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GE-E:  Georgetown Public Schools Section 403(b) Plan

 Section 1

Definition of Terms Used

 The following words and terms, when used in the Plan, have the meaning set forth below:

1.01 Account: The account or accumulation maintained for the benefit of any Participant or Beneficiary under an Annuity Contract or a Custodial Account.

1.01 Account Balance: The bookkeeping account maintained for each Participant which reflects the aggregate amount credited to the Participant’s Account under all Accounts, including the Participant’s Elective Deferrals, the earnings or loss of each Annuity Contract or a Custodial Account (net of expenses) allocable to the Participant, any transfers for the Participant’s benefit, and any distribution made to the Participant or the Participant’s Beneficiary. If a Participant has more than one Beneficiary at the time of the Participant’s death, than a separate Account Balance shall be maintained for each Beneficiary. The Account Balance includes any account established under Section 6 for rollover contributions and plan-to-plan transfers made for a Participant, the account established for a Beneficiary after a Participant’s death, and any account or accounts established for an alternate payee (as defined in section 414(p)(8) of the Code).

1.03 Administrator: The Director of Finance and Operations shall be the Plan Administrator. S/he may delegate these functions to a Third Party Administrator (TPA), selected in accordance with State and Federal law.  The District will not assume any cost associated with a TPA.

1.04 Annuity Contract: A nontransferable contract as defined in section 403(b)(1) of the Code, established for each Participant by the Employer, or by each Participant individually, that is issued by an insurance company qualified to issue annuities in Massachusetts and that includes payment in the form of an annuity.

1.05 Approved Vendor:  An approved vendor (see § 1.22, Vendor) must meet the following requirements:

1.05.1    Agree to follow all federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies;

1.05.2    Sign a service provider agreement;

1.05.3    Sign, or provide for signature, and information sharing agreement.

1.05.4    During the 2009 calendar year, have at least one participant to be added to the current approved vendor list.

1.05.5    From calendar year 2010 forward have at least ten participants to be added to the approved vendor list or have at least one participant to remain on the approved vendor list.

1.06 Beneficiary: The designated person who is entitled to receive benefits under the Plan after the death of a Participant, subject to such additional rules as may be set forth in the Individual Agreements.

1.07 Custodial Account: The group or individual custodial account or accounts, as defined in section 403(b)(7) of the Code, established by each Participant individually, to hold assets of the Plan. 

1.08 Code: The Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as now in effect or as hereafter amended. All citations to sections of the Code are to such sections are as they exist as of this plan’s adoption date, and they may be amended or renumbered from time to time as changes in the Code may require.

1.09 Compensation: All cash compensation for services to the Employer, including salary, wages, fees, commissions, bonuses, and overtime pay, that is includible in the Employee’s gross income for the calendar year, plus amounts that would be cash compensation for services to the Employer includible in the Employee’s gross income for the calendar year but for a compensation reduction election under section 125, 132(f), 401(k), 403(b), or 457(b) of the Code (including an election under Section 2 made to reduce compensation in order to have Elective Deferrals under the Plan).

1.10 Disabled: The definition of disability provided in the applicable Individual Agreement.

1.11 Elective Deferral: The Employer contributions made to the Plan at the election of the Participant in lieu of receiving cash compensation. Elective Deferrals are limited to pre-tax salary reduction contributions.

1.12Employee: Each individual, whether appointed or elected, who is a common law employee of the Employer performing services for a public school as an employee of the Employer. This definition is not applicable unless the employee’s compensation for performing services for a public school is paid by the Employer. Further, a person occupying an elective or appointive public office is not an employee performing services for a public school unless such office is one to which an individual is elected or appointed only if the person has received training, or is experienced, in the field of education. A public office includes any elective or appointive office of a State or local government.

1.13 Employer: The Employer under this plan is the Georgetown Public Schools.

1.14 Funding Vehicles: The Annuity Contracts or Custodial Accounts issued for funding amounts held under the Plan and specifically approved by the Employer for use under the Plan.

1.15 Includible Compensation: An Employee’s actual wages in box 1 of Form W-2 for a year for services to the Employer, but subject to a maximum of $200,000 (or such higher maximum as may apply under section 401(a)(17) of the Code) and increased (up to the dollar maximum) by any compensation reduction election under section 125, 132(f), 401(k), 403(b), or 457(b) of the Code (including any Elective Deferral under the Plan). The amount of Includible Compensation is determined without regard to any community property laws.

1.16 Individual Agreement: The agreement between a Vendor and the Employer or a Participant that constitutes or governs a Custodial Account or an Annuity Contract.

1.17 Participant: An individual for whom Elective Deferrals are currently being made, or for whom Elective Deferrals have previously been made, under the plan and who has not received a distribution of his or her entire benefit under the plan.

1.18 Plan: The Plan shall be called the Georgetown Public Schools Section 403(b) Plan.

1.19 Plan Year: The Plan Year shall begin on January 1 and end on December 31.

1.20 Related Employer:  The Employer and any other entity which is under common control with the Employer under section 414(b) or (c) of the Code.  For this purpose, the Employer shall determine which entities are Related Employers based upon reasonable, good faith standard and taking into account the special rules applicable under Notice 89-23, 1989-1 C.B. 654.

