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Last updated on March 17, 2015
Listed below are current legislative items affecting the District of Columbia Retirement Board (DCRB). For more information on each piece of legislation, download the corresponding PDF from the list below.
- H.R. 606, “Don’t Tax Our Fallen Public Safety Heroes Act”: This proposed bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to clarify that state-based survivor benefits on behalf of a public safety officer who has died as the direct and proximate result of a personal injury sustained in the line of duty are exempt from federal tax. The bill passed in the House of Representatives on May 12, 2015 and in the Senate on May 14, 2015. The enrolled bill is now under consideration by the President.
- IRS Notice 2015-07, “Relief for Certain Participants in § 414(d) Governmental Plans”: The Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department announced in IRS Notice 2015-07 (Jan. 23, 2015) that they are updating the definition of a “governmental plan” to include charter school teacher participation. Many state teachers’ retirement systems, including the District of Columbia Teachers’ Retirement Plan, allow public charter school teachers to participate even though the charter school teachers work for a nongovernmental entity. Future federal proposed rules would allow public charter school teachers to participate in state or local retirement systems under certain circumstances without compromising the governmental plan status of those plans.