PBGC Proposes Changes to Annual Reporting of Defined Benefit Plan Information

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation is proposing modifications to reporting information it asks for on supporting schedules related to annual Form 5500 series returns. The proposal modifies line 19a and correlating instructions of the 2023 Schedule R, Retirement Plan Information, by updating the categories of assets used in identifying investments held by the plan and requiring the breakdown to be reported as of the end of the plan year rather than beginning of the plan year. Additionally, the proposal would modify line 19b and eliminate line 19c. With regard to the Schedule SB, Single-Employer Defined Benefit Plan Actuarial Information, the proposal modifies line 6 (Target Normal Cost) and correlating instructions to address an unlikely reporting inconsistency where a plan requires mandatory employee contributions and the mandatory contributions for the plan year exceed the present value of benefits accruing during the plan year. In addition, PBGC is proposing a change to line 26b attachment instructions to clarify that where a plan assumes benefits are paid in a lump sum but uses the annuity substitution rule to determine the funding target, the attachment may show projected benefits payable in the annuity form instead of the form assumed for valuation purposes.

PBGC intends to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) extend its approval of this information collection, with modifications, for another three years. Comments may be submitted on or before 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.