DoL Announces Form 5500 Version Selection Tool

September 19, 2011 ( - With the change to an all electronic filing system and changes to the Form 5500 as well, the U.S. Department of Labor has released the Form 5500 Version Selection Tool.

The tool will help plan sponsors determine which version of the Form 5500 and which schedules they should use.  

There are four steps to use this tool: 

  • In the plan filing field, enter the first day of the plan year for which you want to file. For Direct Filing Entity (DFE) filings, enter the last day of the plan year for which you want to file. The date should be entered in the mm/dd/yyyy format. 
  • If you are amending a previously filed Form 5500, check the box. 
  • If your plan is a Code 403(b) arrangement or if you are filing for a DFE, other than a Group Insurance Arrangement (GIA), check the appropriate box. If neither applies to your plan, leave the boxes unmarked. 
  • Select the get results box. A general description of what you are required to file will be displayed. The form year(s) that are available for you to file will be displayed in bold. If there are any prior year schedules that must be attached, they will be listed in the “Exceptions”. Any prior year schedules must be attached as a PDF file and are generally available at both and 

The DoL noted that the tool will not provide detailed instructions specific to a plan’s filing requirements.   

The tool is available at