the new Certificate will be subject to the distribution-at-death rules described in "Death Provisions";
purchase payments made between August 14, 1982 and January 18, 1985 and the income allocable to them will, following an exchange, no longer be covered by a "grandfathered" exception to the penalty tax for a distribution of income that is allocable to an investment made over 10 years prior to the distribution; and
purchase payments made before August 14, 1982 and the income allocable to them will, following an exchange, continue to receive the following "grandfathered" tax treatment under prior law:
the penalty tax does not apply to any distribution;
partial withdrawals are treated first as a non-taxable return of principal and then a
taxable return of income; and assignments are not treated as surrenders subject to taxation.
Diversification Standards. The U.S. Secretary of the Treasury has issued regulations that set standards for diversification of the investments underlying variable annuity contracts (other than pension plan contracts). The Eligible Funds intend to meet the diversification requirements for the Certificate, as those requirements may change from time to time. If the diversification requirements are not satisfied, the Certificate will not be treated as an annuity contract. As a consequence, income earned on a Certificate would be taxable to you as ordinary income in the year in which diversification requirements were not satisfied, including previously non-taxable income earned in prior years.
The IRS has stated that satisfaction of the diversification requirements described above by itself does not prevent a contract owner from being treated as the owner of separate account assets under an "owner control" test. If a contract owner is treated as the owner of separate account assets for tax purposes, the contract owner would be subject to taxation on the income and gains from the separate account assets. In published revenue rulings through 1982 and then again in 2003, the IRS has stated that a variable contract owner will be considered the owner of separate account assets if the owner possesses incidents of ownership such as the ability to exercise control over the investment of the assets. In Revenue Ruling 2003-91, the IRS considered certain variable annuity and variable life insurance contracts and concluded that the owners of the variable contracts would not be considered the owners of the contracts' underlying assets for federal income tax purposes.
Revenue Ruling 2003-91 states that the determination of whether the owner of a variable contract possesses sufficient incidents of ownership over the assets underlying the variable contract so as to be deemed the owner of those assets for federal income tax purposes will depend on all the facts and circumstances. We do not believe that the differences between the Certificate and the contracts described in Revenue Ruling 2003-91 should prevent the holding in Revenue Ruling 2003-91 from applying. Nevertheless, you should consult with a qualified tax professional on the potential impact of the investor control rules of the IRS as they relate to the investment decisions and activities you may undertake with respect to the Certificate. In addition, the IRS and/or the Treasury Department may issue new rulings, interpretations or regulations on this subject in the future. Accordingly, we have reserved certain rights to alter the Certificates and investment alternatives to attempt to prevent you from being considered the owner, for tax purposes, of the underlying assets. However, you bear the risk that you may be treated as the owner of Separate Account assets and taxed accordingly.
The Certificate may be used with several types of Qualified Plans. Under the Code, Qualified Plans generally enjoy tax-deferred accumulation of amounts invested in the plan. Therefore, in considering whether or not to purchase a Certificate in a Qualified Plan, you should only consider the Certificate's other features, including the availability of lifetime annuity payments and death benefit protection.
The tax rules applicable to participants in such Qualified Plans vary according to the type of plan and the terms and conditions of the plan itself. Therefore, we do not attempt to provide more than general information about the use of the Certificate with the various types of Qualified Plans. Participants under such Qualified Plans as well as Certificate Owners, Annuitants, and Designated Beneficiaries are cautioned that the rights of any person to any