GO Item 1
March 16,2017
Worksession
MEMORANDUM
March 15,2017
TO:
FROM:
Government Operations and Fiscal Policy
commi~,
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
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SUBJECT:
Worksession:
Expedited Bill 2-17, Employees' Retirement System - Retirement
Savings Plan - Employee Rights and Benefits - Amendments
Expedited Bill 2-17, Employees' Retirement System - Retirement Savings Plan ­
Employee Rights and Benefits - Amendments, sponsored by Lead Sponsor Council President at
the request of the County Executive, was introduced on February 14. A public hearing was held
on February 28.
Bill 2-17 would amend the Employees' Retirement System (ERS) and the Retirement
Savings Plan (RSP) to remain tax qualified under the Internal Revenue Code.
Background
The County submitted the ERS and the RSP to the Internal Revenue Service to receive a
detennination letter that each County retirement plan remains tax qualified. The IRS has requested
several technical changes that require amendments to specific provisions of the ERS and the RSP
related to the Internal Revenue Code. A copy of the IRS Detennination Letter for each plan is at
©14-17.
The IRS requested the County to amend the plans to:
(a)
specify that a non-spousal beneficiary may receive a rollover distribution (if .
otherwise permitted) (ERS and RSP);
(b) include Internal Revenue Code provisions relating to certain rights provided to
employees on military leave (ERS and RSP);
include a definition of "eligible rollover distribution" (ERS);
(c)
(d) provide a definition of "limitation year" for purposes of complying with Internal
Revenue Code Section 415 (RSP); and
(e) specify that defined contribution plans maintained by the County will be aggregated
for purposes of complying with Internal Revenue Code Section 415 (RSP).
Expedited Bill 2-17 would make these changes.
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Public Hearing
The lone speaker, Linda Hennan, Executive Director of the County Employee Retirement
Plans, speaking on behalf of the Executive, supported the Bill. See ©18.
Discussion
The County Attorney's Office explained to Council staff that these are mostly technical
changes required by the Internal Revenue Service to obtain favorable detennination letters for the
County's retirement plans. The only change that could impact a current participant in the County's
retirement plans is for an active participant who is on active military duty. If that participant dies
while on active military duty, and the participant is not vested (has less than 3 years ofparticipation
in the retirement plan), he/she must be considered vested, without regard to years of service, and
would therefore be entitled to the employer contributions and earnings on those
contributions. This change is required by federal law under the Heroes Earnings Assistance and
Relief Tax Act of2008.
Each of these changes is required to comply with the .Internal Revenue Code and for the
Plans to remain
tax
qualified.
Council staff recommendation:
enact the Bill as introduced.
This packet contains:
Expedited Bill 2-17
Legislative Request Report
Executive's Transmittal Memo
Fiscal and Economic Impact Statement
IRS Detennination Letters
Testimony of Linda Herman
Circle #
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Expedited Bill No. _--=2=---'-'17 _ __
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Concerning:
Employees' Retirement
System - Retirement Savings Plan ­
Employee Rights and Benefits ­
Amendments
Revised:February10.2017 Draft No._1_
Introduced:
February 14. 2017
Expires:
August 14. 2018
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Executive: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Effective: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Sunset Date: ...:.N=o:..:...!n=e_ _ _ _ __
ChI _ _, Laws of Mont. Co. _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsor: Council President at the Request of the County Executive
AN EXPEDITED ACT
to:
(l)
amend the rights and benefits for certain employees under the Employees'
Retirement System to remain tax qualified under the Internal Revenue Code; and
(2)
amend the rights and benefits for certain employees under the Retirement Savings
Plan to remain tax qualified under the Internal Revenue Code; and
(3)
generally amend the law regarding the County employee retirement plans.
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 33, Personnel and Human Resources
Sections 33-36,33-42,33-44,33-45,33-114,33-118, and 33-120
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Underlining
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Heading or defined term.
Added to existing law by original bill.
Deletedjrom existing law by original bill.
Added by amendment.
Deletedjrom existing law or the bill by amendment.
Existing law unaffected by bill.
The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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Sec.
1.
Sections 33-36, 33-42, 33-44, 33-45, 33-114,33-118 and 33-120 are
amended as follows:
33-36. Establishment.
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(d) Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.
Notwithstanding any provision of any plan, the County must provide
rights, contributions, benefits and service credit for qualified military
service as required by Section 414(u) of the Internal Revenue Code.1
including subsection 414(u)(12).
