form 5500

Increased penalties for failure to file Form 5500 series and Form 5310-A

The penalty for failure to file 5500 Form series and Form 5310-required by IRC 6058 increased to $250 per day, not to exceed $150,000. The penalty for failure to file a registration statement, Form 8955-SSA, required by IRC 6057(a), increased to $10 for each participant with respect to whom there is a failure to file multiplied by the number of days the failure occurred, not to exceed $50,000 with respect to any plan year. The penalty for failure to file a notification of change of plan status required by IRC 6057(b) increased to $10 for each day during which such failure occurs, not to exceed $10,000.

Form 5500 Q & A

A recent UBA blog post targeted several questions from their 36,000 employees advised by their independent partner firms. Below is a list of these questions that you might have yourself.

If a plan is unfunded/self-funded or fully insured, with FEWER than 100 employees, a Form 5500 does NOT need to be filed. However, if the plan is funded, regardless of size, or has 100+ employees, they must file.

According to the IRS website, filing should be done the last day of the seventh month of the plan year, so July 31st for calendar-year plans.

If for whatever reason you are unable to file in a timely manner, you must file Form 5558 ON OR BEFORE the regular due date (July 31st.) Form 5558 extends the due date 2-1/2 months. You must do this to avoid being penalized.

HR Service Inc is now offering a Form 5500 filing system, that will take care of the Health and Welfare return, as well as schedules A and C. Contact HR Service for pricing and service details at: 833.685.8400

When in doubt, it’s best not to do anything on your own when it comes to filing form 5500.  You want to make sure that you have people who can help you with this instead. This is why there are 5500 filing services available today – they help with compliance paperwork and make sure everything is up-to-date. Find out more today.

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