IRS Extends SECURE Act and CARES Act Retirement Plan Amendment Deadlines

On August 3, 2022, the IRS issued Notice 2022-33, which extends deadlines for amending nongovernmental qualified retirement plans, 403(b) plans, and IRAs to reflect changes under the SECURE Act and certain provisions of the CARES Act. Absent this relief, the plan amendments would have been required by the last day of the first plan year ending on or after January 1, 2022.

Specifically, the notice extends plan amendment deadlines for changes made by the Secure Act until December 31, 2025. Additionally, the extension applies to optional provisions of the Miners Act that allow defined benefit pension plans to lower the minimum age for in-service distributions from age 62 to 59 1/2. The guidance also postpones the amendment deadlines to adopt CARES Act relief for 2020 required minimum distributions until December 31, 2025. However, plans that adopted CARES Act optional loan and/or withdrawal provisions still must be amended by the original deadline (i.e., December 31, 2022, for a calendar year plan).

The IRS also indicated that it intends to issue SECURE Act guidance with the 2023 Required Amendment list. This will enable plan sponsors to adopt necessary amendments simultaneously.

Employers that sponsor retirement plans should be aware of the extensions and consult with their document providers for further information.

IRS Notice 2022-33 »