7 United States J A0 General Accounting Offhze Health, Education and Human Services Division B-278489 November 14, 1997 The Honorable Charles E. Grassley Chairman, Special Committee on Aging United States Senate Subject: Emnlovee Benefit Plans: Efforts to Streamline Renorting Reauirements and Imnrove Processing of Annual Plan Data Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congress enacted the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) to protect the benefits of participants in private pension and welfare plans. ERISA requires plans to file annual reports providing financial and other information about plan operations. These plans meet this requirement by mg the Form 5500 Series, Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan, hereafter referred to as Form 5500 Reports. About 1 million Form 5500 Reports are filed annually. Most of the reports are Bed on paper, although about 7,000 returns are filed electronically. Plans file the reports at one of three Internal Revenue Service (IRS) service centers, where they are processed in the same system IRS uses for processing individual and corporate revenue returns. Form 5500 Reports are screened for accuracy and completeness and shared with the Department of Labor (DOL), the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), and the Social Security Administration (SSA). In past years the agencies have spent as much as $25 million each year on Form 5500 Report processing, although recently budget restrictions have forced the agencies to reduce the amounts spent, causing reductions in the level of processing. Under current filing deadlines (210 days after the end of the plan year) and using IRS’ processing system, it takes about 2 years following the end of the plan year being reported on for the agencies to obtain usable computerized Form 5500 Report data. In response to your August 1997 letter, we obtained information on the status of DOL efforts to streamline the Form 5500 Report and automate processing of the forms. Specifically, you asked us to determine (1) the uses of the Form 5500 Reports, (2) the status of government efforts to streamline the Form 5500 GAOIHEHS-9845R Improvingthe Form5500 Report /L.cP L?i25 v B-278489 - Reports and reporting and illing requirements, and (3) what actions have been _. taken to expedite processing of the forms. To answer your questions, we reviewed reports on the uses of Form 5500 Report data. We also reviewed documents from DO& on the proposal to streamline the Form 5500 and its request for proposals to develop a new forms processing system. Finally, we interviewed headquarters officials from DOL, IRS, and PBGC. We conducted our work between August and October 1997 in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards. In summary, we found that Form 5500 Report data are used for ERISA enforcement and are made available to the public for research. DOL also makes the reports available to plan participants and beneficiaries through its public disclosure office. To simplify Form 5500 Reports and lessen the burden on Hers, DOL, IRS, and PBGC have proposed using a streamlined form for the 1998 plan year. The revised main form is to serve as a short registration document, and appropriate schedules (or attachments) are to be iiled with the form. The revised Form 5500 Report is expected to reduce the total paper filing burden by 12 to 14 percent annually over the lo-year life of the form. The Congress reduced reporting requirements by eliminating the sununary plan description filing requirement, which is expected to save plan administrators $2.5 million and 150,000 paper filing burden hours annually. However, although DOL and IRS have improved Form 5500 Report processing, problems remain. As a result, DOL is developing a new processing system, the ERISA Filing Acceptance System (EFAST), to be operated by a private contractor by 1999. The system, designed to accommodate the needs of all three agencies, will use optical scanning technology to computerize paper Form 5500 Report filings, reducing the costs and burden on filers and the government. DOL issued a request for proposals for the system on October 24, 1997, and plans to issue a conlxact for full development and operation by April 1999. BACKGROUND Currently, the Form 5500 Report consists of a six-page main form and may include up to eight accompanying schedules. Plans with 100 or more participants file the Form 5500 Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan. (See enc. I.) Plans with fewer than 100 participants file the Form 5500-C Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan at least every third year and file the Form 5500-R Registration Statement of Employee Benefit Plan in the intervening 2 years. (See enc. II.) DOL may assess a penalty of up to $1,000 per day against a plan administrator who fails or refuses to iile a Form 5500 Report or whose report is rejected for failing to include material information. 2 GAOIHEHS-98-45R Improving the Form 5500 Report - B-278489 In addition to filing the Form 5500 Report, employee benefit plans were required to file summary plan descriptions or summary ‘material moclifIca$ons with DOL. The summary plan description is supposed to explain, in plain English, how the plan works, what benefits the plan provides, and how those benefits might be calculated. If changes in the plan provisions occurred, administrators were to issue summary material modifications describing those changes. Admmistrators were also required to periodically update summary plan descriptions, incorporating all modifications, and provide copies of the updated summary plan descriptions to participants, beneficiaries, and DOL. In 1993, recognizing long-standing problems with the timeliness and costs of filing Form 5500 Reports and burdensome ERISA reporting requirements, the National Performance Review (NPR) recommended changes in the filing requirements to increase efficiency and lower costs. Specifically, NPR recommended changing the Form 5500 Report filing deadline from 210 days to 90 days after the end of the plan year, automating filing and processing of the forms, and eliminating the requirement for filing aI3 summary plan descriptions 1~2thDOL. FORM 5500 REPORTS USED FOR ERISA ENFORCEMENT, PUBLIC INFORMATION. AND RESEARCH DOL, IRS, and PBGC use Form 5500 Reports for various purposes. DOL uses both manual and automated reviews of the forms to select financial institutions, service providers, and pension and welfare plans for investigation. In 1990, DOL developed a number of targeting programs that automatically search Form 5500 Report information for characteristics that DOL believes indicate a high potential for ERISA violations. In addition to using Form 5500 Reports for ERLSA enforcement, DOL maintains a public disclosure room so that the reports and related plan information are available to public agencies, private organizations, and individuals for review. In fiscal year 1997, DOL’s Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration’s (PWBA) Public Disclosure Office received about 2,900 requests for Form 5500 Reports and provided about 12,814 documents in response to these requests. PWBA also makes computer tapes of its Form 5500 Report information available to individuals and groups for research purposes. Like DOL, IRS uses Form 5500 Report data to analyze plan f&u&l transactions and to target plans for examination. IRS developed its -computerhed Returns Inventory and Classification System to select plans for review based on Form 5500 Report data The system also allows IRS to create 3 GAO/HEHS-9845R Improving the Form 5500 Report B-278489 - facsimiles of returns, eliminating the need to obtain paper copies from storage files and aiming at improving ERISA enforcement through automated rather than manual review of returns. PBGC also uses Form 5500 Report data to monitor plan activities, including the level of plan funding, as well as to forecast PBGC’s potential liabilities. Because of its concern about receiving incomplete and untimely computerized data from.IRS, in 1993 PBGC implemented a Form 5500 Report intercept