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Internal Revenue Bulletin:

2004-9 March 1, 2004

Announcement 2004-13

Diversification Requirements for Variable Annuity, Endowment, and Life Insurance Contracts; Hearing



Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury.


Notice of public hearing on proposed regulations.


This document contains a notice of public hearing on proposed regulations (REG-163974-02, 2003-38 I.R.B. 595) to diversification requirements for variable annuity, endowment, and life insurance contracts.


The public hearing is being held on Thursday, April 1, 2004, at 10 a.m. The IRS must receive outlines of the topics to be discussed at the hearing by March 18, 2004.


The public hearing is being held in the auditorium of the Internal Revenue Building, 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. Due to building security procedures, visitors must enter at the main entrance on Constitution Avenue. In addition, all visitors must present photo identification to enter the building.

Mail submissions to: CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-163974-02), Room 5203, Internal Revenue Service, POB 7604, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, DC 20044. Submissions may be hand delivered Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-163974-02), Courier’s Desk, Internal Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20224. Alternatively, taxpayers may submit comments electronically via the Internet by submitting comments directly to the IRS Internet site at:


Concerning submission of comments, the hearing, and/or to be placed on the building access list to attend the hearing, Guy R. Traynor of the Publications and Regulations Branch, Associate Chief Counsel, (Procedure and Administration) at (202) 622-3693 (not a toll-free number).


The subject of the public hearing is the notice of proposed regulations (REG-163974-02) that was published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, July 30, 2003 (68 FR 44689).

The rules of 26 CFR 601.601(a)(3) apply to the hearing.

Persons who have submitted written comments and wish to present oral comments at the hearing must submit an outline of the topics to be discussed and the amount of time to be devoted to each topic (signed original and eight (8) copies) by March 18, 2004.

A period of 10 minutes is allotted to each person for presenting oral comments.

After the deadline for receiving outlines has passed, the IRS will prepare an agenda containing the schedule of speakers. Copies of the agenda will be made available, free of charge, at the hearing.

Because of access restrictions, the IRS will not admit visitors beyond the immediate entrance area more than 30 minutes before the hearing starts. For information about having your name placed on the building access list to attend the hearing, see the “FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT” section of this document.

Cynthia E. Grigsby,
Acting Chief, Publications and Regulations Branch,
Legal Processing Division,
Associate Chief Counsel
(Procedure and Administration).


(Filed by the Office of the Federal Register on February 13, 2004, 8:45 a.m., and published in the issue of the Federal Register for February 17, 2004, 69 F.R. 7389)

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