Late last month, the IRS released the latest version of its Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System, the IRS’s program for correcting retirement plan errors. The newest version of the correction program—effective beginning in 2019—includes mostly minor changes and clarifications. Most importantly, however, it requires electronic filing of Voluntary Correction Program submissions beginning April 1, 2019.
IRS Restates EPCRS Correction Methods and Procedures
The Internal Revenue Service recently issued Revenue Procedure 2016-51, a new version of the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) to consolidate and update its prior guidance regarding how to correct of errors in qualified retirement plans. The new version of the EPCRS program also reflects changes that the IRS has made to its determination letter process.
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IRS Updates Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System
by Lisa K. Loesel, Mary K. Samsa and Kary Crassweller
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently updated the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS), the comprehensive system of correction programs for sponsors of qualified retirement plans. The components of EPCRS continue to be the Self-Correction Program, the Voluntary Correction Program (VCP) and the Audit Closing Agreement Program. This newsletter describes some of the significant changes to EPCRS, including revisions to the VCP submission procedures and enhanced access for 403(b) plans.
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