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This is because the value of the traditional pension plan benefit may be far greater than future accruals under the cash balance plan.
Defined benefit plans involve projecting a host of variables to estimate the amount of benefits payable upon retirement and the amount of assets that must be contributed today to fund those benefits in the future. Due to the extra costs involved, defined benefit plans have become less popular, with many defined benefit plans terminated and replaced by defined contribution plans. Prohibited Transactions With Parties in Interest d. Prohibited Transaction Liabilities of Non-Fiduciary Parties In Interest f. A defined benefit plan is one which establishes a formula to define what the participant (employee) is entitled to receive. As the tax laws and regulations tend to change often, the specific requirements, eligibility, conditions, and thresholds also are subject to change. In recent years, this type of plan has become increasingly popular. Cash balance plans are similar to traditional defined benefit pension plans in that: (a) they guarantee a specific benefit upon retirement which is not dependent upon the plan's investment performance; (b) retirement benefits are payable as an annuity with surviving spouse protection; (c) employers must follow minimum funding policies under ERISA, and (d) basic plan benefits are guaranteed by the PBGC up to limits set by law.