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.
If you leave Citi, your GUL coverage may be continued by paying premiums directly to MetLife. MetLife will send you information regarding the continuation of your GUL coverage once notified of your termination or retirement. MetLife will bill you at a higher rate than the Citi group rate. The rate will become effective the month following your termination of employment.
If you are receiving disability benefits from the Citigroup Disability Plan at the time your employment terminates and you are enrolled in GUL coverage, MetLife will bill you at the active employee rate for the same length of time you pay active employee rates for medical coverage. Afterward, MetLife will bill you at a higher rate than the Citi group rate. The rate will become effective the month after you are no longer eligible to pay active employee rates for medical coverage. If you have any questions on continuing your coverage, call MetLife directly at 1 (888) 830-7380.
If you continue GUL coverage, you also can continue to contribute to the Cash Accumulation Fund (CAF). If you have a balance in the CAF and do not pay the GUL premiums or notify MetLife that you wish to discontinue the GUL coverage, premiums for the GUL insurance will be deducted from your CAF to keep your coverage active until you notify MetLife that you do not wish to continue GUL insurance. If you do not have a CAF account, or your CAF becomes depleted and you do not pay the premiums to MetLife, your GUL coverage will end.
Did You Know?
If you are enrolled in GUL coverage, you receive Will Preparation and Estate Resolution services at no cost when you work with an in-network attorney through MetLife Legal. Will Preparation includes Wills, Powers of Attorney and Living Wills. Estate Resolution covers probate services only. Call MetLife Legal Plans at 1 (800) 821-6400 and provide the Citi group number 1137000 to get more information. This does not cover consultations for any other legal matters that would be included under the MetLife Legal Plan benefit.