Agenda Item No. VI. A. 1.

Washburn University Board of Regents





SUBJECT: Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan)



DESCRIPTION:



There are two tax deferred retirement plans available to employees of state and local governmental entities. Both plans are similar with the following significant difference: 403(b) plan permitting employees to access their retirement plan assets without penalty upon reaching age 59 ; and a 457 Plan which allows distributions not based upon age but upon separation of employment. Presently Washburn offers a 403(b) Plan for its employees. The administration recommends the University provide employees greater flexibility in retirement planning by offering a 457 Plan in addition to the 403(b) Plan. This would allow employees the opportunity to make pre-tax contributions to either the 403(b) Plan or 457 Plan or both.



Changes in the Tax Code last year now permits universities to offer a Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan) in addition to the historically offered 403(b) Supplemental Retirement Plan.



FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: None



RECOMMENDATION: President Farley recommends adoption of a 457 Plan and approval of the proposed 457 Plan Document attached.





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(date) Jerry B. Farley, President


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