NAIC Issues Model Regulatory and Exemption Acts for Gift Annuities

NAIC Issues Model Regulatory and Exemption Acts for Gift Annuities

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The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) approved a model regulatory act and a model exemption act for charitable gift annuities at its December 7, 1998 meeting. The NAIC is sending these acts, along with the minutes from its meeting, to all state insurance departments in an effort to encourage those states which do not have existing exemption statues to initiate the appropriate legislation.

PGDC SUMMARY:

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) approved a model regulatory act and a model exemption act for charitable gift annuities at its December 7, 1998 meeting. The NAIC is sending these acts, along with the minutes from its meeting, to all state insurance departments in an effort to encourage those states which do not have existing exemption statues to initiate the appropriate legislation.

A concise overview of current state regulatory statutes hae been made available by James B. Potter at Planned Giving Resources.

FULL TEXT:

CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITIES MODEL ACT

Section 1. Scope
Section 2. Definitions
Section 3. Certificate of Authority
Section 4. Surplus and Reserves
Section 5. Investments
Section 6. Annual Reports
Section 7. Examination
Section 8. Filing of Contracts
Section 9. Disclosure
Section 10. Other Applicable Code Provisions
Section 11. Severability
Section 12. Effective Date

Section 1. Scope

This Act applies to charitable gift annuities issued by charitable organizations as herein defined and shall be known as the Charitable Gift Annuity Act.

Section 2. Definitions

A. (1) "Charitable gift annuity" means a transfer of cash or other property by a donor to a charitable organization in return for an annuity payable over one or two lives, under which the actuarial value of the annuity is less than the value of the cash or other property transferred and the difference in value constitutes a charitable deduction for federal tax purposes.

(2) "Charitable gift annuity" does not include a charitable remainder trust or a charitable lead trust or other similar arrangement where the charitable organization does not issue an annuity and incur a financial obligation to guarantee annuity payments.

B. "Charitable organization" means an entity described by:

(1) Section 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue Code of 1986 [26 U.S.C. Section 501(c)(3)]; or

(2) Section 170(c), Internal Revenue Code of 1986 [26 U.S.C. Section 170(c)].

Section 3. Certificate of Authority

A. A charitable organization shall not receive transfer of property, conditioned upon its agreement to pay an annuity to the donor or other annuitant unless and until it has obtained from the commissioner a certificate of authority to issue charitable gift annuities.

B. A charitable organization shall file with the commissioner its application for a certificate of authority. The application shall be in form prescribed and furnished by the commissioner and shall be verified by two (2) of the applicant's officers. The application shall include or be accompanied by such proof as the commissioner may reasonably require that the applicant is qualified under this Act. At filing of the application the applicant shall pay to the commissioner the applicable filing fees as specified in [insert citation].

C. If after such investigation as the commissioner deems advisable, the commissioner finds that the applicant is in sound financial condition and is otherwise qualified, the commissioner shall issue to the applicant a certificate of authority. If the commissioner does not so find, the commissioner shall deny issuance of the certificate of authority and notify the applicant in writing stating the reasons for denial.

D. The certificate of authority of a charitable organization issued under this Act shall continue until suspended or revoked by the commissioner or terminated by the organization, subject to continuance each year by payment on or before March 1 of the continuance fee of $[insert amount] and filing of the annual report.

E. A person acting on behalf of a charitable organization to solicit the transfers of property in exchange for annuity payments shall not be required to be licensed; however, the person shall be authorized in writing by the charitable organization to act on its behalf. The charitable organization shall keep a file of current written authorizations.

Section 4. Surplus and Reserves

A. A charitable organization authorized by this Act shall maintain a segregated account for its charitable gift annuities. The assets of the account are not liable for any debts of the charitable organization other than those incurred pursuant to the issuance of charitable gift annuities. The assets of the account shall at least equal in amount the sum of the reserves on its outstanding annuities plus a surplus of ten percent (10%) of the reserves.