program. Under this program, IRS photocopies Form 5500 Report f%ngs of about 1,500 of the largest and most underfunded plans and sends the paper copies to PBGC. PBGC enters the data from these filings into its own database. As a result, according to PBGC officials, they have more timely data on plan funding and are better able to monitor those plans that may pose a financial risk to the insurance program. In addition to the agencies with regulatory authority under ERISA, SSA is also a recipient of Form 5500 Report data. SSA receives information on name and address changes for plan administrators and information on mergers from pension plans. Plans file the Schedule SSA if they have participants who separated Tom the plan during the prior reporting period but had not yet received pension benefits. SSA uses the data to notify those participants who apply for Social Security that they have benefits from one or more private plans. EFFORTS TO REDUCE REPORTING AND DISCLOSURE BURDEN Streamlining the Form 5500 Renort To simplify annual reporting, lighten the burden on filers, and improve data collection under ERISA, the principal users of Form 5500 Report data-DOL, IRS, and PBGC-have proposed a streamlined form for the 1998 plan year. (See enc. III.) The revised Form 5500 Report consistsof a one-page main form to be completed by both large and small plans. While this change eliminates the Form 5500-C/R, small plans would continue to be eligible for limited financial reporting similar to data provided on the Form 5500-R. Improvements in the form should also make jZling easier. For example, according to DOL, the identifying information for most plans does not change from year to year; therefore, preprinting this information on Forms 5500 should ease the burden on filers and reduce reporting errors. The agencies are studying the feasibility of preprinting this information on Form 5500 Reports after the first full filing- year cycle using new computer-scannable forms. 4 GAO/HEHS-98-45R Improving the Form 5500 Report B-278489 The revised Form 5500 Report is a shorter document structured to resemble individual and corporate tax returns and capture more relevant and accurate plan data. By eliminating information not needed for regulatory, enforcement, or research purposes, and by developing new or revised schedules, the revised Form 5500 Report main form is to serve as a short registration document. The form consists of eight questions that identify the tier and type of report being filed, the plan sponsor, and which of the 13 schedules are being filed with the return. In addition to the revised main form, there are five new schedules and three revised schedules with the return package. Five schedules from the current Form 5500 remain unchanged. DOL and IRS believe that the revised Form 5500 Report will reduce the Hi.ng burden on plans. Taking into account the time required to learn tax law, maintain certain tax records, and complete the main Form 5500 Report, IRS estimates that the revised form will require a total of 21.4 million hours from about 901,000 filers. For example, the time required to complete and fle the main Form 5500 will decrease from about 110 hours for the form used in 1996 to about 24 hours for the revised form. Overall, the revised Form 5500 Report is expected to reduce the total filing burden by 12 to 14 percent annually over the HI-year life of the form. DOL, IRS, and PBGC are to conduct a joint public hearing on the revised forms on November 17, 1997. After reviewing and incorporating suggested changes where appropriate, the agencies plan to issue the streamlined forms next year. Eliminating: the Summarv Plan DescriWion Filing Reauirement Another recent development that will reduce the ERISA filing burden on plans is the elimination of the summary plan description filing requirement. Effective August 5, 1997, with the passage of the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, plans are no longer required to file summary plan descriptions or related documents with DOL. Instead, plans are required to furnish this information only upon request. Plans must, however, continue to provide this information to participants and beneiMu-ies. The law also instituted a new civil penalty of up to $100 per day, not to exceed $1,000 per request, for administrators failing to provide the requested information to DOL within 30 days. DOL estimated that meeting summary plan description requirements had cost plan administrators about $2.5 million and required 150,000 hours annually. Furthermore, the government is also likely to benefit from eliminatig this requirement. DOL has received over 150,000 summary plan descriptions and 5 GAO/HEHS-98-45R Improving the Form 5500 Report B-278439 - related filings from plans each year. Handling, cataloguing, and archiving these documents costs DOL about $210,000 each year. While DOL plans to maintain the approximately l-million summary plan descriptions and summary material modifications it currently has on file, it instructed plan administrators to irnmediately stop submitting the filings to the Department. IMPROVING FORM 5500 REPORT PROCESSING Previously, we and others have reported that DOL and IRS’ERISA enforcement was hindered by incomplete, inaccurate, and untimely plan data. DOL and IRS have made progress on correcting these problems, including increasing the amount of information captured from Form 5500 Reports, using extensive edit checks and follow-up contact with plans to improve data completeness and accuracy, and attempting to process return information within 60 days after the return is filed. Despite these improvements, problems remain. DOL reports that while some progress has been made in improving the timeliness of processing, untimely data remains a problem. Furthermore, the current Form 5500 Report processing system produces an unacceptable level of inaccurate data For example, DOL reyaews of the accuracy of IRS Form 5500 Report processing have shown that error rates consistently exceed the level of standards considered acceptable in private industry. These processing errors resulted in excessive filing burdens and administrative costs to plans caused by unnecessary filing error corrections and unwarranted investigations of possible fiduciary violations. These errors also resulted in DOL and IRS wasting limited enforcement resources. To overcome the problems associated with processing Form 5500 Reports at IRS, DOL, with the cooperation of IRS, PBGC, and SSA, is developing a new processing system to be completed by 1999. The system, called EFAST, will rely on optical scanning technology and optical character recognition to computerize the paper filings. Form 5500 Reports would no longer be processed through data entry using the IRS system. Instead, a contractor would scan the paper returns, which will be translated into computer images and stored in a database. Optical Character Recognition software would be used to translate both handwritten and machine-printed text into structured computer data, with high accuracy rates. Unreadable images would be sent to microcomputers where processing clerks would correct and reenter the unread data Scanned Iilings would then be subjected to automated edit checks. Automated correspondence on the nature of filing errors would be sent to filers along with directions for correcting deficient filings. Finally, completed IZings would be available to DOL, IRS, and PBGC on a monthly basis. 