One bad apple. One of the risks in adopting a MEP is that, under IRS rules, a single bad plan can disqualify the entire MEP. What minutiae is critical here, though, is Section 10.12 of EPCRS (the IRS’s correction programs): a MEP which has a violating plan sponsor is fixed by fixing only the broken portion of the MEP (of course), but the Plan Administrator may elect to have the compliance fee or sanction based only upon the offending plan, not based on the entire arrangement; while 14.03 permits similar treatment for “tainted” assets transferred into the plan from an offending plan (if the offense does not continue). As a practical matter, this means the risk of an economic catastrophe from a single employerdisqualifying an entire MEP can be cost effectively managed.
This clears up one of the concerns when becoming an adopting employer in a multiple employer plan.
Please comment or call to discuss how this could affect you and your company’s decision to join a MEP.