This course covers the types, characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of IRC Section 403(b) plans, IRC Section 401(k) plans, and IRC Section 457 plans. Included in this course are explanations of elective deferrals, investment restrictions, and tax advantages of 403(b) plans; similarities and differences between 403(b) plans and 401(k) plans; and Section 457 governmental and nongovernmental plans.

Author: Michael B. Cates, MS, CFP®

Michael B. Cates, MS CFP® joined the College in 1986, and is the professor for the Income Tax Planning course of the CFP Certification Professional Education Program.  He received his CFP® certification in 1995, and completed the College's Master of Science degree program in 1997.  Mike is also the lead professor for the introductory Income Tax Planning cours ein the College's master's program.  In addition to his responsiblities at the College, Mike also maintains a tax planning and preparation firm in Aurora, Colorado.  You can reach Mike at

Complexity Level: Intermediate