33-42. Amount of pension at normal retirement date or early retirement date.
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(g)
Maximum annual contribution to elected officials' plan.
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(3) In this subsection (g), only:
(A) for purposes of applying Section 415 of the Internal
Revenue C()de, "compensation" has the same meaning as
provided in Treasury Regulation Section 1.415-2(d)(1),
including amounts contributed at the election of the
participant that are not includible in the gross income of
the participant, under Sections 402(g)(3), 125, 457, and
132(f)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code!. Effective for
limitation years after December 31, 2008, must include
amounts required to be included pursuant to Section
414(u)(12) of the Internal Revenue Code; and
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(h)
Maximum annual benefit.
Despite any other provision governing the
retirement system, the annual. benefit of a member must not exceed the
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limits of Internal Revenue Code Section 415 that apply to the plan. The
Chief Administrative Officer must freeze or reduce a member's annual
benefit to comply with this subsection. Effective for limitation years
after December
lL.
2008, amounts required to be included under
Section 414(u)C12) of the Internal Revenue Code must be included in
compensation for purposes of Section 415 of the Internal Revenue
Code.
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33-44. Pension payment options and cost-of-living adjustments.
Direct rollover distributions.
A member or beneficiary may elect, in
any manner prescribed by the Chief Administrative Officer at any time,
to have any portion of eligible rollover distribution paid directly to an
eligible retirement plan specified by the member in a direct rollover. A
member may not elect a direct rollover if the eligible rollover
distribution is less than $200.00. As used in this subsection:
(1)
direct rollover
means a payment from the retirement system to
the eligible retirement plan specified by the member;
[and]
(2)
eligible retirement plan means:
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(A)
an individual retirement account described
Revenue Code Section 408( a);
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Internal
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(B)
an individual retirement annuity described in Internal
Revenue Code Section 408(b) (other than an endowment
contract);
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(C)
(D)
a qualified trust;
an annuity plan described
Section 403(a);
III
Internal Revenue Code
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(E)
an eligible deferred compensation plan described
Internal Revenue Code
Section 457(b) which
III
IS
maintained by an eligible employer described in Internal
Revenue Code Section 457( e)(1 )(A); or
(F)
an annuity described in Internal Revenue Code Section
403(b);
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eligible rollover distribution
means any distribution of all or any
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portion of the retirement benefit; except:
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any distribution which is one of
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series of substantially
equal periodic payments (not less frequently than
annually) made:
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for the life (or life expectancy) of the employee or
the joint lives (or joint life expectancies) of the
employee
and
the
employee's
designated
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beneficiary; or
(ii)
for
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specified period of 10 years or more; or
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any distribution to the extent such distribution is required
under Section 401 (a)(9) of the Internal Revenue Code, as
amended; and
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beneficiary
includes
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non-spouse beneficiary. A non-spouse
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beneficiary may make
direct rollover only to an inherited
individual retirement account or annuity described in Sections
408(a) or 408(b) ofthe Internal Revenue Code that is established
on behalf of the non-spouse beneficiary. Such rollover must be
made in
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manner consistent with Section 402(c)( 11) of the
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Internal Revenue Code and any other applicable guidance.
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33-45. Vested benefits and withdrawal of contributions.
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(c)
Vested benefits.
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(2)
For purposes of this subsection, vesting will be in accordance
with Section 401(a)(37) ofthe Internal Revenue Code. Effective
January
L
2007, the beneficiary of
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member on
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leave of
absence to perform military service with reemployment rights
described in Section 414(u) ofthe Internal Revenue Code, where
the member cannot return to employment on account of his or
her death, must be entitled to any additional benefits (other than
benefit accruals relating to the period of qualified military
service) that would be provided under the employees' retirement
system had the member died as an active employee, in
accordance with Section 401(a)(37) of the Internal Revenue
Code. This provision applies to the elected officials' plan, the
guaranteed retirement income plan, and the optional and
integrated plans.
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33-114.
Esta blishment.
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(c)
Unifonned Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.
Notwithstanding any provision of a plan, the County must provide
rights, contributions, benefits and service credit for qualified military
service according to Section 414(u) of the Internal Revenue Code,.
including subsection 414(u)(12).
33-118. Maximum annual contribution.
(a)
Contribution limitations.
