Form 5558

Form 5558

A form that one files with the IRS to request an extension of time for filing various forms related to employee retirement plans. The forms covered by Form 5558 are Form 5500, Form 5500-SF, Form 5500-EZ, Form 8955-SSA, and Form 5330.
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Further, Form 5558 no longer requires an explanation of the need for an extension or a signature.
These filers will not need to file Form 5558, Application for Extension of Time to File Certain Employee Returns, and cannot further extend the automatic transition extension by using form 5558.
Filers whose normal due date is after July 31, however, still must file form 5558 to secure a two-and-one-half-month extension.
The optional service includes the preparation of Form 5500 and all applicable schedules, preparation of the Summary Annual Report (SAR), preparation of Form 8955-SSA, automatic filing extension through the completion and filing of Form 5558 (if necessary), and compliance with the electronic filing through EFAST2 mandated by the Department of Labor (DoL).
However, taxpayers whose 1999 Form 5500 is due after July 31 will need to file a timely Form 5558 to obtain a two-and-one-half month extension.
However, in response to IRS resource-planning needs, this return category has been expanded and now includes the following additional returns: Form 5330, Return of Initial Excise Taxes Related to Employee Benefit Plans; and Form 5558, Application for Extension of Time To File Certain Employee Plans Returns.
5] The Tax-Exempt return category has been expanded and now includes the following additional returns: Form 5330, Return of Initial Excise Taxes Related to Employee Benefit Plans; Form 5558, Application for Extension of Time To File Certain Employee Plans Returns; Form 8038, Information Return for Tax-Exempt Private Activity Bond Issues; Form 8038G, Information Return for Government Purpose Tax-Exempt Bond Issues; Form 8038GC, Consolidated Information Return for Small Tax-Exempt Government Bond Issues; Form 8038T, Arbitrage Rebate and Penalty in Lieu of Arbitrage Rebate; Form 8328, Carry Forward Election of Unused Private Activity Bond Volume Cap; Form 8871, Political Organization Notice of Section 527 Status; and Form 8872, Political Organization Report of Contributions and Expenditures.