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Matching contributions based upon deferrals to 457 plan


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  • 4 weeks later...

I'd say it's reasonably common. In a 401(k) or 403(b) plan, matching contributions are normally made to the same plan as the employee deferrals, and the 402(g) limit does not apply to the matching contributions. However, in a 457(b) plan, all contributions (not just employee deferrals) count toward the maximum limits. Thus, if matching contributions are made to the 457(b) plan itself, they will reduce employee deferrals. The only way around that is to have a separate plan to which employer matching contributions are made.

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  • 7 months later...

Yes, so long as the match is at a rate set forth in the plan, rather than at a rate subject to employer discretion. So if the plan states that there is a 50% match on employee contributions to the 457(b) up to 3% of compensation, you're fine. If the plan states that the employer can decide, in its discretion, whether to make matching contributions each year, you have a problem.

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