Internal Revenue Bulletin: 2004-10
March 8, 2004
Table of Contents
Section 412(i) plans; deductibility; listed transactions. This ruling gives an example where a qualified pension plan cannot be a section 412(i) plan if the plan holds life insurance contracts and annuity contracts for the benefit of a participant that provide for benefits at normal retirement age in excess of the participant’s benefits at normal retirement age under the terms of the plan. The ruling also addresses when certain employer contributions to purchase life insurance coverage for a participant in a defined benefit plan are deductible and whether those transactions are “listed transactions.” Rev. Rul. 55-748 modified and superseded.
Nondiscrimination; section 412(i) plan. This ruling provides an example where a plan that is funded, in whole or in part, with life insurance contracts may not satisfy the requirements of Code section 401(a)(4) prohibiting discrimination in favor of highly compensated employees.
COBRA and Medicare entitlement. The COBRA continuation coverage period can be expanded from 18 to 36 months if a second qualifying event occurs. Medicare entitlement of a covered employee is one of the listed events that can be a second qualifying event. This ruling holds that Medicare entitlement is not a second qualifying event unless (ignoring the first qualifying event) it would result in a loss of coverage under the group health plan.
Proposed regulations under section 402 of the Code provide rules regarding the amount includible in a participant's income when a life insurance contract is distributed from a qualified plan, and provide rules under sections 79 and 83 imposing similar valuation requirements for those other employer-provided life insurance arrangements. A public hearing is scheduled for June 9, 2004.
Fair market value; distributions; qualified retirement plans. This procedure provides interim guidance on how fair market value may be determined in the instance of distributions from a qualified retirement plan.
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