TRS is a state-run retirement system for public education employees. TRS delivers retirement and related benefits that have been authorized by the Texas Legislature, and manages the trust fund that finances member benefits.
As a TRS member, a percentage of your pre-tax, eligible compensation must be contributed at a rate set by the Texas Legislature. Membership in TRS is required by law for eligible employees. Eligible employees must set up a TRS account to access their personal information and manage their benefits. Please visit the TRS website (Opens in new window) for complete benefits information.
The average TRS pension benefit replaces only 68% of a career employee’s pre-retirement income. One way to supplement your TRS pension is to save in a 403(b) plan. A 403(b) is a tax deferred retirement plan available to employees of educational institutions and certain non-profit organizations as determined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions and investment earnings in a 403(b) grow tax deferred until withdrawal, at which time they are taxed as ordinary income.
Contributions to a 403(b) are made on a pre-tax basis through a Salary Reduction Agreement, an arrangement through which the participating employee agrees to take a reduction in salary. The amount by which the salary is reduced is directed to investments offered through the employer and selected by the employee. Such contributions are called elective deferrals and are excluded from the employee's taxable income.
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