EP Examinations is responsible for overseeing compliance with the retirement plan provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, including the protection of plan assets and of the interests/rights of participants. This is accomplished by conducting examinations to analyze operational features of retirement plans. A centralized examination case selection and review process is used to enhance consistency of enforcement activities and to focus resources on the areas of highest noncompliance.
"Critical Priorities" - EP Examination Priorities/Goals
The EP Examinations Director's view on the critical priorities vital to the success of EP Examinations.
Desk Side Chat with Monika Templeman
The EP Examinations Director responds to questions and offers insights on retirement plan topics uncovered during audits.
EP Abusive Tax Transactions
Abusive tax avoidance transactions involving employee plans are beginning to surface and are growing in number. Left unchallenged, transactions such as these undermine the confidence in our voluntary tax system.
Employee Plans Compliance Unit (EPCU)
Did you receive a letter from this Unit? Will you be getting a letter soon? Go here to get more information.
Monitoring Compliance (Risk Assessment)
The IRS Office of EP Examinations is analyzing the compliance risk levels in various market segments and using the data to improve case selection, direct examination resources and determine educational/outreach opportunities.
EP Compliance Trends & Tips
Results and findings from past and current EP examinations that identify compliance risks and recurring plan issues.
Plan specialty (403(b)/457, 401(k), multiemployer), large employer plans and Employee Plans Compliance Unit (EPCU) activities.
Audit Closing Agreement Program
The Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) is a comprehensive system of correction programs established by the IRS that enable sponsors of retirement plans that have experienced compliance violations to preserve the tax benefits of their plans. If plan errors are found during an EP examination, help is available through the Audit Closing Agreement Program (Audit CAP). For plan errors that are found prior to examination notification, possible alternates to Audit CAP are Self-Correction Program (SCP) or the Voluntary Correction Program (VCP).
Technical/Procedural Guidelines for EP Examinations Employees
Locate Field Directives, Examination Guidelines, and other useful information.
EP Examination Process Guide
In response to the results of the Customer Satisfaction Surveys, EP Examinations developed the EP Examination Process Guide to help customers through the examination process. The guide clarifies the various steps in the examination process and introduces available resources.
Form 5500 Corner
Filing tips and updates, notices, and other helpful materials to assist you in preparing your Form 5500 returns.
Form 5330 Corner
Filing tips and updates, notices, and other helpful materials to assist you in preparing your Form 5330 returns.
Communications With EP Customers
Interviews, outreach presentations, newsletters and other important communications.
EP Examinations Office Structure/Contacts
The organizational structure and contacts for the IRS Office of EP Examinations.