Wednesday, May 28, 2008

ABA Comments to IRS Regarding 409A Correction Program

ABA Comment Letter

"Section 409A was enacted in part as a response to the issues identified in the Enron Report; however, section 409A is a broad and complex provision that covers
arrangements that were not the subject of the Enron Report. Inevitably, thousands of taxpayers will violate section 409A through honest errors, and not due to any form of abuse. We believe that the establishment of a permanent correction program would promote the efficient and equitable administration of the tax laws (including voluntary compliance) by permitting self-correction of inadvertent violations of the complex requirements of section 409A. Nothing in the Enron Report or other legislative history precludes such a program."

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