New Phone System for CPF

On March 1st we will be moving to a new phone system. The transition is scheduled to start at 11:00am that day. Therefore, you may experience difficulties or delays when trying to reach us by phone during this transition. Rest assured we are doing everything we can to minimize any disruption you might experience. However, you may want to consider calling on another day if you experience difficulties in reaching us that day. We appreciate your patience during the transition.


***EFT Payment Dates for 2021

The Central Pension Fund would like to announce the payment dates for the Plan Year beginning February 1, 2021. Download Document

2020 1099-R Mailing

All 1099-Rs for calendar year 2020 are due by January 31 but are scheduled to be mailed on January 25, 2021. If you do not receive your 1099-R by February 15, 2021, please contact the Fund office. Before doing so, however, please first refer to the list below of Frequently Asked Questions relating to the 1099-R mailing, which may answer your questions.

1099-R Frequently Asked Questions:

1. When will I receive a Form 1099-R for filing taxes?

Forms 1099-R are due to be mailed by January 31st for benefits paid during the previous calendar year. As noted above, however, we scheduled the forms to be mailed on January 25th.

2. Why did I receive a Form 1099-R?

The Central Pension Fund is required by federal law to provide a Form 1099-R to anyone who received benefits during the tax year. This information is also provided to the IRS.

3. Why have I not received my Form 1099-R?

The Central Pension Fund mails the Form 1099-R to the home address we have on file. If you recently moved or changed your address and did not inform CPF of the change, you may not receive your Form 1099-R.

4. How do I get another copy of my Form 1099-R?

The Central Pension Fund will mail you a duplicate copy of your Form 1099-R upon your written request. You can request a copy beginning February 15th. Please submit your request in writing to the Fund office at 4115 Chesapeake St, NW, Washington, DC 20016.  Upon notification of your address change, a reprint of your Form 1099-R will be issued.

5. Why is the amount on Box 1 of Form 1099-R different than the total amount of benefit checks I received?

The amount shown in Box 1 is the gross amount of your benefit payments before any deductions were taken, including amounts withheld from your benefit checks for federal taxes. The amount may also include any other deductions (e.g., child support payments or federal income tax levies) from your pension payments during the year. These deductions are not reported on the Form 1099-R.

6. Why did I receive more than one Form 1099-R?

The Central Pension Fund must report different types of benefit payments on different Forms 1099-R. If you received more than one type of benefit payment, CPF must print a separate Form 1099-R for each benefit type. The distribution code on Box 7 of your Form 1099-R identifies the type of benefit payment you received. For example, you may have received multiple Forms 1099-R if you:

  • Received your own Central Pension Fund retirement or disability benefit and also a survivor or beneficiary benefit with respect to a former CPF plan participant.
  • Received a disability benefit at the beginning of the year and then switched to a retirement benefit later in the year.
  • Received a survivor benefit from a former Central Pension Fund plan participant and rolled over a portion of the benefit payment into an IRA.
  • Received a Survivor Benefit annuity as well as a lump sum death benefit with respect to a former Central Pension Fund plan participant.

7. What do the different Distribution Codes mean (Box 7)?

Distribution Code 2—You received retirement benefit payments before the age of 59½.

Distribution Code 3—You received disability benefit payments.

Distribution Code 4—You received a survivor benefit from a former CPF plan participant.

Distribution Code 4A—You received a lump sum death benefit from a former CPF plan participant.

Distribution Code 4G—You received a survivor benefit from a former CPF plan participant and rolled over a portion or all of the distribution into an IRA.

Distribution Code 7—You received retirement benefit payments after the age of 59½.

8. What is the Percentage of Total Distribution (Box 9a)?

If a beneficiary benefit was paid to more than one beneficiary, the percentage you received is shown in Box 9a. This amount represents the percentage of the beneficiary benefit you received of a former CPF plan participant.

9. What do I do if I receive a corrected Form 1099-R?

You may be required to re-file your income tax returns for prior tax years if you used the original Form 1099-R from the Central Pension Fund. The IRS generally allows taxpayers to file amended tax returns for up to three years after the original due date of the return.

10. If my address is incorrect on my Form 1099-R can I get a corrected form?

No. An incorrect address does not require a corrected Form 1099-R. However, if you would like to make an address change, please download the appropriate form from the website and either mail or fax it to our office.

