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IRS Issues Listing of Required Modifications and Information Package for 403(b) Pre-Approved Plans

April 26, 2022

On April 18, 2022, the IRS released a Listing of Required Modifications and Information Package (LRM) to provide practitioners with samples of plan provisions that satisfy IRC Section 403(b). Specifically, the LRM has been updated to reflect changes made in the IRS 2022 Cumulative List of Changes for §403(b) Pre-approved Plans (which we recently discussed in this article from the February 15, 2022, edition of Compliance Corner). Plans being submitted for opinion letters for the second remedial amendment cycle under the IRS’ §403(b) Pre-approved Plan Program must comply with the changes found on the 2022 Cumulative List.

The LRM is intended to assist §403(b) plan providers with drafting compliant plan documents, but insurance companies and custodians may also review this language in the sample provisions in drafting terms of annuity contracts and custodial accounts. The LRM does not provide sample language for plans that may be covered by Title I of ERISA.

Part I of the LRM contains general sample plan provisions applicable to all §403(b) pre-approved plans and provisions that are applicable to §403(b) plans that only accept elective deferrals. Part II of the LRM contains additional sample provisions for those §403(b) pre-approved plans that accept contributions other than elective deferrals. Parts III and IV contain sample provisions for Standardized and Nonstandardized §403(b) pre-approved plans, respectively. Part V contains a simple plan provision for a retirement income account.

403(b) plan sponsors and providers should familiarize themselves with this guidance as they prepare §403(b) pre-approved plan submissions.

Section 403(b) Pre-Approved Plans Listing of Required Modifications and Information Package Revised April 2022 »