6 GAO/HEHS-98-45R Improving the Form 5500 Report B-278439 - DOL identified several advantages EFAST would have over the current processing system. First, the database would contain 100 percent of the Form 5500 Report filings, including the accountant’s opinion, service provider data, and insurance arrangement information. Currently, this information is separated from the main Form 5500 Report and keyed into a separate database or is not entered into a database but mainta.ined as a hard copy. As a result, these key data cannot be easily matched to the main form. Second, the data would be more accurate and available on a more timely basis. Lastly, the system would be less costly and burdensome to filers and the federal government. In addition to improving Form 5500 Report processing, DOL expects that EFAST will increase the number of plans filing electronically because of its simplified procedures for preparing and submitting filings. Electronic mg would reduce employer costs by allowing Form 5500 Report data to be transmitted from already existing computerized data. The government would also realize reduced costs through increased electronic filings. By eliminating most of the initial processing steps of manually entering, editing, and correcting data, DOL estimates that electronic filing could reduce initial processing costs by more than 90 percent. Furthermore, the government could realize a projected $5.9 million in additional savings each year if the current level of 7,000 electronic filings could be increased to 500,000 returns. According to DOL officials, EFAST can be developed and operated at a lower cost by a private contractor than the current IRS system. DOL estimates that switching from the current system will result in a net savings to the government of about $57.3 million over the 5year life cycle of EFAST, or $11.5 million annually. Initially, DOL planned to award a contract to one vendor to develop and implement EFAST. However, DOL’s Inspector General raised concerns about the risk of relying on a sole contractor to design, develop, and implement the system. The Inspector GeneraIl was concerned that DOL would rely on one vendor who might not be able to complete the system satisfactorily, leaving ,DOL and the other agencies without a system for processing the Form 5500 Reports. Consequently, DOL’s request for proposals will result in awards to two vendors who must compete in designing and building pilot EFAST systems. DOL will evaluate the systems and award the full contract to the winner, who will be responsible for developing a fully operational EFAST. DOL issued the request for proposals for EFAST design and development on October 24, 1997, and expects to award this part of the contract to vendors by April 1998. After selecting the winning prototype, DOL plans to award a contract for full EFAST development and operation by April 1999. 7 GAOAEHS-98-45R Improving the Form 5500 Report B-278489 - EFAST is scheduled to be operational by August 1999 in order to process the 1998 plan year returns. This deadline is important because neither DOL nor IRS has budgeted funds to process the 1998 returns under IRS’system. Furthermore, IRS’system would have to undergo major modifications to accommodate proposed revisions to the Form 5500 Report. Currently, DOL estimates that it will cost $10.3 million to develop and build EFAST. Congress has approved $6 million for the project, and DOL requested another $3 million in its fiscal year 1998 budget submission. AGENCY COMMENTS DOL officials reviewed a draft of this letter and provided technical comments, which have been incorporated where appropriate. As arranged with your office, we will make copies of this correspondence available to interested parties. If you have any questions about the information presented, please contact me on (202) 512-7215. Other major contributors are Frank P. Mulvey, Assistant Director, and George A Scott, Evaluator-m-Charge. Sincerely yours, 4AJane L. Ross Director, Income Security Issues 8 GAOIHEHS-98-45R Improving the Form 5500 Report ENCLOSURE I ENCLOSURE I ANNUAL RETURN/REPORT OF EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLAN, FORM 5500 ._ - rwm““Y Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan (Wii 100 or more p9rbcipants) w ThisfwmisrrqubedtobeNedundersecb’onsl04and4065of(heEmplDyee &m6 - P-e Redremmt bwome Sea&y Act of 1974 and sections 9039D. 9947(e), 90!57(b). Cod.s,refermdtoastkCode. Amnniraramr PEltSbE.2lXflt~~~l and 66586) of the lntemal R- .seeseparatei. ThisFormkOpnV~ 1 Publiotnspeodon. For the calendar plan year 1999 or fiscal p&n year beghning ,1996, and ending ,I9 , - _- - . . - . If A(7)through A(4). 6, C, and/or D, do not apply to this year’s par IKS “se uuy retumlrepwt leave the boxes unmarked. EP-lD A This retumkapm is: (7)0 Me fust return/report filed for the plan; (3)q the final retumkepat filed for the plan: cs (2) 0 an amended retumfm (4)q a short plan year retumkepon (less than 12 months). IF ANY INFORMATION ON A PREPRINTED PAGE 1 IS INCORRECT, CORRECT IT. IF ANY INFORMATION IS MISSING, ADD fl. PLEASE USEREDlKWHENMAlllNGTHESECHAlOGESANDINCWDETHEPREPWHCEDPAGE~~YOURCOhKWTrDRENRNIREPORT. B Check here if any information reported in la. 2a. 2b. or 5a changed since tie last rammkepixt for this ptan . . . . . . _ _ k c] C IfyourplanyearchangedsincetielastreturnIreporLcheckhere. . _ . . . . . _ . . . . . . . . . _ . . k 0 II If you filed for an eneosian of time to file this rawnkawt check here and attach a copy of the approved extension . . . . . k 0 la Name and address of plan sponsor (employer, if for a singlesmployer plan) lb Employer identilication number (EIN) (Address should include room OTsuite no.) lt Sparsor’s telephone number ld Busiwss code bee insuuctiw. page 20) le CUSlP issuer number 3a Name and address of plan administizor Ci same as plan sponsor. enter “Same’3 P Admiita’s EM Zc Admi&tor*s telephone number 3 If you are filing this page without Vie prepinted historical plan infcdmation and the name. address, and EIN of the plan sponsw or plan adminisuatw has changed since the last return/report filed for this plan. enter the information from the last return/report in Iii 3a and/or line 3b and compete line 3c a Sponsor ___.____.._______.._.-.---....-.--....-.-.----...--------..------.-....--..----..-.-.-. EIN ____.__.____._.____ Plan number......... b Adminimaror _____.____________.___._._________f_______.___________.________.__________________ EIN __.______.________._~~..~.~.~~..~.~~~~~~~~. c lf iii 3a indicates a change in the sponsor’s name. address. and EIN. is this a change in sponwship only? (Sea line 3c on page 8 of the insuuctions fof tha definition of spomorship.) Enter “Yes’ or ‘No.” ä 4 ENllTV CODE Of not show, enter the applicable code from page 8 of the inswctio& t 5a Name of plan k ..______..__._.____._.___.___--..--...--..---.-.--..-*--.--.-..--..---.-.---. Sb Effective date of plan (mo.. day. YrJ .-..._....__..____................~....~.....~..--....-.~.~...-...~.~..................~...-........ . . scThM-dii All filers Ilast oompkte 9a tbmlgh w, as applioabla. plan number c 8a 0 Welfare benefit plan 6b q Pension banefn plan gf the connectcodes are not prepcinted below enter the applicable codes from page 8 of the insm~ctions in the boxes) 6c Pension plan features. (If tha correct codes are not preprinted below, enter the applicable pension plan feature codes from page 8 of the ir!swctions in the boxes.) I I I I I I 1 9 GAO/HEHS-9845R Improving the Form 5500 Report ENCLOSURE I ENCLOSURE I .- Form 5% 0995) page2 6s Check all applicable investment arrangements below (see inzmxtions on page 9): 01 OMasterWSt 1’2)0 103-12 investment entity 13) 0 Comrnodcollactive trust 14 El Pooled separate account .__.____._.._.______~--.-.--.---.--.---.-------~-~.-------...--~-.-.-.----.-.----.-----.--.--...-------.-..-----..-.--.--.--~------------------.- f _ Year ___.____ Single-employer plans enter the tax year end of the employer in which this plan year ends F Month .________Day ___-___ Is any part of this plan funded by an insurance contract described in Code section 4121? _ . . _ . . . . . . n Yes q No 7 a (4) TOtal. . . . . . . . . . . . f . . . . . . _ . . . . Retired or separated participants receiving benafm _ . . . . _ . _ . . . . . . . . . . Retired or separated pardcipams entitled to future benefm . _ . _ . . . . . . . . . . _ Subt~l.Add~bres7a~4),~.andlc . . . . _ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . _ . . Deceased par&pants whose beneficiaries are receiving or are +itled to receive benefns . . . . . . Total.Addlines7dand’le _ . . . . . _ . , . . _ . . . _ . . . . . . . . . Number of participants with account balances. (Defmed benefit plans do not complete this line item.). . . Number of pe&ipants that terminated empioynwn during the p\an year with accrued bane% that were less than 100% vested. . . . . . . . . _ _ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . _ . i (7) Was any panicipant@ separated frwn sewicewirh a deferred vested benefit forwhich a Schedule SSA (Form 5500) iSrequiredtobea~ched?