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In this Section, for purposes of applying Section 415 of the
Internal Revenue Code, "compensation" has the same meaning
as provided in Treasury Regulation Section 1.415-2(d)(1),
including amounts contributed at the election of the participant
that are not includible in the gross income of the participant,
under Sections 402(g)(3), 125, 457, and (effective January 1,
2001) 132(f)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code!. Effective for
limitation years after December
lL.
2008, compensation must
include amounts required to be included
Qy
Section 414(u)(12)
of the Internal Revenue Code.
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For purposes of this Section, limitation year means calendar year.
For purposes of applying this Section, all defined contribution plans
maintained
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the County must be aggregated.
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33-120.
Distribution of Benefit.
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Death benefits.
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(2)
Vesting.
If a participant dies before the participant's separation
from County service, all amounts credited to the participant's
County contributions account are 100% vested regardless of the
participant's years of credited service. For purposes of this
subsection, vesting must be in accordance with Section
401(a)(37) of the Internal Revenue Code. Effective January
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2007, the beneficiary of
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participant on
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leave of absence to
perform military service with reemployment rights described in
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Section 414(u) of the Internal Revenue Code, where the
participant cannot return to employment on account of his or her
death, must be entitled to any additional benefits that would be
provided under the retirement savings plan had the participant
died as an active employee, in accordance with Section
401(a)(37) ofthe Internal Revenue Code.
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(g)
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Direct rollover distributions.
Notwithstanding any provision of this
Division that would otherwise limit a participant's election under this
Section, a participant or beneficiary may elect in any manner prescribed
by the Chief Administrative Officer at any time to have any portion of
an eligible rollover distribution paid directly to an eligible retirement
plan specified by the participant in a direct rollover. As used in this
subsection:
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For purposes of this subsection, beneficiary includes
non­
spouse beneficiary. A non-spouse beneficiary may make
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direct
rollover only to an inherited individual retirement account or
annuity described in Sections 408(a) or 408(b) of the Internal
Revenue Code that is established on behalf of the non-spouse
beneficiary. Such rollover shall be made in
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manner consistent
with Section 402(c)(ll) of the Internal Revenue Code and any
other applicable guidance.
Sec. 2. Effective Date.
The Council declares that this legislation is necessary for the immediate
protection of the public interest. This Act takes effect on the date on which it
becomes law.
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Expedited Bill
2-17
Employees' Retirement System
-
Retirement Savings Plan
-
Employee Rights and Benefits
- Amendments
DESCRIPTION:
The County submitted the Employees' Retirement System (ERS) and
the Retirement Savings Plan (RSP) to the IRS to receIve a
determination letter that both plans remain tax qualified.
The IRS has requested several technical changes that require
amendments to specific provisions of the ERS and the RSP related to
the Internal Revenue Code.
The IRS requested the following changes: (a) specify that a non­
spousal beneficiary may receive a rollover distribution (if otherwise
permitted) (ERS and RSP); (b) include Internal Revenue Code
provisions relating to certain rights provided to employees on
military leave (ERS and RSP); (c) included a definition of "eligible
rollover distribution" (ERS); (d) provide a defmition of "limitation
year" for purposes of complying with Internal Revenue Code
Section 415 (RSP); and (e) specify that defined contribution plans
maintained by the County will be aggregated for purposes of
complying with Internal Revenue Code Section 415 (RSP).
PROBLEM:
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
To amend the ERS and RSP as requested by the IRS to receive
favorable IRS determination letters.
COORDINATION:
Montgomery County Employee Retirement Plans
FISCAL IMPACT:
Office of Management and Budget
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
Department of Finance
N/A
N/A
Linda Herman, Montgomery County Employee Retirement Plans
Amy Moskowitz, Office of the County Attorney
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APPLICATION
WITIDN
MUNICIP ALITIES:
NI
A
PENAL TIES:
NI
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ROC~LE, ~D
MEMORANDUM
January 26, 2017
TO:
Roger Berliner, President
County Council
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FROM:
Isiah Leggett,
County
Executive--k(~~L
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SUBJECT: Expedited Legislation
to
Amend Chapter 33, Personnel and Human Resources.
I am attaching for the Council's consideration a bill that would amend the
County's retirement law
to
comply with the request received from the Internal Revenue Service
(IRS) to make technical amendments
to
the Employees' Retirement System (ERS) and the
Retirement Savings Plan (RSP) so that the two plans remain tax qualified and the County
receives favorable determination letters from the IRS.
