initial calculation of the annual payment amount will occur on the date of the first payment and each succeeding year’s calculation will occur one year later. The annual payment calculated each year will be paid out in equal payments according to the frequency option chosen.
Payment Frequency and First Payment Date
You may request that withdrawals be made monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually. If, however, your selected payment frequency will create a withdrawal amount of less than $100, we reserve the right to reduce the frequency of payments to an interval that will result in the withdrawal being at least $100.
Unless you select a later date by written request, the date of the first withdrawal will be (a) one payment period after the Certificate Date if you request systematic withdrawals at the time of your initial purchase payment or (b) one payment period after we receive your written request to begin systematic withdrawals. If, however, your written request is for an IRS Method (#3-5) and you made a partial withdrawal in the same Certificate Year, then the first withdrawal shall instead be on the next Certificate Anniversary.
Federal Income Tax Withholding
The taxable portion of withdrawals you receive from your Certificate is subject to 10% federal income tax withholding unless you elect not to have withholding apply. Any withholding will be deducted from the payment amount calculated under the payment type in effect.
You may elect not to have withholding apply to withdrawal payments by signing and dating an election of no withholding. You are liable for payment of federal income tax on the taxable portion of your withdrawal. You also may be subject to tax penalties if your withholding and estimated tax payments are not sufficient.
If you want federal income tax withholding to apply, please sign and date an election of withholding. Your election to withhold or to not withhold will remain in effect until you revoke it. You may revoke it at any time.
Direct Deposit of Payments
If you request direct deposit of systematic withdrawals to your checking or savings account, we will use our best effort to ensure that the correct amount is credited to your account within three business days of the payment date. If we transfer less than the correct amount, any shortfall will be corrected in full with the next transfer. If we transfer more than the correct amount or duplicate a transfer in error, any excess or duplicate amount, unless repaid to us in one sum, will be deducted from future transfers until we are repaid in full.
Important Income Tax Information
Payment Types 1 & 2. Systematic withdrawals will be taxed under the regular rules applicable to surrenders and not under the special exclusion ratio/amount rules applicable to annuity payments. All or part of each withdrawal may thus be taxable. In addition, anyone under the age of 59-1/2 at the time of a withdrawal may also be subject to a 10% federal income tax penalty on the taxable portion of the withdrawal. Our reporting to the Internal Revenue Service will be based on our opinion of the taxable amount and whether the penalty tax applies.
Payment Types 3-5. Based on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requirements, we will report to the IRS that systematic withdrawals under IRA Certificates are 100% taxable. Under other Certificates, our reporting will be based on our opinion of the taxable amount. Under all Certificates, it is our opinion under current federal income tax laws that the withdrawals will not be subject to an additional 10% federal income penalty tax because they will be part of a series of substantially equal periodic payments made for your life expectancy or joint life expectancy of you and your designated beneficiary. We will thus report to the IRS that no penalty tax applies. If, however, before the later of your attaining age 59-1/2 or five years after the first payment, you either direct that a systematic withdrawal payment be made to another issuer as a non-taxable transfer or you end systematic withdrawals, you will then be subject to both retroactive 10% federal penalty taxes on all systematic withdrawals made before 59-1/2 and federal interest penalties on those taxes. Unlike you, we may not end your systematic withdrawals before your retroactive penalty tax period has expired.