~~insrmctio~.) . _ . . . f.?) lf ‘Yes.” enter the number ofseparxed pardciparas req&& to-be’re&&d k . . . . . . . . . - . 9a Was &is plan ever amended since its effective dale? If “Yes.’ complete line Bb _ . _ . _ . . _ . . . . If the amendment was adopted in this plan year. complete lines &through Be b If line 8a is ‘Yes.’ enter the date the most recent amendmentwas adopted b Month _.____. Day ________Year _______ c Did anyamendmantdwing thecurrentplan yaarresukinttwreuoauive reducdonofaccruadbeneMsforanyparticipants? in the latest summary plan descriptions or 9a Was this plan taminated during this planyeer or any prior plan year? If ‘Yes.’ antar the year W _____._._._.___._..____ b Were all the plan assets eithar diibuted to participants w beneficiaries. uansfemsd to another plan. or brought under theconkolofPBGC?. . . . . . . . _ _ . _ . . . . . . , . . . . . . . . . . . WasaresoluriontotermiMremisplanadoptedduringthisplanyearoranypriwplanyear? . . . . . . . . If line Sa w line 9s is ‘Yes.” have you received a favwsble detenninarion letter from rhe IRS far tie termination? . . IflineWb‘No.‘hasadetwninationlenerbeenrequestedfrom~eIRS?. . . . . . . . _ . . _ . _ If line Sa or line 9c is ‘Yes.’ have pardcipanaand bene6ciariesbeen nod&d of the temdnationor the proposedtermination? If line Sa is ‘Yes” and the plan is covered by PBGC. is the plan continuing to file a PBGC Form 1 and pay premiums untilmeendofttreplanyearinwtrichaaersare~butedorbrougMunderMe~~ofPBGC) . . . . . _ h Duing this plan year. did any uust assets rewt to me employer for which the Cede section 4980 excise mx is due? 1Da Inthisp&nyear. wasthisplanmerged orc~datadinto another plan(s). orwere assetsorliibiiesttoanoth~ plan(s)?If’Yes.‘compl~e~beslObthrough10e . . . _ _ _ . _ . . . . . . . . . . . . _ W OYes ONo If ‘Yes, identay tha othar plan(s) e Enlpioyer identilication number(s) d Plannumb&) b Name of plan(s) b . ..______.___.._____-.------.------...--.-----------.- ____._.___________._.--.--.--.------.-..-..-- __._____._________._____ I ..* .._._._..__---.----.-----.-...---.------.------.----.-.--.-.----.----.. I______.._._______ * ._.____-__--_._._..-----.-. L-~.-~~~~~~~.~~~.__~-.~~~ e Ifrequired.hasaForm5310-AbeenBled? . . _ _ . . _ _ . _ _ _ _ . . _ _ . _ _ . . W q Yes ONo 11 Emer me plan funding an’angement code from page 10 of the 112 Enter the plan benefit anangemem code from page 10 of the 10 GAOLEEHS-98-45R Improving the Form 5500 Report ENCLOSURE I ENCLOSURE I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . it subject to UK?minimum funding standards? (If a waiver was gamed. see insUuc@ns.) (s&is is a defmed benefit plan. leave blank). If “Yes.” ccmplete Ill. 63.and (3) below (1) Amount of employer contribution required for the pan year under Code section 412 iz) Amount of conaibution paid by the employer for the plan year. . . . . _ . Enter date of last paymant by employer & Mom& _.__._.__Day _.______Year .____. (3) If (1) is greater.than (.?$subtract (2) from (7) and enter the funding deficiency hefe; - otherwise. enter -O-. (If you have a funding deficiency. file Fmn 53303 16 - 17a consem Wwe any diibutions under MU@?. . . . . . . . . . b es without the maulred consent of the ‘Sspouse?.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . amendment OTtermination, do the accrued benefits of ant include the subsidized benefits that I funding method was made for rBe plan year pursuant to a Revawe Procedure providing automatic approval fw the change, indicate whether Ihe plan sponsw agrees to the change . . . . . . . . I 21 Check Y you are applying the substantiation guidelines from Revenue Procedure 93-42, in completing lines 2la duoqh2~o6eeinstwcdons). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 ryar~~tebm.enterdrenndsydmephnyea t Month . ..-._. Day ..__._. Year ._..__. a Does the employer apply the Separate line of business rules of Code section 414(r) v&en testing this plan fm ths coverage anddiscriminadontastsofCcdesections410(b)and4Ol(a)(4)? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . b If line 21a is “yes.’ entef the total number of separate tines of business claimed by rhe employer b __________________ If more than one eepaate line of business. See irwucdons fof addidcnal infcnnatfon to attach. 0 Does the employer apply the mandatory disaggragadon rules under Income Tax Regulations section 1.41O(b)-7W . If ‘Yes,’ see itwucdons for additional information to attach. d In testing whether rhis plan setisies the coverage and disaiminatlon tests of Code seahm 410(b)and 401(a). does the employer aggregete plans? . . . . _ . . . . . . . . . . _ . . . . . . . . . . . . e Does the employar restructure the plan into component p!ans to satisfy the coverage and discrimiition teesof Code sections 4100 and 407(a)(4)? . . . . . . . _ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . f If you meet eiUter of the fcill* exceptions. check the applicable box to tail us which exception you meet and do NOT complete the rest of qwsrion 21: 11)0 Nohigh&compensated employee benefited under the plan at any time during the plan year: (Zj ci This is a collactively bargained plan that bene!?ts only colleaively bargained employees. no more than % of winnn are profe&onal employees. 9 Didany~employeeperfom,swricesfortheemployeratanytimeduringthepl;lny~. . . . . . . . h Enter the total number ol employees of the employer. Employer includes entities aggregated with the employer under Code sectim 414(b). (c). or (m). Include leased arn@oyees and self-employed i-s . . . . . . . . . i Enter the total number of employees excludable because of: flifaikrre to meet requiremems for minimum age and years of service: Iu coUeaiwly bargaii ern~oyw (3) nonresident alii who receii no earned income from U.S. snuces: and(4~SODhassofserviceAastdayru!a. _ , . . . _ . . . _ . . . . . . . . . . . . . j Enterthen~berofnonexdudaMewnployeerSubPaaline21ifmmline21h . . . _ . . . . . . . . k Do10096ofrhenonexcludableemployeesentered online21jbenefrtundertheplan7 . . . . I?Yes [ZI No If line 21k is ‘Yes.” do NOT complete lines 211through 210. I Enter the number of nonexcludable employees (line 2lj1 who are highly compensated empoyees . . _ . . _ . m EmerUlenumberof-dudableemployees(line~~wtnbeneMundertheplan. . . . . . . _ . . . n 0 11 GAO/HEHS-98-45R Improving the Form 5500 Report ENCLOSURE I ENCLOSURE I Form55w (1996) pasea WetfarePlansGoToLine2SOnlhiiPage. mYes( No 22a Is it of was it ever intended that thib plan qualify under Code seedon 401(a)? If ‘Yes.’ complete limes22b and 22~. . (If ‘Yes.” complete line 23b) (See inswcdons) . . . . _ _ . . _ . . . . . . , . . _ _ _ b Were all the asses refemzd to in line 23a valued for the 1996 plan year by an independant third-pany dppraixr? . _ t If lime 23b is ‘No.’ enter the value of the iosets that were not valued by en independent third-parry appraiser for the 1996 plan year. b d Enter the mon recent date the assets on line 23c were valued by an independeM third-party appraiser. (If mote than one asset see instmcdor!s) b Month _____._..Day .--_. Year _.____.__ (If this plan does not have ESOP features leave line 23e blank and go to line 24.) (%+?“5500)? . . . * . . _ . . 25dtelov.Q . _ . . . . _ . lefe Pert Ill of Schedule C (Fom?5500): concerning the above termination?. . he6 the termhated accountanUactuary nn 5500) with a notice advising them of sdelmer other n o!kY (explm _.-. . _--__---...-_.-..--.--.--- - -.--- ._.______.._.__.____-.-------.-.--.------..---.--.----------------.-.----..---.--.--.-----~-------- ._...___--__...__-_.------.---.--.------.--.-..---.--..---.-~.-.--.-.----.----..--..-----.------------.....---.-.------.--- 27 If line 26a is ‘No.’ complete the following quesdons. (vcu may NOT use ‘N/A’ in response to lines 27s through 27% lflina2la. Z’lb, 27c.2’ld. 2’le. cr 27f is checked “Yes.