1.21 Severance from Employment: For purpose of the Plan, Severance from Employment means Severance from Employment with the Employer and any Related Entity. However, a Severance from Employment also occurs on any date on which an Employee ceases to be an employee of a public school, even though the Employee may continue to be employed by a Related Employer that is another unit of the State or local government that is not a public school or in a capacity that is not employment with a public school (e.g., ceasing to be an employee performing services for a public school but continuing to work for the same State or local government employer).

1.22 Vendor: The provider of an Annuity Contract or a Custodial Account.

1.23 Valuation Date:  The Valuation Date shall be December 31 of each Plan year.

 

Section 2

Participation and contributions

2.01 Eligibility: Each Employee shall be eligible to participate in the Plan and elect to have Elective Deferrals made on his or her behalf hereunder immediately upon becoming employed by the Employer. However, an Employee who is a student-teacher (i.e., a person providing service as a teacher’s aid on a temporary basis while attending a school, college, or university) or who normally works fewer than 20 hours per week is not eligible to participate in the Plan. An Employee normally works fewer than 20 hours per week if, for the 12-month period beginning on the date the employee’s employment commenced, the Employer reasonably expects the Employee to work fewer than 1,000 hours of service (as defined under section 410(a)(C) of the Code) and, for each plan year ending after the close of that 12-month period, the Employee has worked fewer than 1,000 hours of service.

2.02 Compensation Reduction Election General Rule: An Employee elects to become a Participant by executing an election to reduce his or her Compensation (and have that amount contributed as an Elective Deferral on his or her behalf) and filing it with the Administrator. This Compensation reduction election shall be made on the agreement provided by the Administrator under which the Employer agrees to be bound by all the terms and conditions of the Plan. The Administrator may establish annual minimum deferral amounts no higher than $200, and may change such minimum to a lower amount from time to time. The participation election shall also include designation of the Funding Vehicles and Accounts therein to which Elective Deferrals are to be made and a designation of Beneficiary.  Any such election shall remain in effect until a new election is filed. Only an individual who performs services for the Employer as an Employee may reduce his or her Compensation under the Plan. Each Employee will become a Participant in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Individual Agreements. All Elective Deferrals shall be made on a pre-tax basis. An Employee shall become a participant as soon as administratively practicable following the date applicable under the employee’s election.

2.03 Information Provided by the Employee. Each Employee enrolling in the Plan should provide to the Administrator at the time of initial enrollment, and later if there are any changes, any information necessary or advisable for the Administrator to administer the Plan, including any information required under the Individual Agreements.

2.04 Change in Election Deferrals Election. Subject to the provisions of the applicable Individual Agreements, an Employee may at any time revise his or her participation election, including a change in the amount of his or her Elective Deferrals, his or her investment direction, and his or her designated Beneficiary. A change in the investment direction shall take effect as of the date provided by the Administrator on a uniform basis for all Employees. A change in the Beneficiary designation shall take effect when the election is accepted by the Vendor.

2.05 Contributions Made Promptly. Elective Deferrals under the Plan shall be transferred to the applicable Funding Vehicle within 15 business days following the end of the month in which the amount would otherwise have been paid to the Participant.

2.06 Leave of Absence. Unless an election is otherwise revised, if an Employee is absent from work by leave of absence, Elective Deferrals under the Plan shall continue to the extent that Compensation continues. 

Section 3

Limitations on Amounts Deferred

 3.01 Basic Annual Limitation. Except as provided in Sections 3.2 and 3.3, the maximum amount of the Elective Deferral under the Plan for any calendar year shall not exceed the lesser of (a) the applicable dollar amount or (b) the Participant’s Includible Compensation for the calendar year. The applicable dollar amount is established under section 402(g)(1)(B) of the Code, which is $15,500 for 2008, and is adjusted for cost of living after 2007 to the extent provided under section 415(d) of the Code.

3.02 Special Section 403(b) Catch-up Limitation for Employees with 15 Years of Service. Because the Employer is a qualified organization within the meaning of § 1.403(b)-4(c)(3)(ii) of the Income Tax Regulations, the applicable dollar amount under Section 3.1(a) for any “qualified employee” is increased (to the extent provided in the Individual Agreements by the least of:

                                                (a) $3,000;

                                    (b) The excess of:

                                                (1) $15,000, over

(2) The total special 403(b) catch up elective deferrals made for the qualified employee by the qualified organization for prior years; or

                                    (c) The excess of:

(1) $5,000 multiplied by the number of years of service of the employee with the qualified organization, over

(2) The total Elective Deferrals made for the employee by the qualified organization for prior years.

 

For the purposes of this Section 3.2, a “qualified employee” means an employee who has completed at least 15 years of service taking into account only employment with the employer.  

3.03 Age 50 Catch-Up Elective Deferral Contributions. An Employee who is a participant who will attain age 50 or more by the end of the calendar year is permitted to elect an additional amount of Elective Deferrals, up to the maximum age 50 catch-up Elective Deferrals for the year. The maximum dollar amount of the age 50 catch-up Elective Deferrals for a year is $5,000 for 2008 and is adjusted for cost-of-living after 2008 to the extent provided under the code.

3.04 Coordination. Amounts in excess of the limitation set forth in Section 3.01 shall be allocated first to the special 403(b) catch-up under Section 3.02 and next as an age 50 catch-up contribution under Section 3.03. However, in no event can the amount of the Elective Deferrals for a year be more than the Participant’s Compensation for the year.

