IRS Describes Multi-Employer Amortization Extension Procedure

December 8, 2010 ( – A new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) revenue procedure (2010-52) sets out in detail the procedures by which multi-employer plans can request a five- or 10-year  extension of the deadline for amortizing unfunded liabilities.

The tax agency document describes the information needed in the request for extension and how and to whom it is to be turned in. Among the items required in the extension application is a statement that the plan sponsor has adopted a plan to improve the plan’s funded status.

The document also sets out who is to be notified, including the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), and warns that the notifications have to be hand-delivered, mailed, or delivered electronically to the last known address of each employee organization, participant, beneficiary, and alternate payee.

The IRS said all extension applications must be submitted by the 15th day of the third calendar month following the last day of the first plan year for which the extension is intended to take effect. The revenue procedure is effective for all ruling requests submitted on or after January 1, 2011, the tax agency said.

The IRS document is at .