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PUERTO RICO DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY ISSUES CIRCULAR LETTER 13-02 TO EXTEND THE TIME TO APPROVE INTERNAL CHANGES AND TO REQUEST REQUALIFICATION OF PENSION PLANS FROM THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT

On May 28, 2013, the Treasury Department issued Circular Letter 13-02 informing a second extension of the period for adopting required amendments to qualified retirement plans and to file a request for a determination letter until April 15, 2014. This extension benefits employers who are up against the clock with regards to the previous deadline of June 30, 2013 to internally approve the required amendments in their pension plans.

 

Many private employers offer retirement plans to their employees and the majority of these plans are qualified under the Puerto Rico Tax Code. The Puerto Rico Internal Revenue Code was amended in January 2011, adopting new rules and requisites applicable to the qualified retirement plans. Under the new Code, employers generally had until December 31, 2012 to internally approve the changes to the plans and until April 15, 2013 (July 15, 2013 with an extension of time) to request a determination letter for the plan from the Treasury Department.

 

In November of 2012, Circular Letter 12-09 was issued extending the period to internally approve the required amendments in their pension plans until June 30, 2013 and to request a determination letter for the plans from the Treasury Department until September 30, 2013.

 

On May 28, 2013, a second extension was issued by Circular Letter 13-02 allowing until April 15, 2014 to internally approve the required amendments in their pension plans as well as to request a determination letter for the plans from the Treasury Department. The April 15, 2014 due date applicable to request a determination letter from the Treasury Department may be extended further until July 15, 2014 upon paying an additional fee of $150.

 

Please note that these deadlines are for employers whose tax year is based on a calendar year (January to December). If the employer or the plan’s tax year is different from a calendar year, the dates are different.

 

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