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Retirement News for Employers

December 18, 2014 Edition

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Plan sponsors

Plan participants


  • Mark your calendar – deadlines for retirement plans
  • DOL Corner – updates from Department of Labor
  • Publication 1-EP, Understanding the Employee Plans Examination Process (10-2014)
  • Publication 1020, Appeal Procedures Employee Plans Examinations (11-2014)
  • Publication 4810, Specifications for Electronic Filing of Form 8955-SSA, Annual Registration Statement Identifying Separated Participants With Deferred Vested Benefits

October 2, 2014 Edition

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Starting a plan

Operating a plan and correcting mistakes

Terminating plans


June 13, 2014 Edition

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Penalty relief

  • Form 5500-EZ – new pilot program offers no late filing penalties if you file before June 2, 2015, and meet other requirements
  • Forms 5500 and 5500-SF – to get IRS penalty relief, you must file Form 8955-SSA

Safe harbor 401(k) and 401(m) plans - you may amend during the plan year to comply with new same-sex marriage rules


Copies of plan documents – how to request a copy of a determination letter application file

Avoiding mistakes

  • Internal controls – what internal controls are and how they help protect your plan
  • Policies, procedures and internal controls self-audit questions to help you evaluate your internal controls
  • Monitoring plan service provider reportsreview reports and provide updated plan information to prevent mistakes

Correcting mistakes

  • Voluntary Correction Program –use new forms for your VCP submission
  • How to correct if you used the wrong definition of compensation to make:
  • Updated Fix-It Guides for SEP, SARSEP and 403(b) plans

Mark your calendar – retirement plan deadlines

DOL Newsupdates from Department of Labor

For employees

  • SIMPLE IRA plans – you may owe additional taxes on withdrawals unless an exception applies
  • Mid-year retirement savings checkupreview your retirement contributions


The Retirement News for Employers is a periodic newsletter with retirement plan information for employers and business owners – and their tax advisors from Employee Plans (Tax Exempt and Government Entities (TE/GE) at the IRS).

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