This excerpt taken from the HPQ 10-K filed Jan 14, 2005.
Section 3. Timing and Amounts of Deferred Compensation.
All Base Pay and Bonus deferral elections, as provided under Sections 3.1 and 3.2, respectively, shall be made on such deferral election forms as are prescribed by the Committee. Each election form shall specify the nature of the Deferred Amount, the form of payment which is to be applicable with respect to such designated Deferred Amount, as provided in Section 6, the Beneficiary or Beneficiaries to receive any death benefit applicable to the subject amount, as provided in Section 9, and the Deferred Payment Date on which payment is to commence with respect to such Deferred Amount. Such Deferred Payment Date must be at least three (3) years after the date of the filing of the election form. Except as otherwise provided in this Section 3, all such Deferred Amount elections shall become irrevocable for the subject calendar year as of October 31 of the calendar year prior to the calendar year to which the election pertains. An Eligible Employee may change or revoke his Base Pay deferral election under Section 3.1.1 and may change or revoke his Bonus deferral election under Section 3.2.1 pursuant to such rules as are set by the Committee but in no event may any such election be amended or revoked after (1) the last business day of the Company's calendar year preceding the calendar year for which the election is made, with respect to Base Pay deferral elections, and (2) the last business day preceding the beginning of the performance period to which the Bonus award pertains, with respect to Bonus deferral elections. Eligible Employees shall make elections to participate in the Plan, as follows:
3.1 Base Pay Deferrals.
3.1.1 Timing of Base Pay Deferral. To make an election of a Base Pay deferral for any calendar year, the Eligible Employee must file a deferral election form with the Committee in accordance with any procedures established by the Committee, but in no event later than the last business day of the calendar year preceding the calendar year with respect to which the election to defer Base Pay is made.
3.1.2 Amount of Base Pay Deferral. Once an election is made by an Eligible Employee, an annual whole dollar amount will be deferred from Base Pay, taken equally over the twenty-four (24) pay periods falling within the calendar year to which the election pertains. The minimum amount of Base Pay which may be deferred is $6,000 per calendar year. The maximum amount of Base Pay which may be deferred each calendar year is equal to the amount of Base Pay exceeding the amount defined in Code section 401(a)(17), as adjusted by the Secretary of the Treasury under Code section 415(d), in effect on January 1 of the calendar year to which the deferral election pertains.
3.2 Bonus Deferrals.
3.2.1 Timing of Bonus Deferral. Participants must make an election to defer an H1 Bonus and/or H2 Bonus in accordance with any procedures established by the Committee, but in no event later than October 31 of the calendar year ending before the fiscal year to which the H1 and H2 Bonuses pertain. Participants must make an election to defer any other Bonus that is neither an H1 Bonus nor an H2 Bonus in accordance with any procedures established by the Committee.
3.2.2 Amount of Bonus Deferral. An Eligible Employee may defer any portion, up to 95%, of any Bonus to which he or she may become entitled, so long as the Deferred Amount is expressed in terms of a whole percentage point. Once an election is made by an Eligible Employee to defer a portion of a Bonus, the appropriate amount will be withheld from the Bonus when the amount of the Bonus has been certified by the Committee (with respect to a Bonus under the EPfR Plan), but not before the Bonus would otherwise have been paid to the Participant in cash under the plan from which the Bonus is payable.
3.3 Committee Discretion. Notwithstanding anything in this Section 3 to the contrary, the Committee shall have the discretion to modify the availability and timing of a valid deferral election under this Section 3, in any manner it deems appropriate; provided, however, that any alteration with
respect to a Covered Officer must be consistent with the requirements for deductibility of compensation under Section 162(m) of the Code.