The tax agency said it intended to use the resulting data from the questionnaires to “make future audits more productive and focus on necessary education, outreach, guidance and enforcement efforts.”
Answers to questions the IRS said it has received regarding the data collection effort include:
- Sponsors can designate someone else to fill out the questionnaire, but have to fill out Form 2848, “Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative” if someone else will be communicating with the IRS about the survey.
- If the IRS letter accompanying the questionnaire specifies the 2007 plan year but the instructions ask for 2008 plan year information, sponsors should use data as of the end of the 2008 plan year unless the question specifically lists the 2006, 2007 and 2008 years. If it does, the sponsor should provide data for all three years.
- If a sponsor becomes aware of a qualification failure when filling out the survey, it can either self-correct or submit an application under the IRS Voluntary Correction Program. For more information on the program, go to http://www.irs.gov/retirement/article/0,,id=96907,00.html.
More information about the questionnaire is at http://www.irs.gov/retirement/article/0,,id=223440,00.html.