December 22, 1993
Employee Plan Software Now Available
WASHINGTON - Computer software to generate certain forms for
employee plan applications has been revised and is now available from
the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS software will produce Form
5307, "Application for Determination for Adopters of Master or
Prototype, Regional Prototype or Volume Submitter Plans" (revision
dated May, 1993), a special version of Form 8717, "User Fee for
Employee Plan Determination Letter Request: (all revisions, but only
for use with Form 5307) and the special attachment required by
Appendix A of Rev. Proc. 93-39.
Practitioners who use Form 5307 to request determination
letters for plans that have been pre-approved by the IRS may get a
free copy of the software.
Originals of computer generated applications may be used in
place of IRS printed application forms. Practitioners must
otherwise use page one of the IRS form because of its Optical
Character Recognition (OCR) capabilities. Page of the IRS form is
printed in special ink used for OCR equipment.
The IRS said that the computer software should ease the
administrative burdens of practitioners who have a number of
applications to submit because these forms may be corrected
electronically before printing. They include certain checks to
assist in accurate preparation, eliminate the alignment problems of
entering data on a preprinted OCR form, and these forms need not be
ordered from the IRS. Therefore, they will never be out of stock.
The software is for use with an IBM compatible computer.
Practitioners may obtain a free copy of the software by sending a
postage paid container suitable for mailing a floppy disk to the IRS
key district office for employee plan matters in which the
practitioner is located. Indicate the necessary disk sizes desired
(5.25 or 3.5).
Unless they have previously done do, practitioners should send
samples of the OCR Data Sheet produced by their printer to their key
district office to ensure compatibility with the OCR equipment used
by the key district offices.
To order software, send the postage paid hard container to:
STATE CONTACT POINT FOR SOFTWARE
Indiana, Kentucky, Volume Submitter Coordinator
Michigan, Ohio, Internal Revenue Service (EP/EO)
and West Virginia Room 4116
P.O. Box 2508, Cincinnati, Ohio
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