‘schedulas of these itemsinthafoimexsetfozth inthe instructions are required to be attached to this retumlrepm Schedule G (Form 5X0) may be used as spa&ed in the inStmcD‘ons. Dudno the den veer a Didtheplanhaveasswh~dfwinvemnent? . . . _ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . _ . . b Were any loans by tie @an or fixed income obligations due the plan in default as of the close of the plan year or cla&ied duringtheyearasuncollectible? . . . . . . . . . . . . . _ _ . . _ . . . . . . . . 0 Weceanyleasesto~~theplanwasaparryinde$dadassifiedd~~eyearasun~lectible? . . . . . d Were any plan transactions or series of uansactions in excess of 5% of the current value of plan assets? . . . . e Do the notes to the tinancial statements accompanying the accountant5 opidon disclose any nonexempt transactionS with parties-in-interest? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . _ . . . . . . . . . . . . I Did the plan engage in any nonexempt transacdow witi parties-in-interesz not repwted on line 27-a?. . . . . . 9 Didthepanholdqualifyingempoyersentririesthatarenotpublidy~deb? . . . . _ . . . . . . . . h Did the plan purchase or receive any nanpublicly traded securities that wave not appraised in writing by an Unrelated thiidpa+wi&in3mon%piato&irr&pt+ _ _ . . . _ _ . . .‘: . . . . : -. . _ . . i Did any person manage plan azsats _._ who had a financ@ intwest worth mora than 10% - in any party providing services 12 GAOIHEHS-98-45R Improving the Form 5500 Report ENCLOSURE I ENCLOSURE I a fidelii bond? If “Yes.” complete lines 29a(2) and 29a(3) . . . . . . . ___.-.--.__..-.---._-.-..-.-.--..-.-----.---------.--.----------.-.--.--. 3Oa Is the plan covered under the Pension Benerit Guaranty Corporation termination insurance program? cl Yes q No q Notdetemked b lf line 3Oa is “Yes* of “Not determined.” enter the employer identifcation number and the plan number used to identify it Employer identiEcation number W Plan number t 31 Current value of plan assets-and liabilities at the beginning and end of Ihe plan year. Combine the value of plan assat5 held in more than one ma Allocate the value of the plan’s interest in a commingled Vust containing the assets of more than one plan on a line-by-line basis unless the trust meets one of the s+xific exceptions described in the instructions. Do not enter the value of that portion of an insurance contract thet gueremees, during this plan year. to pay a spetic dollar benefn at a fwxe date. Round off amOuntS to the neareSt dollar; any other amoimcs are subjao-to rejectkin. Plans with no assets at the beginning and the end of the plan year, emer -O- on line 311. m (a~Eegirinirgof Year ( OEndof Year Assets a Total noninterest-bearing cash ................ a I b Receivables: (1) Employer contributions .............. b01 1 (2) Participant contributions. ................ (3) Income. ..................... (4)othw ...................... Q Lessallowancefwdwbtfulaccounts. ............ (6) Total. Add lines Jib(l) through 31b(4) and subtract line 31bQ . _ . . W c General Invesamems:0) Ifwest-bearing cesh (including money market funds) . _ (2) certificatesofdeposit ................. (J) US.Govemmentsewrities ................ (4) Cwporete debt imtnrmeno: WPrefemd ........... 0Allomw. .................... (5) Cuporae5tocks:~Preferfed. .............. iB)Common .................... 0 Permeiship!joint venture interest5 .............. 0 Realesta~WIncomeqoducing. ............. 0 Nonincome-muting ................ (3) Loans (other man to participents~secured by mwtgages: W Residential . . OCanmwcial................... (9) LoeostopaRicipams:~Mortgages. ............ @lolher ..................... no1 otherloans. .................... 01) Value of interest in common/collective trusts. .......... (12) Valueofinterestinpc&dseparateaccounts .......... (13) Valueofinterestinmaswuusfs .............. (14) Valueofinterenin103-12imresrmementities .......... (15) Value of interest in qistemd iwestment ccmpanies ........ (16) Valueof funds held in insumnce company generalaccount (unellocatedcontracts) . 07) other ............................................................................ (13) Total. Add lines 3161) through 31c(l?) ........... b d Ernployer-rdated invesmrwts: (1) Employer securities ......... 12) Empbyerrm1propeny ................. e Buildimqsandotherpropertyusedinplanopemtion .......... f Total assets. Add lines 31 a, 31b 0.3ldl3j. 3ld(l), 3ldO. and 31~2 . _ . . Liabilities g BeneM claims payable _ . _ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . h OperatingpayableS. . . , . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i Acquisition indebtedness . . . _ . . . . . . . . . . . . _ . j Other tiabaities . . . _ . . . . . _ _ . . . . _ . . . . . k Total liibiWs. Add lines 3lg . . . . . . . . . . 13 GAOIHEHS-98-45R Improving the Form 5500 Report ENCLOSURE I ENCLOSURE I Form5500 (I9991 p-6 32 Plan income. expenses, and changes in net assets for the plan year. lnckale ail income andexpensesof the #an, including any In&s) w seeya~zs rf?J, a.“d any paymentskceipts toMom instaance carriers. Roamd ofl amMmtstr,the m?ase5tdollsramyomer J yecbon Income a conbtbutions: (1) Received or receivable from: 0 Employers . . . _ . . _ . . . . . . . . _ (8) Participants. . . . _ . _ . . . . . . . . . . (C) omars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . a, Noncashcor&utions . . . . . _ . . _ . . _ . . (3) Totalcontributions. Add lines 32a(lHru, @), (C)and lime 32aQ . . . . b b Eamings~~~- (1) hterast Interest-bearing cash (m&ding money market funds) . . _ . . . Cerciticatesofdeposit. . . _ . . . . . . . . . . . . U.S. Government securities . _ . . . . . . . . . . . . Corpomtedebtinstmments. _ . . . . - . . ~ . . . . Mongegelwns. :. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . other loam. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . otherinkre5t . . . . . . . . . . ~ . . . . . . . Total imeren Add line9 32b(lMA) through (GI . . . . . . . ä Dividends: (A) Preferedstock . _ . . . . _ _ . fBl Commonstcck. . . . . . . . . . . . (0) Total dividends. Addlines32b@KAI and 0 _ , . Rents . . . . _ . . . . . . . . . . . Net gain (ass) on sale of as-sew Vu Aggregate proceeds . IB) Aggregakwqingamomfseeinstwtions) _ . . (Cl Subtraa(B)from@landenterresuIt . . . . . Unrealiiappredatkm(dep+aciatkm~ of assets. . . _ Net imfemem gain #oss~from commonkollective mnts . Net lrmsmmt gain iloss~ horn pooled separate accounts Netinvestmentgain~~fmmmastertfu9ts . _ . . Net inwsmwnt gain (loss) from 103-12 ifweatment entities Net investment gain iloss) from registered investment cornpi rlncana. . . - . . . . . . . . . . . . d Total income. Add all amoumsincd!snn@)andentertotal ....... b Expen- e Ben&t payment and payments to provide benefmz 0) DirecUytoparticipaWsorteoelidaries ............ (2) Toin9urancecatdet9fortheprov&onofofts. ........ (3) other ...................... (4) Total payments. Add line9 32e(l) through 32eO ........ l flrnensespan5e ..................... g Adminisuativeexpenee9:~)SaladesandaUowances. ......... (2) Aecountingfees ................... (3) Actwialfees. ................... (4) Connactadminisuacor fees. ............... fs) lnvesxmematicqandmanagammtfaea ........... (6) Legalfees. .................... # Valuaticnlappraisal fees. ................ 0 Ttusteesfees/wpensas @cMing uevel. seminars, meeting5. ek.) .... 0 other.. .................... (lOI Totaladmii expense~.Addliies32gpl)through32g(S) ..... h Totalexpemes.Addfi32eWk32f.aod32g~0) ......... D i NetincomeOoss).Suboacttine32hfmmline326. ......... b j Tramifersto(from)mepn~9w~W%dons) ............ 33 Did any employer sponsaing the plan pay any of the adminisuative expenses of the plan that were ~4 reputed on Iii fz3 14 GAO/HEHS-9%45R Improving the Form 5500 Report ENCLOSURE II ENCLOSURE II RETURN/REPORT OF - EMPLOYEE BENEFlT PLAN, FORM 5500-C/R ._ - Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan OMBNos.‘IZlC-Wl6 Form 55004/R 121o.cms DepamrrmofmeTeantly (Wii fewer than ‘100 participants) m?mu-S oe!xmandLabu PemMnamw-BeneflaMrmmDaom ThisR~isn3quimdmberiladerwcciw5Yotmd4s36tilkeEmp(gse ekmmmulncwlesewrityWdl914nd-6co3D,~(e). 