The IRS
has
requested the following changes:
• specify that a non-spousal beneficiary may receive a rollover distribution (ERS
andRSP);
• include Internal Revenue Code provisions relating to certain rights provided to
employees on military leave (ERS and RSp);
• include a definition of "eligible rollover distribution" (ERS);
• provide a definition of"limitation year" for purposes of complying
with
Internal
Revenue Code Section
415
(RSP); and
• specify that defined contribution plans maintained by the County will be
aggregated for purposes of complying with Internal Revenue Code Section 415
(RSP).
Thank you for your consideration of this matter.
Attachments: Determination letter from the IRS
Proposed Legislation
c:
Linda Herman, Executive Director, Employee Retirement Plans
Jennifer Hughes, Director, Office ofManagement and Budget
Shawn Stokes, Director, Office of Human Resources
Alexandre Espinosa, Director, Department of Finance
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Fiscal Impact Statement
Expedited Council
Bill XX-17
Retirement - Employees' Retirement System and
Retirement Savings Plan - Amendments
1.
Legislative Summary.
This bill would amend the Employees' Retirement System, Retirement Savings
Plan,
and
the Guaranteed Retirement Income Plan to remain
tax
qualified under the Internal
Revenue Code; address Internal Revenue Code provisions relating to certain rights
provided
to
employees on military leave; and generally amend the law regarding the
employees' retirement system.
2. An estimate of changes in County revenues and expenditures regardless ofwhether
the revenues or expenditures
are
assumed in the recommended or approved budget.
Includes source of information, assumptions, and methodologies used.
The proposed legislation is primarily a technical amendment
in
nature. There is one
component
to
the legislation
that
clarifies the vesting of benefits for pIan participants who
pass away while on active military leave. Currently. the County has
6
employees on
military
leave; any change
to
their vesting
status
because of their death while on active
military
service is expected
to
be
de
minimus. There
are
no other changes
to
revenues or
expenditures related
to
the legislation.
. 3.
Revenue and expenditure estimates covering at least the next
6 fiscal
years.
The proposed legislation has no revenue or expenditure impact.
4. An actuarial analysis through the entire amortization period for each bill that would
affect retiree pension or group insurance costs.
Not applicable.
5. An estimate of expenditures related to County's information technology
(IT)
systems, including Enterprise Resource Planning
(ERP)
systems.
Not applicable.
6.
Later actions that may affect future revenue and expenditures if the bill authorizes
future spending.
Not applicable.
7.
An
estimate of the staff time needed to implement the bill.
No additional staff time will
be
required to implement the bill.
8.
An
explanation of how the addition of new staff responsibilities would affect other
duties.
No additional staiIresponsibilities would be added.
9. An estimate of costs when an additional appropriation
is
needed.
Not applicable.
10. A description of any variable that could affect revenue and cost estimates.
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Dramatically increased military leave among
COlUlty
plan participants, where the plan
participants cannot return to employment on account of his or her death, could
result
in
benefit changes
that
go beyond de minimus.
11.
Ranges
of revenue
or
expenditures that
are
uncertain
or
difficult to project.
Not applicable.
12.
If
a
bill
is
likely to have
no
fiscal impact, why that
is
the case.
The number of County plan partiCipants on military leave is very small, and the other
changes in the proposed legislation are primarily technical in nature.
13.
Other fiscal impacts or comments.
The letter from the IRS made the positive determination of
tax
qualified status
conditioned on the County making the amendments included in this bill. Failure
to
make
the amendments would likely result
in
penalties levied against the County by the IRS or
the loss oftax qualified status.
This
would result in cost impacts for the County and its
employees.
14. The following contributed to
and
concurred
with
this
analysis:
Corey Orlosky, Office of Management and Budget
Linda Hennan., Executive Director, Montgomery County Employee Retirement Plans
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Economic Impact Statement
Bill ##-17, Employees' Retirement System, Guaranteed Retirement Ineome Plan, and Retirement
Savings Plan - Amendments
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Background:
The proposed legislation provides technical amendments requested by the Internal Revenue Service
(IRS),
U,S, Department ofthe Treasury, to the Employees' Retirement System
(ERS),
the
Guaranteed
Retirement Income Plan (GRIP), and the Retirement Savings Plan (RSP)
so
that
the plans remain
tax
qualified and
the
County receives favorable determination letters from the IRS.
