OregonSaves Program: Everything you need to know

OregonSaves Program: Everything you need to know

OregonSaves Program:
Everything you need to know

By Michael White, HRO Manager, Trüpp.

What is it?

OregonSaves is a Roth IRA (deductions are not pre-tax) savings program that is required for employers that do not currently offer a qualifying retirement program. Employees are auto-enrolled by their employer in the plan, but are given a 30-day window in which to opt out of the plan. The state Treasury Department is the fiduciary and the plan is administered by Ascensus.

What do employees need to know?

  • Employees can opt out of the program at any time, including before the first deductions are made.
  • Auto-enrollment is set at 5%, but employees have the option to adjust the deduction higher or lower.
  • Employees can choose to withdraw their contributions without a penalty since the deductions were made post-tax. The principal will be tax free, but any earnings are subject to IRS rules and may be taxed.
  • This is a portable benefit, meaning your Roth IRA will follow you if you leave or change employers.
  • Currently, non-payroll contributions are not allowed, but at some point, this may be an option.

What do employers need to know?

  • Employers have a target date to register, based on the size of the company. The schedule can be found here.
  • Once employers register, they will receive information from Ascensus regarding when they need to start making payroll deductions. The first wave of employers, these with 100+ employees, are required to register by November 15; they must start making contributions January 1, 2018.
  • Employers that already offer a qualifying retirement plan must certify with the state every three years.
  • OregonSaves cannot be offered to employees in addition to a company-sponsored retirement plan, and employers are not allowed to stop offering an established plan to participate in OregonSaves.

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