IRS Gives Underfunded Multiemployer Defined Benefit Plans More Time to Make WRERA Elections

Cynthia Stamer
May 4, 2009 — 2,140 views  
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On March 27, 2009, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2009-31, 2009-16 I.R.B. 856, providing guidance to multiemployer defined plans making elections described in sections 204 and 205 of the Worker, Retiree, and Employer Recovery Act of 2008, P.L. 110-458 (WRERA).  These elections relate to provisions of Section 432 of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) by the Pension Protection Act of 2006, P.L. 109-280 (PPA) that impose requirements on multiemployer defined benefit plans that are significantly underfunded.  

Notice 2009-42 to be published at I.R.B. 2009-20 on May 18, 2009, extends the time period for making elections described in section 204 of the WRERA. In addition, if (1) as of the otherwise applicable deadline (i.e., the deadline for a plan as modified by this notice) for making an election under section 204 or 205, a plan sponsor has been unable to reach agreement as to whether to make the election, so that the decision must be resolved through an arbitration process; (2) the plan sponsor makes an election by the otherwise applicable deadline that is contingent on the resolution of the arbitration; and (3) the resolution is to not make an election, then the IRS will automatically approve a request to revoke the election.

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