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Tillamook Employee 403(b) Information

What is a 403(b) Plan?

In public educational organizations like School Districts and Community Colleges, 403(b) Plans generally serve as supplemental retirement savings plans designed to supplement retirement benefits available from State pension plans and Social Security. The IRS provides a Summary of 403(b) Plan Basics page and a 403(b) Plan Brochure for Employees on its website. Please visit the "Why Partipicate?" page for additional information on the benefits of utilizing the 403(b) plan.

Which Optional Features Does the District Allow in its 403(b) Plan?

403(b) Optional features are either included in, or excluded from, the Plan, as specified below and as further described in the parenthetically referenced sections in the Plan Document for Tillamook School District 9. These options are listed here in abstract for convenient reference:

    Catch-ups under the Plan
  • 15 Years-of-Service Catch-up Elective Deferral Contributions: Yes
  • Age 50 Catch-up Elective Deferral Contributions: Yes
  • Contributions to the Plan
  • Direct Rollovers Into the Plan: Yes
  • Employer Contributions Allowed: Yes
  • Employer Post Severance Contributions Allowed: Yes
  • Exchanges Within the Plan: Yes
  • Roth Contributions: Yes
  • Other Plan Transactions
  • Hardship Distributions: Yes
  • In-service Distributions After Age 59-1/2: Yes
  • In-service Distributions From Rollover Accounts: Yes
  • Loans: Yes
  • Permissive Service Credit Transfers: Yes
  • Plan-to-Plan Transfers To the Plan: Yes
  • Plan-to-Plan Transfers From the Plan: Yes

When, How, and Under What Circumstances Can I Access My 403(b) Account?

A transaction's availability may be limited by IRS guidelines, the optional features in the Tillamook Plan and/or the underlying investment contract. To learn more about the transactions (including definitions and qualifying events), please click here.

Obtaining Transaction Authorization

CCC is the Plan Administrator for Tillamook 403(b) Plan and the point of contact for obtaining transaction authorization. Please click here to learn how to request authorization for your transaction.

Roth Contributions Available

Tillamook allows employees to make Roth 403(b) contributions to any Tillamook vendor that will accept such contributions. Roth contributions are deferred from paychecks to investment accounts on an after-tax basis, as opposed to Traditional 403(b) which are deferred on a pre-tax basis.

Please note: Roth 403(b) contributions can only be made to designated Roth 403(b) account. You may not send Roth contributions to an existing Traditional 403(b) (pre-tax) account. Roth 403(b) accounts are available from select vendors, please review the information listed on the Tillamook 403(b) Vendors page for vendors that show "403(b) Roth Account Available" after the vendor name where applicable, then follow the Enrollment Steps to begin participation.

 

Am I Eligible To Participate? How Much Can I Contribute?

Please review the Eligibility and Limits Announcement for a full description of the employees eligible to participate and the contribution limits that apply. Tillamook does not require any minimum monthly contribution amount.

How Do I Begin, Change, or Cancel Contributions?

Please review the 403(b) Enrollment Procedures for step-by-step instructions on how to beginning participation, how to change your vendor or contribution amount, or how to end contributions to the plan.

What Are My Investment Options?

Please visit the 403(b) List of Vendors page for the options offered under the Tillamook 403(b) plan.

Basic Information About Products

Investment products for 403(b) plans may be broken down into the following investment types:

  • Fixed Annuities
  • Variable Annuities with a Fixed Account
  • Variable Annuities without a Fixed Account
  • 403(b)(7) Custodial Mutual Funds (No-Load)
  • 403(b)(7) Custodial Mutual Funds (Load)
  • 403(b)(7) Custodial Mutual Funds (Deferred Sales Charges)

Various vendors may offer one or more of these types of investments. Look for fund profiles, performance, prospectuses, and fees associated with specific vendors in the column to the right for information about particular offerings.

How do I choose a Vendor?

Generally speaking, vendors market their 403(b) investment products using one or more of the following approaches:

  • Agents Who Are Contracted Exclusively with the Vendor
  • Independent 403(b) Practitioners
  • Regional or Central Office Employees
  • Seminars, Meetings, and/or Brochure Distribution
  • Websites

Learn more about choosing an investment

What If I Need Financial Advice?

Click on this link for information about the financial advisor industry and helpful suggestions about how to locate one or more qualified, professional, and licensed financial advisors that meet your needs. Learn More

Why did Tillamook Adopt CCC Services?

403(b) Plans are subject to complex rules and administrative responsibilities. As a result, Tillamook adopted the services of Carruth Compliance Consulting, Inc., an Independent Third Party Administrator (TPA).