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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Marsh

Reminder: Extended Form 5500 Filing Due October 15th

As we approach the end of the year, it is crucial for retirement plan administrators to remain diligent in meeting their responsibilities. One such deadline that’s just around the corner is for filing an extended Form 5500, which is due October 15th. Non-adherence to this deadline can have serious consequences. Therefore, it is imperative to prioritize meeting this important requirement within the specified timeframe.

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Importance of Meeting the October 15th Deadline

If you have an extension for filing a Form 5500, meeting the submission deadline holds immense significance for several reasons. Primarily, it ensures compliance with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), thereby showcasing transparency and accountability in managing retirement plans. Timely filings also guarantee participants and beneficiaries have access to accurate and up-to-date information, empowering them to make informed decisions regarding their retirement benefits.

On the other end of the spectrum, failure to meet the Form 5500 filing deadline results in substantial penalties. The Department of Labor (DOL) reserves the authority to assess late fees which can run as high as $1,100 per day and the IRS can impose up to $250 per day according to Forbes Advisor. Rendering financial resources towards these penalties can divert them from their intended purpose, so it is essential to avoid these costs by ensuring the timely filing of Form 5500.

Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance Program

For individuals who inadvertently miss the filing deadline, the Department of Labor offers the Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance Program (DFVCP). This program enables plan administrators to rectify their late filings promptly while mitigating the potential ramifications of non-compliance. By voluntarily participating in the DFVCP, plan sponsors can reconcile late filings, minimizing the financial impact associated with untimely submissions.

How to File Form 5500

Filing Form 5500 Requires the following steps:

Step 1: Obtain the Necessary Forms - Access the correct Form 5500 from the DOL's website using the Form 5500 version selection tool.

Step 2: Gather Required Information - Collect all relevant plan and financial information, such as participant counts, investment details, and financial statements.

Step 3: Complete the Forms - Carefully complete the required sections of Form 5500 and any applicable schedules.

Step 4: Review and Validate - Conduct a thorough review of the provided information to ensure accuracy and completeness.

Step 5: Submit the Forms - Electronically file the completed forms through the DOL's EFAST2 system.

A Better Way to File Form 5500

Meeting the October 15th deadline is essential for fulfilling your obligations, avoiding penalties, and ensuring compliance with ERISA regulations; however, navigating the intricacies of Form 5500 filings is time-consuming and overwhelming for many retirement plan administrators. That's why RPCSI is your comprehensive solution for handling your Form 5500 filing. With a team of experts who are well-versed in the complex regulations and requirements for Form 5500, gain peace of mind knowing your filing will be accurate, timely, and compliant. Let RPCSI take the burden off your shoulders, allowing you to focus on other critical aspects of your retirement plan administration. Remember, RPCSI is here to assist you every step of the way, making filing your Form 5500 a stress-free experience. Have questions about your filing? Contact us today to learn how we can help.

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