More retirement-related regulatory news for plan sponsors, including links to detailed information.
New process for DB plan determination letter applications
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published a post on its website highlighting the new process for defined benefit plan determination letter applications.
To read the entire post, click here.
IRS releases draft Form 5300
The IRS issued a draft of the revision for Form 5300, Application for Determination for Employee Benefit Plan. Form 5300 is used to request a favorable determination letter (DL) from the IRS on the qualified status of these plans and the exempt status of any related trust.
Form 5300 has undergone major revisions in format and information required. Many of the revisions reflect the changes affecting individually designed plans described in Announcement 2015-19, and Revenue Procedure 2016-37. The revised form significantly simplifies the information that plan sponsors must provide and is expected to reduce the taxpayer burden in filling out the form.
The IRS expects the final version of Form 5300 to be available by December 2016. If you wish, you can submit comments about the draft Form 5300.
Federal agencies release proposed revisions to improve Form 5500
The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) of the Department of Labor (DOL), the IRS, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) are seeking public comments on proposed revisions to modernize and improve the Form 5500 Annual Return/Report filed by private-sector employee benefit plans. The EBSA also published a related notice of proposed changes to its annual reporting regulations under Title I of ERISA.
Form 5500 is the primary source of information about the operations, funding, and investments of private-sector, employment-based pension and welfare benefit plans in the United States.
To read the proposed rule, click here.