Form 5500 Florida Filers Get Hurricane Extension

October 8, 2004 ( - The US Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has extended the deadline for filing Form 5500 and Form 5500 EZ because of damage caused by Hurricane Jeanne in Florida.

President Bush has declared a major disaster in 19 counties in Florida due to the damage caused by the storm.The extension applies to plan administrators, employers and other entities located in areas directly affected, as identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), according to the announcement.

The extension also applies to firms located outside the affected areas who are unable to obtain the necessary information from service providers, banks or insurance companies whose operations were directly affected by the hurricane.  

Under this relief, Form 5500 series filings required to be submitted between September 24, 2004 and December 30, 2004, are granted an extension until December 30.   Plan f ilers entitled to an extension should check Part I, Box D on the Form 5500 or Part 1 on Form 5500-EZ and attach a statement to the form in accordance with the instructions, the EBSA said.

Filers who have additional questions may contact the EBSA’s EFAST Help Line at 1-866-463-3278.