The IRS has extended the deadlines for amending a retirement plan or individual retirement arrangement (IRA) to reflect certain provisions of Division O of the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, P. L. 116-94, known as the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (SECURE Act), and Section 104 of Division M of the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, known as the Bipartisan American Miners Act of 2019 (Miners Act). In addition, the IRS has extended the deadline for amending a retirement plan to reflect Section 2203 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), P. L. 116-136.The extended amendment deadline for (1) a qualified retirement plan or Code Sec. 403(b) plan (including an applicable collectively bargained plan) that is not a governmental plan or (2) an IRA is December 31, 2025.

SECURE Act and Miners Act

The deadlines for amending a retirement plan or IRA to reflect the provisions of the SECURE Act or the Miners Act, as set forth in Notice 2020-68 and Notice 2020-86, are extended as follows:

  • For a qualified plan (including an applicable collectively bargained plan) that is not a governmental plan within the meaning of Code Sec. 414(d), the deadline to amend a plan for provisions of the SECURE Act, or section 104 of the Miners Act is December 31, 2025.
  • The plan amendment deadline for a qualified governmental plan, within the meaning of Code Sec. 414(d), is 90 days after the close of the third regular legislative session of the legislative body with the authority to amend the plan that begins after December 31, 2023.
  • The deadline for a Code Sec. 403(b) plan (including an applicable collectively bargained plan) that is not maintained by a public school, as described in Code Sec. 403(b)(1)(A)(ii), to amend a plan for provisions of the SECURE Act or the regulations thereunder is December 31, 2025.
  • The plan amendment deadline for a Code Sec. 403(b) plan that is maintained by a public school, as described in Code Sec. 403(b)(1)(A)(ii), is 90 days after the close of the third regular legislative session of the legislative body with the authority to amend the plan that begins after December 31, 2023.
  • The deadline to amend a governmental plan under Code Sec. 457(b) for provisions of the SECURE Act or section 104 of the Miners Act is the later of (i) 90 days after the close of the third regular legislative session of the legislative body with the authority to amend the plan that begins after December 31, 2023, or (ii) if applicable, the first day of the first plan year beginning more than 180 days after the date of notification by the Secretary that the plan was administered in a manner that is inconsistent with the requirements of Code Sec. 457(b).
  • The deadline to amend the trust governing an IRA that is an individual retirement account or the contract issued by an insurance company with respect to an IRA that is an individual retirement annuity for provisions of the SECURE Act is December 31, 2025, or such later date as the Secretary prescribes in guidance.

Amendments to a retirement plan to reflect a provision of the SECURE Act that are made on or before the dates as extended will not cause the retirement plan to fail to satisfy the anti-cutback requirements of Code Sec. 411(d)(6) or section 204(g) of ERISA by reason of such amendments.

CARES Act

The deadlines for amending a retirement plan to reflect the provisions of section 2203 of the CARES Act are extended as follows:

  • the deadline for amending a retirement plan that is not a governmental plan is December 31, 2025; and
  • the deadline for amending a retirement plan that is a governmental plan is 90 days after the close of the third regular legislative session of the legislative body with the authority to amend the plan that begins after December 31, 2023, or, if later, with respect to a governmental plan under Code Sec. 457(b), the first day of the first plan year beginning more than 180 days after the date of notification by the Secretary that the plan was administered in a manner that is inconsistent with the requirements of Code Sec. 457(b).

Notice 2020-68, 2020-38 I.R.B. 567, and Notice 2020-86, 2020-53 I.R.B. 1786 are modified.