WSR 06-04-058

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

RETIREMENT SYSTEMS

[ Filed January 27, 2006, 1:58 p.m. , effective February 27, 2006 ]


Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

Purpose: To amend WAC 415-501-485 to more accurately reflect the IRS code and eliminate chances for misinterpretation.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 415-501-485.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 41.50.780(10).

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 06-01-048 on December 16, 2005.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: January 26, 2006.

Sandra J. Matheson

Director

OTS-8472.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 04-22-053, filed 10/29/04, effective 11/29/04)

WAC 415-501-485   How do I obtain a distribution?   Distribution from the plan is governed by Internal Revenue Code Sections 401 (a)(9) and 457(d); the treasury regulations interpreting these sections; and these rules to the extent they are not inconsistent with the Internal Revenue Code. The options for distribution are set forth in the DCP Distribution Booklet. The booklet will be mailed to you when your employer notifies the department of your termination of employment.

(1) Date of distribution. You may choose the date on which to begin distribution from your deferred compensation account, subject to the requirements in (a) through (c) of this subsection. The department must receive a properly completed distribution form from you at least thirty days prior to the date distribution is to begin.

(a) Earliest date. You may not begin distribution prior to your termination of employment, with the following exceptions:

(i) A distribution for an unforeseeable emergency under WAC 415-501-510;

(ii) A voluntary in-service distribution under subsection (4) of this section; or

(iii) A distribution from funds that were rolled into the deferred compensation account.

(b) Latest date. You must begin distribution on or before April 1st of the calendar year following the latter of:

(i) The calendar year in which you reach age seventy and one-half; or

(ii) The calendar year in which you retire.

(c) If you do not make a timely choice of distribution date, the department will begin distribution according to the minimum distribution requirements in IRC Section 401 (a)(9).

(2) Method of distribution. You must choose a distribution method (amount and frequency) from the payment options outlined in the DCP Distribution Booklet. Payment options include a lump sum payment, periodic payments, or an annuity purchase.

(a) Periodic payments must be at least fifty dollars per month (if paid monthly) or six hundred dollars per year.

(b) Beginning at age seventy and one-half or when you terminate employment, whichever comes later, payment must be in an amount to satisfy minimum distribution requirements in IRC Section 401 (a)(9).

(3) Voluntary in-service distribution. You may choose to withdraw the total amount payable to you under the plan while you are employed if the following three requirements are met:

(a) ((The total amount payable to you)) Your entire account value does not exceed five thousand dollars;

(b) You have not previously received an in-service distribution; and

(c) Your deferrals have been suspended during the preceding two-year period ending on the date of the in-service distribution.

(4) Unforeseeable emergencies. See WAC 415-501-510.

(5) Rehire. If you terminate and then return to employment for an eligible employer, you may reenroll in the plan. The department will stop your distribution, if applicable, and void any choices of distribution date and method made prior to reenrollment.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.50.050(5), 41.50.780(10), and 41.50.770. 04-22-053, 415-501-485, filed 10/29/04, effective 11/29/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.50.050(5), 41.50.030(2), 41.50.088(2), 41.50.770, and 41.50.780, 26 U.S.C. (Internal Revenue Code) and related tax regulations. 02-01-121, 415-501-485, filed 12/19/01, effective 1/1/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.50.770, [41.50.]780 and 41.50.050. 00-11-104, amended and recodified as 415-501-485, filed 5/18/00, effective 6/18/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.50.050 and 41.50.780(11). 96-16-020, 415-512-085, filed 7/29/96, effective 7/29/96.]