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Retirement Updates

IRS Announces Pre-Examination Retirement Plan Compliance Pilot

June 22, 2022

On June 3, 2022, the IRS announced that they will begin a new pre-examination retirement plan compliance program in June of 2022. Plan sponsors who are selected for the program will receive a letter from the IRS indicating that they have 90 days to review their retirement plan’s documentation and operation to determine if they meet the IRS’ requirements. The IRS will potentially schedule a full exam for those employers who do not respond.

Upon completing the review, employers who find mistakes may be able to self-correct through the IRS Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS). If self-correction is not an option, employers can request a closing agreement from the IRS and pay the penalties outlined by the IRS’ Voluntary Correction Program.

The IRS intends to use this process to lessen the taxpayer burden of completing retirement plan investigations. Any employer plan sponsor who is contacted by the IRS as part of this program should work with their service providers and/or legal counsel to review their retirement plan compliance.

Employee Plans Newsletter, June 3, 2022 »