IRS Offers Penalty Relief for Small Retirement Plans
No filing fees will be charged
This month, the IRS begins a one-year pilot program to help small businesses with retirement plans that owe penalties for not filing reporting documents. By filing current and prior year forms during this pilot program, they can avoid penalties.
The IRS is reaching out to certain small businesses that maintain retirement plans and may have been unaware that they had a filing requirement. The IRS projects that this program will bring a significant number of small business owners into compliance with the reporting requirements.
Plan administrators and sponsors who do not file an annual Form 5500 series return can face penalties of up to $15,000 per return. Those who have already been assessed a penalty for late filings are not eligible for this program. The program is open only to retirement plans generally maintained by certain small businesses, such as those in an owner-spouse arrangement or eligible partnership.
Multiple late retirement plan returns may be included in a single submission. If a retirement plan has delinquent returns for more than one plan year, penalty relief may be available for all of these returns. Similarly, delinquent returns for more than one plan may be included in a single penalty relief request. No filing fee will be charged during the pilot program.
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