Citi Benefits Handbook
Cash Accumulation Fund (CAF)
When you enroll in GUL coverage, you can participate in the Cash Accumulation Fund (CAF). The CAF allows you to save money that earns an interest rate at a guaranteed minimum of 4% on a tax-deferred basis. Contributions are deducted from your pay each pay period.
The Internal Revenue Code determines the annual maximum you can contribute to the CAF based on your GUL coverage amount, your age and other factors.
If your contributions for GUL, including the CAF, exceed the actual limits of the coverage for which you are enrolled, MetLife will notify you about a refund. For the actual amount that applies to you under the applicable tax laws, call MetLife at 1 (888) 830-7380.
You can change the amount of your CAF contribution at any time. Note: A decrease in your GUL coverage could affect the amount you can contribute to your CAF.
You will not pay taxes on the interest while it remains in your CAF. The interest is taxable only when you withdraw more than the total you have paid up to that point for GUL coverage (your premiums) plus your CAF contributions.
For more information about the CAF, call MetLife at 1 (888) 830-7380.
Taking a Loan from Your CAF
At any time, you can obtain cash through a loan of at least $200 from your CAF. You may take an unlimited number of loans each plan year, but only one loan can be in effect at any time. The most you can borrow at any time is the current cash value just prior to the loan and less the interest to the next plan anniversary date at the current loan interest rate.
Loan interest is charged at a rate set by MetLife. This rate will never be more than the maximum permitted by law and will not change more often than once a year, on the plan anniversary date. Call MetLife at 1 (888) 830-7380 for the current interest rate.
You may repay all or part of a loan (but not less than $100) at any time while you are alive and enrolled in GUL coverage. Loans are not payable through payroll deductions.
Failure to repay a loan or to pay loan interest will not terminate your GUL coverage unless the balance in your CAF, minus the loan and loan interest, is not sufficient to pay the monthly contribution for GUL coverage. If this occurs, you will be notified that you have a 60-day grace period to pay the amount due.
For more information about CAF loans, call MetLife at 1 (888) 830-7380.