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I think I may have missed something. See the portion I've underlined from Revenue Procedure 2007-44. Since the 5 year cycle ended 1/31/11, it appears that this would give the IDP plan sponsor until 4/30/12. Thoughts?

01 An employer's plan is treated as a pre-approved plan and is therefore eligible for a six-year amendment/approval cycle if:

(1) The employer is either a prior adopter described in section 17.02, a new adopter described in section 17.03, an intended adopter described in section 17.04, or the adopter of a replacement plan that meets the conditions described in section 17.05, and

(2) The sponsor or practitioner maintaining an existing or interim pre-approved plan (defined in (3) below) timely submits an opinion or advisory letter application for the plan:

(a) by the application deadline of October 31st or January 31st, whichever is applicable, in the first year of the six-year remedial amendment cycle for pre-approved plans, as described in section 18 of this revenue procedure, and

(b) receives a favorable current opinion or advisory letter from the Service before the employer adopts the plan as described in sections 17.02 through 17.05 below):

(3) For purposes of this section 17:

(a) An existing pre-approved plan is a plan that has received a valid opinion or advisory letter for the six-year cycle immediately preceding the opening of the current six-year cycle (or, in the case of the initial six-year remedial amendment cycle, February 16, 2005 for defined contribution pre-approved plans or January 31, 2007 for defined benefit pre-approved plans). An existing pre-approved plan contains separate interim and discretionary amendments attached to the plan that have not been integrated into the plan document in restated form (but that will be integrated before the plan is submitted for an opinion or advisory letter under section 17.01(2) above).

(b) An interim pre-approved plan is either:

(i) a plan that has not previously applied for or received an opinion or advisory letter because it was not in existence before the deadline for submitting such plans in the immediately preceding period (e.g., GUST deadline), or

(ii) a plan that has received a valid opinion or advisory letter for the six-year cycle immediately preceding the opening of the current six-year cycle (or, in the case of the initial six-year remedial amendment cycle, February 16, 2005 for defined contribution pre-approved plans or January 31, 2007 for defined benefit pre-approved plans). An interim pre-approved plan does not contain the interim and discretionary amendments in separate documents because they have been integrated into the plan document in a restated format for purposes of submitting the plan for an opinion or advisory letter on or before the applicable date under section 17.01(2) above.

© A newly approved version of a plan is a plan described in section 17.01(2)(b).3

.02 An employer is a prior adopter if:

(1) the employer adopted and made effective a pre-approved plan as of the last day of the six-year remedial amendment cycle immediately preceding the opening of the current six-year cycle and that employer's pre-approved plan was an existing plan, or an interim pre-approved plan (under section 17.01(3)(b)(ii)) that has a valid opinion or advisory letter for the period preceding the opening of the current six-year cycle, and

(2) the employer, within the announced adoption period described in sections 16.03 and 16.04,

(a) adopts the newly approved version of that pre-approved plan or

(b) adopts the newly approved version of a different pre-approved plan maintained by either the same sponsor or a different sponsor.

.03 An employer is a new adopter if:

(1) the employer maintains an individually designed plan, or

(2) the employer is not currently maintaining any qualified plan (individually designed or pre-approved) and has not maintained any such plan during the current five-year remedial amendment cycle applicable to the employer, and

(3) the employer adopts either an existing pre-approved plan or an interim pre-approved plan before the end of the employer's five-year remedial amendment cycle as determined under Part III of this revenue procedure,

An employer may only adopt an interim or an existing pre-approved plan that is not the newly approved version of the plan if the employer adopts such plan before the beginning of the adoption period described in section 16.03 and 16.04 during the applicable six-year cycle. Such an employer must re-adopt either the newly approved version of the same plan or a newly approved version of a different pre-approved plan during the adoption period. Any employer whose five-year cycle has not ended may adopt a plan during or after the adoption period, but such employer must adopt the newly approved version of a pre-approved plan.

.04 An employer is an intended adopter if:

(1) the employer currently maintains a qualified individually designed plan and

(2) such employer and a sponsor or practitioner who maintains an existing pre-approved plan or an interim pre-approved plan execute Form 8905, Certification of Intent to Adopt Pre-approved Plan4 , before the end of the employer's five-year remedial amendment cycle as determined under Part III of this revenue procedure.5 However, if the employer's five-year remedial amendment cycle ends during or after the announced adoption period described in section 16.03 and 16.04 associated with the applicable six-year cycle, rather than execute Form 8905, the employer should instead adopt the newly approved version of a pre-approved plan (and will be treated as a new adopter under section 17.03)..

05 Replacement Plan

(1) An employer is an adopter of a replacement plan (defined in section 17.05(1)) under the following situations:

(a) The employer timely adopted a pre-approved plan that is to be replaced by a "replacement" plan (that is, the plan document remaining after one of the situations described in section 17.05(1)©); and

(b) A sponsor or practitioner maintaining the pre-approved plan does not request an opinion or advisory letter during the current six-year approval/amendment cycle because the plan is to be replaced by the plan of another sponsor or practitioner as a result of a change in business circumstances described in section 17.05(1)©; and

© The sponsor or practitioner of the replacement plan and the sponsor or practitioner of the replaced plan are related in one of the following ways: (a) one was merged into the other before the last day of the submission period as described in section 17.01(2) or (b) as of the last day of the submission period as described in section 17.01(2) both are members of the same controlled group of corporations within the meaning of § 414(b) or are trades or businesses which are under common control within the meaning of § 414©.

(2) Effect of Adoption of Replacement Plan

(a) If the employer intends to adopt the replacement plan, the employer will not be required to execute Form 8905, Certification of Intent to Adopt Pre-approved Plan.

