Savings Plan
401(k)

The Hess Corporation Employees’ Savings Plan (Savings Plan) is a 401(k) plan both you and the company contribute to that provides retirement income based on your contributions, the performance of the investment funds in which you choose to invest, IRS-allowed tax advantages, compound interest, and more.

COVID-19 and the Savings Plan—401(k)

Savings Plan Distributions

Provisions of The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act can provide financial relief.

You may take coronavirus-related hardship distributions from qualified retirement plans of up to $100,000 without paying the 10% early distribution tax. You still must pay federal income taxes on these distributions, but the tax can be spread over a three-year period. If you pay back the distribution within three years, the tax will be refunded.

Fidelity can help you with benefits information and resources to help you more effectively manage your money and 401(k) savings.

How The Plan Works

Eligibility

Full-time and part-time employees are eligible to participate in the Savings Plan on their date of hire. Your contributions will begin a few weeks after you enroll.

Contributions

You decide how much you would like to contribute to the Savings Plan, from 1 to 50 percent of your pay each year up to IRS limits. Any contributions you make to the plan are made through convenient paycheck deductions.

In addition to deciding how much to contribute, you also decide whether you want to contribute on a before-tax, Roth after-tax or regular after-tax basis. (If you are age 50 or older, you can also make catch-up contributions.) Each type of contribution is held in a separate account. All contribution types are eligible for the company match, but company matching contributions are always made to your before-tax account.

The Company Match

Who doesn’t love free money? When you participate in the Savings Plan, you get paid to save!

You are eligible for the company match as soon as you enroll in the plan and begin making contributions. If you contribute more than 6 percent and reach the IRS annual limit before the end of the year, the company will continue making the matching contribution until 6 percent of your eligible pay is matched.

See page 11 of the 2020 Hess Savings Plan Investment Guide for an example of how the company match can help your account grow more quickly. It assumes your annual pay is $75,000, you contribute 6 percent and the rate of return is 6 percent. After 25 years, your account balance will have an extra $348,065 with the company match. Keep in mind, however, that the company match is discretionary, which means the company intends to provide the match but may decide it needs to change or stop the match. 

Your Contribution Options

  • Before-Tax Contributions
    Before-tax contributions come out of your paycheck before federal (and, in most cases, state) income tax is deducted. So, you’re taxed on a lower amount of income, which means you get a tax break up front. And the money you save—including investment earnings—won’t be taxed until you withdraw it from the plan after age 59½.
  • Roth After-Tax Contributions
    The Roth feature means you contribute after-tax dollars into the Savings Plan, so you won’t have to pay taxes on these contributions when you take them out. With a Roth account, your earnings come out tax-free, provided you hold the account for at least five years and don’t withdraw the money until at least age 59½.
  • Regular After-Tax Contributions
    You can contribute regular after-tax dollars into the Savings Plan. You can take out regular after-tax contributions while you are still working—in full at any time or a portion once every 12 months. Any associated earnings will be subject to ordinary income tax and a 10 percent penalty if withdrawn before age 59½.
  • Catch-Up Contributions
    If you’re age 50 or older, consider making additional catch-up contributions up to the IRS annual limit, which can help you boost your savings before you retire. See the Key Terms section on page 24 of the 2020 Hess Savings Plan Investment Guide for more details.

There are two tax-advantaged ways you can contribute to the savings plan. You can make before-tax payroll deductions or after-tax “Roth” contributions. This chart can help you decide whether your contributions should be before-tax, Roth or a combination of both.

 BEFORE-TAX CONTRIBUTIONSROTH CONTRIBUTIONS
FundingFunded with before tax dollars.Funded with after-tax dollars.
Tax BenefitsYou defer paying taxes; your balance grows tax free.You pay taxes up front, but your contributions grow tax free.
Tax Treatment When You Withdraw The Money In RetirementYou pay taxes on before-tax contributions and earnings.You pay no taxes on contributions or earnings if you’re at least 59½ (or you die, or you become disabled and you’ve held the Roth contributions for at least five years).
Why?
  • You think you’ll be in a lower tax bracket when you retire.
  • You’re OK not knowing exactly what you’ll owe when you retire.
  • You think you’ll be in a higher tax bracket when you retire.
  • You want the certainty of knowing exactly how much you’ll have in retirement.

How Saving Before-Tax Works*

 SAVING IN THE PLAN
WITH BEFORE-TAX DOLLARS
SAVING OUTSIDE THE PLAN
WITH AFTER-TAX DOLLARS
Your Annual Pay$75,000$75,000
Your Before-Tax Contribution At 6%$4,500$0
Taxable Income$70,500$75,000
Federal Tax Withheld$10,534$11,524
Net Income$59,966$63,476
After-Tax Savings Outside The Plan$0$4,500
Spendable Income$59,966$58,976
Savings Advantage$990$0
* This example is hypothetical and for illustrative purposes only. Actual taxes will vary; based on 2020 standard deduction and exemption amounts.

