TOOLS AND CALCULATORS
Tools and calculators can make the decision-making process easier by helping you figure out where you stand now—and where you'd like to end up in the future—so you can invest more wisely today.
If a participant is eligible to a distribution of Roth assets (contributions and earnings), the distribution is considered qualified if:
- A period of five years has passed in which the first contribution (including rollovers) was made to the Roth account; and
- the participant has experienced one of these events:
- Attainment of age 59½
If the requirements for a qualified distribution are not met, and the assets are not rolled-over to another eligible plan, the earnings portion of the distribution will be taxable.
To illustrate how contributing toward retirement affects your paycheck, let’s assume you earn $40,000 in taxable income annually and you want to defer $50 from each paycheck to the deferred compensation plan. You’re paid every other week or 26 times a year.
|With 457 plan
|Salary per pay period
|457 savings contribution
|Taxes at 20%
|Roth savings contribution
|Take home pay
|Difference in take home pay
This hypothetical example assumes a filing status of single with no dependents, no deductions or exemptions. This chart assumes a hypothetical effective tax rate of 20% on taxable salary. This example is not guaranteed and your actual results may vary. Systematic investing does not ensure a profit nor guarantee against a loss in declining markets. You should consider your financial ability to consistently invest in up as well as down markets.
For a relatively small ($40 or $50) difference in your take home pay, you can start building a retirement resource to help you meet your future retirement objectives!
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If you find retirement planning puzzling, you’ve come to the right place. This is where you can find information as well as try out some online tools and start putting the pieces of your retirement plan together!
Think of your retirement as a puzzle with four large pieces:
- Social Security
- Johnson County 457(b) and 401(a) Plans
- Personal Saving
Normally a puzzle with just four pieces would be considered simple. It’s not quite as simple, though, when it comes to planning for retirement and meeting your retirement objectives. Determining whether you are on track to achieve your retirement goals involves assessing various factors and considering your individual circumstances. You don’t have to do it alone, though.
This site features information, resources, and tools to show you how the retirement planning pieces fit together so you can take control of your financial future.
It’s Your Retirement Plan - Piece by Piece!
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Invest in you with the Johnson County 457(b) Plan
All eligible Johnson County employees are enrolled in the Johnson County 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan as active, but not contributing, participants. You must agree to defer a minimum of $10 or 1% per pay period to contribute to the 457(b) Plan, but you can change or stop contributions at any time.
Johnson County sponsors a 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan and a 401(a) Defined Contribution Plan for employees. To learn more about the features and benefits of participating in the Johnson County Retirement Plans, visit joco.voya.com.
Contact local service team
Local service support from experienced representatives is available to all Johnson County employees.
5251 W. 116th Place, Suite 200
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8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CT
You can also contact your local representatives directly.
Phone: (913) 661-3759
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Toll-free Customer Service
Voya’s national toll-free telephone line, (800) 584-6001, provides Johnson County 457(b) Plan participants with customer service support weekdays from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. CT (excluding stock market holidays).
Access your account online through the My Account link at the top of the page. In your 457(b) account online, you can:
- Monitor your balance and investments.
- Make investment election changes.
- Update your contributions to the Plan.
- Update your account information.
- Estimate your progress towards your retirement goals.
- Access investment option information and performance
The 4-1-1 on 457(b) Plans
One of the main pieces of the retirement planning puzzle is an employer-sponsored retirement plan. Most government and some non-government employers in the United States offer a 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan.
There are two types of contributions that can be made to the Johnson County 457(b) Plan. You can save for retirement on a pre-tax basis (also known as a Traditional 457), a Roth after-tax basis, or a combination of both sources.
Here are the basic differences between the two:
- No taxes on contributions now
- Withdrawals taxed as ordinary income later
- Contributions reduce your adjusted gross income
- Earnings are tax-deferred until withdrawn
- Rollovers are allowed to other qualified plans and IRAs
- Required minimum distributions start at 73 or retirement, whichever is later
- Pay taxes on contributions now
- Withdrawals are tax-free later
- Contributions are subject to income tax withholding
- Earnings are tax-deferred until withdrawn
- Withdrawals are federal tax-free (qualifying conditions apply)
- Rollovers are allowed to another Roth 457(b) or Roth IRA
- No required minimum distributions
Whether you contribute on a pre-tax basis, Roth after-tax basis, or a combination of both:
- You decide, within IRS limits, how much of your income you want to defer.
- Johnson County will reduce your paycheck by that amount.
- You decide how your contributions are invested, utilizing one or more investment options available in the Johnson County Retirement Plans.
- Your 457(b) contributions have no effect on the benefits you will receive from Social Security. Your Social Security contributions and benefits (if applicable) will be based on your total pay, including the amounts paid into the 457(b) Plan.
