457(b) plans

Prepare for a comfortable retirement with a 457(b) plan

A 457(b) deferred compensation plan, which is like a 401(k) for public service employees, can help supplement your pension. It’s specifically designed for those who work for the state or local government, has the flexibility to adjust as your needs change and can help you turn your salary into a more comfortable retirement.

Your pension and 457(b) plan work together

How can a 457(b) deferred compensation plan help you save?

  • Every dollar counts – Start saving whatever amount works for you, start or stop, decrease or increase your contributions up to the federal maximum, at any time.
  • It’s automatic – You pay yourself first, because your savings are deducted right from your paycheck.
  • It’s flexible – Select the investments you’re most comfortable with – and change them when you want.
  • You won’t pay taxes while you’re saving – Your contributions into the 457(b) plan are deducted from your salary before income taxes, meaning that taxes are deferred until you withdraw the money from your account, which is typically when you’re retired and often in a lower tax bracket. That means all of your earnings stay invested, letting your money grow faster than it would in a taxable account.

Are you saving enough?

Our retirement calculator can help you estimate how much you should save and how much retirement income you could potentially have. Answer four quick questions to find out if you’re saving enough.

Retirement savings calculator

Employees in the public sector trust Equitable

We know public service employees have unique needs. You spend your time making our communities better every day. We want to help you make your retirement better too.

Since 1859, Equitable has helped people build and secure their financial futures. Our 457(b) plan is designed to meet the specific needs of public service professionals.  That’s just one reason why we are the #1 choice for educators in K-12 schools1 and a top choice for many other public service employees across the country. We’ve won the DALBAR Service Award for outstanding customer service seven years in a row2 (2011-2017).

As of 02/28/2017 Customers’ ratings and reviews reflect individual opinions and are not intended as indications of suitability or as predictions of any product/investment performance and should not be relied upon as bases for any purchase decision. 

1 LIMRA, Not-For-Profit Survey, Q4 2017 results based on 403(b) participants and contributions. 

2 Source: http://www.dalbar.com/Awards/ServiceAwardWinners

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An annuity contract used to fund this qualified employer-sponsored retirement arrangement should be purchased for its features and benefits other than tax deferral. For such cases, tax deferral is not an additional benefit of the annuity. You may also want to consider the relative features, benefits and costs of this annuity with any other investment that you may have in connection with your retirement plan or arrangement. 

Equitable believes that education is a key step toward addressing your financial goals, and we've designed this discussion to serve simply as an informational and educational resource; it does not offer or constitute investment advice and makes no direct or indirect recommendation of any particular product or of the appropriateness of any particular investment-related option. Your needs, goals, and circumstances are unique, and they require the individualized attention of your financial professional. But for now, take some time just to learn more. 

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