401(k) and 403(b) Retirement Plans

Save for retirement an easy way.

Does your employer offer a 401(k), 403(b), or governmental 457(b) plan? These common retirement savings plans can help make the process of saving for retirement easier.

What does a 403(b) or 401(k) plan offer?

These plans can help you build your retirement savings with features like:

  • Automatic payroll deductions to help you make saving a habit
  • Reduced taxable income, since your pre-tax contributions lower your taxable income
  • Matched contributions from some employers, up to a certain percent (check with your benefits administrator)
  • Long-term savings and growth potential across a variety of the plan’s investment options

Does your employer offer a 401(k), 403(b), or a governmental 457(b) plan with services through Principal®? Enroll online now.

Saving a little today may add up to a lot tomorrow.

If you’re already enrolled in a 401(k), 403(b), or 457(b) plan with services through Principal, you might consider increasing the amount you contribute from each paycheck. Even a few extra dollars per paycheck may add up significantly over time—and it only takes a few minutes.

Log in to increase your contributions.

Tax benefits can help you save more.

Contributions to a 401(k), 403(b), or 457(b) plan that come out of your paycheck on a pre-tax basis, reduce your taxable income. This can mean potential tax advantages if you’ll be in a lower tax bracket by contributing to your organization’s retirement plan.

To maximize your savings, the contribution limit increased to $19,500 in 2020,1 some plans may have a lower limit. Log in to check your plan’s details.

Looking for a retirement plan loan?

When bills or debt feel overwhelming, it can be tempting to consider borrowing against your account in a 403(b), 401(k), or 457(b) plan. But the trade-offs can be steep—and we want to make sure you understand them.

In the long run, you may pay more than the loan amount you withdraw, including:

  • Any initial set-up and quarterly loan fees
  • Taxes you pay on the money you use to repay your loan
  • Interest paid to yourself based on loan interest rates over time

On top of that, you may miss out on some potential growth and compounding of your earnings, which can be a major advantage of long-term savings in an account under 401(k), 403(b), or 457(b) plans.

To give you an idea, $20,000 in a 401(k), 403(b), or 457(b) account could triple in 20 years at an average 7% rate of return—but not if you withdraw it today.2

Have a 401(k), 403(b), or governmental 457(b) account with services through Principal?

Access and manage your account.

We can help you simplify the saving process for retirement.

Call 800-547-7754 if you are interested in how to roll your retirement funds into your employer sponsored plan.

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1 IRS annual limits for 2020.

2 Information is for illustrative purposes only. The retirement balance (potential future value) assumes a 7% annual rate of return on their savings. The assumed rate of return for the analysis is hypothetical and does not guarantee any future returns nor represent the return of any particular investment. Contributions do not take into account the impact of taxes on pre-tax distributions. Individual results will vary. Participants should regularly review their savings progress and post-retirement needs.