Citi Benefits Handbook
The Plan is designed so that your Plan accounts will be distributed to you at retirement or when you leave the Company. However, you may be able to borrow against your Plan accounts while you are working for the Company by taking a loan from the Plan. The basis for granting a loan will be those factors considered by commercial lenders in the business of making similar loans. The Plan Administrator will decide whether to grant the loan based on IRS and Plan rules and its decision will be final. You are required to repay any loan taken from the Plan. When you repay these loans, you repay your account with interest.
The minimum loan amount is $1,000. The maximum is the lesser of:
- 50% of your vested account balances on the date the loan is made or
- $50,000 reduced by the highest outstanding loan balance (if any) in the last 12 months.
The maximum amount available will be determined by considering all of your eligible accounts except for your Money Purchase Plan Account, PAYSOP Account, and QVEC Account, if you have such accounts. Loan amounts will be withdrawn pro-rata across all your investment options at the time you take out your loan.
Any money Citi contributes beginning in 2017 for the 2016 Plan year will not be available for loan purposes (e.g., Company Matching, Fixed, and Transition contributions, plus all earnings). The only money that will be available for loans is the money you contribute to your account and any Company contribution made prior to 2017.
The Plan permits general and residential loans, both of which have a $50 application fee. This fee is non-refundable and will be deducted from your account balance at the time the loan request is processed. This fee will be used to offset the administrative expenses associated with the loan.
- General loans can be repaid over a period of 12 to 60 months.
- Residential loans can be used to purchase your principal residence only and may be repaid over a period of 12 to 240 months. Documentation is required for a residential loan.
You may have two loans outstanding at any time, and only one can be a residential loan. You may not apply for a loan for six months from the date of a hardship withdrawal.
You do not pay income taxes on any money borrowed from the Plan because it is repaid into your Plan account. The interest portion of your payments is not tax-deductible. You may wish to consult a tax adviser before borrowing from the Plan.
You can request a loan by calling the Citi Benefits Center or visiting the Plan's website as instructed under "How to Contact the Plan."