Stacey Bradford, David Levine and David Powell, with Groom Law Group, and Michael A. Webb, vice president, Retirement Plan Services, Cammack Retirement Group, answer:
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) expected to issue approval letters for the model 403(b) plan documents in early 2017. However, the IRS has neither done so yet nor provided any update on when that may happen.
The list on the IRS web site of the 460 or so 403(b) plans that were submitted for review still says “Not Yet Approved” for each one. The IRS will wait to issue the approval letters until all submissions have been reviewed.
In the meantime, to monitor the status of the pre-approved 403(b) plan program, use https://www.irs.gov/retirement-plans/list-of-pre-approved-403b-plans.
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