State of Delaware Office of Pensions
At the beginning of your employment under the County and Municipal Police and Firefighters’ Pension Plan, you will be asked to complete a Burial Benefit Designation/Change of Beneficiary form to designate a beneficiary to receive a burial benefit payment of $7,000. This sum will be payable to the designated beneficiary if your death occurs at any time during your employment under this Pension Plan. Eligibility for this benefit terminates when your active employment terminates. This benefit is not available to retirees from this Pension Plan.
Please be aware that that this is a taxable benefit to whomever you name as beneficiary.
The beneficiary will have the right to take the monies in several different ways. The beneficiary may choose to take the monies as a cash payment or to assign the monies to a funeral home. Both of these options create a taxable event for the beneficiary. The beneficiary will receive tax form 1099R and be required to claim the monies on their income tax return as taxable income. The beneficiary has the option to avoid a taxable event by rolling monies over to an IRA or other eligible plan. If a spouse is the named beneficiary, the monies can be rolled into a traditional IRA or any other plan that will accept them. If anyone other than a spouse is named beneficiary, they are limited to rolling the monies only to an Inherited (or Beneficiary) IRA.
If you have named a beneficiary only so that person can use the burial benefit monies to pay funeral expenses, please be aware the release of these monies will create a taxable event for that person.
If it is your intention for the burial benefit to be used to pay for your funeral expenses, you have the option to name the funeral home as the beneficiary.
In order to do this, you must contact the funeral home to get their Tax Identification Number so you can complete the Designation of Beneficiary form in its entirety. If you choose this option, the Pension Office will, after being notified of your death, release all burial benefit paperwork to the funeral home, the funeral home will complete the paperwork, and then payment will be released directly to the funeral home. In this way, no taxable event is created for a relative or friend who is doing nothing more than completing paperwork and assigning the monies to a funeral home.
Regardless of who you name as beneficiary, you should always make sure the Pension Office has up-to-date contact information for that individual or individuals. Payment cannot be made if we are unable to contact your beneficiary to provide them with the necessary paperwork to be completed and/or request appropriate documentation.
To access and pay for the training online please visit:
The Delaware Safety Council
Enter Retirees' discount code and pay $12.
This training is for retirees only in the State Employees’, Judicial, Old State Police and New State Police Pension Plans and is not intended for family members.
Contact Delaware Safety Council for Questions at:
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