112.21 Tax-sheltered annuities or custodial accounts for employees of governmental agencies.—A governmental agency, which means any state, county, local, or municipal governmental entity or any unit of government created or established by law, which is qualified under the United States Internal Revenue Code may provide, by written agreement between any such agency and any employee, to reduce the contract salary payable to such employee and, in consideration thereof, to pay an amount equal to the amount of such reduction to an insurance company licensed to do business in Florida; to a credit union, bank, or savings and loan association qualified to do business in Florida; or to a custodial account to be invested in regulated investment company stock to be held in such custodial account, as selected by the employee or employees, notwithstanding any other provision of law, with the concurrence of the employing agency, as premiums on an annuity contract issued in the name of such employee or as payment into a qualified custodial account established pursuant to s. 403(b) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.
(1) Any such annuity contract or custodial account shall be in such form, and be based upon such terms, as will qualify the payments thereon for tax deferment under the United States Internal Revenue Code. Such insurance annuity, savings, or investment products shall be underwritten and offered, in compliance with the applicable federal and state laws and regulations, by persons who are duly authorized by applicable state and federal authorities. All records identifying individual participants in any contract or account under this section and their personal account activities shall be confidential and are exempt from the provisions of s. 119.07(1).
(2) The amount of such reduction shall not exceed the amount excludable from income under s. 403(b) of the United States Internal Revenue Code and amendments and successor provisions thereto and shall be considered a part of the employee’s salary for all purposes other than federal income taxation.
(3) The purchase of such tax-sheltered annuity or other investment qualified under the United States Internal Revenue Code and not prohibited under the laws of this state for an employee shall impose no liability or responsibility whatsoever on the employing agency except to show that the payments have been remitted for the purposes for which deducted.
History.—s. 1, ch. 74-157; s. 1, ch. 76-78; s. 2, ch. 77-295; s. 1, ch. 87-7; s. 27, ch. 90-360; s. 34, ch. 96-406.