Form 5308 Form 5308 Request for Change in Plan/Trust Year

Request for Change in Plan/Trust Year (Form 5308)

Form 5308--2019-11-00

Request for Change in Plan/Trust Year

OMB: 1545-0201

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5308

Form
(Rev. November 2019)
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service

Request for Change in Plan/Trust Year

OMB No. 1545-0201

File in
Duplicate

(Under section 412(d)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code)
▶ Go to www.irs.gov/Form5308 for the latest information.

Please type or print

Before you complete this form, read the instructions to see if your request for a change in plan/trust year qualifies
for automatic approval.
Name of employer (or plan administrator if a multiple employer plan or a multiemployer plan)

Employer identification number

Number, street, and room or suite no. (if a P.O. box, see instructions)

Check one or both:
Change in plan year .

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Change in trust year .

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City or town, state, and ZIP code

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Enter amount of user fee submitted
Name of plan and/or trust

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3 Plan number (enter each
digit in a separate block) ▶

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Present plan and/or trust year ends

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The above change will require a return for a short period
7 Telephone number
beginning
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Date of latest IRS determination letter (or opinion/advisory letter if the plan is a Master or Prototype/Volume Submitter Plan)

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If this change affects the way deductions are taken for the tax year, please explain.

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5 Permission is requested to change to a plan and/or trust year ending

If you do not meet all the requirements for automatic approval for change in plan/trust year listed below, indicate the requirements you
do not meet by checking the appropriate box(es). Explain on an attached statement why you cannot meet the requirement(s). If you
cannot comply with item a, your request for approval will not be granted.

a

All actions necessary to implement the change of plan
year, including plan amendment and a resolution of the
Board of Directors, if applicable, have been taken on or
before the last day of the short period.

d

The trust, if any, retains its exempt status for the
short period required to effect the change as well as
for the tax year immediately preceding the short
period.

b

No plan year is longer than 12 months.

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c

The requested change will not delay the time when the
plan would otherwise have been required to conform to
the requirements of any statute, regulation, or published
position of the IRS.

The trust, if any, has no unrelated business taxable income
under section 511 for the short period.

f

No change of plan year has been made for any of the 4
preceding plan years.

g

Defined benefit plan deductions are taken as described in
section 5 of Rev. Proc. 87-27, 1987-1 C.B. 769.

Under penalties of perjury, I declare that I have examined this application, including any accompanying schedules and statements, and, to the best of my
knowledge and belief, it is true, correct, and complete.
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Sign
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Print name

Title

Date

Signature

Do not write in the space below—For IRS Use Only
Approval Action

Disapproval Action

Based solely on the information furnished in this application, the
requested change in the plan and/or trust year indicated above is
approved.

This application cannot be approved for the following reason:
Not timely filed

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Employee Plans Technical Manager

Other

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Employee Plans Technical Manager

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For Privacy Act and Paperwork Reduction Act Notice, see the instructions.

Cat. No. 11834U

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Form 5308 (Rev. 11-2019)

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Instructions

When and Where To File

Section references are to the Internal Revenue Code unless otherwise
noted.

File this form in duplicate at this address on or before the last day of the
end of the short period required to make the change.
Internal Revenue Service
Attn: EP Letter Rulings
TE/GE Stop 31A Team 105
P.O. Box 12192
Covington, KY 41012-0192
Private delivery services (PDSs). PDSs can’t deliver to the address
shown above. If you choose to use a PDS, send Form 5308 to this
address.
Internal Revenue Service
Attn: EP Letter Rulings
7940 Kentucky Drive
TE/GE Stop 31A Team 105
Florence, KY 41042
Go to www.irs.gov/PDS for the current list of designated services.
On each attachment to Form 5308, write “Form 5308” and show the
plan’s or trust’s name, identifying number, address, and date of filing.

Future Developments
For the latest information about developments related to Form 5308 and
its instructions, such as legislation enacted after they were published,
go to www.irs.gov/Form5308.

Purpose of Form
Use this form instead of Form 1128, Application To Adopt, Change, or
Retain a Tax Year, to request approval to change the plan/trust year of
certain employee retirement plans.
Change in funding methods. Do not file Form 5308 to change your
plan’s funding method. See Rev. Proc. 2017-56, 2017-44 I.R.B. 465
(automatic approval for certain changes in funding method for
single-employer plans that are subject to section 430); Rev. Proc.
2017-57, 2017-44 I.R.B. 474 (requests for approval of changes in funding
method); and Rev. Proc. 2000-40, 2000-42 I.R.B. 357 (automatic approval
for certain changes in funding method for multiemployer plans and CSEC
plans).

