Form 5500

The Form 5500 Series was created to collect information about employee benefit plans, including health and pension plans. The Form 5500 Series is intended to insure benefit plans are operated and managed in accordance within the law.

Who Needs to File the ERISA Form 5500?

Form 5500 must be completed by the sponsor of any plan subject to ERISA. Plans subject to ERISA may include:

  • Medical, dental, life insurance, or severance pay plans
  • Profit sharing, 401(k), money purchase, or stock bonus plans
  • Annuity & retirement arrangements
  • Pension plans

How is Form 5500 Filed?

Depending on the number of participants in your plan, you will file one of the following forms:

  • Form 5500-SF (for 100 and under participants)
  • Form 5500

Since 2010, all forms must be filed electronically using EFAST2.

When is Form 5500 due?

For most plans, Form 5500 must be filed once per year, before July 31 (if July 31 is not a business day, the next business day).

However, if the ERISA plan is not a calendar year plan, Form 5500 must be filed no later than the last day of the calendar month, following the seventh calendar month, following the end of the plan year. Extensions can be requested by submission of a Form 5558. If the Form 5558 is properly submitted before the deadline, an automatic 2.5 month extension will be granted.

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