With interest rates on the rise, many Chevron employees are asking themselves “Am I working for free?”.
If retirement is on the horizon for you, choosing the right month to commence benefits could be trickier than it seems.
We break down how segment rates work, how they affect your lump-sum payment and why the timing of your retirement is so important.
Our Chevron financial planners have over 20 years of experience helping Chevron employees navigate their retirement and get the most out of their benefits package.
The IRS has posted updated Min Present Value Segment Rates for the month of August 2023. They are as follows:
Increase of 0.10
Increase of 0.24
Increase of 0.33
Based on the 3-month average that the CRP uses (June, July, August) the Segment Rates for November 2023 retirement are:
Increase of 0.180
Increase of 0.123
Decrease of 0.030
The newly published IRS rates will be factored into the 3-month average used for the CRP lump sum calculation for Chevron employees who wish to take the CRP lump sum in November 2023.
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The following table demonstrates the hypothetical* impact of recent IRS segment rate updates to the lump sum value for a 65-year-old Chevron employee with an estimated single-life annuity payment of $7,500 month:
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If a Chevron employee is debating October or November as their benefit commencement date, based solely on the lump sum value of the CRP, October would be the better of the 2 months. The approximate decrease in the CRP value for an November retirement in this hypothetical scenario would be about -0.97%.
While your CRP Lump Sum or your pension is not only based on interest rates, looking at recent rates over time can give you an idea of how your lump sum will be affected, and help you when you are choosing the best retirement date. Remember that interest rates have an inverse relationship with a lump sum pension, so as interest rates increase, lump sum pension value decreases.
*Due to the individual nature of the actual CRP lump sum calculation, you would need to run the estimator to determine the true impact to your value.
Note: Guidance for Standard Deduction, Earned Income Credit, and Reduced Refunds can be found on the IRS website.
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