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PBGC, Taxes, and You

  |   March 25, 2013

As the income tax deadline approaches, here is some important information about PBGC benefits and taxes.

While PBGC is required to withhold federal income tax, we do not withhold for state taxes. If your state has an income tax, you may owe tax on your PBGC benefit. To find out more, contact your state tax office (Excel file, 14.4 KB).

Also, if you receive a benefit from PBGC, we report the amount annually to the IRS.

For income tax purposes, each January PBGC sends you an IRS Form 1099-R that states the amount we paid you the previous year.

If you need a Form 1099-R for 2012 and haven't received it, PBGC will get you one.

The IRS has a tool, "Is My Pension or Annuity Payment Taxable?" that will help you determine if your pension or annuity payment from an employer-sponsored retirement plan is taxable.

There isn't any doubt that the economy has taken a big hit in recent years.

As the housing market begins to rebound and the stock market hits a new high, the percentage of Americans who are confident that they will have enough money for a comfortable retirement is the lowest it has been in 23 years.

According to the latest Retirement Confidence Survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) only 13 percent were very confident of having a comfortable retirement, while 38 percent were somewhat confident, 21 percent not too confident, and 28 percent not at all confident.

Some of the biggest factors influencing the drop in confidence are high debt levels, and uncertainty about employment.

Read the 2013 EBRI Retirement Confidence Survey Results.

Couple moving out of their sold home.

Do you get a PBGC pension check?

If so, you've got a long-term relationship going on — with PBGC.

We're happy about that.  But, we want to stay in touch.  

Even if your check is deposited directly into your bank account, PBGC still needs your current street address to keep paying you.

So when you move, be sure to tell us your new address. 

You can do it online with MyPBA.  If you've never used MyPBA, it's easy to get started.

Or, you can change your address through our Customer Contact Center at 1-800-400-7242.  

We'll sleep better knowing where you are.  And, we promise to drop you a line now and then.

Do you have any idea where the United States ranks when it comes to retirement security? You guessed first place? No, that's not it.

Second? Not that either.

In fact, the U.S. barely made the top 20 ranking. The U.S. ranked number 19, among 150 countries listed by retirement security, behind many Eastern and Western European countries, according to Natixis Global Asset Management firm.

The Natixis Global Retirement Index "gauges how well retired citizens live in 150 nations" based on 20 measures of health, wealth, quality of life and "material well-being" that affect citizens' retirement security.

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Millions of Americans take advantage of direct deposit. Whether it's their payroll checks, tax refunds, or benefit payments, many are opting out of paper checks and opting in to convenience.

We want you to know that PBGC offers that same convenience.

Undecided about whether you should switch to direct deposit? Our most recent studies show:

  • 8 out of 9 payment delays affect people who get paper checks
  • More than one in every 200 paper checks is delayed, usually because of postal issues

Paper checks can also be lost or stolen.

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Sack filled with hundred dollar billsAcross the country, there are more than 38,000 people who haven't claimed pension benefits they are owed. Those unclaimed pensions equal a total of over $300 million dollars, with individual benefits ranging from twelve cents to almost a million dollars.

The states with the most missing pension participants and money to be claimed are:

  • New York (7,031/$42.38 million)
  • Illinois (4,129/$79.63 million)
  • California (3,082/$8.52 million)
  • Texas (2,487/$12.32 million)
  • New Jersey (2,288/$12.84 million)
  • Ohio (2,109/$15.22 million)

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