The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and provisions of the Internal Revenue Code require certain employee benefit plans to submit information on their size, funding, operations, and other characteristics on an annual basis. For the plan years 2009 to date all of these filings are stored electronically and can viewed through the EFAST2 Form 5500/5500-SF Filing Search by the general public which can be accessed at the below website:
The EFAST2 Form 5500/5500-SF Filing Search application is web-based and requires no software installation on your computer. It does require an active internet connection that supports Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption and an internet browser such as Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer or Google Chrome. The filing is displayed in a Portable Document Format (PDF), which does require a PDF viewer application.
There are several different criteria to use for the search; several options include Plan Name, Sponsor Name, Plan Administrator and EIN (with at least one or more of the fields needing to be completed). Wildcard searches can be used in the Plan Name, Sponsor Name and Plan Administrator fields but there is a four character minimum requirement (for example the search for “Goog” in the Sponsor Name field will bring up “Google” results).
The website has a helpful search guide with more in depth details and if you are unable to find a filing you can also contact the EFAST2 Help Line at 866-463-3278.
Prepared by: Kim Lubbers, CPA