3.05 Special Rule for a Participant Covered by another Section 403(b) Plan. For purposes of this Section 3, if the Participant is or has been a participant in one or more other plans under section 403(b) of the Code (and any other plan that permits elective deferrals under section 402(g) of the Code), then this Plan and all such other plans shall be considered as one plan for purposes of applying the foregoing limitations of this Section 3. For this purpose, the Administrator shall take into account any other such plan maintained by any Related Employer and shall also take into account any other such plan for which the Administrator receives from the Participant sufficient information concerning his or her participation in such other plan. Notwithstanding the foregoing, another plan maintained by a Related Entity shall be taken into account for purposes of Section 3.02 only if the other plan is a § 403(b) plan.

3.06 Correction of Excess Elective Deferrals. If the Elective Deferral on behalf of a Participant for any calendar year exceeds the limitations described above, or the Elective Deferral on behalf of a Participant for any calendar year exceeds the limitations described above when combined with other amounts deferred by the Participant under another plan of the employer under section 403(b) of the Code (and any other plan that permits elective deferrals under section 402(g) of the Code for which the Participant provides information that is accepted by the Administrator), then the Elective Deferral, to the extent in excess of the applicable limitation (adjusted for any income or loss in value, if any, allocable thereto), shall be distributed to the Participant.

3.7 Protection of Persons who serve in a Uniformed Service. An Employee whose employment is interrupted by a qualified military service under section 414(u) of the Code or who is on a leave of absence for qualified military service under section 414(u) of the Code may elect to make additional Elective Deferrals upon resumption of employment with the Employer equal to the maximum Elective Deferrals that the Employee could have elected during that period if the Employee’s employment with the Employer had continued at the same level of Compensation without the interruption or leave, reduced by the Elective Deferrals, if any, actually made for the Employee during the period of the interruption or leave. Except to the extent provided under section 414(u) of the Code, this right applies for five years following the resumption of employment or, if sooner, for a period equal to three times the period of the interruption or leave.                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Section 4

Loans

4.01 Loans. Loans shall be permitted under the Plan to the extent permitted by the Individual Agreements controlling the Account assets from which the loan is made and by which the loan will be secured.

4.02 Information Coordination Concerning Loans. Each Vendor is responsible for all information reporting and tax withholding required by applicable federal and state law in connection with distributions and loans. To minimize the instances in which Participants have taxable income as a result of loans from the Plan, the Administrator shall take such steps as may be appropriate to coordinate the limitations on loans set forth in Section 4.03, including the collection of information from Vendors, and transmission of information requested by any Vendor, concerning the outstanding balance of any loans made to a Participant under the Plan or any other plan of the Employer. The Administrator shall also take such steps as may be appropriate to collect information from Vendors, and transmission of information to any Vendor, concerning any failure by a Participant to repay timely any loans made to a Participant under the Plan or any other plan of the Employer.

4.03 Maximum Loan Amount. No loan to a Participant under the Plan may exceed the lesser of:

            (a) $50,000, reduced by the greater of (i) the outstanding balance on any loan from the Plan to the Participant on the date the loan is made or (ii) the highest outstanding balance on loans from the Plan to the Participant during the one-year period ending on the day before the date the loan is approved by the Administrator, not taking into account any payments made during such one-year period; or

            (b)one half of the value of the Participant’s vested Account Balance as of the valuation date immediately preceding the date on which such loan is approved by the Administrator. 

For purposes of this Section 4.03, any loan from any other plan maintained by the Employer and any Related Employer shall be treated as if it were a loan made from the Plan, and the Participant’s vested interest under any such other plan shall be considered a vested interest under this Plan; provided, however, that the provisions of this paragraph shall not be applied so as to allow the amount of a loan to exceed the amount that would otherwise be permitted in the absence of this paragraph. 

Section 5

Benefit Distributions 

5.01 Benefit Distributions at Severance from Employment or other Distribution Event. Except as permitted under Section 3.06 (relating to excess Elective Deferrals), Section 5.04 (relating to withdrawals of amounts rolled over into the Plan), Section 5.05 (relating to hardship), or Section 8.3 (relating to termination of the Plan), distributions from a Participant’s Account may not be made earlier than the earliest of the date on which the Participant has a Severance from Employment, dies, becomes Disabled, or attains age 59&1/2. Distributions shall otherwise be made in accordance with the terms of the Individual Agreements.

5.02 Small Account Balances. The terms of the Individual Agreement may permit distributions to be made in the form of a lump-sum payment, without the consent of the Participant or Beneficiary, but no such payment may be made without the consent of the Participant or Beneficiary unless the Account Balance does not exceed $5,000 (determined without regard to any separate account that holds rollover contributions under Section 6.1) and any such distribution shall comply with the requirements of section 401(a)(31)(B) of the Code (relating to automatic distribution as a direct rollover to an individual retirement plan for distributions in excess of $1,000).

5.03 Minimum Distributions. Each Individual Agreement shall comply with the minimum distribution requirements of section 401(a)(9) of the Code and the regulations thereunder.  For purposes of applying the distribution rules of section 401(a)(9) of the Code, each Individual Agreement is treated as an individual retirement account (IRA) and distributions shall be made in accordance with the provisions of § 1.408-8 of the Income Tax Regulations, except as provided in § 1.403(b)-6(e) of the Income Tax Regulations.

