|ATTENTION:||All Personnel and Payroll Officers|
|SUBJECT:||ALTERNATE RETIREMENT PROGRAM (ARP) COMPENSATION AND CONTRIBUTION LIMITS|
I . INTRODUCTION
The Internal Revenue Code (IRC) establishes limits on retirement plan benefits and contributions. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the compensation and contribution limits which will affect the Alternate Retirement Program (ARP) for the 2017 calendar year.
The purpose of this memorandum is to provide agencies with (1) the revised annual compensation limit under IRC, Section 401(a) (17), (2) the revised contribution limit under IRC, Section 415(c) and (3) the required administrative procedures to ensure proper compliance.
II . ARP COMPENSATION LIMIT
The Alternate Retirement Program (ARP) contains a compensation limit under the IRC, Section 401(a) (17). Specifically, this limit, also referred to as a cap, was placed on the amount of annual compensation which may be taken into account for purposes of calculating pension contributions as a result of revisions made by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 (OBRA 93).
Employees who became participants of the ARP prior to January 1, 1996 are not subject to the OBRA 1993 annual compensation limit in 1996 or any year thereafter.
Employees who became participants in the ARP on and after January 1, 1996 are subject to the compensation limit as adjusted by the Commissioner of the IRS for increases in the cost of living in accordance with Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.
For calendar year 2017, the compensation limit (cap) has increased to $270,000.
III. ARP CONTRIBUTION LIMIT
The IRC, Section 415 imposes an annual dollar limit on combined employer and employee contributions to the ARP. All ARP participants are subject to this contribution limit regardless of when their participation in the ARP commenced. For the 2017 calendar year, the combined contribution limit has increased to the lesser of $54,000 or 100% of the participant's covered compensation.
IV. ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES
The Retirement Services Division will keep agencies informed of the maximum compensation and contribution limits for ARP participants. Any questions concerning this memorandum may be directed to the Division's Miscellaneous Retirement Systems Unit, at (860) 702-3510.
Very truly yours,
STATE EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT COMMISSION
KEVIN LEMBO, SECRETARY EX OFFICIO
Brenda K. Halpin, Director
Retirement Services Division
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