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Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Notice 98-1 and REG-108639-99

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Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury.


Notice and request for comments.


The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and Start Printed Page 10019other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13(44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the IRS is soliciting comments concerning Notice 98-1, Nondiscrimination Testing, and final regulation, REG-108639-99 (TD 1969), Retirement Plans; Cash or Deferred Arrangements Under Section 401(k) and Matching Contributions or Employee Contributions Under Section 401(m) (§§ 401(k) and 401(m)).


Written comments should be received on or before May 3, 2010 to be assured of consideration.


Direct all written comments to R. Joseph Durbala, Internal Revenue Service, room 6129, 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20224.

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Requests for additional information or copies of the notice and regulation should be directed to Dawn Bidne, at (202) 622-3933, or at Internal Revenue Service, room 6129, 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20224, or at or through the Internet at

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Title: Nondiscrimination Testing (Notice 98-1) and Retirement Plans; Cash or Deferred Arrangements Under Section 401(k) and Matching Contributions or Employee Contributions Under Section 401(m) (REG-108639-99).

OMB Number: 1545-1579.

Notice Number: Number: Notice 98-1.

Regulation Project Number: REG-108639-99 (TD 9169).

Abstract: Notice 98-1 and REG-108639-99 provides guidance for discrimination testing under section 401(k) and (m) of the Internal Revenue Code as amended by section 1433(c) and (d) of the Small Business job Protection Act of 1996. The guidance is directed to employers maintaining retirement plans subject to these Code sections.

Current Actions: There are no changes being made to the notice and regulation at this time.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations, and not-for-profit institutions.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 147,000.

Estimated Time per Respondent: 20 min.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 49,000.

The following paragraph applies to all of the collections of information covered by this notice.

An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a valid OMB control number. Books or records relating to a collection of information must be retained as long as their contents may become material in the administration of any internal revenue law. Generally, tax returns and tax return information are confidential, as required by 26 U.S.C. 6103.

Request for Comments: Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information.

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Approved: February 19, 2010.

R. Joseph Durbala,

IRS Supervisory Tax Analyst.

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[FR Doc. 2010-4459 Filed 3-3-10; 8:45 am]