Service Catch-up Contribution
2017 $18,000 $6,000 $3,000*

* Employees who may be eligible for the 15 years of service catch-up will receive an email in March. The 15 years of service catch-up contribution applies before the age 50+ catch-up, and is based on a formula that takes into account all past contributions to the Plan and the employee's total years of full-time service to the University. The maximum 15 years of service catch-up available is $3,000 per year up to a $15,000 lifetime benefit, but an employee's actual catch-up may be lower than this maximum. Questions about your contribution limit should be directed to University Payroll and Benefits (UPB).

To Enroll

Eligible employees may begin participating in the Plan at any time. To enroll in the Plan, an employee must complete both (i) an approved vendor's application to open an account and (ii) a Salary Reduction and/or Redirection Agreement (SRA) to elect the contribution amount. Employees can access the 403(b) Plan Enrollment Guide for further information. The SRA can be completed online. Contributions may be designated as a percent of salary or as a flat dollar amount. The SRA will apply only to amounts earned after enrolling in the Plan, and an employee's election under the SRA will continue until the SRA is modified or revoked by the employee.

To Modify a Deferral Election

Employees may increase, decrease or stop their contributions to the Plan at any time. Employees may also change the approved vendor to which their contributions are made at any time. Access the SRA to make these changes.

Approved Vendors

The current approved vendors under the Plan are Fidelity Investments and TIAA. Employees should contact each vendor for information about the Plan investment options and services it offers.

Fidelity Investments - Fidelity offers a wide range of mutual funds as Plan investment options. Go online to open a plan account with Fidelity.

TIAA - TIAA offers a wide range of fixed and variable annuities and mutual funds as Plan investment options. Go online to open a plan account with TIAA.

More Information

Contact UPB or one of the approved vendors directly with questions or for help enrolling in the Plan. A paper copy of this notice is also available at UPB.

University Payroll and Benefits
Email: benefits@uillinois.edu
Urbana: 217-265-6363
Chicago: 312-996-7200
Springfield: 217-206-7144

Approved Vendors
Fidelity Investments: 800-343-0860
TIAA: 800-842-2776

This notice is provided as a source of information and does not constitute legal, tax, or other professional advice. If legal advice, tax advice, or other professional assistance is required, the services of a professional advisor should be sought. Every effort has been made to make this notice as thorough and accurate as possible. However, there are other legal documents, laws, and regulations that govern the operation of the Plan. It is understood that in the event of any conflict, the terms of the Plan document, applicable laws, and regulations will govern.

 


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