The Teachers' Retirement System of Illinois (TRS) is rolling out a new 457b plan in January of 2022 called the Supplemental Savings Plan (SSP). This does not change anything with the TRS pension, but is simply an optional additional tax-advantaged savings vehicle. This post will look at the pros - and cons - of this … Continue reading Illinois TRS SSP: A Good (but not great) 457 Plan
Each year at about this time the IRS announces various changes to the upcoming tax year, which are based on formulas that typically revolve around inflation. To be clear, these are not changes to tax policy, Congress passes those, and there are certainly many of them in the Build Back Better Act that may end … Continue reading Some 2022 Tax Changes
I was asked to give a presentation to the high school I used to work at regarding some things to be thinking about as you near retirement with a benefit from Colorado PERA. It was a virtual presentation, and given during their lunch time, so it was rather hurried but I hope it was useful … Continue reading Colorado PERA Retirement Considerations Presentation
On December 3, 2021, the recordkeeper for PERA's 401k, 457 and DC plans will change from Voya to Empower. This is a result of a request for proposals and PERA staff and the Board looking at the submissions. Your investing choices will remain the same, you'll simply login to Empower's website which should hopefully provide … Continue reading PERAPlus 401k/457/DC: New Recordkeeper, Same Fees (almost)
Most Colorado educators are generally aware of the formula that calculates their PERA pension benefit: Years of Service Credit x 2.5% x Highest Average Salary (HAS) They also are generally aware of which HAS Table they use so they know when they qualify for a "full" retirement (non-green-shaded areas of your HAS Table). If you … Continue reading Colorado PERA Retirement Options 1, 2 and 3
I was recently interviewed on the Teach and Retire Rich Podcast (also available here). It’s…not horrible (although I do sound like I’m yelling). My books that are mentioned (and resources) If you want to help co-author another state.