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Participation Eligibility & Contribution Limits (Advanced Energy)




North Carolina Advanced Energy Corporation Retirement Plan

UNIVERSAL AVAILABILITY NOTICE FOR 2018


Date: _____________________

This notice provides important information about your rights to defer compensation in the North Carolina Advanced Energy Corporation Retirement Plan (the "Plan").

This notice summarizes some of the Plan requirements related to Elective Deferrals. You may also be eligible to make or receive Non-Elective Contributions. See the Summary Plan Description for more detailed information about the Plan. Contact the plan administrator if you need a copy of the Summary Plan Description (contact information is at the end of this notice).

Who is eligible to make Elective Deferral contributions?

You are eligible to make elective deferrals if you are employed by North Carolina Advanced Energy Corp or any affiliate who has adopted the Plan. However, you are not an "Eligible Employee" if you are a member of any of the following classes of employee:

Employees who normally work fewer than 20 hours per week (as defined in Treas. Reg. section 1.403(b)-5(b)(4)(iii)(B)).

What are Elective Deferrals?

Elective deferrals are contributions you may make out of your compensation to the Plan. You may contribute to the Plan on a pre-tax or after-tax basis.

Pre-Tax contributions are made to the Plan out of your compensation before taxes. Your contributions are only taxed as compensation once you receive a distribution from the Plan.

After-Tax contributions are known as Roth Contributions and are very much like a contribution to a Roth IRA. Like a Roth IRA, the Roth Contribution to the Plan is made by you on an after-tax basis, but if certain requirements are met, a "qualified distribution" from your Roth Contribution Account in the Plan will not be taxed (see the Summary Plan Description for more information). However, unlike a Roth IRA, there are no income limitations on who may make a Roth Contribution.

Roth Contributions are made in the same manner as pre-tax Elective Deferrals. You must designate how much you would like to contribute on a pre-tax basis (normal 403(b) contribution) and how much you would like to contribute as an after-tax Roth Contribution. You are not required to make any Roth Contributions. You may designate all of your elective deferrals as normal pre-tax contributions.

The sum of your Roth Contributions and regular pre-tax 403(b) contributions may not exceed the annual limit on regular 403(b) contributions mentioned below.

Please note that Roth Contributions are not suitable for everyone. Please consult with your tax advisor before making any Roth Contributions to the Plan.

What are the limits on Elective Deferrals?

Federal law limits the amount you may elect to defer under this Plan and any other retirement plan permitting Elective Deferrals during calendar year 2018 is $18,500.00. However, if you are age 50 or over, you may defer an additional amount up to $6,000.00.

The total amount that may be contributed to the Plan on your behalf in 2018 (employee deferrals plus employer contributions) may not exceed the lesser of $55,000.00 or 100% of your compensation.

How do I make or change an elective deferral contribution to the Plan?

You can make or change your contributions by turning in a new contribution form to the Plan Administrator at the address listed at the end of this notice. You may elect to start, increase, reduce or totally suspend your elections to contribute to the Plan effective as of the dates established pursuant to Plan Administrator procedures. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you may totally suspend your elections at any time.

The Plan Administrator may establish rules regarding the manner in which your elections are made. The rules may also require that certain advance notice be given of any election. Your election regarding Elective Deferrals is only effective for Compensation you will receive in the future. The Plan Administrator may also reduce or totally suspend your election if the Plan Administrator determines that your election may cause the Plan to fail to satisfy any of the requirements of the Internal Revenue Code.

How will my Elective Deferral contributions be invested?

The Plan lets you invest your account in a number of different investment funds. Fidelity Investments and The Vanguard Group are the approved providers of 403(b) custodial accounts under the Plan.

To make Elective Deferrals to the Plan you must first establish an account with an investment provider.

For Fidelity, you can enroll online at: https://nbacctopen.fidelity.com/. To enroll you will need to provide the following Plan ID#: 63636. Fidelity Investments can also be contacted by phone at: 1-800-343-0860.

