The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released Notice 2009-65, Adding Automatic Enrollment to Section 401(k) Plans – Sample Amendments. The Notice contains two sample amendments that allow employers to change existing §401(k) plans as late as the last day of the first plan year beginning after December 31, 2008. For government plans, the amendment may be adopted as late as the last day of the first plan year beginning after December 31, 2010. Plan sponsors are not required to adopt the amendments and may need to tailor the amendments to match provisions of their specific plans.
The first sample amendment can be used to add an automatic contribution arrangement to a §401(k) plan. The second sample amendment can be used to add an automatic contribution arrangement described in §414(w) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (permitting 90-day withdrawals) to a §401(k) plan.
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