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IRS issues final and proposed rules for hybrid pension plans

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By Milliman Employee Benefits Research Group | 21 November 2014
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has published a final rule covering tax-qualified cash balance (hybrid) pension plans, providing guidance on the key issue of “market rate of return.” In general, the final rule applies to plan years that begin on or after January 1, 2016. The IRS also published a companion proposed rule to facilitate the transition for plan sponsors to adopt requirements, allowing for an election to apply the proposed rule to amendments adopted earlier than January 1, 2016. The IRS seeks comments on the proposal by December 18, 2014.