Deferred compensation plan

This page has information about the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS) deferred compensation plan which allows eligible employees to accumulate additional retirement savings on a tax-favored bas

What you need to know

Permanent full-time, seasonal and part-time employees are eligible to participate immediately upon hire.  You can choose to contribute pre-tax or after-tax dollars.  You can increase, decrease or stop your contribution amount on the first of any month. 

  • Pre-tax savings option -  This option can reduce your current federal taxable income.  You don't pay income taxes on your contribution or any earnings they accumulate until you make a withdrawal.
  • After-tax savings option - While you won't benefit from a reduction of your current federal taxable income, eligible withdrawals are tax-free. 

Your contributions are made after pension contributions and Social Security and Medicare taxes are deducted from your pay, so your participation in this plan will not affect pension or Social Security benefits.

Because this plan is designed for retirement savings, funds are not available until termination of employment, retirement, death, or in the event of an "unforeseen financial emergency" (as defined by the IRS).

Contribution limits

The minimum amount you may contribute per pay period is $10. The maximum amount you may contribute is $23,000 in 2024. Employees who are 50 or older can contribute $30,500 in 2024. If you are within three years of your normal retirement age (the age you are eligible for unreduced pension benefits), a "catch-up" provision may apply. Under federal law, the contribution limits are adjusted annually for inflation.

Enrollment and changes

The Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS) is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the deferred compensation plan (MNDCP).

Visit the MNDCP website

Information and the forms necessary to change your investment elections or contribution amounts are available on the forms section of the MNDCP website. You can also contact the MSRS Service Center. MSRS representatives will answer calls, review plan information, and process investment-related requests.

Get in touch with the MSRS Service Center any business day between 8 am and 4:30 pm:

Call 651-296-2761

Call 1-800-657-5757, option 3

Talk with the City's account manager

You can discuss how to set aside extra money for retirement through the deferred compensation plan with Mary Voss, the City’s account manager with the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS). You can also ask questions about enrollment or review your deferred compensation plan. Mary does not work on commission, and her only goal is to help you make the best decisions for your financial future.

To schedule a virtual appointment with Mary Voss use her online calendar or call 651-335-5397 or Mary.Voss@MSRS.US

To meet in person with Mary, she will be at the Public Service Building one Tuesday each month, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., email her directly to schedule a time.

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