Examinations and Enforcement
EP Examinations is responsible for overseeing compliance with the retirement plan provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, including the protection of plan assets and of the interests/rights of participants. This is accomplished by conducting examinations to analyze operational features of retirement plans. A centralized examination case selection and review process is used to enhance consistency of enforcement activities and to focus resources on the areas of highest noncompliance.
Priorities and Goals
Critical priorities vital to the success of Employee Plans Examinations.
Articles by Director of Examinations
Insights on retirement plan topics uncovered during audits.
EP Abusive Tax Transactions
Abusive tax avoidance transactions involving employee plans are beginning to surface and are growing in number. Left unchallenged, transactions such as these undermine the confidence in our voluntary tax system.
International Issues Affecting Retirement Plans
International issues, including international tax compliance by large corporations and high-wealth individuals, are an IRS-wide priority. The Office of Employee Plans is focused on addressing existing abuse and preventing abuse going forward.
Employee Plans Compliance Unit (EPCU)
Did you receive a letter from this Unit? Will you be getting a letter soon? Go here to get more information.
EP Examination Projects
Results from various examination projects, including listings of most frequent errors and tips on how to avoid these errors.
EP Compliance Trends & Tips
Results and findings from past and current EP examinations that identify compliance risks and recurring plan issues.
Plan specialty (403(b)/457, 401(k), multiemployer), large employer plans and Employee Plans Compliance Unit (EPCU) activities.
Audit Closing Agreement Program
The Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) is a comprehensive system of correction programs established by the IRS that enable sponsors of retirement plans that have experienced compliance violations to preserve the tax benefits of their plans. If plan errors are found during an EP examination, help is available through the Audit Closing Agreement Program (Audit CAP). For plan errors that are found prior to examination notification, possible alternates to Audit CAP are Self-Correction Program (SCP) or the Voluntary Correction Program (VCP).
Technical/Procedural Guidelines for EP Examinations Employees
Locate Field Directives, Examination Guidelines, and other useful information.
EP Examination Process Guide
In response to the results of the Customer Satisfaction Surveys, EP Examinations developed the EP Examination Process Guide to help customers through the examination process. The guide clarifies the various steps in the examination process and introduces available resources.
Form 5500 Corner
Filing tips and updates, notices, and other helpful materials to assist you in preparing your Form 5500 returns.
Form 5330 Corner
Filing tips and updates, notices, and other helpful materials to assist you in preparing your Form 5330 returns.
Communications With EP Customers
Interviews, outreach presentations, newsletters and other important communications.
EP Examinations Office Structure/Contacts
The organizational structure and contacts for the IRS Office of EP Examinations.