6057(b),ad6053@)Ofcke--COdU. 1996 ThiSFC+lllbOp.S Pens&m&am Gusamy catpmcul l See separate instwctiws. toPtdeltlspew For the calendar plan year 1996 or fscai plan year beginning ,1999, and ending * 39 If A(7) through A(4J. 6. C, and/of D da not apply to this year’s return/report, For IRS Use Only leave the boxes unmarked. EP-ID You must check either box A@ or A(6J,whii is appficabla. See imttuiions. A This return/report is: (51Form SSOO-Cfkrcheck here . . El (Camp!ateonly pages 1 and 3 through B.l~&de ;eciion’ (7) 0 the firat rettmlrepon filed for the plan: 603913ri1et-s seemstnlc(ionsal page5.) 12, q an amended retumfrem I6J Form5500.Rfilercbeokhere . _ IJ (Compkte only pages Y and 2. Detachpa& i :h&& 6’ (3J q the final retumlreporr filed for the plan: OF beforefiling.)II yau cnecked box (1101f3). you must file a 14) q a short plan year return/report (less than 1.2months). Fwm 5500.C.(Seapage 6 of the imtmcticm.) IF ANY INFORMATIONON A PREPRINTEDPAGE 1 IS INCORRECT,CORRECTIT. IF ANY INFORMATIONIS MISSING, ADD Il. PLEASE USE REO INK INHEN MAKING THESE CHANGESAND INCLUDETHE PREPRINTEDPAGE 1 WITH YOUR COMPLiZll REKlRN(REpORT. B Check here if any information reported in la, 2a. 2b. or Sa changed since the last retum/repwr for this plan . . . . . . . . b q C IfyowplanyearchangedsincethelastretumIrepoi%checkhere . . . . . . . . . _ _ . _ . . . . . . . .tO D If you filed for an extension of time to file this retumlrepwt check here and attach a copy of the approved extension . . . . . b [7 la Name and address of plan sponsor (employer, if for a single-employer plan) lb Employer identification number (Elw (Address should include room or suite no.) lc Sponsor’s telephone number ld Business code (see insuuctions. page 17) le CUSIP issuer number Ze Name and address of plan admir&tmtOr (if same es plan sponsor. antec “Same”l Zb Administrator’s EIN 2s Administrator’s telephone number I 3 If you are filing this page without the preprinted historical plan information and the name, address, and EIN of the plan sponsor 01 plan administrator has changed since the last re(um/repoR filed for this plan, enter the infonation from the last reuun/repOrt on lines 3a and/or 3b and complete line 3~. a Sponsor .____._________.___.~..~~~~~..~~..~~~~.~..~.~~~...~...~.~~~~~.~~~.~~.~~.~~~~~~.~.~~ EIN _._.____________._ Plan number _..___._._ b Administrator ._._..._.._._~__..~~~~~~..--~.~-.~~~~.~.~~~~...~~~.~~~.~.~~~~~~~~.~~~..~~....~ EIN .__.___..___.._._...-.--..--..-.-.--. ___._._ c If lime 3a indicates a change in the sponsor’s name. address, and EIN, is thii a change in sponsorship only? (See line 3o on page 8 of tha insbuctions for the definition of sponsorship.) Enter “Yes” or “No.” b 4 ENTITY CODE. (If not shown. enter applicable code from page 8 of the instructions.) F Se Name of plan b _.____._____.._________...--..-.--.-.-.-.-----..--.-----.--.--.---------.- _ 5b Effective date of plan (mo.. day, r.1 __.__..._____..___*_---.-.-..-.---.---.---.--..-...--...--.-.-.-..-..---.-.-----.-..--.---.---.-- SC Threa-digit alan number t AS Glen must complete 6a through Sd, as applicable. 83 0 Welfare benefir plan 6b q Pension benefa plan (If the cofrect codes are not preprinted below enter the applicable codes from I page 8 of the inmuctions in the boxes.) 6c Pension plan features. (If the correct codes are not preprinted below, enter the applicable pension plan feature codes from page 8 of the instmcdons in the boxes.) W 0 Fringe benefit plan. Attach Schedule F (Fam 5500). See instrucdons. Cautiom A petwhy forMelab orincomplete Iilingofthisretum/repm willbeassesedunkssreasonable causeis embhished. Underpenakiesof perjtq and other par!aUiasset IMh in the imVuRiON.I deobre that I haveexaminedUli returmrrpah moludii aazompmyirgwhedu!B and ~andto~heofmyknawledgeandbelief.kiZouecortenandcmnplere. SiicfBnployerlplansPMKor b ---*.------.-.--...- ** -----_._-.-_____..._____* _-_._-____-__.____._--.-.--.------. Date b ______._______._.__.___ Typew pint nameOf individualsfgnirg above ----._-.-_.-.-.--.__-.--.-----.--.---.---.-.---.--. ._. .__.__._.._._.___...---.-.---..----.-.--.---.---.-.--- sigllattw d planadmbisoaor w _._.________.__.____---.-.--.---.------.----.-----------.-------.--------...--.---.---- Date b _____.._.__._.._._..__ TjpewprintmmedimlividlJatsiiabove ForRqaworkRedu&mAUNoticc.seepsgc1ofthektsW&ms Cat. No. 1035lK Fam %G&cm tlsss) GAOEIEHS-98-45R Improving the Form 5500 Report ENCLOSUFtE-II ENCLOSURE II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . -Day _.____..____ Year _._.___.___._ banef~ for any participant? _ _ . latest summary plan description or -._...-.__.-_.__.__.------. and end _._____._____.______-----....of the 14 For this plan year. enter: a Plan income .__..____..__._____ _ d Plan cormibudons .._____.____..______-.- b Expenss . . . ..__._.___....______ e Total beneSts paid .._-._.--_-_.-___---__ E Net income 00s~) Isubtract 14b from 14a) ___________._____._ I I I 1s fou may NOT use N/A in response to lines 1Sa thmugh 150. If you check ‘Yes.’ you must enter a Yes No Amount jollar amount in tie amount column. During this plan yeatz I I a Was this plan covered by a fidelity bond? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . _ . b f line 15a is ‘Yes: entef the name of the surety company fi __.__.._______._.._.-.--..----..--.--. _ c was there any 1~s to the plan. whether or not reimbursed. caused by fraud or dishonesty? . . _ d Nas~anyle~~a~~o~~~~~~~a~~~~,~f~.~~~~~~5 ~aidemployeesofmeemplopr..anyownerdalWborrmreintPrestinmeemployer.or~esdanys~? . . . e Wasthereany loan01axtembn of czeditby tha planto the employer.any fiduciary,any of &a Fm most highlypaid rnployeesof~heemployer.anyowoerofalO%orm~bueresrintemployer.a~ofKlywlchpersom? f Did the plan acquire OThold any employer secudty or employer real property? . . . . . . . 9 Hasthe plangranted anextension on anydelinquentloanowad tome plan? . . . _ _ . . h Were any participant contriixdons Dansmittad to the plan fnwe than 31 days after receipt or Mhholding by the employer?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i Were any loans by the plan or fixed income obligations due the plan classiC?d as uncollectible or in defaoltasofthecloseoftheplanyex? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . j Has any plan fiduciary had a financial interest in excess of 10% in any party providii sewices to the planorreceivedanyVlingofvaluefromanysuchparty?. . . . . _ . . . _ _ . . * Dkl the plan at any time hold 20% or more of its assets in any single seunity. debt. mongage. parcal Ofrealenate,orparmershi~cimventureimer~? . . . _ _ . . . _ . . . . _ . I Did the plan at any time engage in any Uansaction or series of related ~nsactions invohring ZD% OT mofeofthecummvalue0fplana55ets?. . . . . . . . . _ . _ . . . . _ . m weremereanynarashrn~~m~m~p~~~~~~m~~~~a~~~~~~ n Were there any puchases of nonpublic& traded seaAMes by he plan tha value of which was set withwtanappraisalbyanindependentthirdparty? . . . _ . . . . . . . . _ . . , , 16a IS the plan coverad under tha Pension &n&t Guaranty Corpc&on termination irwmnce pugam? 0 Yes aNo nNot- b If Iii 16a is “Yes’ or ‘Not da*zrmined,’ entar the employer idendiicadon number and the plan number used to ideM@ it Employer identir?cationnumber b Plan number b 16 GAO/HEHS-98-45R Improving the Form 5500 Report ENCLOSURE II ENCLOSURE II Form5500-C/R(1996) Comf&te page 1, and pages 3 thmugh 6 only, if y0” are fi8ng Form 55M-C. (see insb’wtion~ on page 13.) Paga 3 8e Check all applicable investment arrangements below. [See insmxtions on page 12.): fl) q Masteruust (2) q 10312 investmeM entity (8) q Common!collecdve trust (4) Cl Pooled separate account . . . . .. . . . . . . .. . . . . .. .. ... .... .. . . ...-.-~---...-~-..-.-..~.-.--..-.~.-.--..-.--~--~.--.-..~....~..~.-.---.----.~..-.-.---~-.-........---.----.-~. f Single-employer plans enter the tax year end of the employer in which this plan year ends b Month .____.__Day _____.__.Year _.___.._ g Is any part of this planfunded by an insurance contractdescribed in Code section 412W? . _ . . _ . . _ . c] Yes q No h If line 8g is “Yes,” was the pan subject to the minimum funding standards for either of the priw 2 plan years? . _ . q Yes q No ‘la Total pardcipants: (1) At the beginning of plan year t ..