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In February 2021 the Department of Labor (DOL) finalized Prohibited Transaction Exemption 2020-02 (PTE 2020-02), which includes their new interpretation of the 5-part test established in the original 1975 regulation. This regulation defines who is an investment advice fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), and Section 4975 of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code). This revised interpretation creates risk that insurance producers may be considered fiduciaries under ERISA and the Code when providing advice to (1) retirement plan participants about to roll over plan assets into an IRA, (2) IRA owners about to roll over assets into another IRA, and (3) IRA owners about how to invest in their IRAs. Classification as a fiduciary impacts a producer’s ability to collect compensation during these transactions unless they can satisfy one of DOL’s available prohibited transaction exemptions (PTE).
While many of these types of plan-IRA transactions may not create a fiduciary relationship, producers may want to fit within a prohibited transaction exemption to protect themselves and their compensation in the event they are deemed a fiduciary. For sales of annuities, applicable exemptions are PTE 2020-02 and PTE 84-24.
Though PTE 2020-02 may be useful for some situations, Magellan Financial will not be utilizing it at this time and will not be serving as a supervising financial institution for purposes of the exemption. Instead, Magellan Financial will be instructing its insurance-only producing affiliates to use PTE 84-24.

What is PTE 84-24?

PTE 84-24 is a DOL class exemption that provides protection from prohibited transaction rules for ERISA/IRA transactions when commissions are collected in connection with the purchase of an annuity. Among other conditions that must be satisfied to obtain the relief granted by PTE 84-24, producers are required to provide their clients with certain disclosures in writing before a sale, including a compensation disclosure. The client must acknowledge (sign) the written disclosure and approve the transaction.

How is Magellan Financial helping ensure PTE 84-24 requirements are met?

To assist producers in complying with PTE 84-24, Magellan Financial has developed the following materials:
PTE 84-24 Disclosure Form: Producers may use Magellan Financial’s 84-24 Disclosure Form, available at, in connection with sales of insurance products and annuities involving qualified funds. You are not required to use Magellan Financial’s forms to comply with PTE 84-24, however some type of disclosure form must be utilized. While you will not be required to send the disclosure form to Magellan Financial, we will file the form in the client’s contract file on your behalf if you do.
Note: PTE 84-24 requires disclosure of compensation earned by each sale. You will need to include your compensation for the sale in the appropriate spot on the form at the time of application. The disclosure must be signed by the producer and client, and a copy must be left with the client. A copy of the written disclosure must also be kept in your personal files for each client, including those that do not accept your recommendation.
For additional guidance, or specific questions regarding a producer’s sales practice, producers are encouraged to consult with their sales organization or legal advisor.

What about using PTE 2020-02?

PTE 2020-02 provides a new class exemption that allows persons who are categorized as “fiduciaries” under ERISA and the federal tax code to be paid a commission for selling products or services to qualified plan participants and IRA owners, including rollover transactions. The new PTE is generally available for insurance companies, broker-dealers, registered investment advisers, and producers, among other financial professionals and institutions. It is not available to insurance intermediaries, such as IMOs, FMOs, and BGAs. As mentioned above, at this time, Magellan Financial will not be utilizing the exemption and will not be serving as a supervising financial institution for purposes of the exemption. However, a producer’s sales organization may intend to utilize PTE 2020-02. Producers should check with their back office for guidelines.

What other resources are available to assist Producers?

In April 2021, the DOL issued their own FAQs for PTE 2020-02 which covers their revised interpretation of the 5-part test. The FAQs also provide clarifications of PTE 2020-02, as well as information about effective dates and a discussion of how they plan to enforce compliance with PTE 2020.02.
Alongside the FAQs, the DOL released a consumer guide to help retirement investors better understand their rights and the role of investment advisors.

Will the DOL take further action on the Fiduciary Rule or PTE 84-24?

In their answer to Question 5 of the FAQ, the DOL notes that they are reviewing issues of fact, law, and policy related to PTE 2020-02, and more generally, its regulation of fiduciary investment advice. The DOL also indicated that they anticipate taking further regulatory actions, including amending the investment advice fiduciary regulation, amending PTE 2020-02, and amending or revoking some of the other existing class exemptions such as PTE 84-24. In June 2021, the DOL formally announced its intent to propose a “major” rule that is “economically significant” to modify the definition of fiduciary investment advice. The target date for release is December 2021. Magellan Financial will continue to monitor the situation and provide additional guidance as more information becomes available.

What else is Magellan Financial doing?

Magellan Financial is actively engaged in industry conversations regarding the DOL’s announced plans, PTE 2020-02, and the use of PTE 84-24. Through industry groups, we proactively engage with the DOL about changes to the present regulatory structure. As we know more, Magellan Financial expects to provide additional information to our producers.
Thank you for your business. At Magellan Financial, we’re committed to helping take you and your practice to the next level.

Additional Carrier Resources:

Compliance Bulletin: Department of Labor (“DOL”) fiduciary obligations – are you ready? – February 1, 2022
Compliance Bulletin: DOL Fiduciary Rule Expanded AIG Annuities – April 2021
AIG Compliance Bulletin: PTE 82-24 Disclosure
Prohibited Transaction Exemption (PTE) 84-24 Disclosure and Acknowledgement Form
Temporary nonenforcement period ends December 20, 2021
DOL 2021 – PTE 84-24 Training
Department of Labor (DOL) rule update: nonenforcement period ends January 31, 2022
DOL and Fiduciary Information
Summary of Exemption 84-24
Investment Advice Guidelines
Factors Indicating Fiduciary Status in Annuity Sales


The US Department of Labor (DOL) has expanded its interpretation of the definition of “investment advice fiduciary” to include certain rollover recommendations, including ERISA plan-to-IRA rollovers and IRA-to-IRA transfers.
On December 18, 2020, the Department of Labor adopted PTE 2020-02, Improving Investment Advice for Workers & Retirees, which addresses investment advice to plan participants and beneficiaries and IRA owners.
Ameritas agents will potentially find themselves offering fiduciary advice (and therefore subject to the requisite fiduciary requirements) when they recommend rollovers of retirement funds into or out of an IRA or an annuity.
Producers and PTE 84-24 – November 15, 2021
PTE 84-24 Disclosure and Acknowledgement Individual Retirement Annuity
Frequently Asked Questions – Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule & Prohibited Transaction Exemption 84-24
Important Information to EquiTrust Agents Department of Labor – Fiduciary and Impartial Conduct Standards Rules — Effective 2/1/22
DOL Compliance Requirements for IRA Annuity Sales Information Site
Important: New Procedures for IRA Annuity Sales
Best Interest Revisions to the Annuity Suitability Model and DOL Rule
DOL Fiduciary Rule Frequently Asked Questions
Disclosure and Acknowledgement Form – Individual Retirement Annuity
DOL Announces Changes to Fiduciary Rule
The Department of Labor (DOL) Fiduciary Rule – Important Information
PTE 84-24 Disclosure Statement
PTE 84-24 Compliance Bulletin
PTE 84-24 Compliance Bulletin Update
Your Potential Fiduciary Obligations
PTE 84-24 Disclosure and Acknowledgment form for Qualified Annuity Purchase
New DOL Fiduciary “Rule” Could Result in Fiduciary Status for Some Agents
PTE 84-24 Disclosure Form Instructions

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