Bloomberg Law
May 13, 2022, 1:59 PMUpdated: May 13, 2022, 5:29 PM

IRS Extends Temporary Digital Pension Election Relief Again (1)

Austin R. Ramsey
Austin R. Ramsey

The IRS is extending temporary pandemic relief that waived in-person spousal retirement plan election requirements until the end of the year.

Lump sum pension plan withdrawals usually require a spouse’s OK in the presence of a notary public or plan administrator, but the IRS has allowed that process to take place digitally amid Covid-19 social distancing requirements. As the pandemic persists, regulators are extending the relief six months past the original June 30 expiration date.

An IRS working panel is toying with the idea of making that relief permanent but has not made a final decision. Industry groups favor a ...

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