IRS ISSUES GUIDANCE FOR AUTOMATIC ROLLOVERS: The Internal Revenue Service has issued Notice 2005-5 providing guidance on the new automatic (or default) rollover rules for qualified retirement plans.

These new rules were added to the Internal Revenue Code as part of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, but they will not be effective until March 28, 2005, which is the effective date of related final regulations published by the Department of Labor. The guidance answers questions regarding the application of the new requirement and will make it easier for plan sponsors to comply in a timely manner.

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