We charged a penalty on your Form 5500-EZ because your return was late or incomplete.
What you need to do
- Pay the penalty amount by the due date on the notice.
- Provide any missing information requested on your notice.
You may want to
- You can send a signed statement and request removal of the penalty, if you have an acceptable reason why your return was late or incomplete.
- You can complete Form 843 (PDF) and submit it with your signed statement requesting removal of the penalty and a refund of the penalty previously paid, if you previously paid the penalty and feel you have an acceptable reason.
- Keep this notice in your permanent records.
Answers to Common Questions
How is the penalty computed?
The penalty amount is $25.00 a day for each day the return is late or incomplete. Maximum amount charged is $15,000.
Tips for next year
The IRS, Department of Labor, and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation jointly developed the Form 5500-series returns for employee benefit plans to satisfy annual reporting requirements under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code.
Plan sponsors must generally file the return on the last day of the seventh month after their plan year ends. For more information, visit Form 5500 Corner.
Tax publications you may find useful
- You can authorize someone to contact the IRS on your behalf.
- See if you qualify for help from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.
If you can’t find what you need online, you can call the IRS at the 800, 866, or 888 number listed on the notice.