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Guidance Document Database

The documents listed below are PBGC’s guidance documents. The contents of these documents do not have the force and effect of law, unless expressly authorized by statute or incorporated into a contract, and are not meant to bind the public in any way. These documents are intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.

If you would like to request the withdrawal or modification of an existing guidance document, please submit your request, including your contact information, to the General Counsel at or at Regulatory Affairs Division, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Office of the General Counsel, 1200 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005–4026.

Title Issuance Datesort ascending Agency Identifier Topics Summary Posted Date
4262 IFR Final Posted 7-9-2021 PBGC SFA 21-01 Multiemployer, Special financial assistance Sets forth the requirements for special financial assistance applications and related restrictions and conditions pursuant to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. 7-9-2021
SFA Assumptions Guidance 7-9-2021 PBGC SFA 21-02 Multiemployer, Special financial assistance Provides guidelines for changes to certain assumptions that multiemployer plans may use for purposes of determining eligibility for special financial assistance (SFA) and the amount of SFA. 7-9-2021
Extended Due Date for Inclusion of Prior Year Contributions 9-23-2020 PBGC TU 20-2 Premiums This Technical Update provides guidance and relief related to the timing of contribution receipts includable in the asset value used to determine variable rate premiums due in 2020. 9-23-2020
PBGC to Expand COVID-19 Relief, Support Economic Recovery 9-21-2020 PBGC PR 20-04 Premiums

Announcement of relief that will generally enable plan sponsors to take advantage of the CARES Act contribution due date extension and still ultimately pay the same variable-rate premium they would have owed had those contributions been made by the regular contribution due date.

COVID-19-Related Single-Employer Plan Sponsors and Administrators Questions and Answers 7-20-2020 PBGC Web 016 Reportable events, Premiums, Termination, Early Warning Answers questions related to plan sponsor obligations and PBGC operations in light of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the COVID-19 pandemic. 7-20-2020
Standard Terminations: Q&A 1-28-2020 PBGC Web 013 Standard termination Provides information on filing a standard termination, distribution of benefits, and standard termination audits 2-28-2020
PBGC Premium Filings for CSEC Plans for 2019 and 2020 Plan Years 1-3-2020 PBGC TU 20-1 Premiums Guidance for cooperative and small-employer charity (CSEC) plans on filing premiums for 2019 and 2020 plan years that reflect the premium changes under the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (SECURE Act). 2-28-2020
FOIA 12-16-2019 PBGC Web 015 Freedom of Information Act PBGC’s Freedom of Information Act Guide 2-28-2020
Frequently Asked Questions About ERISA 4062(e) 12-6-2019 PBGC Web 002 Substantial cessation of operations Answers common questions on liability and notice requirements following a substantial cessation of operations. 2-28-2020
Partition FAQs for Practitioners 12-6-2019 PBGC Web 006 Multiemployer, Partitions Answers common questions about eligibility and applications for partitions of multiemployer plans. 2-28-2020
PBGC Insurance Coverage 12-6-2019 PBGC Web 001 Coverage Addresses how to determine whether a pension plan is covered by PBGC and explains the common exemptions from coverage. 2-28-2020
Risk Mitigation & Early Warning Program 12-6-2019 PBGC Web 004 Risk Mitigation, Early Warning Provides information about PBGC’s review of corporate transactions or events that may pose an increased risk to single-employer pension plans. 2-28-2020
4010 Financial Information Reporting Waiver 10-16-2019 PBGC TU 19-1 Annual reporting Guidance on compliance with the annual financial and actuarial information reporting requirements under Section 4010 of ERISA. PBGC adopted a rule addressing the issue effective 3/5/2020. (See 29 CFR part 4010.) 2-28-2020
Qualified Domestic Relations Orders and PBGC 2-1-2019 PBGC Web 011 Domestic Relations Orders General information on submitting domestic relations orders to PBGC after PBGC becomes trustee of a terminated pension plan and the procedures PBGC follows to determine whether an order is a qualified domestic relations order 2-28-2020
Risk Mitigation & Early Warning Questions and Answers 7-20-2018 PBGC Web 003 Risk Mitigation, Early Warning Answers commonly asked questions about PBGC’s Risk Mitigation & Early Warning Program. 2-28-2020
Disaster Relief 7-2-2018 83 FR 30991 Disaster relief PBGC's disaster relief is available when the Internal Revenue Service issues disaster relief for taxpayers that includes filing extensions for the Form 5500 series. Also, for premium filings no late payment interest charges will be assessed for the disaster relief period. 2-28-2020
Disaster Relief Announcements Archive 6-28-2018 PBGC Web 012 Disaster Relief Announcements Archive PBGC disaster relief announcements from 2013-2018. 2-28-2020
Requests to Review Multiemployer Plan Alternative Terms and Conditions to Satisfy Withdrawal Liability 4-4-2018 83 FR 14524 Multiemployer, Withdrawal Liability Reviews information that PBGC finds helpful and factors that PBGC considers in reviewing multiemployer plan proposals for alternative terms and conditions to satisfy withdrawal liability. 2-28-2020
Active Participant Reduction Reportable Events 9-15-2017 PBGC TU 17-1 Reportable events, Notices Guidance on compliance with the active participant reduction event requirements of section 4043(c)(3) of ERISA and PBGC’s regulation on Reportable Events and Certain Other Notification Requirements (29 CFR part 4043.23(a)). PBGC adopted a rule addressing the issue effective 3/5/2020. (See 29 CFR part 4010.) 2-28-2020
Multiemployer Insolvent Plan Administrative Expense FAQs 8-24-2017 PBGC Web 005 Multiemployer Answers common questions about reasonable administrative expenses of insolvent multiemployer plans. 2-28-2020
Premium Changes Based on Recharacterization of Contributions 12-22-2011 76 FR 79714 Premiums, Recharacterization of contributions Addresses PBGC’s policy on accepting and responding to amended premium filings based on recharacterization of contributions. 2-28-2020
Premium Penalty Relief - Alternative Premium Funding Target Election Relief 9-15-2011 76 FR 57082 Premiums Provides relief from certain premium penalties and in certain situations involving alternative premium funding target elections. 2-28-2020
Simplified Methods for Applying the Requirement to Disregard Benefit Reductions in Determining Withdrawal Liability - Multiemployer Pension Plans - Pension Protection Act of 2006 7-15-2010 PBGC TU 10-3 PPA, Multiemployer, Unfunded vested benefits, Withdrawal Liability Provides simplified methods for the application of the statutory requirement that multiemployer plans in critical status disregard certain benefit reductions in determining the plan's unfunded vested benefits for purposes of determining an employer's withdrawal liability under section 4201 of ERISA. 2-28-2020
Multiemployer Plans - Clarification of Schedule R (Form 5500) Instructions and Partial Reporting Relief for 2009 6-8-2010 PBGC TU 10-1 Annual reporting Clarifies the Line 14 Instructions for the Schedule R (Form 5500) and provides partial reporting relief for completing Line 14 for the 2009 plan year. 2-28-2020
Minimum Lump Sum Assumptions for Single-Employer Plans that Terminate in a Plan Year Beginning on or After January 1, 2008 12-31-2008 PBGC TU 08-4 Standard termination, PPA, Lump sum Expands on guidance in Technical Update 07-3 on lump sum valuation issues for single-employer plans that terminate in a standard termination. Applies to plans that terminate on or after the effective date of certain amendments to the law as enacted by the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA 2006) concerning how to apply the PPA 2006 changes in the interest rate and mortality table used in calculating minimum lump sum amounts. 2-28-2020