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IRS Updates Operational Compliance List for 2021 and 2022

On June 3, 2020, the IRS updated their operational compliance list (“OC List”) to recognize the final regulations relating to required minimum distributions and eligibility for long-time part-time workers, further reflecting all the changes made by the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act. The OC List is provided by the IRS to help plan sponsors and practitioners achieve operational compliance by identifying changes in qualification requirements effective during a calendar year.

Specifically, the updated list incorporated the final regulations relating to the updated life expectancy and distribution period tables used for determining required minimum distributions. It also incorporated Notice 2020-68, which provides a question and answer related to long-term part-time employees under the SECURE Act. (We discussed the SECURE Act at length in the January 7, 2020, edition of Compliance Corner.) Finally, the changes effective in 2021 include an extension of the temporary relief from the requirement for spousal consents to take place in person.

The IRS periodically updates the OC List to reflect new legislation and guidance. As such, it is a useful tool for plan sponsors. However, the list is not intended to be a comprehensive list of every item of IRS legislation or guidance. Plan sponsors should work with their advisors to ensure their continued compliance with the retirement plan regulations.

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