Guaranteed Minimum Withdrawal Benefit Rider

by Separate Account Va A
April 28th, 2005

Exhibit 4(e)

Form of 5 For Life Policy Rider

 


 

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GUARANTEED MINIMUM WITHDRAWAL BENEFIT RIDER

 

This rider is issued as a part of the policy (contract) to which it is attached. Policy refers to the individual policy if the rider is attached to an individual annuity or the group certificate if the rider is attached to a group annuity.

 

Rider Data Specification

Policy Number:

   [07– 12345]

Rider Date:

   [02 –01–2005]

“For Life” Withdrawal Percentage:*

   [5.00%]

Rider Fee Percentage:

   [0.60%]

 

* lf the annuitant is not yet [59] on the rider date, then this percentage will be zero until the January 1st following the annuitants [59th] birthday.

 


 

ARTICLE I

 

This rider is not available for an existing qualified policy which has been continued by a surviving spouse or beneficiary as the new owner. This rider will terminate upon the annuitant’s death, if you surrender your policy, elect to upgrade (as described in Article III of this rider), or elect to receive annuity payments under your policy. This rider will also terminate if the policy to which this rider is attached is assigned or if the owner is changed without our approval. You can terminate this rider any time after the [third] rider anniversary. Termination of the rider will result in the loss of all benefits provided by the rider.

 

If you elect this rider, 100% of your policy value must be in one or more of the designated funds. You can generally transfer between the designated funds as permitted under your policy; however, you cannot make transfers as provided for in the base policy to a non-designated fund while this rider is in force. After the [third] rider anniversary, if you wish to make a transfer to a non-designated fund, this rider must be terminated prior to making the transfer.

 

A rider fee will be deducted on each rider anniversary and upon rider termination as described below.

 

DEFINITIONS:

 

Terms used that are not defined in this rider shall have the same meaning as those in your base policy.

 

Gross Partial Withdrawal

 

The amount which will be deducted from your policy value as a result of each partial withdrawal.

 

Rider Anniversary

 

The anniversary of the rider date.

 

Rider Fee

 

The rider fee is the rider fee percentage referenced above, multiplied by the total withdrawal base at the time the fee is deducted. This fee will be deducted from each investment option in proportion to the amount of policy value in that investment option on each rider anniversary. A portion of this fee will also be deducted when the rider is terminated based on the number of days that have elapsed since it was last deducted.

 

Rider Year

 

Each twelve-month period following the rider date.

 

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ARTICLE II

 

FOR LIFE GUARANTEED MINIMUM WITHDRAWAL BENEFIT

 

Under this rider, we guarantee that you can withdraw up to the maximum annual withdrawal amount each year, regardless of the policy value, until the annuitant’s death.

 

Withdrawals will reduce the policy value of the base policy to which this rider is attached. Once the policy value equals zero, you cannot make subsequent premium payments and all other policy features, benefits and guarantees are terminated except those provided by this rider. Withdrawals guaranteed by this rider can be continued by selecting an amount and frequency of payment in a manner acceptable to us. Once the payment amount and frequency are established, they cannot be changed and no additional withdrawals will be paid.

 

Maximum Annual Withdrawal Amount

 

On the rider date the maximum annual withdrawal amount will be equal to the greater of 1 and 2 where:

 

1) is A multiplied by B multiplied by C where:

 

  A) is the total withdrawal base on the rider date,

 

  B) is the “For Life” withdrawal percentage shown on page 1. If the annuitant is not yet [59] on the rider date, this percentage will be equal to 0%, and

 

  C) is equal to the number of days between the rider date and January 1st of the next calendar year, divided by the number of days in the current calendar year.

 

2) is an amount equal to the minimum required distribution amount (based on the premium paid to the policy to which this rider is attached) for the current calendar year using the annuitants age only if all of the following are true:

 

  A) the base policy to which this rider is attached is a tax-qualified policy for which IRS minimum required distributions are required,

 

  B) the minimum required distributions do not start prior to the annuitants attained age 70 1/2,

 

  C) the minimum required distributions are based on either the Uniform Lifetime table or the Joint Life and Last Survivor Expectancy table,

 

  D) the minimum required distributions are based on age of the living annuitant The minimum required distributions can not be based on the age of someone who is deceased,

 

E) the minimum required distributions are based only on the policy to which this rider is attached, and

 

  F) the minimum required distributions are only for the current calendar year. Amounts carried over from past calendar years are not considered.

 

If any of the above are not true, then 2) is equal to zero and it is not available as a maximum annual withdrawal amount An amount in addition to the amount described in 2 above, may need to be taken to satisfy minimum required distributions, in certain situations. Such additional withdrawal amount will be an excess gross partial withdrawal.

 

On January 1st of each subsequent calendar year following the rider date, the maximum annual withdrawal amount will be reset equal to the greater of 1 and 2 where:

 

1) is A multiplied by B where:

 

  A) is the total withdrawal base as of this date, and

 

  B) is the “For Life” withdrawal percentage shown on page 1. If the annuitant is not yet [59] on January 1st of the current calendar year, this percentage will be equal to 0%

 

2) is an amount equal to the minimum required distribution amount for this base policy for the current calendar year using the annuitant’s age only if all of the following are true:

 

  A) the base policy to which this rider is attached is a tax-qualified policy for which IRS minimum required distributions are required,

 

  B) the minimum required distributions do not start prior to the annuitants attained age 70 1/2,

 

  C) the minimum required distributions are based on either the Uniform Lifetime table or the Joint Life and Last Survivor Expectancy table,

 

  D) the minimum required distributions are based on age of the living annuitant The minimum required distributions can not be based on the age of someone who is deceased,

 

  E) the minimum required distributions are based only on the policy to which this rider is attached, and

 

  F) the minimum required distributions are only for the current calendar year. Amounts carried over from past calendar years are not considered.

