In response to the COVID-19 emergency, the IRS has automatically extended the deadline for retirement and welfare plans to file Form 5500 and Form 8955-SSA until July 15, 2020. As explained below, however, this automatic extension will only be useful to certain benefit plans with a non-calendar plan year.
Both Form 5500 and Form 8955-SSA must be filed by the last day of the 7th month following the end of a plan year. A plan may extend this original filing deadline by applying for a 2 1/2 month extension using Form 5558. The IRS has, however, granted an automatic extension until July 15, 2020 for plans with original or extended filing deadlines that fall on or after April 1, 2020 through July 14, 2020.