B. (1) Reserves on the outstanding annuities shall not be less than reserves calculated using:

(a) The Commissioner's Annuity Reserve Valuation Method as defined in the charitable organization's domestic state standard valuation law;

(b) Any mortality table permitted under the charitable organization's domestic state standard valuation law to be used in determining the minimum standard for the valuation of individual annuities issued during the same calendar year as the charitable gift annuity; and

(c) The maximum interest rate permitted under the charitable organization's domestic state standard valuation law to be used in determining the minimum standard for the valuation of individual annuities issued during the same calendar year as the charitable gift annuity.

(2) In determining the reserves, a deduction shall be made for any portion of the annuity risk that is reinsured by an authorized insurer or reinsurer. For this purpose, any annuity contract purchased from an authorized insurer or reinsurer by the charitable organization is considered to be "annuity risk reinsured."

C. The general assets of the charitable organization shall be liable for annuity agreements to the extent that the segregated account is inadequate.

Section 5. Investments

The segregated assets shall be invested in the same manner and subject to the same investment laws applicable to domestic life insurers found in [insert section].

Section 6. Annual Reports

A. A charitable organization authorized under this Act shall annually file a report verified by at least two (2) principle officers with the commissioner covering the preceding fiscal year. The report is due ninety (90) days after the close of the charity's fiscal year or at a later date approved by the commissioner.

B. The report shall be on forms prescribed by the commissioner and shall include:

(1) A financial statement of the organization, including its balance sheet and receipts and disbursements for the preceding year;

(2) Any material changes in the information;

(3) The number of gift annuity contracts issued during the year, the number of gift annuity contracts as of the end of the year and the number of gift annuity contracts that terminated during the year;

(4) The amount of annuity payments made during the year and the amounts transferred from the segregated account to the general account during the year; and

(5) Other information relating to the performance of the charitable gift annuity segment of the charitable organization necessary to enable the commissioner to:

(a) Issue certificates of authority;
(b) Ascertain maintenance of records;
(c) Evaluate solvency;
(d) Respond to consumer complaints; and
(e) Conduct hearings to determine compliance with this Act.

C. A copy of a report containing the information required in Subsection B that has been filed in the state of domicile of the charitable organization will be deemed to satisfy the requirement of this section. The commissioner shall have the authority to request additional information.

Section 7. Examination

Whenever the commissioner determines it to be expedient, the commissioner may make or cause to be made an examination of the assets and liabilities and other affairs of the charitable organization as they pertain to annuity agreements entered into pursuant to this Act. The commissioner shall keep information obtained in the course of examinations confidential until the examination is completed. The reasonable expenses incurred for an examination shall be paid by the charitable organization.

Section 8. Filing of Contracts

A. An authorized charitable organization shall file for information with the commissioner a copy of each form of agreement that it proposes to issue to donors in exchange for property transferred to the organization. {Within [insert number] days the commissioner shall approve or disapprove the proposed agreement forms and shall notify the charitable organization as soon as practicable.}

Drafting Note: Insert the bracketed material in prior approval states.

B. Each annuity agreement form shall include the following information:

(1) The value of the property to be transferred;

(2) The amount of the annuity to be paid to the donor or other annuitant;

(3) The manner in which and the intervals at which payment is to be made; (4) The age and sex of the person or persons during whose life payment is to be made;

(5) The reasonable value as of the date of the agreement of the benefits created; and

(6) The date that payments are to begin.

Section 9. Disclosure

A. Before accepting the property transferred in exchange for the annuity agreement, the organization shall obtain a signed statement from a prospective donor acknowledging the following terms of the agreement:

(1) The value of the property transferred;

(2) The amount of the periodic annuity benefits to be paid;

(3) The manner in which and the intervals at which payment is to be made;

(4) The reasonable value as of the date of the agreement of the benefits created; and

(5) The date that payments are to begin.

B. In addition to the above disclosure, the charitable organization shall obtain a signed statement from a prospective donor acknowledging that he or she has been informed that payments made under a charitable gift annuity are backed solely by the full faith and credit of the organization, are not insured or guaranteed by an insurance company, are not protected by any insurance guaranty association, and are not backed in any way by the State of [insert state].

C. The requirements of Subsection A and B may be satisfied by an acknowledgment that is a part of the annuity agreement that is signed by the donor.

