- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 39. Public Officers and Employees
- Chapter 35. Public Employees' Retirement System of Alaska
- Section 371. Distribution Requirements.
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AS 39.35.371. Distribution Requirements.
- (a) The entire interest of a member must be distributed or must begin to be distributed not later than the member's
required beginning date.
- (b) If a member dies after the distribution of the member's interest has begun but before the distribution has been
completed, the remaining portion of the interest shall continue to be distributed at least as rapidly as under the
method of distribution being used before the member's death.
- (c) If a member has made a distribution election and dies before the distribution of the member's interest begins,
distribution of the member's entire interest shall be completed by December 31 of the calendar year containing the
fifth anniversary of the member's death. However, if any portion of the member's interest is payable to a designated
beneficiary, distributions may be made over the life of the designated beneficiary or over a period not greater than
the life expectancy of the designated beneficiary, commencing on or before December 31 of the calendar year immediately
following the calendar year in which the member died, and if the designated beneficiary is the member's surviving
spouse, the date distributions are required to begin may not be earlier than the later of December 31 of the calendar
year (1) immediately following the calendar year in which the member died, or (2) in which the member would have
attained 70 1/2 years of age, whichever is earlier. If the surviving spouse dies after the member but before payments
to the spouse have begun, the provisions of this subsection apply as if the surviving spouse were the member. An amount
paid to a child of the member will be treated as if it were paid to the surviving spouse if the amount becomes payable
to the surviving spouse when the child reaches the age of majority.
- (d) If a member has not made a distribution election before the member's death, the member's designated beneficiary must
elect the method of distribution not later than December 31 of the calendar year (1) in which distributions would be
required to begin under this section, or (2) that contains the fifth anniversary of the date of death of the member,
whichever is earlier. If the member does not have a designated beneficiary or if the designated beneficiary does not
elect a method of distribution, distribution of the member's entire interest must be completed by December 31 of the
calendar year containing the fifth anniversary of the member's death.
- (e) For purposes of (c) of this section, distribution of a member's interest is considered to begin (1) on the member's
required beginning date, or (2) if the designated beneficiary is the member's surviving spouse and the surviving spouse
dies after the member but before payments to the spouse have begun, on the date distribution is required to begin to
the surviving spouse. If distribution in the form of an annuity irrevocably commences to the member before the required
beginning date, the date distribution is considered to begin is the date that the distribution actually commences.
- (f) Notwithstanding any contrary provisions of AS 39.35.095 - 39.35.680, the requirements of this section apply to all distributions
of a member's interest and take precedence over any inconsistent provisions of AS 39.35.095 - 39.35.680.
- (g) All distributions required under this section are determined and made in accordance with 26 U.S.C. 401(a)(9) and
regulations adopted under that statute, including any minimum distribution incidental benefit requirement.
- (h) Unless otherwise specified, the provisions of this section apply to calendar years beginning on or after January 1,
- (i) In this section,
- (1) "designated beneficiary" means the individual who is designated as the beneficiary under the plan in accordance with
26 U.S.C. 401(a)(9) and regulations adopted under that statute;
- (2) "required beginning date" means the first day of April of the calendar year following the calendar year in which the
member either attains 70 1/2 years of age or actually retires, whichever is later.
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