Instructions for Form 8955-SSA - Introductory Material

Section references are to the Internal Revenue Code, unless otherwise noted. ERISA refers to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.

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What's New

Form 8955-SSA may be filed electronically through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Filing Information Returns Electronically (FIRE) system. Certain filers, however, are required to file the 2014 Form 8955-SSA electronically. For more information regarding electronic filing and this new filing requirement, see How To File.

Purpose of Form

Form 8955-SSA, the designated successor to Schedule SSA (Form 5500), is used to satisfy the reporting requirements of section 6057(a). Form 8955-SSA is a stand-alone reporting form filed with the IRS. See Where To File. DO NOT file Form 8955-SSA with Form 5500, Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan, or Form 5500-SF, Short Form Annual Return/Report of Small Employee Benefit Plan.

Use Form 8955-SSA to report information about separated participants with deferred vested benefits under the plan. Required information includes participants who have a deferred vested benefit under the plan and:

  • separated from service covered by the plan;

  • were reported as deferred vested participants on another plan's filing if their benefits were transferred (other than in a rollover) to the plan during the covered period;

  • previously were reported under the plan but have been paid out or are no longer entitled to those deferred vested benefits; or

  • previously were reported under the plan but whose information is being corrected.

The information reported on Forms 8955-SSA is generally given to the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA provides the reported information to separated participants when they file for social security benefits.


The SSA no longer processes nonstandard pages 2. Report information about separated participants only on page 2 of Form 8955-SSA. If additional space is needed for separated participants, use additional pages 2 only. Do not add another page 1 of Form 8955-SSA, spreadsheets, or other nonstandard formats.

A Form 8955-SSA need not be filed for a year if no information is required to be provided for that year by these instructions.

Form 8955-SSA may be filed electronically through the FIRE system or on paper. The IRS and SSA encourage all filers to file Form 8955-SSA electronically. Filing electronically saves time and effort and helps ensure accuracy. Certain filers, however, are required to file the 2014 Form 8955-SSA electronically. For more information, see How To File.

Reporting requirement.   Under section 6057(b), plan administrators must notify the Secretary of the Treasury of certain changes to the plan and the plan administrator. These changes are reported on the plan’s Form 5500 annual return/report. Plan administrators should report these changes on the Form 5500 return/report for the plan year in which the change occurs as indicated in the Form 5500 instructions.

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