Section 10. Other Applicable Code Provisions

These provisions of the insurance code apply to the transactions covered by this Act:

A. These provisions of the insurance code apply to the transactions covered by this Act:

(1) [insert citation to receivership law];

(2) [insert citation to laws on hazardous financial condition];

(3) [insert citation to laws governing unfair trade practices]; and

(4) [insert citation to laws governing investments].

B. The provisions of [insert reference to state guaranty association law] do not apply to charitable gift annuities.

Section 11. Severability

If any provision of this Act or the application of the provision to any circumstances is held invalid, the remainder of the Act or the application of the provision to other circumstances shall not be affected.

Section 12. Effective Date

This Act shall become effective [insert date] and shall apply to charitable gift annuities agreements entered into on or after the effective date.

CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITIES EXEMPTION MODEL ACT

Table of Contents

Section 1. Definitions
Section 2. Charitable Gift Annuity Is Not Insurance
Section 3. Notice to Donor
Section 4. Notice to Department
Section 5. Effect of Failure to Provide Required Notice
Section 6. Not Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practice
Section 7. Effective Date

Section 1. Definitions

A. "Charitable gift annuity" means a transfer of cash or other property by a donor to a charitable organization in return for an annuity payable over one or two lives, under which the actuarial value of the annuity is less than the value of the cash or other property transferred and the difference in value constitutes a charitable deduction for federal tax purposes.

B. "Charitable organization" means an entity described by:

(1) Section 501(c)(3), Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. Section 501(c)(3)); or

(2) Section 170(c), Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. Section 170(c)).

C. "Qualified charitable gift annuity" means a charitable gift annuity described in Section 501(m)(5), Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. Section 501(m)(5)), and Section 514(c)(5), Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. Section 514(c)(5)), that is issued by a charitable organization that on the date of the annuity agreement:

(1) Has a minimum of $300,000 in unrestricted cash, cash equivalents, or publicly traded securities, exclusive of the assets funding the annuity agreement; and

(2) Has been in continuous operation for at least three (3) years or is a successor or affiliate of a charitable organization that has been in continuous operation for at least three (3) years.

Section 2. Charitable Gift Annuity is Not Insurance

A. The issuance of a qualified charitable gift annuity does not constitute engaging in the business of insurance in this state.

B. A charitable gift annuity issued before [insert effective date of this statute] is a qualified charitable gift annuity for purposes of this Act, and the issuance of that charitable gift annuity does not constitute engaging in the business of insurance in this state.

Section 3. Notice to Donor

A. When entering into an agreement for a qualified charitable gift annuity, the charitable organization shall disclose to the donor in writing in the annuity agreement that a qualified charitable gift annuity is not insurance under the laws of this state and is not subject to regulation by the insurance commissioner or protected by an insurance guaranty association.

B. The notice provisions required by this section must be in a separate paragraph in a print size no smaller than that employed in the annuity agreement generally.

Section 4. Notice to Department

A. A charitable organization that issues qualified charitable gift annuities shall notify the commissioner in writing by the later of ninety (90) days after the effective date of this Act or the date on which it enters into the organization's first qualified charitable gift annuity agreement. The notice shall:

(1) Be signed by an officer or director of the organization;

(2) Identify the organization; and

(3) Certify that:

(a) The organization is a charitable organization; and

(b) The annuities issued by the organization are qualified charitable gift annuities.

B. The organization shall not be required to submit additional information except to determine appropriate penalties that may be applicable under Section 5 of this Act.

Section 5. Effect of Failure to Provide Required Notice

The failure of a charitable organization to comply with the notice requirements imposed under Section 3 or 4 of this Act does not prevent a charitable gift annuity that otherwise meets the requirements of this Act from constituting a qualified charitable gift annuity. The commissioner may enforce performance of the requirements of Sections 3 and 4 of this Act by sending a letter by certified mail, return receipt requested, demanding that the charitable organization comply with the requirements of Sections 3 and 4 of this Act. The commissioner may fine the charitable organization in an amount not to exceed $1,000 per qualified charitable gift annuity agreement issued until such time as the charitable organization complies with Sections 3 and 4 of this Act.

Section 6. Not Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practice

The issuance of a qualified charitable gift annuity does not constitute a violation of [insert reference to unfair trade practices law].

Section 7. Effective Date

This Act shall be effective [insert date].

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