IRS Relief for 403(b) Retirement Plans

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Recognizing that the requirement to have a detailed written plan document for a 403(b) retirement plan was a new and arduous task for many non-profit entities who sponsored such plans, the IRS has now published favorable guidance giving 403(b) retirement plan sponsors some much needed relief.

Under new IRS regulations issued in 2007 (the “New Regulations”) and subsequent IRS announcements, 403(b) retirement plans were required, no later than December 31, 2009, to have a written plan document in place that reflected the New Regulations. For many non-profits who sponsored such 403(b) retirement plans, this was a new and complex compliance requirement that required time intensive work by the non-profit and its retirement plan providers and other vendors. Some non-profits never before maintained formalized written plan documentation regarding their 403(b) retirement plans (and such documentation was generally not previously required by the IRS), while others had old documents that were not necessarily reflective of current law or current administration pertaining to the 403(b) retirement plan.

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