5.04 In-Service Distributions from Rollover Account. If a Participant has a separate account attributable to rollover contributions to the plan, to the extent permitted by the applicable Individual Agreement, the Participant may at any time elect to receive a distribution of all or any portion of the amount held in the rollover account.

5.05 Hardship Withdrawals.

            (a) Hardship withdrawals shall be permitted under the Plan to the extent permitted by the Individual Agreements controlling the Account assets to be withdrawn to satisfy the hardship. If applicable under an Individual Agreement, no Elective Deferrals shall be allowed under the Plan during the 6-month period beginning on the date the Participant receives a distribution on account of hardship.

            (b) The Individual Agreements shall provide for the exchange of information among the Employer and the Vendors to the extent necessary to implement the Individual Agreements, including, in the case of a hardship withdrawal that is automatically deemed to be necessary to satisfy the Participant’s financial need (pursuant to § 1.401(k)-1(d)(3)(iv)(E) of the Income Tax Regulations), the Vendor notifying the Employer of the withdrawal in order for the Employer to implement the resulting 6-month suspension of the Participant’s right to make Elective Deferrals under the Plan.  In addition, in the case of a hardship withdrawal that is not automatically deemed to be necessary to satisfy the financial need (pursuant to § 1.401(k)-1(d)(3)(iii)(B) of the Income Tax Regulations), the Vendor shall obtain information from the Employer or other Vendors to determine the amount of any plan loans and rollover accounts that are available to the Participant under the Plan to satisfy the financial need.

5.06 Rollover Distributions.

            (a) A Participant or the Beneficiary of a deceased Participant (or a Participant’s spouse or former spouse who is an alternate payee under a domestic relations order, as defined in section 414(p) of the Code) who is entitled to an eligible rollover distribution may elect to have any portion of an eligible rollover distribution (as defined in section 402(c)(4) of the Code) from the Plan paid directly to an eligible retirement plan (as defined in section 402(c)(8)(B) of the Code) specified by the Participant in a direct rollover. In the case of a distribution to a Beneficiary who at the time of the Participant’s death was neither the spouse of the Participant nor the former spouse of the Participant who is an alternate payee under a domestic relations order, a direct rollover is payable only to an individual retirement account or individual retirement annuity (IRA) that has been established on behalf of the Beneficiary as an inherited IRA (within the meaning of section 408(d)(3)(C) of the Code)                                                                                                

             (b) Each Vendor shall be separately responsible for providing, within a reasonable time period before making an initial eligible rollover distribution, an explanation to the Participant of his or her right to elect a direct rollover and the income tax withholding consequences of not electing a direct rollover.

 

Section 6

Rollovers to the Plan and Transfers 

6.01 Eligible Rollover Contributions to the Plan.

            (a) Eligible Rollover Contributions. To the extent provided in the Individual Agreements, an Employee who is a Participant who is entitled to receive an eligible rollover distribution from another eligible retirement plan may request to have all or a portion of the eligible rollover distribution paid to the Plan. Such rollover contributions shall be made in the form of cash only. The Vendor may require such documentation from the distributing plan as it deems necessary to process the rollover in accordance with section 402 of the Code and to confirm that such plan is an eligible retirement plan within the meaning of section 402(c)(8)(B) of the Code. However, in no event does the Plan accept a rollover contribution from a Roth elective deferral account under an applicable retirement plan described in section 402A (e)(1) of the Code or a Roth IRA described in section 408A of the Code.

            (b) Eligible Rollover Distribution. For purposes of Section 6.1(a), an eligible rollover distribution means any distribution of all or any portion of a Participant’s benefit under another eligible retirement plan, except that an eligible rollover distribution does not include (1) any installment payment for a period of 10 years or more, (2) any distribution made as a result of an unforeseeable emergency or other distribution which is made upon hardship of the employee, or (3) for any distribution, the portion, if any of the distribution that is a required minimum distribution under section 401(a)(9) of the Code. In addition, an eligible retirement plan means an individual retirement account described in section 408(a) of the Code, an individual retirement annuity described in section 408(b) of the Code, a qualified trust described in section 401(a) of the Code, an annuity plan described in section 403(a) or 403(b) of the Code, or an eligible governmental plan described in section 457(b) of the Code, that accepts the eligible rollover distribution.

            (c) Separate Accounts. The Vendor shall establish and maintain for the Participant a separate account for any eligible rollover distribution paid to the Plan.

6.02 Plan-to-Plan Transfers to the Plan.

            (a) At the direction of the Employer, for a class of Employees who are participants or beneficiaries in another plan under section 403(b) of the Code, the Administrator may permit a transfer of assets to the Plan as provided in this Section 6.02. Such a transfer is permitted only if the other plan provides for the direct transfer of each person’s entire interest therein to the Plan and the participant is an employee or former employee of the Employer. The Administrator and any Vendor accepting such transferred amounts may require that the transfer be in cash or other property acceptable to it. The Administrator or any Vendor accepting such transferred amounts may require such documentation from the other plan as it deems necessary to process the transfer in accordance with § 1.403(b)-10(b)(3) of the Income Tax Regulations and to confirm that the other plan is a plan that satisfies section 403(b) of the Code.                                                                                                                       

            (b) The amount so transferred shall be credited to the Participant’s Account Balance, so that the Participant or Beneficiary whose assets are being transferred has an accumulated benefit immediately after the transfer at least equal to the accumulated benefit with respect to that Participant or Beneficiary immediately before the transfer.

