403(b) Plan

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DEFINITION of '403(b) Plan'

A retirement plan for certain employees of public schools, tax-exempt organizations and certain ministers.

Generally, retirement income accounts can invest in either annuities or mutual funds.

Also known as a "tax-sheltered annuity (TSA) plan."

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS '403(b) Plan'

The features of a 403(b) plan are very similar to those of a 401(k) plan. Employees may make salary deferral contributions that are usually limited by regulatory caps. Individual accounts in a 403(b) plan can be any of the following types:

- An annuity contract, which is provided through an insurance company
- A custodial account, which is invested in mutual funds
- A retirement income account set up for church employees

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