ARGONNE NATIONAL LABORATORY

TIAA-CREF Retirement Plan

These are important details regarding this plan.

ELIGIBILITY

You are eligible to participate in the ANL Employee 403(b) Mandatory Plan if you are employed by Argonne as a member of the managerial and administrative staff, research and development staff, a member of a collective bargaining agreement (Union) or a bi-weekly employee not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

Not eligible to participate are Post Doctoral Appointees, Argonne Fellows, Visiting Scholars, Visiting Scientists, Senior Visiting Scientists, Faculty Research Participants, Pre-doctoral Appointees, and Resident Associates Education.

Eligible employees under age 30 may elect to participate in the basic component to receive Laboratory match on the first of the month following or coinciding with the completion of one year of service with Argonne. A year of service means a twelve-month period beginning on the employee's date of hire or an anniversary thereof during which the employee has at least 1,000 hours of service with Argonne. Employees not eligible for Laboratory 401(a) match can contribute on a supplemental basis (without match) to the 403(b) plan.

CONTRIBUTIONS

Employees are required to contribute 2.5% of their compensation to the Employee 403(b) Mandatory Plan. Employees can contribute on a supplemental basis up to the IRS limits.

EMPLOYER MATCHING

When you make mandatory contributions of 2.5% to the ANL Employee 403(b) Mandatory Plan, the Lab will contribute 9% of your bi-weekly or monthly compensation each pay period to the ANL Lab 401(a) Plan.

VESTING

"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. Your contribution to this account will be 100% vested immediately.

INVESTMENTS

Your employer offers you a variety of investment choices from an array of asset classes. You can see a list of the investment choices under this plan on the Investment Choices page.

EXPENSES

Expenses vary from investment to investment. To learn about expenses associated with an investment, see a list of the investment choices under this plan on the Investment Choices page, and read the Fact Sheet or the prospectus for that investment.

DISTRIBUTIONS

You have a variety of options1 when it’s time to take income from this plan:

  • 59½ in Service

    You generally can withdraw funds, attributable to elective deferrals, from your account while still employed once you have reached age 59½. The amount you can withdraw is subject to your plan's rules.
     
  • Fixed Period

    You can choose to receive income for a set period of two to 30 years, depending on the terms of our contract and your plan's rules (and not to exceed your life expectancy).

    • Payments stop at the end of the period, during which you will have received all your principal and earnings.
       
  • Hardship Distribution

    If your plan permits, you can withdraw your elective deferrals (but not earnings) due to financial hardship while still employed.

    • Generally, you must show an immediate, significant need that cannot be met with other resources, including loans from your retirement plan.
       
  • Lifetime Retirement Income

    • One-life annuity — provides income for as long as you live.
       
    • Two-life annuity — provides lifetime income for you and an annuity partner (your spouse or someone else you name) for as long as either of you live.
       
    • One- or two-life annuity with guaranteed period — guarantees income for up to 20 years, as long as the period you choose does not exceed your life expectancy. It ensures that income continues to go to your beneficiaries for the remainder of the guaranteed period if you (one-life annuity) or both you and your annuity partner (two-life annuity) die before the end of that period.
       
  • Lump Sum

    You can withdraw all or part of your account in a single cash payment, depending on your plan rules and the terms of your contracts.

    • Your right to a lump-sum distribution from your TIAA Traditional Account may be restricted to taking 10 annual payments under those terms.
       
  • Minimum Distribution Option

    Generally, you must begin taking minimum withdrawals from your account by April 1 following the year in which you turn age 70½ or retire, whichever is later.

    • This can help you defer the minimum required distribution while keeping you in compliance with federal regulations.
       
  • Rollover

    If you have had an IRS-defined "triggering event," and your plan allows withdrawals, you can roll over your accumulations to another retirement plan that will accept them or to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA).

    • Direct rollovers — from one account to another — are nontaxable and not reported as income to the federal government. Your plan's rules specify when you are eligible for a distribution.
       
  • Retirement Transition Benefit

    If your contract allows, you can withdraw, in cash, up to 10% of your accumulation at the beginning of a conversion to lifetime annuity income. The amount you withdraw will reduce your lifetime annuity income accordingly.
     
  • Single-Sum Death Benefit

     A set amount your beneficiary(ies) will receive from your retirement account if you die before taking income.
     
  • Systematic Withdrawals

    If your plan allows, you can choose to receive regular income payments (minimum $100) on a semimonthly, monthly, quarterly, semiannual or annual basis. You can increase, decrease or suspend the payments at any time.

    • These withdrawals are not available from TIAA Traditional Account balances.
       
  • TPA to Cash

    If your plan allows, you can withdraw your TIAA Traditional Account accumulation through a Transfer Payout Annuity (TPA) in 10 approximately equal annual payments. A lump-sum payment, subject to a surrender fee, may be available depending on your plan rules and the terms of your contract.
This plan is designed to provide you with income throughout your retirement. Leaving money in your account may allow the funds to grow on a tax-deferred basis.

This plan allows you to receive a cash withdrawal. This may be restricted by the terms of your TIAA-CREF contracts. Taxes and penalties may apply.

TAXATION

Because you make contributions with pretax dollars, federal income taxes are deferred on supplemental plans until you begin taking withdrawals later on.

No taxes are due on contributions and earnings until the money is withdrawn, but because these plans are intended primarily for retirement, you can generally withdraw funds only after termination of employment or age 59½ (subject to plan rules). If you withdraw funds before age 59½, they may be subject to an additional 10% early-withdrawal penalty.

For additional information and guidance, contact your tax advisor.

LOANS

The ANL Employee 403(b) Mandatory Plan does not offer a loan provision.


1 The availability of certain distributions may depend on the type of contract underlying your plan. Also, if you're married, your right to choose an option may be subject to your spouse's right to survivor benefits. Talk to your benefits office for details.

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