            (c) To the extent provided in the Individual Agreements holding such transferred amounts, the amount transferred shall be held, accounted for, administered, and otherwise treated in the same manner as an Elective Deferral by the Participant under the Plan except that (1) the Individual Agreement which holds any amount transferred to the Plan must provide that, to the extent any amount transferred is subject to any distribution restrictions required under section 403(b) of the Code, the Individual Agreement must impose restrictions on distributions to the Participant or Beneficiary whose assets are being transferred that are not less stringent than those imposed on the transferor plan and (2) the transferred amount shall not be considered an Elective Deferral under the plan in determining the maximum deferral under Section 3.

6.03 Plan-to-Plan Transfers from the Plan.

            (a) At the direction of the Employer, the Administrator may permit a class of Participants and Beneficiaries to elect to have all or any portion of their Account Balance transferred to another plan that satisfies section 403(b) of the Code in accordance with § 1.403(b)-10(b)(3) of the Income Tax Regulations. A transfer is permitted under this Section 6.03(a) only if the Participants or Beneficiaries are employees or former employees of the employer (or the business of the employer) under the receiving plan and the other plan provides for the acceptance of plan-to-plan transfers with respect to the Participants and Beneficiaries and for each Participant and Beneficiary to have an amount deferred under the other plan immediately after the transfer at least equal to the amount transferred.

            (b) The other plan must provide that, to the extent any amount transferred is subject to any distribution restrictions required under section 403(b) of the Code, the other plan shall impose restrictions on distributions to the Participant or Beneficiary whose assets are transferred that are not less stringent than those imposed under the plan. In addition, if the transfer does not constitute a complete transfer of the Participant’s or Beneficiary’s interest in the Plan, the other plan shall treat the amount transferred as a continuation of a pro rata portion of the Participant’s or Beneficiary’s interest in the transferor plan (e.g., a pro rata portion of the Participant’s or Beneficiary’s interest in any after-tax employee contributions).

            (c) Upon the transfer of assets under this Section 6.03, the Plan’s liability t pay benefits to the Participant or Beneficiary under this Plan shall be discharged to the extent of the amount so transferred for the Participant or Beneficiary.  The Administrator may require such documentation from the receiving plan as it deems appropriate or necessary to comply with this Section 6.03 (for example, to confirm that the receiving plan satisfies section 403(b) of the Code and to assure that the transfer is permitted under the receiving plan) or to process the transfer pursuant to §1.403(b)-10(b)(3) of the Income Tax Regulations.

                               

6.04 Contract and Custodial Account Exchanges.

            (a) A Participant or Beneficiary is permitted to change the investment of his or her Account Balance among the Vendors under the Plan, subject to the terms of the Individual Agreements. However, an investment change that includes an investment with a Vendor that is not eligible to receive contributions under Section 2 (referred to below as an exchange) is not permitted unless the conditions in paragraphs (b) through (d) of this Section 6.04 are satisfied.

            (b) The Participant or Beneficiary must have an Account Balance immediately after the exchange that is at least equal to the Account Balance of that Participant or Beneficiary immediately before the exchange (taking into account the Account Balance of that Participant or Beneficiary under both section 403(b) contracts or custodial accounts immediately before the exchange).

            (c) The Individual Agreement with the receiving Vendor has distribution restrictions with respect to the Participant that are not less stringent than those imposed on the investment being exchanged.

            (d) The Employer enters into an agreement with the receiving Vendor for the other contract or custodial account under which the Employer and the Vendor will from time to time in the future provide each other with the following information:

                        (1) Information necessary for the resulting contract or custodial account, or any other contract or custodial accounts to which contributions have been made by the Employer, to satisfy section 403(b) of the Code, including the following:

                                    (i) the Employer providing information as to whether the Participant’s employment with the Employer is continuing, and notifying the Vendor when the Participant has had a Severance from Employment (for purposes of the distribution restrictions in Section 5.1);

                                    (ii) the Vendor notifying the Employer of any hardship withdrawal under Section 5.5 if the withdrawal results in a six month suspension of the Participant’s right to make Elective Deferrals under the Plan; and

                                    (iii) the Vendor providing information to the Employer or other Vendors concerning the Participant’s or Beneficiary’s section 403(b) contracts or custodial accounts or qualified employer plan benefits (to enable a Vendor to determine the amount of any plan loans and any rollover accounts that are available to the Participant under the Plan in order to satisfy the financial need under the hardship withdrawal rules of Section 5.5); and

                        (2) Information necessary in order for the resulting contract or custodial and any other contract or custodial account to which contributions have been made for the Participant by the Employer to satisfy other tax requirements, including the following:

                                    (i) the amount of any plan loan that is outstanding to the Participant in order for a vendor to determine whether an additional plan loan satisfies the loan limitations of Section 4.03, so that any such additional loan is not a deemed distribution under section 72(p)(1); and

                                    (ii) information concerning the Participant’s or Beneficiary’s after-tax employee contributions in order for a Vendor to determine the extent to which a distribution is includible in gross income.

