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A 403(b) plan, also known as a tax-sheltered annuity (TSA) plan, is a retirement plan for certain employees of public schools, employees of certain tax-exempt organizations, and certain ministers. File 2010 taxes online free Individual accounts in a 403(b) plan can be any of the following types. File 2010 taxes online free An annuity contract, which is a contract provided through an insurance company, A custodial account, which is an account invested in mutual funds, or A retirement income account set up for church employees. File 2010 taxes online free Generally, retirement income accounts can invest in either annuities or mutual funds. File 2010 taxes online free We use the term “403(b) account” to refer to any one of these funding arrangements throughout this publication, unless otherwise specified. File 2010 taxes online free What Are the Benefits of Contributing to a 403(b) Plan?  There are three benefits to contributing to a 403(b) plan. 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File 2010 taxes online free They are employed by organizations that are not section 501(c)(3) organizations. File 2010 taxes online free They function as ministers in their day-to-day professional responsibilities with their employers. File 2010 taxes online free   Throughout this publication, the term chaplain will be used to mean ministers described in the third category in the list above. File 2010 taxes online free Example. File 2010 taxes online free A minister employed as a chaplain by a state-run prison and a chaplain in the United States Armed Forces are eligible employees because their employers are not section 501(c)(3) organizations and they are employed as ministers. File 2010 taxes online free Who Can Set Up a 403(b) Account? You cannot set up your own 403(b) account. File 2010 taxes online free Only employers can set up 403(b) accounts. File 2010 taxes online free A self-employed minister cannot set up a 403(b) account for his or her benefit. File 2010 taxes online free If you are a self-employed minister, only the organization (denomination) with which you are associated can set up an account for your benefit. File 2010 taxes online free How Can Contributions Be Made to My 403(b) Account? Generally, only your employer can make contributions to your 403(b) account. File 2010 taxes online free However, some plans will allow you to make after-tax contributions (defined below). File 2010 taxes online free The following types of contributions can be made to 403(b) accounts. File 2010 taxes online free Elective deferrals . File 2010 taxes online free These are contributions made under a salary reduction agreement. File 2010 taxes online free This agreement allows your employer to withhold money from your paycheck to be contributed directly into a 403(b) account for your benefit. File 2010 taxes online free Except for Roth contributions, you do not pay income tax on these contributions until you withdraw them from the account. File 2010 taxes online free If your contributions are Roth contributions, you pay taxes on your contributions but any qualified distributions from your Roth account are tax free. File 2010 taxes online free Nonelective contributions . File 2010 taxes online free These are employer contributions that are not made under a salary reduction agreement. File 2010 taxes online free Nonelective contributions include matching contributions, discretionary contributions, and mandatory contributions from your employer. File 2010 taxes online free You do not pay income tax on these contributions until you withdraw them from the account. File 2010 taxes online free After-tax contributions . File 2010 taxes online free These are contributions (that are not Roth contributions) you make with funds that you must include in income on your tax return. File 2010 taxes online free A salary payment on which income tax has been withheld is a source of these contributions. File 2010 taxes online free If your plan allows you to make after-tax contributions, they are not excluded from income and you cannot deduct them on your tax return. File 2010 taxes online free A combination of any of the three contribution types listed above. File 2010 taxes online free Self-employed minister. File 2010 taxes online free   If you are a self-employed minister, you are considered both an employee and an employer, and you can contribute to a retirement income account for your own benefit. File 2010 taxes online free Do I Report Contributions on My Tax Return? Generally, you do not report contributions to your 403(b) account (except Roth contributions) on your tax return. File 2010 taxes online free Your employer will report contributions on your 2013 Form W-2. File 2010 taxes online free Elective deferrals will be shown in box 12 and the Retirement plan box will be checked in box 13. File 2010 taxes online free If you are a self-employed minister or chaplain, see the discussions next. File 2010 taxes online free Self-employed ministers. File 2010 taxes online free   If you are a self-employed minister, you must report the total contributions as a deduction on your tax return. File 2010 taxes online free Deduct your contributions on line 28 of the 2013 Form 1040. File 2010 taxes online free Chaplains. File 2010 taxes online free   If you are a chaplain and your employer does not exclude contributions made to your 403(b) account from your earned income, you may be able to take a deduction for those contributions on your tax return. File 2010 taxes online free    However, if your employer has agreed to exclude the contributions from your earned income, you will not be allowed a deduction on your tax return. File 2010 taxes online free   If you can take a deduction, include your contributions on line 36 of the 2013 Form 1040. File 2010 taxes online free Enter the amount of your deduction and write “403(b)” on the dotted line next to line 36. File 2010 taxes online free How Much Can Be Contributed to My 403(b) Account? There are limits on the amount of contributions that can be made to your 403(b) account each year. File 2010 taxes online free If contributions made to your 403(b) account are more than these contribution limits, penalties may apply. File 2010 taxes online free Chapters 2 through 6 provide information on how to determine the amount that can be contributed to your 403(b) account. File 2010 taxes online free Worksheets are provided in Chapter 9 to help you determine the maximum amount that can be contributed to your 403(b) account each year. File 2010 taxes online free Chapter 7, Excess Contributions , describes how to prevent excess contributions and how to get an excess contribution corrected. File 2010 taxes online free Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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