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February 17, 2009

Assumed Rate of Interest

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Definition

Rate of interest on which an account balance is assumed (or projected) to grow.  The assumed rate of interest must be within IRS approved standards. For instance, when calculating a SEPP using the annuitization or amortization methods, an assumed rate of interest that is not more than 120 percent of the federal mid-term rate (determined in accordance with IRC § 1274(d) for either of the two months immediately preceding the month in which the distribution begins) can be used

An assumed rate of interest is also used to calculate projected earnings for target benefit plan and defined benefit plan assets .

Referring Cite

ERISA §302(c)(3); IRC §412(c)(3), IRC § 401(a), Revenue Ruling 2002-62

Additional Helpful Information

Assumptions that do not use a reasonable rate of interest may result in the computation being disallowed by the IRS

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Denise Appleby

Denise is CEO of Appleby Retirement Consulting Inc., a firm that provides IRA resources for financial/ tax/legal professionals. She has over 20 years of experience in the retirement plans field, which includes training and technical consultation.

Denise writes and publishes educational /marketing tools for advisors; available at http://irapublications.com. Denise co-authored several books on IRAs

Denise is a graduate of The John Marshall Law School, where she obtained a Masters of Jurisprudence in Employee Benefits, and has earned 5 professional retirement designations.
She has appeared on numerous media programs, sharing her insights on retirement tax laws.

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