            (e) If any Vendor ceases to be eligible to receive Elective Deferrals under the Plan, the Employer will enter into an information sharing agreement as described in Section 6.04(d) to the extent the Employer’s contract with the Vendor does not provide for the exchange of information described in Section 6.04(d)(1) and (2).

6.05 Permissive Service Credit Transfers.

            (a) If a Participant is also a participant in a tax-qualified defined benefit governmental plan (as defined in section 414(d) of the Code) that provides for the acceptance of plan-to-plan transfers with respect to the Participant, then the Participant may elect to have any portion of the Participant’s Account Balance transferred to the defined benefit governmental plan. A transfer under this Section 6.05(a) may be made before the Participant has had a Severance from Employment.

            (b) A transfer may be made under Section 6.5(a) only if the transfer is either for the purchase of permissive service credit (as defined in section 415(n)(3)(A) of the Code) under the receiving defined benefit governmental plan or a repayment to which section 415 of the Code does not apply by reason of section 415(k)(3)of the Code.

            (c) In addition, if a plan-to-plan transfer does not constitute a complete transfer of the Participant’s or Beneficiary’s interest in the transferor plan, the Plan shall treat the amount transferred as a continuation of a pro rata portion of the Participant’s or Beneficiary’s interest in the transferor plan (e.g., a pro rata portion of the Participant’s or Beneficiary’s interest in any after-tax employee contributions).

 

Section 7

Investment of Contributions

 

7.01 Manner of Investment. All Elective Deferrals or other amounts contributed to the Plan, all property and rights purchased with such amounts under the Funding Vehicles, and all income attributable to such amounts, property, or rights shall be held and invested in one or more Annuity Contracts or Custodial Accounts. Each Custodial Account shall provide for it to be impossible, prior to the satisfaction of all liabilities with respect to Participants and their Beneficiaries, for any part of the assets and income of the Custodial Account to be used for, or diverted to, purposes other than for the exclusive benefit of Participants and their Beneficiaries.

7.02 Investment of Contributions. Each Participant or Beneficiary shall direct the investment of his or her Account among the investment options available under the Annuity Contract or Custodial Account in accordance with the terms of the Individual Agreements. Transfers among Annuity Contracts and Custodial Accounts may be made to the extent provided in the Individual Agreements and permitted under applicable Income Tax Regulations.

7.03 Current and Former Vendors. The Administrator shall maintain a list of all Vendors under the Plan. Such a list is hereby incorporated as part of the Plan. Each Vendor and the Administrator shall exchange such information as may be necessary to satisfy section 403(b) of the Code or other requirements of applicable law. In the case of a Vendor which is not eligible to receive Elective Deferrals under the Plan (including a Vendor which has ceased to be a Vendor eligible to receive Elective Deferrals under the Plan and a Vendor holding assets under the Plan in accordance with Section 6.02 or 6.04) the Employer shall keep the Vendor informed of the name and contact information of the Administrator in order to coordinate information necessary to satisfy section 403(b) of the Code or other requirements of applicable law.

 Section 8

Amendment and Plan Termination

 

8.01 Termination of Contributions. The Employer has adopted the Plan with the intention and expectation that contributions will be continued indefinitely. However, the Employer has no obligation or liability whatsoever to maintain the Plan for any length of time and may discontinue contributions under the Plan at any time without any liability hereunder for any such discontinuance.

8.02 Amendment and Termination. The Employer reserves the authority to amend or terminate this Plan at any time.

8.03 Distribution upon Termination of the Plan. The Employer may provide that, in connection with a termination of the Plan and subject to any restriction contained in the Individual Agreements, all Accounts will be distributed, provided that the Employer and any Related Employer on the date of termination do not make contributions to an alternative section 403(b) contract that is not part of the Plan during the period beginning on the date of plan termination and ending 12 months after the distribution of all assets from the Plan, except as permitted by the Income Tax Regulations.

 

Section 9

Miscellaneous

 

9.01 Non-Assignability.  Except as provided in Section 9.02 and 9.03, the interests of each Participant or Beneficiary under the Plan are not subject to the claims of the Participant’s or Beneficiary’s creditors; and neither the Participant nor any Beneficiary shall have any right to sell, assign, transfer, or otherwise convey the right to receive any payments hereunder or any interest under the Plan, which payments and interests are expressly declared to be non-assignable and non-transferable.

9.02 Domestic Relation Orders. Notwithstanding Section 9.01, in a judgment, decree or order (including approval of a property settlement agreement) that relates to the provision of child support, alimony payments, or the marital property rights of a spouse or former spouse, child, or other dependent of a Participant is made pursuant to the domestic relations law of any State (“domestic relations order”), then the amount of the Participant’s Account Balance shall be paid in the manner and to the person or persons so directed in the domestic relations order. Such payment shall be made without regard to whether the Participant is eligible for a distribution of benefits under the Plan. The Administrator shall establish reasonable procedures for determining the status of any such decree or order and for processing distribution pursuant to the domestic relations order.

9.03 IRS Levy. Notwithstanding Section 9.01, the Administrator may pay from a Participant’s or Beneficiary’s Account Balance the amount that the Administrator finds is lawfully demanded under a levy issued by the Internal Revenue Service with respect to that Participation or Beneficiary or is sought to be collected by the United States Government under a judgment resulting from an unpaid tax assessment against the Participant or Beneficiary.