- Pre-tax amounts in the 457(b) Plan are subject to the required minimum distribution (RMD) rules. A participant must begin taking annual distributions from the account by the later of age 73 or retirement. An IRS 25% penalty tax applies to any RMD amount not taken in a timely manner.
Which is right for you?
Once you’ve made the decision to contribute to the Johnson County 457(b) Plan, you need to look at how much and which contribution source is right for you.
Consider pre-tax contributions if you…
- Want to enjoy the benefits of deferring taxes
- Need to take home as much pay as possible
- Expect to be in a lower tax bracket in retirement
Consider Roth after-tax contributions if you…
- Like the idea of tax-free income in retirement
- Expect your salary to increase over time
- Can afford a reduction in take-home pay
Consider both pre-tax and Roth after-tax contributions if you…
- Aren’t sure whether your taxes will be lower or higher when you retire
- Want to diversify your tax strategy
- Still want to reduce your current taxable income
You should always seek the advice of a tax attorney or tax advisor prior to making a tax-related insurance/investment decision. The Voya® family of companies does not offer legal or tax advice.
The Johnson County Retirement Plans
The Johnson County Retirement Plans are a 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan and 401(a) Defined Contribution Plan. All Johnson County employees are automatically pre-enrolled in the 457(b) Plan to help make it easier to plan for their financial future today. Features of the Johnson County Retirement Plans include:
- Matching Contributions: Johnson County will match up to 4% of your base bi-weekly pay and invest it into the Johnson County 401(a) Plan.
- Investment Variety: The 457(b) and 401(a) Plans offer an array of investment options for you to choose from. Each option in the Plans’ lineup is designed to achieve a different investment objective. You can transfer your assets and future contributions among the investment options in the Plans to help reduce investment risk, subject to Voya’s Excessive Trading Policy.
- Advice and Guidance: Johnson County has teamed up with the investment professionals at Voya Retirement Advisors, LLC (VRA) to offer advice and guidance personalized for participants. VRA's advisory services let you choose from two simple solutions, Online Advice and Professional Management, based on your level of investment experience and the amount of time you want to spend managing your retirement plan account.
- Catch-up Contributions: A higher 457(b) contribution limit may be applicable through the Age 50 and over catch-up for participants who have attained age 50 during the calendar year, and through the 457 special election catch-up for participants in the three years prior to the year of normal retirement age. Please note, you may not use the Age 50 and over and 457 special election catch-up provisions during the same calendar year. You must select the provision which provides the higher contribution amount.
Have a COLA!
The IRS limits how much a participant can contribute annually to their employer-sponsored retirement savings plan. The limits are subject to change each year. The change is known as a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). Your local Voya representatives for Johnson County can help determine what your contribution limit is this year based on your age and years until retirement. For additional information, visit voya.com/irslimits.
Insurance products, annuities and retirement plan funding issued by (third party administrative services may also be provided by) Voya Retirement Insurance and Annuity Company, One Orange Way, Windsor, CT 06095-4774. Securities are distributed by Voya Financial Partners LLC (member SIPC). All companies are members of the Voya® family of companies. Securities may also be distributed through other broker-dealers with which Voya has selling agreements. Insurance obligations are the responsibility of each individual company. Product and services may not be available in all states.
The Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) is a defined benefit retirement plan that provides a pension benefit for life. Even though you may be only beginning your career, it’s important to start planning for your future today. Your KPERS pension is just one piece in the puzzle that is retirement planning.
KPERS includes three statewide retirement plans for state and local public employees:
- The Kansas Public Employees Retirement System
- The Kansas Police and Firemen's Retirement System (KP&F) and
- The Kansas Retirement System for Judges
Kansas law requires that all eligible employees employed by a KPERS employer are automatically enrolled and immediately become members. As an active member, you contribute a percentage of your gross earnings and your contributions earn interest annually. You automatically earn service credit for the years you work in a covered position. After a number of years of service, you are guaranteed a monthly retirement benefit for the rest of your life. This is called "vesting" your benefit.
KPERS has struggled with a long-term funding shortfall for more than a decade. Members are living longer and retiring earlier, which can increase liabilities. For over 18 years, state statue has kept employers from contributing at the rate required for proper funding, and the Great Recession in 2008 caused unprecedented investment losses. Changes were made in 2012 by the Kansas Legislature to answer this shortfall.
Log into your KPERS account at www.kpers.org to discover more about your KPERS benefit.
- Calculate your estimated KPERS retirement benefit.
- Get a personalized snapshot of how the changes may affect you.
- Find out what’s new
- Learn all about your KPERS benefits
PLUS you can...
- Call your KPERS representative* at 888.275.5737
- Email your KPERS representative* at firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting Personal (Savings)
No matter how diligent you’ve been in contributing to the Johnson County 457(b) Plan, how many service credits you’ve earned for KPERS, and how long you’ve contributed towards Social Security, your retirement planning puzzle may not be complete without income from personal savings.