For Vanguard, to start the enrollment process call: 1-800-962-5068. To enroll you will need to provide the following Plan ID#: 10229787.

Participant Responsibilities

When contributing to your employer-sponsored retirement savings plan, it is important that you monitor your account activity regularly for accuracy (e.g., deposits of your contributions). If you believe that a problem may exist, please contact the Third Party Administrator (see contact information below) and/or your employer immediately.

For More Information

For more information about 403(b) plans, you may find the IRS publication 571 useful. You can find this publication at http://www.irs.gov by searching for "publication 571".

Note: This notice is intended to be a very concise overview of plan features. For a detailed description of plan features, please review the Summary Plan Description or contact the Plan Administrator for more information. The plan features described in this notice are subject to change and in the event of a discrepancy between the legal plan document and this notice (or any other summary of plan features), the plan document shall control.

If you have any questions about how the Plan works or your rights and obligations under the Plan, or if you would like a copy of the Plan's Summary Plan Description or other Plan documents, please contact the Plan Administrator at:

Patricia McDonald
North Carolina Advanced Energy Corp
909 Capability Drive Suite 2100, Raleigh, NC 27606
919 857-9000
919-857-9003 [DIRECT PHONE]
919-829-8231 [FAX]

Participant Responsibilities

When contributing to your employer-sponsored retirement savings plan, it is important that you monitor your account activity regularly for accuracy (e.g., deposits of your contributions). If you believe that a problem may exist, please contact the Third Party Administrator (see contact information below) and/or your employer immediately.

Additional Information Available from Third Party Administrator

Your Employer has adopted the services of Carruth Compliance Consulting, Inc. (CCC), an independent third party administrator, to provide compliance and administration services. For questions regarding your Employer’s TSA Plan please contact CCC at:

Carruth Compliance Consulting, Inc.
11515 SW Durham Road, Suite E-10
Tigard, OR 97224
Phone: 503-968-8961
Toll-Free: 877-222-3090

Click here for rendered version of 2018 Eligibility & Limits Announcement for Advanced Energy


North Carolina Advanced Energy Corporation Retirement Plan

UNIVERSAL AVAILABILITY NOTICE FOR 2017


Date: _____________________

This notice provides important information about your rights to defer compensation in the North Carolina Advanced Energy Corporation Retirement Plan (the "Plan").

This notice summarizes some of the Plan requirements related to Elective Deferrals. You may also be eligible to make or receive Non-Elective Contributions. See the Summary Plan Description for more detailed information about the Plan. Contact the plan administrator if you need a copy of the Summary Plan Description (contact information is at the end of this notice).

Who is eligible to make Elective Deferral contributions?

You are eligible to make elective deferrals if you are employed by North Carolina Advanced Energy Corp or any affiliate who has adopted the Plan. However, you are not an "Eligible Employee" if you are a member of any of the following classes of employee:

Employees who normally work fewer than 20 hours per week (as defined in Treas. Reg. section 1.403(b)-5(b)(4)(iii)(B)).

What are Elective Deferrals?

Elective deferrals are contributions you may make out of your compensation to the Plan. You may contribute to the Plan on a pre-tax or after-tax basis.

Pre-Tax contributions are made to the Plan out of your compensation before taxes. Your contributions are only taxed as compensation once you receive a distribution from the Plan.

After-Tax contributions are known as Roth Contributions and are very much like a contribution to a Roth IRA. Like a Roth IRA, the Roth Contribution to the Plan is made by you on an after-tax basis, but if certain requirements are met, a "qualified distribution" from your Roth Contribution Account in the Plan will not be taxed (see the Summary Plan Description for more information). However, unlike a Roth IRA, there are no income limitations on who may make a Roth Contribution.

Roth Contributions are made in the same manner as pre-tax Elective Deferrals. You must designate how much you would like to contribute on a pre-tax basis (normal 403(b) contribution) and how much you would like to contribute as an after-tax Roth Contribution. You are not required to make any Roth Contributions. You may designate all of your elective deferrals as normal pre-tax contributions.