___.____.-.__..__.-..-.-- (2) At the end of plan year F __.._.___.____..__..._____. b Enter number of participants wifh account baLances at the end of the plan year. [Defined benefits plans do not complete this item.) * . . ..___._......__._..~~.-.~~~~~-.~~.~..~.-~.. c Number of pardcipants that terminated employment during the plan year with acawd benefits that were less than 100% vested w ..___...,__ d (1) Were any panicipants in the pension bene8t plan separated from service with a deferred vested benefit for which a Schedule SSA (Form 5SW) is required to be attached? . . . . . . . . . . _ _ . . . . (2) If “Yes.” enter the number of separdted participants required to be repoited l 8a Was this plan ever amended since its effective date? 11“Yes,” complete line 8b and, if the amendment was adopted in this plan rear. complete lines 8c through Be _ _ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . _ . . _ 1 . . b If line 8a is “Yes.” enter the date the most recent amendment was adopted b Month ______ Day ______Year ___._ c Did any amendment duringthe current plan year result in the reuoactive reduction of accrued benefits for any panicipant? d During this plan year. did any amendment change the information contained in the latest summary plan description or summary description of modifications available at the time of amendment? . . . . . . . . . . . . . e If line 8d is ‘Yes.” has a summary plan description or summary description of modifications that reflects the plan amendments referred to on line 8d been both furnished to participants and filed with the Depamnent of labor? . . Sa Was this plan terminated during thisplan year or any prior plan year? If ‘Yes.” enter year b ____..__ ___.___________ _.. b Were all plan assets either distibuted to pardcipants or beneficiaries, transferred to another plan, or brougnt under the conuol of PBGC? . . . . . . _ . . . . . _ . . . . . . . . . . . . . _ . . . c Was a resolution to terminatethis plan adopted during this plan year or any prior plan year? . . . . _ . _ _ d If line Sa (H line SC is “Yes.’ have you received a favorable determination letter from the IRS for the termination? . . e If tine Sd is “No.’ has a determination letter been requested from the IRS?. _ . . . . . . . . . . . . f If line 9a or line SC is ‘Yes.” have panicipants and beneficiaries been notified of the termination or the proposed termination?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 If line Sa is “Yes” and the plan is covered by PBGC. is the plan continuing to file a PBGC Form 1 and pay premiums until the end of the plan year in which assets are distributed or brought under the control of PBGC? _ . . . . . h During this plan year. did any trust assets revert to the employer for which the Code section 4980 excise tax is due? . 1Oa Was this plan merged or consolidated into another plan(s). or were assets or liabilities transferred to another plan(s) since the end of the plan year covered by the last retum/repoK Form 5500 or 5500-C that was aed for this plan (a during rhfs plan year if this is the fim retum/mpon)? If ‘Yes.” complete limes lob through 1Oe . . . . . . _ . . . If ‘Yes.” identify the other plan(s): c Employer idendiicadon numb&s) d Plan numb&s) b Name of plan(s) b ___..._._____.._._..__.___ __._.__.____._.____.____ . . .._.-________..-..-.....--..--.-~...---.. _.__._..___.______._-.- ..______._____..-___.-.-.--.~.-.-.-.----.----.--.-.----.--.-.---..-.-.. .___._._..__._.._.__.-----..---.--.-.----.- .-.-... -* -...--...- ---- 17 GAOLHEHS-9%45R Improving the Form 5500 Report ‘ENCLOSURE II ENCLOSTJREII ~ Fum 55W-C/R 0996) Complete page 1. and pages 3 through 6 only, if you are tiliig Form 5500-C. page4 Welfare Plans Do Not Complete Lines 15 Through 25. Skip To Line 26 on page 5. %a lf this is a defined benem plan sub@ to the minimum funding standards for tbii plan year. is Schedule B (Form 5500) req~tabeattached?Ofthisisadervledcontributianplan,leaveblanU ‘. . . . _ . . . . _ . . . If “Yes.” attach Schedule B (Form 55001. b lfthisis a defmed contribution plan O.e..money purchase ortargetbenefi& isitwbjecttothe minimumfunding standards (if a waiver was granted. see in.stmcdons)? (If dtis is a defined benem plan, leave blank) If “Yes.” compiete (l), 0, and (3) below. (1) Amount of employer conuibution required for the plan year under Code section 412 (2) Amount of contribution paid by the employer for the plan year. . . . . . . Enter date of lest payment by employer W Month I____ Day _.___. Year ____. (2) If 0) is greater than (21. subtract (2) from (1) and enter the funding deficiency here. Other&e, enter -O-. (If you have a funding deficiency. rile Form 5330.) _ . Has the annual compensation of each pardcipanttaken into account under tie current plan (2)If fl) b ‘Yes.” did rhese contracts contain a requirement tJ?atthe spouse consent before any distributions under the cormact are made in a form other than a qualified joint and suruivor annuity? . . . . . _ . . . . b Did the plan make disbibutions or loans to married participants and beneficiaries without the required consent of the idized benefits mat 19 If a charge in fhheactuarial funding method was made for the plan year pursuant to a Revenue Procedure providing automatic approval for the change. indicate whedw tie plan sponsor/administrator agrees to the Change . . _ . 20 Is the employer electing to compute minimum funding for this plan year or either of me two immediately preceedirig plan years u&ng the u&ition rule of Code section 412(ll(l l)? . .- . . . . . _ , . _ . .- . _ _ 1 201 - .- I _-.. 21 Check if you are applying the substantiation guidelines from Revenue Procedure 93-42. in completing lines 21~1thou b;h 210 (see insauctions). . _ . . . . . . _ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . _ If you checked the box. enter the SrStday of the plan year for which data is being submitted l Month . ..Day ___Year .._ ‘! Does tie employwapply me separate line of business rules of Code section 414(r)when testing tiis plan for the coverage .t and diitimination teN requirements of Code sections 410(b) and 401(a)(4)?. . . _ . . . . . . . . . If line Zla is “Yes.’ enter the total number of separate limesof business claimed by the employer W ___._._..____...._ if more than one separate line of business. see instmcdons for additional information to attach. Does the employer apply tie mandatory d&aggregation rules under Income Tax Regulations section 1.410(b)-7(c)? If “Yes,” see insrntctions for additional information to attach . . . _ . . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . . In testing whether this plan satisfies the coverage and diicrimination tests of Code sections 410(b) and 401(a). does the employer aggregate plans?. . . . . . . . . _ . . . . _ . . . . . . _ . . . . . Does the employer resnucture me plan into componem plans to satisfy the coverage and discrimination test of Code sections 4100 end 401(alM? . . . . . _ . . . . . . . . . . . . . _ . . . . . . . If you meet either one of the following exceptions. check the applicable box to tell us which exception you meet and DO NOT complete me rest of question 21: (1) q No highly compensated employee beneSted under me plan at any time during the plan year: (2) q This is a collectively bargained plan that benefm only collectively bargained employees, no more than 2% of tiom are professional employees. Did any leased employee perform ssruicesfcrtbe employer at anytime duringthe plan year? . . . . . . . Enter the total number of employees of the employer. Employer indudes entities aggregated with me employer under Codesection 414(b). (CL or (m). Indude leased employees and self-employed individuals . _ . . . . . . . Enter the total number of employees excludable under the plan because of: (1) failure to meet requirements far minimum age end yam of Sawice: (‘2)collecdvely bargained employees: (3) nonresident aliens who receive no earned inCOme fromU.S.sowces:and~4~SOOhoursofserviceilastdayrule _ _ . . . . . . . _ . . . . . . . 