Taxed by Taxes? Treasury, IRS Issue Single-Employer Guidance

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations under section 430 of the Internal Revenue Code that provide employers sponsoring single-employer defined benefit plans with guidance regarding the determination of minimum required contributions under the new funding rules enacted as part of the Pension Protection Act of 2006. The proposed regulations, together with three earlier sets of proposed regulations, enable plan sponsors to determine the contribution requirements that apply to their defined benefit plans under the new funding regime, including the application of the quarterly contribution requirements.

Although the new funding rules are generally effective for plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2008, these regulations are proposed to be effective for plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2009. On Dec. 19, 2007, the Senate passed an amended version of the Pension Protection Technical Corrections Act of 2007 and on March 13, 2008, the House of Representatives passed similar legislation.

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