More retirement-related regulatory news for plan sponsors, including links to detailed information.
Proposed rule on claims procedure for plan providing disability benefits; extension of applicability date
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed a delay to the applicability of the final rule amending the claims procedure requirements applicable to ERISA-covered employee benefit plans that provide disability benefits for 90 days—through April 1, 2018.
The final rule was published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2016, and became effective on January 18, 2017. The rule is currently scheduled to apply to claims for disability benefits under ERISA-covered employee benefit plans that are filed on or after January 1, 2018.
For more information on the proposed rule, click here.
Guidance providing funding methods for single-employer defined benefit plans
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released two pieces of guidance providing funding methods for single-employer defined benefit plans.
Revenue Procedure 2017-56 updates Rev. Proc. 2000-40 to take into account the provisions of § 430 of the Internal Revenue Code, which was enacted as part of the Pension Protection Act of 2006. This revenue procedure provides automatic approval for certain changes in funding method used for single-employer defined benefit plans for calculations described under § 430. The approvals under this revenue procedure are granted in accordance with § 412(d)(1) of the Code and section 302(d)(1) of ERISA.
Revenue Procedure 2017-57 updates Rev. Proc. 2000-41 to take into account the enactment of subsequent legislation. This revenue procedure sets forth the procedure for obtaining approval of the IRS for a change in the funding method used for a defined benefit plan, as provided by § 412(d)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code and section 302(d)(1) of ERISA. This revenue procedure also sets forth the procedure for obtaining approval of the IRS to revoke an election relating to interest rates pursuant to § 430(h)(2)(D)(ii) or § 430(h)(2)(E) of the Code and the corresponding sections of ERISA.
For more information on Revenue Procedure 2017-56, click here.
For more information on Revenue Procedure 2017-57, click here.