Section XIX-701 - Benefit Limitations (Louisiana Code of Regulations)

§ XIX-701. Benefit Limitations

A. Definitions. For purposes of Chapter 7, the following definitions apply.

Annual Benefit - a benefit that is payable annually in the form of a straight life annuity.

Defined Benefit Dollar Limitation - effective for limitation years ending after December 31, 2001, $160,000, automatically adjusted under IRC § 415(d), effective January 1 of each year, as published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin, and payable in the form of a straight life annuity:

a. the new limitation shall apply to limitation years ending with or within the calendar year of the date of the adjustment, but a participant 's benefits shall not reflect the adjusted limit prior to January 1 of that calendar year;

b. the automatic annual adjustment of the defined benefit dollar limitation under IRC § 415(d) shall apply to participants who have had a separation from employment.

B. Annual Benefit Determination

1. Except as provided below, where a benefit is payable in a form other than a straight life annuity, the benefit shall be adjusted to an actuarially equivalent straight life annuity that begins at the same time as such other form of benefit and is payable on the first day of each month, before applying the limitations of this Part.

2. For a participant who has or will have distributions commencing at more than one annuity starting date, the annual benefit shall be determined as of each such annuity starting date (and shall satisfy the limitations of this Part as of each such date), actuarially adjusting for past and future distributions of benefits commencing at the other annuity starting dates.

a. For this purpose, the determination of whether a new annuity starting date has occurred shall be made:

i. without regard to U.S. Treasury regulations § 1. 401(a)-20, Q and A-10(d); and

ii. with regard to U.S. Treasury regulations § 1. 415(b)1(b)(1)(iii)(B) and (C).

3. The determination of the annual benefit shall take into account Social Security supplements described in IRC § 411(a)(9) and benefits transferred from another defined benefit plan, other than transfers of distributable benefits pursuant to U.S. Treasury regulations § 1. 411(d)-4, Q and A-3(c), but shall disregard benefits attributable to employee contributions or rollover contributions.

C. Actuarial Adjustment. No actuarial adjustment to the benefit shall be made for:

1. survivor benefits payable to a surviving spouse under a qualified joint and survivor annuity to the extent such benefits would not be payable if the participant 's benefit were paid in another form;

2. benefits that are not directly related to retirement benefits (such as a qualified disability benefit, preretirement incidental death benefits, and postretirement medical benefits); or

3. the inclusion in the form of benefit of an automatic benefit increase feature, provided the form of benefit is not subject to IRC § 417(e)(3) and would otherwise satisfy the limitations of this Part, and the plan provides that the amount payable under the form of benefit in any limitation year shall not exceed the limits of this Part applicable at the annuity starting date, as increased in subsequent years pursuant to IRC § 415(d);

a. for this purpose, an automatic benefit increase feature is included in a form of benefit if the form of benefit provides for automatic, periodic increases to the benefits paid in that form.

D. Acturarial Equivalent - Straight Life Annuity

1. Effective for distributions in plan year s beginning after December 31, 2003, the determination of actuarial equivalence of forms of benefit other than a straight life annuity shall be made in accordance with Subparagraph a of this Paragraph.

a. The straight life annuity that is actuarially equivalent to the participant 's form of benefit shall be determined under this Subparagraph if the form of the participant 's benefit is either:

i. a nondecreasing annuity (other than a straight life annuity) payable for a period of not less than the life of the participant (or, in the case of a qualified pre-retirement survivor annuity, the life of the surviving spouse); or

ii. an annuity that decreases during the life of the participant merely because of:

(a). the death of the survivor annuitant (but only if the reduction is not below 50 percent of the benefit payable before the death of the survivor annuitant); or

(b). the cessation or reduction of Social Security supplements or qualified disability payments (as defined in IRC § 401(a)(11)).

2. For limitation years beginning before July 1, 2007, the actuarially equivalent straight life annuity is equal to the annual amount of the straight life annuity commencing at the same annuity starting date that has the same actuarial present value as the participant 's form of benefit computed using whichever of the following produces the greater annual amount:

a. the interest rate and mortality table (or other tabular factor) specified in the plan for adjusting benefits in the same form; and

b. 5 percent interest rate assumption and the applicable mortality table defined in the plan for that annuity starting date.

3. For limitation years beginning on or after July 1, 2007, the actuarially equivalent straight life annuity is equal to the greater of:

a. the annual amount of the straight life annuity (if any) payable to the participant under the plan commencing at the same annuity starting date as the participant 's form of benefit; and

b. the annual amount of the straight life annuity commencing at the same annuity starting date that has the same actuarial present value as the participant 's form of benefit, computed using a 5 percent interest rate assumption and the applicable mortality table defined in the plan for that annuity starting date.

(Promulgated by the Board of Trustees of the Assessors' Retirement Fund, LR 39:2190 (August 2013).)

AUTHORITY NOTE: Promulgated in accordance with the provisions of R.S. 11:1404(A) and R.S. 49.950 et seq.

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