Plan Sponsor Quarterly Calendar

April 30, 2018

April 30, 2018

CalendarConsult your plan’s counsel or tax advisor regarding these and other items that may apply to your plan.

APRIL

  • If a plan audit is required in connection with the Form 5500, make arrangements with an independent accountant/auditor for the audit to be completed before the Form 5500 due date (calendar-year plans).
  • Audit first quarter payroll and plan deposit dates to ensure compliance with the Department of Labor’s rules regarding timely deposit of participant contributions and loan repayments.
  • Verify that employees who became eligible for the plan between January 1 and March 31 received and returned an enrollment form. Follow up for forms that were not returned.

MAY

  • Monitor the status of the completion of Form 5500, and, if required, a plan audit (calendar-year plans).
  • Issue a reminder memo or e-mail to all employees to encourage them to review and update, if necessary, their beneficiary designations for all benefit plans by which they are covered.
  • Perform a thorough annual review of the Plan’s Summary Plan Description (SPD) and other enrollment and plan materials to verify that all information is accurate and current, and identify cases in which revisions are necessary.

JUNE

  • Begin planning an internal audit of participant loans granted during the first six months of the year. Check for delinquent payments and verify that repayment terms and amounts borrowed do not violate legal limits.
  • Confirm that Form 5500, and plan audit if required, will be completed prior to the filing deadline or that an extension of time to file will be necessary (calendar-year plans)
  • Review plan operations to determine if any qualification failures or operational violations occurred during the first half of the calendar year. If a failure or violation is found, consider using an Internal Revenue Service or Department of Labor self-correction program to resolve it.

JULY

  • Conduct a review of second quarter payroll and plan deposit dates to ensure compliance with the Department of Labor’s rules regarding timely deposit of participant contributions and loan repayments.
  • Verify that employees who became eligible for the plan between April 1 and June 30 received and returned an enrollment form. Follow up for forms that were not returned.
  • Ensure that the plan’s Form 5500 is submitted by July 31, unless an extension of time to file applies. (Calendar year plans)

AUGUST

  • Begin preparing for the distribution of the plan’s Summary Annual Report to participants and beneficiaries by September 30, unless a Form 5500 extension of time to file applies. (Calendar year plans)
  • Submit employee census and payroll data to the plan’s recordkeeper for mid-year compliance testing. (Calendar year plans)
  • Confirm that participants who terminated employment between January 1 and June 30 elected a distribution option for their plan account balance and returned their election form. Contact those whose forms were not received.

SEPTEMBER

  •  Begin preparing the applicable safe harbor notices to employees, and plan for distribution of the notices between October 2 and December 2. (Calendar year plans)
  • Distribute the plan’s Summary Annual Report by September 30 to participants and beneficiaries, unless an extension of time to file Form 5500 applies. (Calendar year plans)
  • Send a reminder memo or e-mail to all employees to encourage them to review and update, if necessary, their beneficiary designations for all benefit plans.

For more information about future retirement planning or for general questions about 401(k), contact your local MMA Financial Services Consultant at (800) 444-3033.