Choose Your Investments

The Savings Plan offers a wide variety of investment funds, so you can choose the ones that best fit your financial goals, risk tolerance and time horizon for using the money. You invest your contributions and the company matching contributions, so your savings have the potential to grow into even more money. You can choose individual stock and bond funds, or you can select from several pre-mixed funds that invest in both types of assets. See the 2020 Hess Savings Plan Investment Guide for more information about your investment options.

IRS Annual Limits

The IRS determines the maximum combined amount that can be contributed to 401(k) plans each year. For 2020, the maximum you can contribute to the Hess Savings Plan using before-tax or Roth contributions is $19,500 (or $26,000 with catch-up contributions). In 2020, total contributions (yours and Hess’) to the Hess Savings Plan are limited to $57,000. If you’re age 50 or older, you can contribute an additional $6,500, for a total of $63,500. Your before-tax, Roth after-tax, regular after-tax and company matching contributions all count toward the annual limits.

The table below provides a breakdown of each type of contribution you can make.

 Contributions
RegularCatch-UpTotal
Combined Before-Tax and Roth After-Tax$19,500$6,500$26,000
Company MatchVaries depending on eligible payNot applicableVaries depending on eligible pay
Regular After-Tax*$37,500 less company matchNot applicable$37,500 less company match
Combined Total$57,000$6,500$63,500
* Assumes maximum before-tax and Roth after-tax contributions. It’s possible to contribute as little as $0 before-tax and Roth after-tax and $57,000 regular after-tax.

Withdrawals and Loans

You can change your contributions to the Savings Plan at any time, increasing or decreasing as necessary. Additionally, you are automatically vested in your contributions, the company’s matching contributions and any earnings on those contributions, meaning the money in your account belongs solely to you.

When you make a withdrawal, the amount you receive will be based on the current market value of your investments. While the money in your Savings Plan is intended to be used for retirement, there are other times you can access the money in your account, such as if or when:

  • You leave the company. Any before-tax contributions you made will be taxable in full. However, you may be able to roll it over to another company’s plan or into an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) and continue to defer taxes.
  • You reach age 591/2. You can make withdrawals once you reach this age even if you are not yet retired. Withdrawals of before-tax contributions and earnings will be subject to ordinary income tax. If held for at least five years, withdrawals of Roth after-tax contributions and earnings will not be subject to tax. Withdrawals of regular after-tax contributions will not be taxed, but earnings will be subject to ordinary income tax.
  • You take out a loan. You can borrow from your Savings Plan account while you are working for Hess. An interest rate is established for your loan, which you pay through regular payroll deductions. Your Savings Plan payments—including all interest payments—are made to your own account. In effect, you pay yourself back with interest. Loans are made to you tax free.
  • You have an immediate financial hardship. In certain situations, withdrawals are allowed at any time after you have exhausted any distributions under the Savings Plan. However, hardship withdrawals may be subject to a 10 percent tax in addition to ordinary income tax. See your Summary Plan Description (SPD) for more details on what qualifies as a hardship.

When you access your account following retirement, before-tax contributions and associated earnings, and regular after-tax earnings will be taxable in full. If you would like, you can request that the entire account be paid to you as a lump sum. If your vested account balance is more than $1,000, you can leave your money in the Savings Plan until age 701/2 or roll over your taxable distribution into an IRA or another eligible retirement plan.

Designate Your Beneficiaries

You must designate a beneficiary for the Savings Plan—401(k) to ensure that, in the event of your death, the benefits are distributed according to your wishes. To designate or change beneficiaries for the Savings Plan—401(k), visit the Hess Benefits Center at Fidelity. Click Profile, then Beneficiaries.

Take Action

The Hess Benefits Center at Fidelity

You can visit the Hess Benefits Center at Fidelity at any time to:

  • Increase or decrease your contribution rate
  • Reallocate your investment choices
  • Request a loan
  • Make a withdrawal
  • Change your personal identification number (PIN)
  • Evaluate different investment options
  • Learn more about investing
  • And more!

If you prefer to speak with a benefits specialist, call 1-877-511-4377, Option 2. They can help you enroll, make transactions or find additional plan information. You can also request a prospectus, which contains more detailed fund information, including investment approaches, fees and risks. Please read all information carefully before investing.

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This website provides highlights of the Hess Corporation benefits plans and programs for 2020. If there is any discrepancy between the information provided on this website and the official plan documents, the official plan documents will govern. Hess reserves the right to amend or terminate the plans at its discretion at any time.