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WAC 415-02-752

How does the department comply with Internal Revenue Code compensation limit rules?

(1) As used in this section, the term "eligible member" means a person who first became a member of the plan prior to the plan year beginning after December 31, 1995. Pursuant to section 13212 (d)(3)(A) of OBRA '93, and the regulations issued under that section, eligible members are not subject to the limits of section 401 (a)(17) of the Internal Revenue Code, and the maximum compensation used in computing employee and employer contributions to or benefits due from the plan for eligible members shall be the maximum amount allowed by the plan to be so used on July 1, 1993. The limits referenced in subsections (2) and (3) of this section apply only to years beginning after December 31, 1995, and only to individuals who first became plan members in plan years beginning on and after January 1, 1996.
(2) Effective with respect to plan years beginning on and after January 1, 1996, and before January 1, 2002, the annual compensation of a plan member (who is not an eligible member) which exceeds one hundred fifty thousand dollars (as adjusted for cost-of-living increases under section 401 (a)(17)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code) shall be ignored for purposes of computing employee and employer contributions to or benefits due from the plan. Effective only for the 1996 plan year, in determining the compensation of an employee eligible for consideration under this provision, the rules of section 414 (g)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code shall apply, except that in applying such rules, the term "family" shall include only the spouse of the member and any lineal descendants of the employee who have not attained age nineteen before the close of the year.
(3) Effective with respect to plan years beginning on and after January 1, 2002, the annual compensation of a plan member (who is not an eligible member) which exceeds two hundred thousand dollars (as adjusted for cost-of-living increases in accordance with section 401 (a)(17)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code) may not be used in determining benefits or contributions due for any plan year. Annual compensation means compensation during the plan year or such other consecutive twelve-month period over which compensation is otherwise determined under the plan (the determination period). The cost-of-living adjustment in effect for a calendar year applies to annual compensation for the determination period that begins with or within such calendar year. If the determination period consists of fewer than twelve months, the annual compensation limit is an amount equal to the otherwise applicable annual compensation limit multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of months in the short determination period, and the denominator of which is twelve. If the compensation for any prior determination period is used in determining a plan member's contributions or benefits for the current plan year, the compensation for such prior determination period is subject to the applicable annual compensation limit in effect for that prior period. The determination period for testing contributions is the calendar year.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.50.050(5). WSR 10-24-099, ยง 415-02-752, filed 12/1/10, effective 1/1/11.]
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