§ XVIII-102. Required Minimum Distributions
1. Unless the member has elected otherwise on or before December 31, 1983, the entire benefit of a member shall be distributed over a period not longer than the longest of the following periods:
a. the member's life;
b. if the member is married, the life of the member's designated beneficiary;
c. the member's life expectancy;
d. the joint life and last survivor life expectancy of the member and his designated beneficiary.
2. If the member is married and his spouse survives him, the designated beneficiary for at least a qualified joint and survivor annuity and 50 percent of his deferred retirement option plan account shall be his spouse, unless such spouse has consented to the contrary in writing before a notary public. For purposes of this Paragraph, spouse shall mean that person who is married to the member under a legal regime of community of acquets and gains on his effective date of retirement or effective date of participation in the deferred retirement option plan, whichever is earlier.
3. If the member was a member on or before December 31, 1983, he shall be deemed to have made the election referred to herein. If a member dies after the commencement of his benefits, the remaining portion of his benefit shall be distributed at least as rapidly as before his death. Payment of survivor benefits shall not be considered to violate this provision.
1. If the member dies before his benefit has commenced the remainder of such interest shall be distributed to the member's beneficiary within five years after the date of such member's death.
2. Paragraph 1 of this Subsection shall not apply to any portion of a member's benefit which is payable to or for the benefit of a designated beneficiary or beneficiaries, over the life of or over the life expectancy of such beneficiary, so long as such distributions begin not later than one year after the date of the member's death, or, in the case of the member's surviving spouse, the date the member would have attained the age of 70 1/2. If the designated beneficiary is the member's surviving spouse and if the surviving spouse dies before the distribution of benefits commences, then Paragraph 1 of this Subsection shall be applied as if the surviving spouse were the member. If the designated beneficiary is a child of the member, for purposes of satisfying the requirement of Paragraph 1 of this Subsection, any amount paid to such child shall be treated as if paid to the member's surviving spouse if such amount would become payable to such surviving spouse, if alive, upon the child's reaching age eighteen or, if later, upon the child's completing a designated event. For purposes of the preceding sentence, a designated event shall be the later of the date the child is no longer disabled, or the date the child ceases to be a full-time student or attains age 23, if earlier.
3. Paragraph 1 of this Subsection shall not apply if the distribution of the member's interest has commenced and is for a term certain over a period permitted in Subsection A of this Section.
4. Paragraph 1 of this Subsection shall not apply if the member has elected otherwise on or before December 31, 1983, or such later date to which such election period shall be subject under Internal Revenue Codesection 401(a)
C. As to any benefit payable by the retirement system which is not optional as of December 31, 1983, the member shall be considered to have made the election referred to in Subsections A and B of this Section, if he was a member on or before such time.
D. If by operation of law or by action of the board of trustees, a survivor benefit is payable to a specified person or persons, the member shall be considered to have designated such person as an alternate beneficiary hereunder. If there is more than one such person, then the youngest disabled child shall be considered to have been so designated, or, if none, then the youngest person entitled to receive a survivor benefit shall be considered to have been so designated. The designation of a designated beneficiary hereunder shall not prevent payment to multiple beneficiaries but shall only establish the permitted period of payments.
E. Payment in accordance with the survivor benefit provisions of R.S. 11:2220.4 and 2222 shall be deemed not to violate Subsections A and B of this Section.
F. This Section shall be effective for members of the system who complete any service under the system on or after July 1, 1992, with employers contributing to the system.
G. Distributions from the system shall be made in accordance with the requirements set forth in Internal Revenue Code section 401(a)(9), including the minimum distribution incidental benefit rules applicable thereunder.
1. A member's benefits shall commence to be paid on or before the required beginning date.
2. The required beginning date shall be April 1 of the calendar year following the later of the calendar year in which the member attains 70 1/2 years of age, or the calendar year in which the employee retires. Effective for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 1998, the required beginning date shall be April 1 of the year following the later of the year the member attained 70 1/2 or the year he terminated employment.(Promulgated by the Department of the Treasury, Board of Trustees of the Municipal Police Employees' Retirement System, LR 39:1487 (June 2013).)
AUTHORITY NOTE: Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 11:2225(B).
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