 9.04 Tax Withholding. Contributions to the Plan are subject to applicable employment taxes (including, if applicable, Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes with respect to Elective Deferrals, which constitute wages under section 3121 of the Code). Any benefit payment made under the Plan is subject to applicable income tax withholding requirements (including section 3401 of the Code and the Treasury Regulations thereunder). A payee shall provide such information as the Administrator may need to satisfy income tax withholding obligations, and any other information that may be required by guidance issued under the Code.

9.05 Payments to Minors and Incompetents. If a Participant or Beneficiary entitled to receive any benefits hereunder is a minor or is adjudged to be legally incapable of giving valid receipt and discharge for such benefits, or is deemed so by the Administrator benefits will be paid to such person as the Administrator may designate for the benefit of such Participant or Beneficiary. Such payments shall be considered a payment to such Participant or Beneficiary and shall, to the extent made, be deemed a complete discharge of any liability for such payments under the Plan.

9.06 Mistaken Contributions. If any contribution (or any portion of a contribution) is made to the Plan by a good faith mistake of fact, then within one year after the payment of the contribution, and upon receipt in good order of a proper request approved by the Administrator, the amount of the mistaken contribution (adjusted for any income or loss in value, if any, allocable thereto) shall be returned directly to the Participant or, to the extent required or permitted by the Administrator, to the Employer.

9.07 Procedure When Distributee Cannot Be Located. The Administrator shall make all reasonable attempts to determine the identity and address of a Participant or a Participant’s Beneficiary entitled to benefits under the Plan. For this purpose, a reasonable attempt means (a) the mailing by certified mail a notice to the last known address shown on the Georgetown Public Schools or the Administrator’s records, (b) notification sent to the Social Security Administration or the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (under their program to identify payees under retirement plans), and (c) the payee has not responded within six months. If the Administrator is unable to locate such a person entitled to benefits hereunder, or if there has been no claim made for such benefits, the funding vehicle shall continue to hold the benefits due such a person.

9.08 Incorporation of Individual Agreements. The Plan, together with the Individual Agreements, is intended to satisfy the requirements of section 403(b) of the Code and the Income Tax Regulations thereunder. Terms and conditions of the Individual Agreements are hereby incorporated by reference into the Plan, excluding those terms that are inconsistent with the Plan or section 403(b) of the Code.

9.09 Governing Law. The Plan will be construed, administered and enforced according to the Code and the laws of the State of Massachusetts.

9.10 Headings. Headings of the Plan have been inserted for convenience of reference only and are to be ignored in any construction of the provisions hereof.

                                                                                                                                            

 9.11 Gender. Pronouns used in the Plan in the masculine or feminine gender include both genders unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF; the Employer has caused this

Plan to be executed on this __________ day of ________ 2009.

 

Employer: Georgetown Public Schools

 

By: ___________________________________________

 

Title: ___________________________________________

 

Date Signed: _____________________________________

 

Effective Date of this Plan: __________________________

 

 

403(b) Service Provider Agreement

 

 

This Agreement, effective as of the date hereof, by and between  Georgetown Public Schools (the “Employer”) and                                                             , ("Service Provider") sets forth the terms and conditions of the agreement between the Employer and Service Provider relating to services provided by Service Provider to the Employer in support of their 403(b) Retirement Plan (the "Plan").  The parties intend that Service Provider, a                                      corporation, headquartered at                                                               provide certain services to the Employer, as needed, to support the 403(b) Retirement Plan of the Employer.  In furtherance of this intention, the parties agree to the terms and conditions set forth hereafter:

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF SERVICE PROVIDER.  Service Provider shall be responsible for the following: 

 

1)      Qualified 403(b) Accounts.   Offer only tax sheltered accounts that qualify as such under Section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from time to time, any regulations issued thereunder and any other applicable state or federal law. 

2)      Communications.  Assist in communicating the Plan to eligible employees of the Employer, which shall include, but shall not be limited to, presenting at group meetings, responding to inquiries from eligible employees of the Employer, and providing the Employer with informational material describing the Plan.

3)      Informational Materials.  Prepare informational written notice of availability of the Plan for the Employer to distribute to employees as well as materials that will describe the 403(b), including possible tax advantages and disadvantages, investment choices and procedures for participating in the Plan.

4)      Forms.  Prepare forms for enrollment and investment selection for the 403(b) accounts to be established, including salary reduction agreement, account application and beneficiary designation forms.

5)      Individual Meetings.  Provide through its registered financial representatives, individual meetings with eligible employees, upon request, to explain the Plan, the impact of participation on the employee and to assist with the completion of necessary forms and related documentation.

6)      On-Line Participant Access.  Provide employees on-line access to their 403(b) 24 hours a day, seven days a week, unless there is a catastrophic event beyond the control of Service Provider.

7)      Participant Statements.  Provide statements that will be mailed to the home address of participants 15 business days after the end of the quarter.  Additionally, participant statements are available via the secure Service Provider web site.

8)      Employer Plan Reports.  Prepare various reports for the Employer on request, including information on the number of participants in each fund and the amount of assets; beginning plan balance, contributions and ending balance.

9)     Disburse Contributions to 403(b) Account Investments.  Disburse all amounts received from the Employer to participants' 403(b) accounts and investment choices selected by participants to receive the contributions under the 403(b) plan.  Such disbursement shall occur within 24 hours of receipt from the Employer unless circumstances beyond the control of Service Provider justify a later transmittal.  In no event shall the disbursement occur later than 72 hours of receipt.

