A retirement plan’s care should include a regular review of its basic operations, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
The IRS offers one-page checklists for SIMPLE IRAs, SEPs, SARSEPs, 401(k) plans and 403(b) plans to help plan sponsors start their review. Answering “no” to any checklist questions signals a potential mistake in plan operation.
The IRS says common mistakes revealed by checklists may include:
- not covering the proper employees;
- not giving employees required information;
- not depositing employee deferrals timely;
- not depositing employer contributions timely;
- not following the terms of the plan document; and
- not limiting employee deferrals and employer contributions to the proper maximum limits.
Each checklist links to a Fix-It Guide with tips about how to find, fix and avoid each potential error.
More information, including links to the checklists and fix-it guides is here.