The IRS requested the following changes:
• Specify that a lion-spousal beneficiary may receive a rollover distribution (ERS, GRIP, and RSP);
• Include Internal Revenue Code provisions relating
to
certain rights provided to emplo}'ees
011
military leave (ERS,
GRIP,
and
RSP);
• Include
a
definition of "eligible rol1over distribution"
(ERS);
• Provide
a
definition of "limitation year" for purposes ofcomplying
with
Internal Revenue Code
Section 415 (GRIP and RSP); and
• Specify
that
defined contribution plans m,aintained
by
the
County will be aggregated for purposes
of complying
with
Jnternal Revenu.e Code Section 415 (GRIP and RSP).
1.
The sources ofinformation, assumptions, and methodologies used.
Not applicable
2. A
description of any variable that
could
affect the economic impact
estimates.
Not appl icable
3. The
BiD's positive or negative effect,
if
any on employment, spending,
savings,
investment,
incomes, and property values in the Couuty.
Not applicable
4.
If
a
BiD
is
likely
to
have no ecouomic impact,
why
is
that the case?
The
proposed legislation provides
technical
corrections
to
the Employees' Retirement System
and the
Retirement Savings Plan, and
it
is administrative in nature.
5. The
foJlowing contributed to or concurred with this
analysis:
David
Platt
and Robert Hagedoorn,
Finance;
Lin~
Hennan, Montgomery County Employees Retirement Plans.
1/IJ/lI(7
Alexandre ,A. Espinosa. Director
Department of Finance
Date
Page 1 of1
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INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
P. O.
BOX 2508
CINCINNATI, OH 45201
Date:
DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
OCT
13 2016
Employer Identification Number:
52-6000980
DLN:
MONTGOMERY COUNTY MARYLAND '.
101 MONROE ST 15TH FLR
ROCKVILLE, MD 20850
17007006074026
Person to Contact:
RUTH CHEN
ID# 95048
Contact Telephone. Number:
(626) 92.7-1423
Plan Name:
MONTGOMERY COUNTY EMPLOYEES'
RETIREMENT SYSTEM
Plan Number: 001 .
Dear, Applicant:
Based on the information'you provided, we are issuing this favorable
determination letter
fo~your
plan listed above. However, our favorable
determination only applies·· to the ,status of your plan Under, the Internal
Revenue code ,and is not a determination on the effect of otp.er federal or local
statutes. To use this
l~tter
a,s proof of the plan's status, you must keep this
letter, the application forms, and all correspondence with.us about your
application.·
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Yo~r
determination letter does nqt apply to any
quaiifi~ad:on
changes that, ,..
become effective; any guidance issued, or any statutes enacted after the'dates
specified in the Cumulative List of Changes in Plan Requirements (the
Cwnulative List)
fo~thecycle
you submitted your application
u~der,
unless the
new item was identif{ed in the CumUlative List. "
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Your plan's cont;in,uedqualifi,cation ;in its, present form will ,depend on its
effect
in
operation (Section 1.401:"1
(b)
(3) of tlie 'Income Tax Regulations).
may review the status of the plan in operation periodically .
We
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You can find more information on favorable determination letters in publ,ication
794, Favorable Determination Letter, including:
The significance and scope of reliance on this letter,
The effect of any elective determination request in your application
materials,
The reporting requirements for qualified plans, and
Examples of the effect of a plan's operation on its qualified status.
You can get a copy of Publication 794 by visiting our website at
www.irs.gov/formspubs or by calling 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to request
a copy.
This letter considered the 2014 cumulative
Qualification Requirements.
L~st
of Changes in Plan
We made this determination on the condition that you adopt the proposed
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY MARYLAND
amendments you submitted in your letter dated 9-28-16, on or
before the date the Income Tax Regulations provide under Section 401(b) of the
Internal Revenue Code.
We based this determination letter solely on your claim that the plan meets the
requirements of a governmental plan under section 414(d) of the Internal
Revenue Code.
This determination letter applies to the plan and related documents you
submitted with the
~pplication
you
f~led
during the remedial amendment cycle
ending
1-31-16.
This determination letter expresses no opinion as to the federal tax
consequences of the replacement, or proposed replacement, 'of any joint and
survivor,' single life or other annuity being paid with a lump sum payment or
other accelerated form of distribution.