Personal savings can be extremely helpful, and maybe necessary, to fill any possible income gaps in your retirement plan. Whether you are wondering how to save more in the Johnson County 457(b) Plan for retirement or are at the point in your career where you know you need to put more money aside during your remaining working years, one of the best ways to help find more money to save is by creating and managing a budget.
A budget can help you prioritize your spending, create an emergency fund for unexpected expenses, and save for personal financial goals. A budget can also help you determine how much you can afford to save for tomorrow while meeting the financial demands of today.
Where does my money go?
According to the 2022 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer expenditures report, the breakdown of essential expenses for the average American looks like this:
According to the consumer expenditures report, the average income before taxes in 2022 was $94,003. The average annual expenditures were $72,967, or 77.6% of the average income before taxes. How close are the Bureau of Labor’s percentages to your own? To answer that question, you’d have to sit down and work out a budget.
Think about the things you spend money on each month. If you just stay on top of your bills without a larger understanding of monthly income and your spending habits, it’s difficult to get a sense as to how much money you have to work with.
Where to start?
- Collect your last three months of bills. Categorize where your money goes each month and see if there's a pattern. Is your spending predictable or is it inconsistent?
- If it’s inconsistent, look at six months instead of three. This will help you get a better sense of where your money goes. Once you have an idea of the things you need to spend money on and the things you want but don’t necessarily need, you can start to think about spending and saving for the long-term.
- When making a big purchase such as a new home or car, remember to consider how it would impact your spending and saving plan.
Find the balance between your needs, wants, and savings
Visit voya.com/tool/budget-calculator to help stay on track for retirement by creating a 50/30/20 budget that is personalized to your priorities and situation.
The 50/30/20 approach to budgeting is a simple strategy that suggests you put up to 50% of your after-tax income toward needs (things you must have or can’t live without), 30% toward wants (things you can cut back on or do without), and 20% toward savings (money for future needs such as an emergency fund, retirement, and financial freedom).
In the beginning, setting up a budget can take a little time. For the first few months, sticking to your budget may require some discipline. In time, spending and saving according to your budget can become as common as paying your bills. In the end, that work to create and stick to a budget can really be worth the effort.
Most of us have grown up with a basic understanding of Social Security. It provides monthly benefits that replace part of the earnings that are lost when a worker retires, becomes disabled, or dies. Since its inception, most people have thought of Social Security as a given and for a long time that was true.
The challenge now facing Social Security is that many people currently working in the U.S. are part of the biggest labor force ever, the Baby Boomers. As Baby Boomers become eligible for Social Security, though, it has begun paying out more than it is taking in. This may cause challenges for future recipients both in terms of how much they will receive and how much they will need to supplement their retirement income from other sources.
What’s Your Normal Retirement Age (NRA)?
NRAs can be slightly different from person to person but most can begin receiving Social Security retirement benefits as early as age 62. Enter the year of your birth in the box below to see your NRA.
Over 64 million Americans receive a monthly Social Security benefit as of October 2023.2
The current Social Security monthly benefit check averages $1,709.70 (approximately $20,516 annually), $1,454.56 for survivor benefits (approximately $17,454 annually), and $1,352.32 for disability insurance (approximately $16,227 annually). Could you live comfortably on that?
Visit ssa.gov/myaccount to create a my Social Security account that provides personalized tools for everyone, whether you receive benefits or not. You can use your account to request a replacement Social Security card, check the status of an application, estimate future benefits, or manage the benefits you already receive.
2 Social Security Administration; Research, Statistics, & Policy Analysis. Monthly Statistical Snapshot, October 2023.
Need help with your retirement planning puzzle? You don’t have to do it alone.
Voya Financial® offers educational tools and resources to help you get and stay on track for retirement. Visit joco.voya.com to register or log into your account and get started.
Financial wellness is about the balance of living for today, saving for tomorrow, and building confidence along the way. To help guide you, log into your account and select the Financial Wellness tab at the top of the page. Complete your personal assessment to measure yourself across the six pillars of financial wellness and learn how to take meaningful actions for your financial future.
Orange Money is the money you need to save for retirement, versus green money, which can be spent now. The educational, interactive myOrangeMoney® online experience shows you how your current retirement savings may translate into monthly retirement income. It outlines where you stand today, highlights areas that need improvement, and lets you take immediate action to improve your readiness with an interactive slider.
IMPORTANT: The illustrations or other information generated by the calculators are hypothetical in nature, do not reflect actual investment results, and are not guarantees of future results. This information does not serve, either directly or indirectly, as legal, financial or tax advice and you should always consult a qualified professional legal, financial and/or tax advisor when making decisions related to your individual tax situation.