Small businesses that have failed to timely file certain required retirement plan returns have until Tuesday, June 2 to take advantage of a special IRS penalty relief program.
Launched June 2, 2014, the one-year temporary pilot program is designed to help small businesses with retirement plans that may have been unaware of the reporting requirements that apply to these plans. Normally, plan administrators and sponsors of these plans who fail to file required annual returns, usually Form 5500-EZ, can face stiff penalties--up to $15,000 per return.
By filing late returns by June 2, eligible filers can avoid these penalties. So far, about 6,000 delinquent returns have been filed under this program.
This program is generally open to certain small business (owner-spouse) plans and plans of business partnerships (together, "one-participant plans") and certain foreign plans. Those who have already been assessed a penalty for late filings are not eligible for this program.
Applicants under the program may include multiple late returns in a single submission. There is no filing fee or other payment required.
For more information or details on how to participate in this pilot program, please call the office.