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Steps to Enroll

1. Determine the Amount per Paycheck

The ODE 403(b) plan is a voluntary retirement plan option, you may contribute to this plan by deferring from your paychecks and contributing those funds (in an amount you specify) to an account held under a 403(b) Vendor with an Active Payroll Slot in the plan.

Traditional 403(b) accounts are tax deferred, meaning funds are deferred from your check to your investment account on a pre-tax basis. When you contribute to a Traditional 403(b) account, your net pay is not reduced by the full amount of your contribution (please see our net pay impact illustrations page for detailed examples).

Please note: There are annual (calendar year) contribution limits that apply.

2. Select A Vendor and Open an Account

You may select one or more vendors ODE 403(b) Vendors with Active Payroll Slots to contribute to by contacting the Vendor or representatives to open an account under Plan ID* assigned to ODE. Keep a copy of the documentation showing your newly assigned Account Number to evidence this step was completed.

*Please note: You must establish an account under the ODE 403(b) Plan specific Plan ID to begin deferrals. You may not defer to an account created under a prior/different employer's plan.

3. Complete a Salary Reduction Agreement and Submit it to ODE

Complete your 403(b) Salary Reduction Agreement (SRA) form, print it, sign it, and submit it to ODE Payroll at ODE, along with a copy of documentation that you have established an account with the vendor.

Oregon Department of Education
ODE Payroll
255 Capitol Street NE
Salem, OR 97310-4285

SRAs are subject to the established Payroll Cut Off Date. Salary Reduction Agreements must be submitted to Payroll by the 15th day of a given month.

Continuation Until Cancellation: The most recent 403(b) SRA document on file at Oregon Department of Education remains in effect until you cancel the agreement, change the contribution amount, or change the vendor via the submission of a new 403(b) SRA.

ODE May Reduce Or Suspend Contributions: Oregon Department of Education is required to avoid contributions that might exceed IRS limits. Consequently, the 403(b) SRA stipulates that ODE may reduce and/or suspend contributions to avoid excess deferrals over your contribution limit.

 

 

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