by Jeffrey M. Holdvogt and Susan Peters Schaefer

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently discontinued its letter forwarding service for missing participants or beneficiaries entitled to a benefit under an employee retirement plan.  Until now, retirement plan sponsors have frequently used the IRS letter forwarding service as a way to locate missing participants or beneficiaries to whom benefits are owed under a retirement plan.  Following this discontinuance, plan sponsors will need to utilize another more expensive government forwarding service or utilize internet search tools, commercial locater services and credit report agencies to locate missing retirement plan participants.

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