Request For Extension IRS 5558
The Form 5558 is an Application for Extension of Time to File Certain Employee Returns providing up to 75 additional days to create and electronically file the Annual Form 5500. The Internal Revenue Service will send an official confirmation of receipt for your IRS Form 5558. Please know that this confirmation will come by U.S. Mail, and it could arrive many weeks or even months after Guidant submits the extension form on your behalf. As with all IRS correspondence, this receipt confirmation should be kept indefinitely with your personal records.
Guidant will automatically prepare and submit the Form 5558 on your behalf. Effective in 2016, we now charge $129 to file a Form 5558 for clients who are unable to provide us their year-end documentation by the specified document return date.
With the filing of the extension, your final filing deadline for electronically signing the Form 5500 will be increased by two and a half months. There are no negative ramifications for filing in the extension period, however, we always need your Year End documentation at least 60 days before the final filing deadline.
How do I avoid paying $129 for a Form 5558?
What if I return my documentation within the first five months after the end of my plan year, but still require a Form 5558?
If you returned your information within the required time frame, it’s likely that your Form 5500 is ready to file. You should electronically file your Form 5500 as soon as it is available. If your Form 5500 is not ready, we will file the Form 5558 and you will not be charged.