Click here for a short summary of the issue. Click here for a detailed timeline.
See also the Pension Rights Center website.
Click here for ex-St. Peter's CEO John Matuska's 2011 letter to the IRS.
Click here for ex-St. Peter's VP of HR Bruce Pardo's 2011 letter to the IRS.
Haga clic aqui para verun resumen del problema en español.

IRS Comment Letter Templates – May 2013

Below are templates for comment letters to the IRS. They should be mailed to the IRS address in the header of the letter. Important: Signed letters will likely carry more weight with the IRS, but we don't know for sure that the IRS will protect your identity. Current employees are concerned about reprisals from St. Peter's, perhaps with reason. If you are comfortable sending a signed letter, please do so. Otherwise send an anonymous letter, but please send one: the volume of letters received will make a big difference.

Letters that you customize to fit your own circumstances are better. However, we recognize that many people – who are quite skilled in other areas – lack the skills to edit digital documents. We've included an anonymous letter you can download, print, fill in the blanks and send, since any letter is probably better than none at all. Still, we suggest that if you can't customize a template, and can't find someone to help, that a hand-written letter along the lines of the template will be better received by the IRS.

If at all possible, please include a request to make an oral presentation to the IRS (it's included in the signed letter template.) Such presentations are very persuasive and helpful to the cause.

Please download the letter template you prefer, and customize it in any way you wish. Especially the areas highlighted in yellow should be customized for your own situation and personal info (how long you've worked at SPUH, etc.) For the anonymous fill-in-the-blanks letter, please print the letter and fill in the blanks by hand before sending. The letter must be sent, and preferably received by the IRS, by Friday, June 28.

Here are the download links for the editable letter templates. We have provided multiple formats to work with as many editing software choices as possible. See below for download instructions.

Signed letter templateDOC / ODT / RTF
Anonymous letter templateDOC / ODT / RTF

Here is the ready-to-print fill-in-the-blanks letter. It is not editable. It opens in and can be printed from any PDF reader, such as Adobe Reader.

Anonymous fill-in-the-blanks (PDF format)

To download a letter template:
  1. Choose the type of letter you wish to write: Signed or Anonymous.
  2. Choose a file format based on your editing software (see below).
  3. Right-click on the blue link for your desired template. In the menu that appears, choose "Save Target As..." (in Internet Explorer), "Save Link As..." (in Firefox or Google Chrome), "Download Linked File As..." (in Safari), or "Save Linked Content As..." (in Opera).
The templates should work with the following programs. If you experience problems, please try another file format; please post a comment if you continue to have problems.
  • Microsoft Word for Windows or Mac (DOC, RTF, ODT)
  • Microsoft Works (RTF)
  • WordPad (free with Windows) (RTF)
  • TextEdit (free with Mac OS X) (RTF, ODT)
  • OpenOffice and LibreOffice – free word processing software for Windows, Mac, and Linux (DOC, RTF, ODT)