Since the announcement by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that sponsors of individually designed retirement plans may no longer receive a periodic determination letter, plan sponsors have faced uncertainty about how to demonstrate compliance for their retirement plans. Our McDermott Retirement Plan Compliance Program, a new opinion letter and operational review program for individually designed 401(a) and 403(b) retirement plans, will allow plan sponsors to document their plans’ compliance with tax code requirements in response to the curtailment of the IRS’ determination letter program.

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Every year the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Labor (DOL) conduct thousands of audits of employee benefit retirement plans.  While IRS audits focus on compliance with the Internal Revenue Code, and DOL audits focus on violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), a review of these audits over the last five years reveals that auditors at both agencies are increasingly focused on the internal controls employers maintain for their employer benefit plans.

Please click here to read the full article View From McDermott: Top IRS and DOL Audit Issues for Retirement Plans, published by Bloomberg BNA Pension & Benefits Daily on 8/13/14.