The Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is well-named. (Technically, the 'A' actually stands for "arrangement", not account, but everyone just says account.) It describes really well what the account is for (although the details around it can still be confusing), and people quickly grasp the concept. The same can't be said, unfortunately, about employer-sponsored retirement plans. … Continue reading 401ks and 403bs and 457bs, Oh My!
Here are three simple, easy, and no-cost (or at least very, very low cost) things I think every Colorado school district should do as soon as possible that will instantly improve the lives of their employees as well as make them even better teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, bus drivers, or whatever job function they perform. Go … Continue reading Three Things Colorado School Districts Should Do ASAP
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
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)