The sum of your Roth Contributions and regular pre-tax 403(b) contributions may not exceed the annual limit on regular 403(b) contributions mentioned below.

Please note that Roth Contributions are not suitable for everyone. Please consult with your tax advisor before making any Roth Contributions to the Plan.

What are the limits on Elective Deferrals?

Federal law limits the amount you may elect to defer under this Plan and any other retirement plan permitting Elective Deferrals during any calendar year ($18,000 in 2017). However, if you are age 50 or over, you may defer an additional amount up to $6,000 (in 2017).

The total amount that may be contributed to the Plan on your behalf in any year may not exceed the lesser of 100% of your compensation or a fixed dollar amount ($54,000 in 2017).

How do I make or change an elective deferral contribution to the Plan?

You can make or change your contributions by turning in a new contribution form to the Plan Administrator at the address listed at the end of this notice. You may elect to start, increase, reduce or totally suspend your elections to contribute to the Plan effective as of the dates established pursuant to Plan Administrator procedures. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you may totally suspend your elections at any time.

The Plan Administrator may establish rules regarding the manner in which your elections are made. The rules may also require that certain advance notice be given of any election. Your election regarding Elective Deferrals is only effective for Compensation you will receive in the future. The Plan Administrator may also reduce or totally suspend your election if the Plan Administrator determines that your election may cause the Plan to fail to satisfy any of the requirements of the Internal Revenue Code.

How will my Elective Deferral contributions be invested?

The Plan lets you invest your account in a number of different investment funds. Fidelity Investments and The Vanguard Group are the approved providers of 403(b) custodial accounts under the Plan.

To make Elective Deferrals to the Plan you must first establish an account with an investment provider.

For Fidelity, you can enroll online at: https://nbacctopen.fidelity.com/. To enroll you will need to provide the following Plan ID#: 63636. Fidelity Investments can also be contacted by phone at: 1-800-343-0860.

For Vanguard, to start the enrollment process call: 1-800-962-5068. To enroll you will need to provide the following Plan ID#: 10229787.

Participant Responsibilities

When contributing to your employer-sponsored retirement savings plan, it is important that you monitor your account activity regularly for accuracy (e.g., deposits of your contributions). If you believe that a problem may exist, please contact the Third Party Administrator (see contact information below) and/or your employer immediately.

For More Information

For more information about 403(b) plans, you may find the IRS publication 571 useful. You can find this publication at http://www.irs.gov by searching for "publication 571".

Note: This notice is intended to be a very concise overview of plan features. For a detailed description of plan features, please review the Summary Plan Description or contact the Plan Administrator for more information. The plan features described in this notice are subject to change and in the event of a discrepancy between the legal plan document and this notice (or any other summary of plan features), the plan document shall control.

If you have any questions about how the Plan works or your rights and obligations under the Plan, or if you would like a copy of the Plan's Summary Plan Description or other Plan documents, please contact the Plan Administrator at:

Patricia McDonald
North Carolina Advanced Energy Corp
909 Capability Drive Suite 2100, Raleigh, NC 27606
919 857-9000
919-857-9003 [DIRECT PHONE]
919-829-8231 [FAX]

Participant Responsibilities

When contributing to your employer-sponsored retirement savings plan, it is important that you monitor your account activity regularly for accuracy (e.g., deposits of your contributions). If you believe that a problem may exist, please contact the Third Party Administrator (see contact information below) and/or your employer immediately.

Additional Information Available from Third Party Administrator

Your Employer has adopted the services of Carruth Compliance Consulting, Inc. (CCC), an independent third party administrator, to provide compliance and administration services. For questions regarding your Employer’s TSA Plan please contact CCC at:

Carruth Compliance Consulting, Inc.
11515 SW Durham Road, Suite E-10
Tigard, OR 97224
Phone: 503-968-8961
Toll-Free: 877-222-3090
E-mail: cccinfo@ncompliance.com