Who Must File
Except as described below, for any employee retirement plan to which the
minimum funding standards of section 412 apply (such as a defined
benefit plan, money purchase pension plan, or target benefit plan), in order
to change the plan year of the plan, the employer or plan administrator
must file Form 5308 to request approval for the change if automatic
approval for the change does not apply pursuant to Rev. Proc. 87-27.
Any employees’ trust forming a part of a qualified plan (whether or not
the trust is part of a plan subject to section 412) must file Form 5308 to
request approval to change its trust year.
Exceptions. The following plans do not have to file Form 5308 to
request approval to change their plan year.
• Profit-sharing plans.
• Stock bonus plans.
• Insurance contract plans described in section 412(e)(2).
• Governmental plans described in section 414(d).
• Church plans described in section 414(e) that have not made the
election under section 410(d).
• Plans that have not, at any time after September 2, 1974, provided for
employer contributions.
• Certain plans established and maintained by fraternal benefit societies,
orders, or associations (see section 412(e)(2)).
• Certain plans established and maintained by voluntary employee’s
beneficiary associations (see section 412(e)(2)).
Automatic approval. Instead of filing Form 5308, a plan or trust is
granted automatic approval to change its plan/trust year if all the
following requirements are met.
• All actions necessary to implement the change of plan year, including
plan amendment and a resolution of the Board of Directors (if
applicable), have been taken on or before the short period.
• No plan year is longer than 12 months.
• The change will not delay the time when the plan would otherwise
have been required to conform to the requirements of any statute,
regulation, or published position of the IRS.
• The trust, if any, retains its exempt status for the short period required
to effect the change as well as for the tax year immediately preceding
the short period.
• The trust, if any, has no unrelated business taxable income under
section 511 for the short period.
• No change of plan year has been made for any of the 4 preceding plan
years.
• Defined benefit plan deductions are taken as described in section 5 of
Rev. Proc. 87-27.
See Rev. Proc. 87-27 for more information about changing a plan/
trust year.

Address
Include the suite, room, or other unit number after the street address. If
the post office does not deliver mail to the street address and the plan
has a P.O. box, show the box number instead of the street address.

User Fee
All applications must be accompanied by the appropriate user fee.
Applications submitted without the proper user fee will not be
processed and will be returned to the applicant.
To determine the proper user fee, see Rev. Proc. 2019-4, 2019-1
I.R.B. 146, available at www.irs.gov/irb/2019-01_IRB#RP-2019-04, or
the latest annual update.

Information Requested
You must furnish all of the applicable information requested. Otherwise,
your request may not be approved.

Signature
An application for a single employer plan must be signed by the
employer. An application for a plan of more than one employer must be
signed by the plan administrator.
If someone else is filing Form 5308 on behalf of a taxpayer, a power of
attorney must be included specifically authorizing that person to
represent the taxpayer. Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration
of Representative, may be used for this purpose.

Privacy Act and Paperwork Reduction Act Notice
We ask for information on this form to carry out the Internal Revenue laws
of the United States. We need it to ensure you are complying with these
laws, to determine whether you meet the requirements for changing the
plan/trust year, and to process your request. You are not required to
request a change in the plan/trust year; however, if you want to request
such a change, you are required to provide the information requested on
this form. Section 6109 requires you to provide the requested
identification numbers. Failure to provide this information timely and in
accordance with instructions, or providing false information, may delay or
prevent processing your request and may subject you to penalties.
You are not required to provide the information requested on a form
that is subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act unless the form displays a
valid OMB control number. Books or records relating to a form or its
instructions must be retained as long as their contents may become
material in the administration of any Internal Revenue law. Generally, tax
returns and return information are confidential, as required by section
6103. However, section 6103 sometimes permits or requires us to
disclose information. We may give the information to the Department of
Justice for civil and criminal litigation, to the Department of Labor for
administration of ERISA, and to other federal agencies as provided by
law. We may give it to cities, states, the District of Columbia, and U.S.
commonwealths or possessions to administer their tax laws. We may
give it to foreign governments under a tax treaty, and to federal and state
agencies to enforce federal nontax criminal laws and to combat terrorism.
The time needed to complete and file this form will vary depending on
individual circumstances. The estimated average time is 7 hr., 42 min.
If you have comments concerning the accuracy of this time estimate
or suggestions for making this form simpler, we would be happy to hear
from you. You can send us comments from www.irs.gov/
FormComments. Or you can write to the Internal Revenue Service, Tax
Forms and Publications Division, 1111 Constitution Ave. NW, IR-6526,
Washington, DC 20224. Do not send the form to this address. Instead,
see When and Where To File above.


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