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August 15, 2016 Interest Rate Update

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For Lump Sum Payments

The immediate interest rate for valuing lump sum payments for the month of September 2016 is 0.50% and the deferred interest rate I1 is 4.00%, I2 is 4.00%, and I3 is 4.00%.

For Variable-Rate Premiums

The spot segment rates are published by the IRS each month (see the IRS webpage). The spot segment rates for July 2016 are used to determine the variable rate premium for premium payment years commencing in August 2016 if (A) the plan is using the standard premium funding target and (B) the plan is not a small plan using the lookback rule (see Premium Instructions). 

For ERISA 4044 Annuities

The select and ultimate interest rates for valuing annuity benefits in single-employer plans and multiemployer plans for the month of September 2016 are 2.50% for the first 20 years following the date of plan termination, and 2.85% thereafter.

For Late Premium Payments

The interest rate that PBGC will charge on employer liability, unpaid contributions, and unpaid premiums, for the calendar quarter beginning July 1, and ending September 30, 2016, is 4.00%.

For Overdue or Defaulted Withdrawal Liability

The interest rate to be charged by multiemployer pension plans on withdrawal liability payments that are overdue or in default, or that is to be credited by such plans on overpayments of withdrawal liability during the calendar quarter beginning July 1, and ending September 30, 2016, is 3.50%.


This page was updated on August 15, 2016.