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Guidance Document Database

The documents listed below are PBGC’s guidance documents, as defined by EO 13891, sec. 2(b), see Federal Register Notice. 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. PBGC will only cite, use, or rely on any guidance that is not posted in this database to establish historical facts.

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 GuidanceComments@pbgc.gov or at Regulatory Affairs Division, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Office of the General Counsel, 1200 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005–4026. For additional information, see PBGC’s procedures for guidance documents.

Title Issuance Datesort descending Agency Identifier Topics Summary Posted Date
Opinion Letter 79-07 4-17-1979 PBGC Op Let 79-7 Benefit guarantee $20 minimum in the regulation is not subject to actuarial adjustment for the participant’s age at the time the benefit started. 2-28-2020
Opinion Letter 79-08 4-25-1979 PBGC Op Let 79-8 Allocation of assets, Benefits How to determine eligibility for a “Category 3 Benefit,” which is a benefit of a participant who retired, or could have retired, 3 years or more before the plan terminated. 2-28-2020
Opinion Letter 79-12 9-19-1979 PBGC Op Let 79-12 Coverage, Professional service employer plan State licensed planner whose company provides consulting services to assist municipal planning boards with development plans, land use studies and housing surveys is a Professional Service Employer and plan is exempt from Title IV coverage. 2-28-2020
Opinion Letter 79-13 9-28-1979 PBGC Op Let 79-13 Coverage, Professional service employer plan A plan maintained by a clinical psychologist whose company provides marital and family counseling is a professional service employer plan. 2-28-2020
Opinion Letter 79-15 11-15-1979 PBGC Op Let 79-15 Coverage; Guarantee phase-in A successor plan’s tax-qualified status cannot be attributed to another, non-qualified plan, and the phase-in of PBGC’s guarantee begins only when the plan is covered. 2-28-2020
Opinion Letter 80-01 1-10-1980 PBGC Op Let 80-1 Governmental plan, Employer liability State liability with respect to private-sector plans to which employees contribute. 2-28-2020
Opinion Letter 80-04 4-2-1980 PBGC Op Let 80-4 Premiums Participant count is determined as of last day of previous plan year and may not be adjusted for changes that occur during the plan year. 2-28-2020
Opinion Letter 80-12 6-9-1980 PBGC Op Let 80-12 Coverage, Professional service employer plan Real estate broker is not a professional individual for purposes of the Professional Service Employer plan exemption. 2-28-2020
Opinion Letter 80-10 6-9-1980 PBGC Op Let 80-10 Coverage, Professional service employer plan Food broker is not a professional individual for purposes of the Professional Service Employer plan exemption. 2-28-2020
Opinion Letter 80-11 6-9-1980 PBGC Op Let 80-11 Coverage, Professional service employer plan Artist-designer is not a professional individual for purposes of the Professional Service Employer plan exemption. 2-28-2020
Opinion Letter 80-09 6-9-1980 PBGC Op Let 80-9 Coverage, Professional service employer plan Optician is not a professional individual for purposes of the Professional Service Employer plan exemption. 2-28-2020
Opinion Letter 80-15 6-20-1980 PBGC Op Let 80-15 Coverage, Professional service employer plan River pilot is not a professional individual for purposes of the Professional Service Employer exemption. 2-28-2020
Opinion Letter 80-14 6-20-1980 PBGC Op Let 80-14 Coverage, Professional service employer plan Forester is not a professional individual for purposes of the Professional Service Employer plan exemption. 2-28-2020
Opinion Letter 80-13 6-20-1980 PBGC Op Let 80-13 Coverage, Professional service employer plan Provider of advertising and public relations services is not a professional individual for purposes of the Professional Service Employer plan exemption. 2-28-2020
Opinion Letter 80-16 9-23-1980 PBGC Op Let 80-16 Successor liability Discusses successor plan requirements. 2-28-2020
Opinion Letter 80-19 11-13-1980 PBGC Op Let 80-19 Coverage, Nonresident aliens Plan meets the Nonresident Alien plan coverage exemption. All plan participants and records regarding plan located in Hong Kong. 2-28-2020
Opinion Letter 80-22 12-16-1980 PBGC Op Let 80-22 Multiemployer, Termination Discusses the rules governing plan termination and notes that the employers may owe withdrawal liability. 2-28-2020
Opinion Letter 81-02 2-24-1981 PBGC Op Let 81-2 Coverage, Governmental plan Plan meets the Governmental plan coverage exemption. 2-28-2020
Opinion Letter 81-03 3-4-1981 PBGC Op Let 81-3 Coverage, Tribal plan, Governmental plan Tribal plan meets the Governmental plan coverage exemption. 2-28-2020
Opinion Letter 81-04 3-12-1981 PBGC Op let 81-4 Allocation of assets, Residual assets A plan document’s provision allowing for reversion of residual plan assets to the plan sponsor was invalid and therefore residual assets were required to be distributed to participants. 2-28-2020
Opinion Letter 81-06 4-1-1981 PBGC Op Let 81-6 Termination Plan termination date agreed to by PBGC and the company was after participants had constructive notice of termination . 2-28-2020
Opinion Letter 81-07 4-2-1981 PBGC Op Let 81-7 Benefit guarantee, tax qualification, Coverage Following a restructuring of three pension plans maintained by one company, each restructured plan remains a Title IV covered plan, each plan qualifies as a successor plan, and the plan sponsor would be liable to PBGC for any funding deficiency at termination. 2-28-2020
Opinion Letter 81-08 4-17-1981 PBGC Op Let 81-8 Termination, Coverage A plan did not properly terminate and does not fit the exemption from Title IV coverage for plans that do not provide for employer contributions. 2-28-2020
Opinion Letter 81-9 4-30-1981 PBGC Op Let 81-9 Successor liability Asset purchaser assuming some pension plans not successor corporation to the seller with respect to plans left with the seller; purchaser is liable for plans it assumed; liability to PBGC is not limited by any agreement between seller and purchaser as to the amount of liability purchaser was willing to assume. 2-28-2020
Opinion Letter 81-10 5-5-1981 PBGC Op Let 81-10 tax qualification, Coverage, Termination A plan that in practice met the criteria for tax qualification for five years prior to its termination date was covered under Title IV at plan termination. 2-28-2020

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