July 21, 2020
Employers with ERISA-covered group health plans that do not qualify for the small plan exemption
Employers with ERISA-covered welfare benefit plans are required to file an annual Form 5500, unless a reporting exemption applies. The Form 5500 must be filed by the last day of the seventh month following the end of the plan year, unless an extension applies. For calendar year plans, this deadline is July 31, 2020. An employer may request a one-time extension of 2 ½ months by filing IRS Form 5558 by the normal due date of the Form 5500.
If the Form 5558 is filed on or before the normal due date of the Form 5500 or 5500-SF, the extension is automatically granted. Small health plans (fewer than 100 participants) that are fully insured, unfunded or a combination of insured/unfunded, are generally exempt from the Form 5500 filing requirement.