Advisors have been asked these questions time and time again by plan sponsors looking for a general guideline for record expiration dates.
Record retention doesn’t need to be a mystery, and the filing system doesn’t need to become a tomb.
If a participant, auditor, or DOL agent requested plan information, could you find it quickly? The key is twofold: keep the things you need and store them so you can find them easily. Of course, these are only general guidelines.
For questions about your specific case, contact your plan advisor to discuss best practices for keeping records.
*For litigation purposes, we recommend that documents be retained indefinitely.