PBGC will pay retirement benefits for more than 2,700 current and future retirees at Walter Energy Inc., a producer and exporter of coal based in Birmingham, Ala.
The agency is stepping in because Walter Energy plans to sell the majority of its assets in bankruptcy proceedings and the potential buyers have signaled they will not assume the pension plan.
Walter Energy sponsors the Pension Plan for Salaried Employees of Walter Energy Inc. Subsidiaries, Divisions and Affiliates. This plan will end on Dec. 31, 2015. More...
In case you missed it, on June 29, President Obama signed legislation to extend the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) through the end of 2019.
The IRS is currently reviewing this legislation and is working with its partners - including PBGC - to implement the HCTC program. Individuals cannot yet claim the HCTC credit since the program is not yet implemented. In the meantime, the IRS issued guidance for those who may be eligible for the credit.
The HCTC is a federal tax credit that pays a significant portion of qualified health insurance premiums for eligible individuals. This includes people who are 55-65 years of age and receive benefits from PBGC.
For the latest HCTC updates, visit PBGC's HCTC webpage and blog, Retirement Matters. While you're there, subscribe to the blog to make sure you receive all HCTC updates.
On June 29, President Obama signed legislation to extend the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) through Dec. 31, 2019. The law was enacted as part of the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, Pub. L. 114-27. The HCTC previously expired Dec. 31, 2013.
The IRS will manage the program again, and when new guidelines are ready, we'll let PBGC participants know how to apply for the tax credit. You'll find the information here, on Retirement Matters, and on PBGC.gov.
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PBGC will pay retirement benefits for more than 1,600 current and future retirees at Hovensa LLC, which owns an oil refinery and oil storage terminal in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The agency is stepping in because Hovensa plans to close its operations and the pension plan will be abandoned. The Hovensa Employees' Pension Plan will end as of Feb. 4, 2015.
PBGC will pay all pension benefits earned by the plan's retirees up to the legal limit of $60,136 a year for a 65-year-old.
Retirees will continue to get benefits without interruption, and future retirees can apply for benefits as soon as they are eligible.
Do you receive a benefit from PBGC? If so, all or a portion of your benefit may be taxable. Each year, we report this information to the IRS and send you an IRS Form 1099-R that details the amount you received the previous year.
We'll mail your 2014 Form 1099-R to your address on file by Monday, February 2, 2015. If you don't receive your form soon after February 2, 2015, you may request a duplicate. Here's how:
- Use our online service, MyPBA, to view and print a copy of your 1099-R tax form for the most recent tax year.
- Call PBGC's Customer Contact Center to request a form by mail. The number is 1-800-400-7242.
When calling, remember to have your customer ID (PDF) or Social Security number, plan name and case number to help expedite the request.
While PBGC is required to withhold federal income tax, we do not withhold for state taxes. If your state has an income tax, you may owe tax on your PBGC benefit. To find out more, contact your state tax office.
For additional information, see our Frequently Asked Questions on IRS Form 1099-R.