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Employer Merged Its Underfunded Single Employer Plan into a Multiemployer Plan and Later Withdrew -- In Calculating Its Withdrawal Liability, Should the Employer's Payment of the Underfunded Portion Be Treated As an Employer Contribution?


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In case my previous post was too confusing, please allow me to replace it with the following:

I represent a multiemployer defined benefit plan. Employer X previously maintained a single employer defined benefit plan for its collectively bargained employees. X negotiated the merger of its plan into the multiemployer plan in 2005. Under the merger agreement between the union covering X's employees and X, X agreed to make contributions for the underfunded portion of its single employer plan to the multiemployer plan over a 10-year period with interest. Instead, X paid the entire underfunded portion plus interest to the multiemployer plan in a lump sum in 2006.  X withdrew from the plan in 2019. In assessing X for withdrawal liability, the actuary treated the lump sum contribution to the plan as an employer contribution in determining the amount of X's withdrawal liability. X has filed a request for review of the fund's assessment challenging the treatment of the lump sum contribution as an employer contribution. Did the actuary correctly characterize the payment as an employer contribution?

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I thought your first post was clear.  I am closing this thread to avoid double posting.  

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