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Pre-approved Defined Benefit Plan Workshop
Los Angeles, CA - 11/28/2018 - 11/28/2018


Scheduled in three cities only in 2018: Chicago on 11/7, Newark on 11/13, and Los Angeles on 11/28.

Pre-approved Defined Benefit Plan Workshop – 1-day Program

The pre-approved defined benefit plan restatement period has begun. Perhaps the most notable change is that this is the first time the IRS has permitted cash-balance provisions to be included in a pre-approved plan. Plan sponsors using pre-approved plan will have until April 30, 2020 to restate their plan documents. The program provides a line-by-line review of the Adoption Agreement as well as a review of key provisions in the Basic Plan Document. The focus is primarily on the Adoption Agreement formatted volume submitter plan, giving background and explanations as to its use, including suggested completion of check-box and blank line options. Attendees receive a practical understanding of the FIS pre-approved defined benefit plan document.

OBJECTIVES: After the program, attendees should be able to:

  • Understand the unique issues associated with defined benefit plan documents
  • Complete the adoption agreement to reflect intended plan designs (typically determined by the plan’s actuary)
  • Select the proper effective date for the document
  • Interpret key provisions in the Adoption Agreement and Basic Plan Document, and more


There are no prerequisites for this program however, participants should come with a basic understanding of qualified retirement plans. Attendees should have at least one year of experience working with plan documents.

Program Level: Intermediate

Instructional Delivery Method: Group – Live

NASBA Field of Study: Taxes

Who Should Attend:
The Pre-approved Defined Benefit Plan Workshop is designed for practitioners who work (or plan to work) with defined benefit plan documents and who want to understand the new IRS pre-approved plans and the changes to the FIS pre-approved plan documents. This program provides detailed information on the specifics related to defined benefit plan design and document preparation that is useful to both new and experienced practitioners. This program is designed to benefit all defined benefit plan practitioners, including third party administrators, attorneys, accountants, human resources personnel, and others involved with plan design and document preparation.