 

If any of the above are not true, then 2) is equal to zero and the minimum required distribution is not available as a maximum annual withdrawal amount. An amount in addition to the amount described in 2 above, may need to be taken to satisfy minimum required distributions. Such additional withdrawal amount will be an excess gross partial withdrawal.

 

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ARTICLE II CONTINUED

 

Minimum Remaining Withdrawal Amount

 

The minimum remaining withdrawal amount is the total minimum dollar amount of guaranteed withdrawals you have remaining, provided withdrawals do not exceed the maximum annual withdrawal amount each rider year. The minimum remaining withdrawal amount on the rider date is equal to the policy value (less premium enhancements, if the rider is added in the first policy year). After the rider date, the minimum remaining withdrawal amount is equal to the minimum remaining withdrawal amount on the rider date plus any premiums added after the rider date (not including premium enhancements, if any) less any adjustments for withdrawals described below.

 

Minimum Remaining Withdrawal Amount Adjustments

 

Gross partial withdrawals up to the maximum annual withdrawal amount will reduce the minimum remaining withdrawal amount by the same amount (dollar for dollar). Gross partial withdrawals in excess of the maximum annual withdrawal amount will reduce the minimum remaining withdrawal amount by the greater of:

 

  1) the excess gross partial withdrawal amount; and

 

  2) the result of (A divided by B), multiplied by C, where:

 

  A is the excess gross partial withdrawal (the amount in excess of the maximum annual withdrawal amount remaining prior to the withdrawal);

 

  B is the policy value after the maximum annual withdrawal amount has been withdrawn, but prior to the withdrawal of the excess amount; and

 

  C is the minimum remaining withdrawal amount after the maximum annual withdrawal amount has been withdrawn, but prior to the withdrawal of the excess amount

 

Total Withdrawal Base

 

The total withdrawal base on the rider date is equal to the policy value (less any premium enhancements, if the rider is added in the first policy year). After the rider date, the total withdrawal base is equal to the total withdrawal base on the rider date, plus the full amount of any premiums (not including premium enhancements, if any) added after the rider date, less any adjustments for withdrawals described below.

 

Total Withdrawal Base Adjustments

 

Gross partial withdrawals up to the maximum annual withdrawal amount will not reduce the total withdrawal base. Gross partial withdrawals in excess of the maximum annual withdrawal amount will reduce the total withdrawal base by the greater of:

 

1) the excess gross partial withdrawal amount; and

 

2) the result of (A divided by B), multiplied by C, where:

 

  A is the excess gross partial withdrawal (the amount in excess of the maximum annual withdrawal amount remaining prior to the withdrawal);

 

  B is the policy value after the maximum annual withdrawal amount has been withdrawn, but prior to the withdrawal of the excess amount; and

 

  C is the total withdrawal base prior to the withdrawal of the excess amount

 

Death Benefits and Spousal Continuation

 

Upon the death of the annuitant, we will pay an additional death benefit amount equal to the excess, if any, of the minimum remaining withdrawal amount over the base policy death benefit and this rider will then terminate.

 

In the case of spousal joint owners where one spouse is the annuitant, if the spouse who is not the annuitant dies and the surviving spouse is the sole beneficiary, the surviving spouse may elect to continue the policy and rider and no additional death benefit will be paid under this rider.

 

In the case of non–spousal joint owners where an owner who is not the annuitant dies, the surviving owner (who is also the sole designated beneficiary) may elect to receive lifetime income payments instead of receiving any benefits applicable to the base policy. The lifetime income payments must begin no later than 1 year after the owner’s death and will be equal to the maximum annual withdrawal amount divided by the number of payments made per year. Once the payments begin, no additional premium payments will be accepted and no additional withdrawals will be paid. If these payments are elected but the annuitant dies before the minimum remaining withdrawal amount equals zero, the annuitant’s beneficiary will receive a death benefit equal to the minimum remaining withdrawal amount.

 

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ARTICLE III

 

RIDER UPGRADE

 

You may elect, in writing, to upgrade the total withdrawal base to the policy value, after the [third] rider anniversary. At this same time, the minimum remaining withdrawal amounts will also be upgraded to the policy value and the maximum annual withdrawal amounts will be recalculated based on the new total withdrawal base.

 

If an upgrade is elected, this rider will terminate and a new rider with the same features will be issued with a new rider date and its own rider fee percentage which may be higher than this rider’s rider fee percentage.

 

The new rider effective date will be the date the Company receives all information necessary, in a written form acceptable to the Company, to process the upgrade. The Company currently allows an upgrade at any time after the [third] rider anniversary. After your [fourth] rider anniversary, the Company reserves the right to limit upgrade requests to 30 calendar days after each rider anniversary.

 

Signed for us at our home office.
[/s/ Craig D. Vermie]       [/s/ Larry N. Norman]
SECRETARY       PRESIDENT

 

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