10)  Confidentiality.  Service Provider agrees to keep confidential all information about participants and eligible employees provided by the Employer. All matters relating to providing services hereunder shall only be communicated to Service Provider representatives, the Employer or its designated representative.

11)  Solicitation.  Service Provider and its representatives shall comply with all pertinent written directives regarding the solicitation of employees of the Employer.

12)  403(b) Provisions.  Service Provider agrees to the following:

a)      Properly calculate the Maximum Allowable Contribution for employees who are utilizing the "catch-up" provisions of 402(g)(7) and/or 414(v);

b)      Properly administer loans;

c)      Provide tax reporting and required notices to participants requesting distributions;

d)      Permit corrective distributions of excess deferral contributions;

e)      Properly withhold and report required federal taxes;

f)       Provide notification to participants who are 70 1/2 of their Required Minimum Distributions;

g)      Properly administer hardship distributions including notifying the employer so that contributions may be suspended for 6 months, if the employer adopts this provision of the hardship distribution regulations;

h)      Properly administer distributions and enforce distributions restrictions under Code Section 403(b).  Participant certification may be relied upon with respect to distributions unless otherwise required by the Employer;

i)        Provide information to the Employer relating to 403(b) accounts held by Service Provider for participants in the event of an audit by the Internal Revenue Service, subject to written authorization by the participant.  For example:

i)        Annual listing of total contributions, by fund or insurance product for the years under audit;

ii)      Annual listing of all participant distributions for the years under audit;

iii)    Annual listing of outstanding participant loans for the years under audit;

iv)    Annual listing of any participant defaulted loans for the years under audit;

v)      Copies of IRS tax reporting (Forms 1099-R) for all distributions and defaulted loans for the years under audit.

j)        DMENTS AND TERMINATION

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE EMPLOYER.  The Employer shall be responsible for the following:

                                    

  1. Determining Eligible Employees.  Determining which employees of the Employer are eligible to participate in the Plan and certify that the 403(b) program will be made available to all eligible employees as required under the terms of Code section 403(b)(12)(A)(ii).

 

  1. Primary Contact Person.  Appointing a primary contact person for purposes of implementing, administering and coordinating any issues that may arise with respect to the Plan.

 

  1. Transmit Contributions.  The required contributions shall be transmitted to Service Provider in a time and manner acceptable to both parties.

  2. Provide InformationThe Employer agrees to furnish Service Provider, as soon as practicable, any and all information, which Service Provider may require in order to fulfill its duties under this Agreement.

  3. Eligible Employer.  The Employer certifies that it qualifies under Section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, as an organization eligible to offer this 403(b) plan to its employees.

 

BOTH PARTIES AGREE that the following terms and conditions are included as part of this Agreement:

 

1.      Indemnification.  Each party agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the other party, including any individual member of the governing boards, and their employees from every claim, demand or suit which may arise out of, be connected with, or be made by reason of the other party’s failure to meet the requirements of this Agreement. Notwithstanding the preceding sentence, this indemnification shall not cover any claim, demand, or suit based on erroneous or incomplete information provided by the Employer, its employees, participants, or for any claim, demand, or suit based on the willful misconduct or negligence of either party or its employees.  Either party shall, at its own expense and risk, defend, or at its option settle, any court proceeding that may be brought against it, members of the governing board, and employees on any claim, demand or suits covered by this indemnification, and shall satisfy any judgment that may be rendered against any of them with respect to any such claim or demand, provided that such party notifies the other party, in writing, within twenty (20) business days of receipt of such claim or demand. Each party’s liability hereunder shall be limited to actual damages and out‑of‑pocket legal fees and expenses only.

2.      Exclusive Services.  This Agreement is the exclusive arrangement between the parties for services under the Plan and the terms of this Agreement do not extend beyond such program.  Neither party shall have any other obligations or liabilities not specified herein unless both parties agree to such additional obligations or liabilities in writing.

3.      Not Legal Advice.  The parties agree that no service provided by the terms of this Agreement or under the Plan is to be construed as individual legal or tax advice to participants. 

4.      Term of the Agreement.  This Agreement shall continue from year to year unless terminated by either party, in writing, by no less than a sixty (60) days written notice.

 

5.      Applicable Law.  This Agreement shall be construed under the laws of Massachusetts, unless pre-empted by federal law. Any litigation with respect to the terms or conditions of the Agreement will be conducted in the state of Massachusetts, and the parties agree that venue is proper in Massachusetts.

 

6.      Severability.  Each party agrees that it will perform its obligations hereunder in accordance will all applicable laws, rules, and regulations now or hereafter in effect. If any term or provision of this Agreement shall be found to be illegal or unenforceable then, notwithstanding, the remainder of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect and such term or provision shall be deemed stricken.

 

By executing this Agreement, dated                                                                    each party acknowledges that it has read this Agreement and agrees to its terms.   

AGREED TO:

 

Employer:         Georgetown Public Schools                              Service Provider:

Address:           51 North Street                                                            Address:

                        Georgetown, MA 01826

                                                                                   

 

By: ________________________________              By: _____________________________

            Authorized Representative                                            Authorized Representative

 

Title:_______________________________               Title: ___________________________

 

 

 

 

 

Adopted on:  January 8, 2009

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