(b) If the employer applies for a determination letter for a replacement plan, the application must include a statement from the sponsor or practitioner maintaining the replacement plan indicating that the sponsor or practitioner maintaining the replaced plan was bought out or merged with the sponsor or practitioner maintaining the replacement plan.

.06 If an employer described in section 17.02, 17.03, 17.04 or 17.05 adopts a pre-approved plan or individually designed plan after the adoption and/or submission deadline established by the Service for the current six-year remedial amendment cycle and the employer is unable to utilize its five-year remedial amendment cycle, (e.g., the employer's submission deadline under the five-year remedial amendment cycle precedes the adoption and/or submission deadline under the current six-year cycle), then the adopting employer may be eligible to correct for late adoption under the Voluntary Correction Program.

Examples 13 through 17 below illustrate an employer's eligibility for the six-year cycle. In the following examples, both the tax year of the employer and the plan year are the calendar years and, except as otherwise provided, the plan has been operated in accordance with the plan terms, including any interim and discretionary amendments.

Example 13: Employer L adopted and made effective Plan X on January 1, 2005. Plan X is a pre-existing defined contribution pre-approved prototype plan sponsored by Sponsor M. Sponsor N of Plan Y, also a defined contribution prototype plan, timely submitted an application by January 31, 2006. In 2008 the Service announced that February 1, 2008 through January 31, 2010 would be the two-year window for employers to adopt restated pre-approved plans and file determination letters, if necessary.

Sponsor M notified Employer L that it no longer qualified as a sponsor because it did not have the requisite number of employers (30) reasonably expected to adopt the pre-approved plan. Therefore, Sponsor M did not submit a new opinion letter application within the six-year cycle by January 31, 2006. Employer L timely adopts Plan Y of Sponsor N within the two-year window period. Employer L will be considered to be a "prior adopter" within the meaning of section 17.02 of this revenue procedure and has timely adopted the plan within the six-year cycle. The result would be the same if Employer L switched to Plan Y because Sponsor M did not timely submit an application by January 31, 2006 for that prototype plan, or Sponsor M timely submitted an application by January 31, 2006 but later withdrew the application, or Employer L was dissatisfied with Sponsor M for other reasons.

Example 14: The facts are the same as Example 13 except Employer L adopts a different defined contribution pre-approved prototype plan, Plan Z, sponsored by Sponsor M within the announced two-year window period and Sponsor M timely submitted an application for an opinion letter by January 31, 2006 for Plan Z. Employer L is considered to be a prior adopter and gets the six-year remedial amendment cycle.

Example 15: Same as Example 13 except Employer L adopts a defined contribution VS plan, Plan V, instead of a prototype plan within the announced two-year window period and the Sponsor timely submitted an application for an advisory letter for Plan V by January 31, 2006. Employer L is considered to be a prior adopter and gets the six-year remedial amendment cycle.

Example 16: Employer P, whose EIN ends in 6, has never maintained a qualified plan. Sponsor S timely submitted an application for an opinion letter for Plan Y, an existing pre-approved defined contribution prototype plan, by January 31, 2006. Employer P adopts Plan Y on December 15, 2006, which is prior to the end of Employer P's five-year remedial amendment cycle (Cycle A). Employer P is a new adopter and gets the six-year remedial amendment cycle.

Example 17: Employer Q, whose EIN ends in 1, currently maintains an individually designed defined benefit plan (IDP). Employer Q decides to switch from an IDP to a defined benefit pre-approved plan. On January 15, 2007, Employer Q and Sponsor S execute Form 8905, Certification of Intent to Adopt a Pre-approved Plan. The defined benefit pre-approved plan adopted by Employer Q was timely submitted for an opinion letter by the applicable deadline. Employer Q is an intended adopter because Employer Q and Sponsor S signed Form 8905 timely (i.e., before the end of Employer Q's five-year remedial amendment cycle).

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I think you had it right the first time. They only qualify for the 6 year cycle if they are 1) a prior adopter, 2) a new adopter, 3) an intended adopter, or 4) the adopter of a replacement plan.

Among other things,

1) requires the adoption of a pre-approved document prior to the start of the current 6 year cycle.

2) requires the adoption of a pre-approved or interim pre-approved document prior to the end of the employer's 5 year cycle.

3) requires Form 8905 signed before the end of the employer's 5 year cycle. The section you highlighted says that if the current generation pre-approved document is available, you should adopt it instead of using Form 8905. Since it then says you will be considered new adopter, I take that to mean it must be adopted by the end of the 5 year cycle, 1/31/2011 in your case, as required to be a new adopter.

4) requires the timely adoption of a pre-approved plan. Timely in that case should be by the end of the 5 year cycle.

All 4 of those require either the adoption of a pre-approved document, interim pre-approved document or signing Form 8905 by the end of the 5 year cycle. Hopefully one of those happened. If not, I would suggest VCP.

Example 17 looks close to the situation you describe.

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If they didn't restate or take action to be eligible for the 6 year pre-approved cycle by 1/31/2011, I wouldn't worry about a determination letter. They would be a late amender, so not having a determination letter would be the least of their problems. The only good news is that VCP covers late amendments.

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Yes, but whether or not you get the $375 rate will depend on who processes the filing. The last one I did, the agent insisted the $375 fee only applied if the VCP filing was done before the end of the remedial amendment period. Yes, I have that in writing. She insisted we send the rest of half the normal filing fee, or she would return the filing as rejected. I previously filed a couple of VCP filings where the plan had not been amended since the 80's that were processed for the $375 fee. She said the other agents made a mistake. Hopefully, you won't get the same agent out of Austin, TX. I would send it in with $375. If they want more, they will tell you.

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