11. I believe the amounts reported on my Central Pension Fund issued Form 1099-R are incorrect. What should I do?

Please contact the Central Pension Fund by mail at Central Pension Fund, Participant Records Department, 4115 Chesapeake St, NW, Washington, DC 20016. Be sure to include your daytime telephone number, a copy of your Form 1099-R, and the reason you believe the amounts reported are incorrect.

We will review your Form 1099-R and, if necessary, issue a corrected Form 1099-R. If we determine that the original form was correct, we will contact you and provide an explanation.

12. Does the Central Pension Fund provide tax advice, such as the amount of taxes to withhold from my monthly benefit?

No. You should seek advice from a professional tax advisor or the IRS for specific information on any tax-related issues. You can reach the IRS by calling 1-800-829-1040 or by going online to www.irs.gov .

13. How do I change my federal tax withholding?

You may change your federal tax withholding election as often as you like, provided you do so in writing by completing CPF’s Tax Withholding form or by completing IRS Form W-4P. You can access the CPF form by clicking here: CPF Tax Withholding Form or the IRS form by clicking here: Form W-4P . Your election will stay in effect until you change it or revoke it.

14. Does the Central Pension Fund withhold state or local taxes?

No. The Central Pension Fund is not required to withhold state or local taxes. If your state or local tax authority requires that you pay taxes on your CPF benefits, you may need to make payments to them directly.  If you have questions regarding state or local taxes, please contact your state or local tax authorities.

15. Is the Central Pension Fund a qualified retirement plan?

Yes. The Fund provides retirement and related benefits for eligible employees of contributing employers. It is therefore a qualified retirement plan as defined in Section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Tax Code.


2020 Summary Plan Information

The Central Pension Fund of the International Union of Operating Engineers and Participating Employers Summary Plan Information document for the plan year ending January 31, 2020 is now available.  This report is provided to participating Local Unions and contributing employers pursuant to section 104(d) of ERISA.  The document is located in the For Employers section under Documents & Notices.


Coronavirus-Related Relief for Special Distributions

Coronavirus-Related Relief for Special Distributions From Retirement Plans Does Not Apply to the Central Pension Fund

As this global pandemic continues, a number of participants have asked whether the special distribution rules approved by Congress in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) apply to the Central Pension Fund. The short answer is No, for the following reasons.

Those rules only apply to certain types of pension plans, such as 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans and IRAs that have been amended to take advantage of those rules. Moreover, the new rules are limited to certain coronavirus-related distributions. The Central Pension Fund is a defined benefit pension plan funded solely by employer contributions and is a qualified retirement plan under Internal Revenue Code Section 401(a). Therefore, the expanded special distribution rules found in the CARES Act DO NOT apply to your accrued benefit with the Central Pension Fund. Benefits under the Central Pension Fund can only be paid at the time of retirement or disability, and remain subject to the Plan’s eligibility requirements. For more information on the CARES Act’s special rules, you may wish to visit the IRS website at:


2020 Semi-Annual Statements

Semi-Annual Participant Statements were mailed to active and deferred vested participants on October 20, 2020.  They cover the period January 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020.  These statements provide vested participants an estimate of their retirement benefit, and provide all participants with current service amounts and details on contributions and hours received from your employer(s).  Please review your Statement carefully and notify our office in writing if you find any discrepancies or suspect there are missing contributions.

If you change your address, please be sure to contact CPF so you can continue to get your Statements and other important documents.  Thank you for trusting the Central Pension Fund with your pension.


September 28 Announcement About Covid-19

In our last update of June 30th, we advised that the Fund Office would remain closed to the general public. We further advised we planned to have all employees continue working remotely, to the extent feasible, for the immediate future. At this point and based upon all presently available information, we plan to continue operations in the current mode through the end of October. As has been the case from the outset of this pandemic, our decisions are based upon a desire to protect the health of our employees, while continuing to provide all essential services to participants, beneficiaries and employers.

We wish to again emphasize that while the Fund Office building will remain closed, we continue to take all necessary actions to ensure that all participants and beneficiaries, who are currently receiving benefits, will continue to do so without interruption. We continue to process new claims and place new retirees and beneficiaries into payment status as expeditiously as possible. Furthermore, we are constantly investigating new procedures to improve efficiencies while most work is being performed remotely.

We shall continue to monitor all current government actions and scientific developments to help us determine when, and if, we may recall more employees back to work in the Fund Office and progress towards the resumption of normal operations. This notice will be updated as necessary, should we decide to change our mode of operation at a future date. Again, we wish to thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we all deal with this unprecedented situation.

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