August 12, 2016
Authored by: Julie Wagner and Jonathan Hull
As we previously reported, the IRS had said last year that determination letter program for retirement plans would largely be going away. Rev. Proc. 2016-37 includes information with respect to the future of the determination letter program. As highlighted in a recent IRS webcast, a noteworthy development is that “subject to IRS resources” that post-initial determination letters may be available after 2017 in specified circumstances:
(1) significant law changes,
(2) new plan designs, and
(3) Plan types that can’t convert to a pre-approved format.
Number 3 means complex plans that do not fit on a pre-approved document may, ‘subject to IRS resources’ as published annually, be able to be submitted for a ruling under the determination letter program. Therefore, complex individually designed plans may still have hope that the IRS will