IRS Lists Top Mistakes in Voluntary Correction Program Submissions
April 13, 2021
The IRS has issued a summary of the top mistakes made by plan administrators utilizing the Voluntary Correction Program (VCP). As a reminder, the VCP is a way for retirement plans to receive IRS approval on corrections to plan documents or operational failures that would otherwise jeopardize the plan's tax-favored or qualified status. Thus, it is important the submission is free of errors to avoid denial of the submission or a delayed approval.
The top errors include:
- Failure to combine PDF documents into a single PDF file that does not exceed 15MB
- Failure to pay the correct VCP user fee, which is based on plan assets or listing an incorrect bank account/routing number
- Incorrect completion of Pay.gov Form 8950
- The name of the plan sponsor doesn't match the name on the other documents in the submission
- Incorrect EIN provided
- An officer of the plan sponsor didn't sign the form
- Insufficient narrative provided
- The descriptions of the failure(s) or corrective changes are not detailed enough
- The submission does not identify a plan qualification failure under IRC Section 401(a)
- Failure to include a copy of the plan document
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