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|St. Jude Retirement Plan||Roth Contribution Option|
St. Jude and TIAA-CREF have worked diligently to enrich our retirement program—officially called the 403(b) Defined Contribution Plan with a Salary Deferral Option. You have more investment choices, personalized advice, planning services and a dedicated website for the St. Jude Retirement Plan. It’s never too early to start thinking about where you want to be at retirement age and how you can get there. St. Jude provides several retirement plan features to assist employees in preparing for retirement. You should use these features in combination with your savings and Social Security to plan for a comfortable, secure retirement.
The new St. Jude Retirement Plan accepts both employer and employee contributions. The funds are invested based upon the selections made by the employee through TIAA-CREF. Employee contributions are voluntary and are made via payroll deduction on a pre-tax basis.
"Vesting" refers to an employee's right, usually earned over time, to receive some retirement benefits regardless of whether or not they remain with the employer.
Participation in the St. Jude 403(b) Defined Contribution Plan does require enrollment1. The enrollment form can be completed either at the time you begin voluntary employee-paid contributions or at the time you become eligible for employer-paid contributions (at the one-year anniversary of your date of hire2), whichever comes first.
Please have the following information available before you enroll online:
1If you have worked at St. Jude for one year or more and do not make voluntary employee contributions, you must complete an online enrollment form. The online enrollment form allows you to decide how your contributions will be invested. If you do not complete the online form, you will be automatically enrolled with contributions defaulted into the Lifecycle fund that most closely matches your age.
2If you have worked at St. Jude for less than one year and want to start making voluntary employee contributions, you must complete the online enrollment form, as well as a salary reduction agreement form. The online enrollment form allows you to decide how your contributions will be invested. A salary reduction agreement form authorizes St. Jude to deduct voluntary contributions from the biweekly paycheck.
You may be familiar with how pretax contributions work through the St. Jude Retirement Plan—your contributions are made on a pretax basis. This means the money comes out of your paycheck before your income is taxed, which lowers your taxable income. With the Roth option, your contribution is taken out of your paycheck after your income is taxed, which does not lower your current taxes. Instead, your contributions, and the earnings on them, are tax-free upon withdrawal in retirement (provided you have been contributing for five years). TIAA-CREF representatives are on campus each month. Set up a meeting to discuss whether the Roth option is right for you—1-800-732-8353.
You can instruct St. Jude to automatically increase your voluntary contributions to your retirement account by 1% annually. Employees who sign up will be started at a 3% savings, and contributions will automatically increase each year afterwards by 1% up to a maximum automatic increase of 6%. Employees can choose to opt out or cancel at any time.