Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
Notice of interest rates and assumptions.
This notice informs the public of the interest rates and assumptions to be used under certain Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation regulations. These rates and assumptions are published elsewhere (or can be derived from rates published elsewhere), but are collected and published in this notice for the convenience of the public. Interest rates are also published on the PBGC's Web site (http://www.pbgc.gov).
The required interest rate for determining the variable-rate premium under part 4006 applies to premium payment years beginning in March 2006. The interest assumptions for performing multiemployer plan valuations following mass withdrawal under part 4281 apply to valuation dates occurring in April 2006.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Catherine B. Klion, Attorney, Legislative and Regulatory Department, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, 1200 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20005, 202-326-4024. (TTY/TDD users may call the Federal relay service toll-free at 1-800-877-8339 and ask to be connected to 202-326-4024.)End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Section 4006(a)(3)(E)(iii)(II) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and § 4006.4(b)(1) of the PBGC's regulation on Premium Rates (29 CFR part 4006) prescribe use of an assumed interest rate (the “required interest rate”) in determining a single-employer plan's variable-rate premium. The required interest rate is the “applicable percentage” (currently 85 percent) of the annual yield on 30-year Treasury securities for the month preceding the beginning of the plan year for which premiums are being paid (the “premium payment year”). (After a five-year hiatus, the Treasury Department issued 30-year securities during February 2006. To take yields on the new securities into account, the Internal Revenue Service has determined the annual yield on 30-year Treasury securities for February 2006 to be the average of the yield on the 30-year Treasury bond maturing in February 2031 determined each business day in February 2006 through February 8, 2006, and the yield on the 30-year Treasury bond maturing in February 2036 determined each business day for the balance of February 2006. The required interest rate to be used in determining variable-rate premiums for premium payment years beginning in March 2006 is 3.89 percent (i.e., 85 percent of the 4.58 percent Treasury securities rate for February 2006).
The Pension Funding Equity Act of 2004 (“PFEA”)—under which the required interest rate is 85 percent of the annual rate of interest determined by the Secretary of the Treasury on amounts invested conservatively in long-term investment grade corporate bonds for the month preceding the beginning of the plan year for which premiums are being paid—applies only for premium payment years beginning in 2004 or 2005. Congress is considering legislation that would extend the PFEA rate for one more year. If legislation that changes the rules for determining the required interest rate for plan years beginning in March 2006 is adopted, the PBGC will promptly publish a Federal Register notice with the new rate.
The following table lists the required interest rates to be used in determining variable-rate premiums for premium payment years beginning between April 2005 and March 2006.
|For premium payment years beginning in:||The required interest rate is:|
Multiemployer Plan Valuations Following Mass Withdrawal
The PBGC's regulation on Duties of Plan Sponsor Following Mass Withdrawal (29 CFR part 4281) prescribes the use of interest assumptions under the PBGC's regulation on Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans (29 CFR part 4044). The interest assumptions applicable to valuation dates in April 2006 under part 4044 are contained in an amendment to part 4044 published elsewhere in today's Federal Register Tables showing the assumptions applicable to prior periods are codified in appendix B to 29 CFR part 4044.Start Signature
Issued in Washington, DC, on this 8th day of March 2006.
Vincent K. Snowbarger,
Deputy Executive Director, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
[FR Doc. E6-3699 Filed 3-14-06; 8:45 am]
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