If
you submitted a Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration of
Representative, or Form 8821, Tax Information Authorization, with your
application and asked
us
to send your authorized representative or appointee
copies of written communications, we will send a copy of this letter to him or
her.
If
you have any questions, you can contact the person listed at the top of this
letter.
Sincerely,
Karen
D.
Truss
Director, EP Rulings
&
Agreements
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INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
P.O., BOX 2508
CINCINNATI, OH 45201
Date:
DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
OCT 1 3 2016
Employer Identification Number:
52-6000980
DLN:
MONTGOMBRY COUNTY MARYLAND
101 MONROE ST
ROCKVILLE, MD 20850
17007006074016
Person to contact:
ID# 95048
RUTH CHEN
contact Telephone NUmber:
(626) 927-1423
Plan Name:
MONTGOMERY COUNTY RETIREMENT
SAVINGS PLAN
Pl~
Number: 002
Dear Applicant:
Based on the information you provided, we are issuing this favorable
determination letter for your plan listed above. However, our favorable
determination only appLies to the status of your plan under the Internal
Revenue Code and is not a determination on the effect of other federal or local
statutes. To use this letter as proof of the plan'S status, you must keep this
letter, the appiication forms, and all corresponden.ce with us about your
application.'
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Your determination letter does not apply, to anyquaJ.ification changes that
become effective, any gUidance issued, or any statutes enacted after the dates
specified in the Cumulative List of changes in Plan Requirements (the
Cumulative List)· for the
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cycle you ,submitted your
applic~tion
under, unless the
new item was identified in the Cumulative List. '
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Your plan's continued qualification in its present form will depend on its
effect in operation (Section 1.401-1 (b) (3) of the Income Tax Regulations).
may review the status of the plan in operation periodically.
We
You can find more information on favorable determination letters in Publication
794, Favorable Determination Letter, including:
The significance and scope of'reliance on this
l~tter,
The effect of any elective determination request in your application
materials,
The reporting requirements for qualified plans, and
Examples of the effect of a plan's operation on its qualified status.
You can get a copy of Publication 794
by
visiting our website at
www.irs.gov/formspubs or
by
calling 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to request
a copy.
This letter considered the 2014 cumulative List of 'Changes in Plan
Qualification Requirements.
We made this determination on the condition that you adopt the proposed
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amendments you submitted in your letter dated 10-11-16, on or
before the date the Income
Tax
Regulations
provid~
under section 401 (b) of the
Internal Revenue Code.
We based this determination letter solely on your claim that the plan meets the
requirements of a governmental plan under Section 414{d) of the Internal
Revenue Code.
This determination letter applies to the plan and related documents you
submitted with the application you filed during the remedial amendment cycle
ending 1-31-16.
If you submitted a Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration of
Representative, or Form 8821,
Tax
Information Authorization, with your
application and asked
us
to send your authorized representative or appointee
copies of written communications, we will send a copy of this letter to him or
her.
If you have any questions, you can contact the person listed at the top of this
letter.
Sincerely,
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Director, EP Rulings
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Agreements
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TESTIMONY ON BEHALF OF COUNTY EXECUTIVE LEGGETT ON
EXPEDITED BILL 2-17, EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM AND
RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLAN AMENDMENTS
February 28, 2017
Good afternoon. I am Linda Herman, Executive Director of the Montgomery
County Employee Retirement Plans, which oversees the assets and the administration of
the County's three retirement plans. I am here today on behalf of the County Executive to
testify in support of Bill 2-17 which would amend the law regarding the Employees'
Retirement System and Retirement Savings Plan.
The bill would amend the County's retirement law to comply with the request
received from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to make technical amendments to the
Employees' Retirement System (ERS) and the Retirement Savings Plan (RSP) so that the
two plans remain tax qualified and the County receives favorable determination letters
from the IRS.
The IRS has requested the following changes: (a) specify that a non-spousal
beneficiary may receive a rollover distribution (ERS and RSP); (b) include Internal
Revenue Code provisions relating to certain rights provided to employees on military leave
(ERS and RSP); (c) include a definition of "eligible rollover distribution" (ERS); (d)
provide a definition of "limitation year" for purposes of complying with Internal Revenue
Code Section 415 (RSP); and (e) specify that defined contribution plans maintained by the
County will be aggregated for purposes of complying with Internal Revenue Code Section
415 (RSP).
Thank you for the opportunity to testify on Bill 2-17. We look forward to working
with the Council in its deliberations on this legislation.
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