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2012 403(b) CONTRIBUTION LIMITS

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced the annual 403(b) limits for 2012. They are as follows:

  • Pre-tax Elective Deferral $ 17,000
  • Age 50 & Over Catch-up $ 5,500
  • Annual Compensation $ 250,000
  • Overall by Employer/Employee $ 50,000

If you are currently contributing to the 403(b) retirement plan, your contribution will automatically continue in 2012 without the need for a new 403(b) Contribution Agreement (with the exception of participating Temporary, Limited and Casual employees who must submit a new agreement annually).

Remember, if you choose to contribute the maximum amount and you will be turning 50 during 2012, your contribution will automatically include the additional $5,500 catch-up. Your 403(b) maximum may also increase over the $17,000 limit if you will have completed 15 or more years of JHU service by the end of 2012. If you elect the maximum contribution and you are eligible for the 15 Year Rule, this additional amount will be automatically included.

To change the amount you are voluntarily contributing to the 403(b), you must submit a new 403(b) Contribution Agreement form. Forms may be returned to the Benefits Service Center by fax to 443-997-5820 or email to benefits@jhu.edu. Completed paperwork received by the 5th of the month will be effective in the second pay for that month. Completed paperwork received by the 20th of the month will be effective with the first pay of the following month.

If you are a Temporary, Limited and Casual employee, you must submit a new 403(b) Contribution Agreement before January 1 of each calendar year. If you do not submit a new Agreement before the beginning of the year, you will not contribute to the Plan in the new year until after you have submitted a properly completed Agreement.

If you are currently not enrolled in the 403(b) and would like to do so, contact the Benefits Service Center at 410-516-2000 to request an information kit to be mailed to your home.

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