Pension News

The Multiemployer Plans Committee submitted a comment letter to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) on modifications to the instructions for the 2017 Schedule MB (Multiemployer Defined Benefit Plan Actuarial Information) of the Form 5500.
(November 20, 2017)
The Academy published a new Essential Elements paper, Tax Treatment of Pensions and Insurance Protections, highlighting select tax treatments of pensions and insurance protections, and outlining the potential public policy trade-offs of changes to the tax code. Essential Elements is a series designed to make actuarial analyses of public policy issues clearer to general audiences.
(November 13, 2017)
The Academy announced a position statement in support of policy and educational initiatives to increase retirement income options within employer-sponsored defined contribution (DC) plans. Read the news release
(October 31, 2017)
The Pension Committee submitted a comment letter to the AICPA Employee Benefit Expert Panel on the current ASC 960 reporting standards for defined benefit pension plans. (October 27, 2017)
The Pension Practice Council sent a comment letter to the Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System Board regarding the newly-adopted Terminated-Vested Member Buyout Program. (October 23, 2017)
The Pension Committee submitted a comment letter to the ERISA Advisory Council regarding the Annual Funding Notice for Defined Benefit Plans (AFN). (August 16, 2017)
The Intersector Group released the notes of its May 2017 meeting with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and the notes of its May 2017 meeting with the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service. (August 3, 2017)
The Social Security Committee released an issue brief on the 2017 Social Security Trustees Report that examines the social insurance program’s long-term solvency issues and recommends that Congress should act soon to improve the long-term financial outlook of the program. (July 31, 2017)
The Pension Practice Council (PPC) published an issue brief that explores various methods to measure the financial health of pension plans. (July 13, 2017)
The Academy hosted a Capitol Hill briefing in connection with the release of its issue brief, Multiemployer Pension Plans: Potential Paths Forward. Pension Practice Council Vice President Bill Hallmark and Vice-Chairperson Josh Shapiro, and Christian Benjaminson, a member of the Multiemployer Plans Subcommittee, gave a presentation on how to address failing multiemployer plans and strengthen the multiemployer pension system. Senior Pension Fellow Ted Goldman moderated. (June 27, 2017)
The newest issue of Retirement Account includes items on the Multiemployer Committee’s Capitol Hill briefing on multiemployer pension plans; the Social Security Committee’s issue brief on Social Security and women; and comments to the IRS and Treasury Department on projections of cash balance plan benefits. (June 27, 2017)
The Pension Committee submitted a comment letter to the IRS and Treasury Department on the projection of benefits under cash balance plans with variable interest credits. (May 12, 2017)
The Social Security Committee produced an issue brief that discusses gender-related factors that can cause differences to the benefits women and men receive from Social Security. Read the news release.  (May 12, 2017)
The Pension Committee (PC) submitted a comment letter to the Actuarial Standards Board (ASB) on the proposed Actuarial Standard of Practice (ASOP), Setting Assumptions. (May 2, 2017)
The Pension Practice Council sent a letter to Congressional leaders on pension-related revenue offsets. (April 18, 2017)
The Pension Committee submitted a comment letter to the IRS on an update to mortality tables for determining the present value for defined benefit pension plans. (March 30, 2017)
The Multiemployer Plans Subcommittee released notes from its meeting on Feb. 22 with officials of the Treasury and Labor departments, and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation to discuss applications by multiemployer pension plans in critical and declining status to suspend benefits or partition liabilities. (March 23, 2017)
The spring issue of Retirement Account covers a presentation of “Longevity and Retirement Security” by Senior Pension Fellow Ted Goldman to a U.S. Chamber of Commerce retirement forum; notes from a Multiemployer Subcommittee meeting with members of the PBGC, and Treasury and Labor departments on multiemployer pension plans; an issue brief by the Pension Cost Work Group on pension cost recognition; and more. (March 23, 2017)
The Pension Committee submitted a comment letter to the U.S. Treasury Department requesting guidance from the IRS and Treasury to resolve uncertainties that exist as to how variable annuity plans should be valued for minimum funding and Internal Revenue Code (IRC) §417(e) purposes. (March 9, 2017)
The Multiemployer Pension Plans Subcommittee submitted a comment letter to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) on alternative two-pool withdrawal liability methods. (February 24, 2017)