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When it comes to planning for retirement, the tax-advantages of qualified pension plans are hard to beat, for example:

  • Growth inside a qualified pension plan is not taxable until distributed.
  • Within limits, contributions made by an employer to a plan are deductible.
  • Allowable employee contributions are not taxable until distributed.


The kinds of plans available are numerous, from the traditional defined benefit pension plan, the popular defined contribution 401(k) plan, to the newer simple plans. What all these plans have in common, however, is that they have to be sponsored by an employer.

In addition, purchasing life insurance inside a qualified plan may provide a meaningful death benefit to the participant's heirs while minimizing the current out-of-pocket costs to the participant.

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For more information on this subject, and professional guidance in selecting the right kind and amount of insurance coverage, contact your life insurance producer.

This material is not intended to be used, nor can it be used by any taxpayer, for the purpose of avoiding U.S. federal, state or local tax penalties. This material is written to support the promotion or marketing of the transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed by this material. Pacific Life, its distributors and their respective representatives do not provide tax, accounting or legal advice. Any taxpayer should seek advice based on the taxpayer's particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.

Pacific Life does not provide qualified plan administrative services or impartial investment advice, and does not act in a fiduciary capacity for any plan.

Pacific Life refers to Pacific Life Insurance Company and its affiliates, including Pacific Life & Annuity Company. Insurance products are issued by Pacific Life Insurance Company in all states except New York and in New York by Pacific Life & Annuity Company. Product availability and features may vary by state. Each insurance company is solely responsible for the financial obligations accruing under the products it issues. Insurance products and their guarantees, including optional benefits and any fixed subaccount crediting rates, are backed by the financial strength and claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company, but they do not protect the value of the variable investment options. Look to the strength of the life insurance company with regard to such guarantees as these guarantees are not backed by the broker-dealer, insurance agency or their affiliates from which this product is purchased. Neither these entities nor their representatives make any representation or assurance regarding the claims-paying ability of the life insurance company. Variable insurance products are distributed by Pacific Select Distributors, Inc., (member FINRA & SIPC), a subsidiary of Pacific Life Insurance Company, and an affiliate of Pacific Life & Annuity Company, and are available through licensed third-pary broker-dealers.

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