The IRS has extended the deadline for adopting qualified retirement plan and IRA amendments to reflect changes made by the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (SECURE Act), the Bipartisan American Miners Act of 2019 (Miners Act) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). In Notice 2022-33, issued on August 3, 2022, the IRS provides that non-governmental qualified retirement plans, 403(b) plans, and IRAs now have until December 31, 2025, to adopt plan amendments, with later deadlines applying to governmental plans.

Prior to this extension, amendments were generally required to be adopted by December 31, 2022 (for calendar year plans), including amendments to reflect the following:

  • SECURE Act changes for required minimum distributions and qualified birth or adoption distributions;
  • Miners Act changes for age 59½ distributions from defined benefit plans and section 457(b) plans; and
  • CARES Acts relief for 2020 required minimum distributions.

The deadlines to adopt these amendments are now as follows:

The Notice further states that the IRS anticipates that additional guidance will appear in the 2023 Required Amendments List, an annual list of changes in retirement plan qualification requirements. As a result, the IRS intends that plan sponsors will be able to adopt all necessary amendments on a single date.