Understanding your CP216H notice


What this notice is about

We denied your request to extend the time to file Form 5500 series and/or Form 8955-SSA, Annual Registration Statement Identifying Separated Participants with Deferred Vested Benefits, because we didn’t receive your Form 5558, Application for Extension of Time to File Certain Employee Plan Returns on time.

We must receive the request for an extension of the time to file Form 5500 series and/or Form 8955-SSA on or before the due date of your return.

What you need to do

  • File your required Form 5500 series and 8955-SSA as soon as possible to minimize any penalty or interest charges for filing late. Keep a copy of this notice for your records.

What to consider before filing your return

You may want to consider a penalty relief program. For more information on penalty relief visit:

As an alternative, you may request penalty relief due to reasonable cause by attaching an explanation to your return. If your request is denied, you’ll be responsible for all applicable penalties and the return will no longer be eligible for a penalty relief program.

Frequently asked questions

Where can I go for more information about Employee Benefit Plans?

Review the filing requirement for your organization at Retirement Plans Community.

Can I get help over the phone?

If you have questions or need help, you can call 877-829-5500. Personal assistance is available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT.

Tips for next year

Be sure to mail your Form 5558 on or before the due date of your return.

Review the Form 5558 resources at Form 5500 Corner.

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