be changed only with that person's written consent.
Because a change of Certificate Owner by means of a gift may be a taxable event, you should consult a qualified tax professional as to the tax consequences resulting from such a transfer.
Any Qualified Certificate may have limitations on transfer of ownership. You should consult the plan administrator and a qualified tax professional as to the tax consequences resulting from such a transfer.
You may assign the Certificate at any time. You must file a copy of any assignment with us. Your rights and those of any revocably-named person will be subject to the assignment. A Qualified Certificate may have limitations on your ability to assign the Certificate.
Because an assignment may be a taxable event, you should consult a qualified tax professional as to the tax consequences resulting from any such assignment.
PARTIAL WITHDRAWALS AND SURRENDER
You may make partial withdrawals from the Certificate by notifying us in writing. We reserve the right to limit the minimum withdrawal amount to $300. We may permit a lesser amount with the systematic withdrawal program. If the Certificate Value after a partial withdrawal would be below $2,500, we will treat the request as a withdrawal of only the amount over $2,500. The amount withdrawn will include any applicable surrender charge and may be greater than the amount of the surrender check requested. Unless you specify otherwise, we will deduct the total amount withdrawn from all Sub-accounts of the Variable Account in the ratio that the value in each Sub-account bears to the total Variable Account Value. If there is no or insufficient value in the Variable Account, the amount surrendered, or the excess portion, will be deducted from the Fixed Account in the ratio that each Guarantee Period's value bears to the total Fixed Account Value. Amounts withdrawn or surrendered from the Fixed Account may be adjusted upward or downward by a Market Value Adjustment. See Appendix A.
You may totally surrender the Certificate by notifying us in writing. Surrendering the Certificate will end it. Upon surrender, you will receive the Certificate Withdrawal Value.
We will pay the amount of any surrender within seven days of receipt of your request. Alternatively, you may apply any surrender benefit of at least $2,000 to an annuity payment option for yourself. If the Certificate Owner is not a natural person, we must consent to the selection of an annuity payment option.
You may not make partial withdrawals or surrender annuity options based on life contingencies after annuity payments have begun. You may make partial withdrawals or surrender under Option A, described in "Annuity Options" below, which is not based on life contingencies, if you have selected a variable payout. Any partial withdrawals will reduce your future annuity payments. A partial withdrawal or total surrender of variable payout Option A may be subject to surrender charges, as described in "Deductions for Surrender Charge". The "free withdrawal amounts" described in that section are not applicable. Thus, the surrender charge equals the applicable surrender charge percentage(s) multiplied by:
for a partial withdrawal, the withdrawal amount; and
for a total surrender, the Certificate's remaining purchase payment(s).
Because of the potential tax consequences of a partial withdrawal or surrender, you should consult a qualified tax professional.
Participants under Qualified Plans as well as Certificate Owners, Annuitants, and Designated Beneficiaries are cautioned that you may not be able to take a partial withdrawal or surrender the Certificate under a Qualified Plan. You should seek competent advice concerning the terms and conditions of the particular Qualified Plan and use of the Certificate with that Plan.