The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released Notice 2009-66, Automatic Enrollment in SIMPLE IRAs. Notice 2009-66, in question-and-answer format, provides rules for employers that maintain SIMPLE IRA plans. It confirms that SIMPLE IRAs may do the following:
- Include an automatic contribution arrangement;
- Provide that default salary reduction contributions made under an automatic contribution arrangement are made only for employees who are first eligible under the SIMPLE IRA plan on or after the effective date of the automatic contribution arrangement and who do not make an affirmative election;
- Provide that the percentage of compensation at which default salary reduction contributions under an automatic contribution arrangement are made for an employee increases based on the number of years or portions of years for which default salary reduction contributions have been made for the employee.
Notice 2009-66 also reviews the changes in notice requirements for SIMPLE IRAs that include an automatic contribution arrangement, explains the transfer rights that employees must receive during their 60-day election period, and confirms that if the requirements of the regulations under §404(c)(5) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) are met, fiduciary relief will apply with respect to the investment of default salary reduction contributions in default investments.