18 GAOiHEHS-98-45R Improving the Form 5500 Report ENCLOSURE II ENCLOSURE II FormSXXFCIR(1996) Complete page 1, and pages 3 through 6 only, if you are fiiii Fom 5500-C. j Enter the number of nonexcludable employees. Subhact line 21i From line 2lh . . . _ . , . . _ . . . k Do 160% OFthe nonexcludable employees entered on line Zlj beneffi under me plan? . _ . q Yes 0 No if lime Zlk is “Yes,” 00 NOT complete lines 211Chrough210. I Enterthe number of nonexcludable employees GineZlji whoare highly compensated employees , . _ . . . . m Enter the number of nonexcludable employees who benefit under the plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . n Enter ure number of employees entered on line 21m wflo are highb compensated employees . . . . . . _ 22a 1s ir or was it ever intended that this plan qualify under Code secdon 401(a)? If ‘Yes,” complete lines 22b and 22~ . . . . . . . . . P Month ____..___Year _. .._._.. (If ‘Yes.” complete line 29b.I (See insCrucdons.). . _ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . , . . . b Were all Cheassets referred to on line 22a valued for the 1996 plan year by an independent third-pany appraiser?. . e If line 23b is “No.” enter the value of the assets that were noCvalued by an independent third-pany appraiser for the 1996 plan year . . , . . . . . . . _ . . b d Enter the mosf recent date the assets on line 23~ were valued by an independent third-p one asset see instrucclons.) t Month ___.__._,Day ____.____ Year _.____.__ (If this plan has NO ESOP features. leave line 23e blank and go to line 24.) e If dividends paid on employer securities held by the ESOP were used to make payments on ESOP loans, enter the amOuM of the dividends used to make the payments . . b 25a Is rhe plan covered under Che Pension Eenefn Guaramy Corporation termination insurance program?.......................... nYes ~NO c]Notde- b IFline 2Sa is “Yes” or “Not determined.” emer the EIN and the plan number used to identify it. EIN t Plan number W 26 You may NOT use N/A in response to any line 26 item. If you check “Yes.” you must enter a dollar amount in the amount column. During this pian year: Wasthisplancoveredbyafidelhybond? . . . . . . . . . _ . . . . . . . . If line 26a is ‘Yes,’ emer the name OFthe surety company l ___..________._..___.___..-.-..______.___. Was there any loss to the plan, whether or not reimbursed. caused by fraud or dishonesty? _ . . Was there any sale. exchange,or lease of any property between the plan and the employer, any fiduciary. any of the five most highly paid employees of Cheemployer. any owner of a 10% or more interest in theemployer.M-rela~~ofanysuchpenons?. . . . . . . . . . . . _ . . . . e Was there any loan or extension of credit by the plan to the employer. any fiduciary, any of the five most highly paid employees of the employer. any owner of a 10% or more interest in the employer. or reladvesof any such persons? . . . . . . . . . _ . . . . . . . . . . . . 26e 1 f Didthe planacquire orholdanyemployersecwityor employerreal propeny? . _ . . . . . 261 ! 9 HasmeplangantedanenewiDnM1anyd~nquemloanowedtorheplan?. . . . _ . _ _ h Were any panicipant contributions CnXrsmktedto the plan more than 31 days afCerreceipt or withholding by the e+loyer? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . _ . . i Were anv loans by Cheelan or fixed income obligations due the plan classified as uncollectible or in defaulC&ofthe&eoftheplanyaar? . . .- . . . . .’ . . . . . . . . . . . j Has any plan fiduciary had a financial imerest in excess of 10% in any per& providing setvices to the planareceivedanythingofvaluefhnnanysuchpany? , . _ . . . . _ . . . . . . k Did the man at any time hold 26% OFmore of its asserS in any single security. debt. mortgage, par& of~~~.orpamrership~ointventureintwens? . . ; .-. _ .-. . . .-.- .- . . Did rhe plan at any time engage in any transaction or sedes of reJated transaaions involving 2fI% or mcreoftheaarentvalueofptanassers?. . . . . . . . . . . . . _ . , . . . Ware there any noncash conufbufiw made to the plan whose value was set tirhout an appraisal by anim5apendemthiiparty?. . _ . . . . . , . _ . . . . . . . . . . . . Were there any pwchases of nonpublicly traded securkies by the plan whose value was set without an appratsalbyanfindependenCth+dparty2. . . . . . . . . . . . . _ . . . . . Has me plan reduced or FailedCo provide any benarit when due under the terms OFthe plan because _. >e ~_ 0,InsmllPemasseIs1 ~._._... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .I2601 , , 19 GAO/HEHS-98-45R Improving the Form 5500 Report ENCLOSUREII ENCLOSUREII Form550&C/R(1996) Complete page 1. and pages 3 tltmugh 6 onl$Sjou are tiling Form 5566-C. page6 27 Current value of plan assets and IiaMlities at the beginning and end of the plan year. Combine the value of plan ass& held in more than ooe mat Allocate the value of the plan’s intefest in a commingled trust containing the assets Of mwe than one plan on a ii-by-line basis unless the bus meek one of the specific exceptions describad in the inslructions. Do not enter the value of the @on of an irwnance comet that guarantees during this plan year to pay a specific dollar benefn at a future date. Round off amounts co the nearest dollar. a Cash............................. b Receivables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. _ . . . . . c Inve9rments: (1) U.S. Government securities .................... (2) Corporate debt and equity instruments ................. 0) Real estate and magages lother than to participants) ............ (4) Loan5 to participanrs: A Mortgages ........................ 1(4)A 1 1 Bother .......................... Is) other ........................... (6) Total invastments. Add limes27c(l) through 2k6l ............ ä 27d0i d Buildings and other propeny used in plan operations . . _ . . . . _ . . . . . 27d i e 0merass.a . . . . . . . . . . _ . . . . . . . . _ . . . . . . f Total assets. Add lines 27a. 27b. 27c(S). 276. and 27e. . . _ . . . . . . . . . W liabiities Payables . _ . _ . . . _ . . _ . . . . _ . _ . . . . . . . . Acquisition indebtedness . . . . _ _ _ . . . . _ _ . . _ _ . . _ . _ otherliabilities. . . _ . _ . . . . _ . . . . . _ . _ _ . . . . . Total liabilities. Add lines 279 UUOugh27i. . . _ . . . _ . . . . . . _ . . ä NetassetsSubtractline27jfromline27f . . . _ . . . . . . . _ . . . W 28 Plan income. expenses. and changes in net assets fw the plan year. Include all income and expenses of the plan including any m&s) Or separately maintained fund(s) and any payments/receipo to/from insurance carders. Rwnd off amounts to rJ~enearest dollar. Any orJwr amotmk are subjea to rejection. Income a Contiudons received or receivable in cash From: (5) Employer@)fincluding ccwibuticms on behalf of seJf-employed individuals) . . . . . _ B Employees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (3) others........................... (4) Add lines 28a(l) through 2EaI31 . . . _ . _ . . . . . . . . . . . _ _ b Noncash contributions. Enter the total Of lines 28a(4) and lines 2Bb in colun’~ (b) . . _ . _ c Earningsfrom investments @Wrest. dividends. renk. royalties) _ . . _ . . . . . . . d Netrealizedgain(loss)onsaleorexchangeofasseo . _ . . . . _ . . . . _ . . e otherincome (specify) b _.___.._._.____.......----.-..--..-..----.--.---.----.-.--.-.-----....-----. f Totalincome.Addlines28bthrOugh2Ee. . . . . . . _ . . _ . . . . . . W g Diibution of benefm and payments to provide benefrs: (1) Direc?Jyto paniClpatIk or their beneficiaries _ . _ . _ . . . _ . . . _ . . (2)omer........................... (3) Total disnibudon Of benetirs and payments to provide benefits . . . . . . . . . . h Adminissrativeexposes Waries. fees. commissions. inwance premiums) _ . _ . . . _ i Other expertsas (specify) b ___._____._____.____------..------.-..----.--.-.-----..-.-------..------. Total expenses. Add Iii 289 U6ough 2Bi . _ . . . . . . : Net income floss). Subtract line 28j from line 28f. A - ,:A L - 2 20 GAO/HEHS-9%45R Improving the Form 5500 Report ENCLOSURE III - ENCLOSURE III PROPOSED ANNUAL RETURN/REPORT OF EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLAN% FORM 5500 (207013) 21 GAO/HEHS-98-45B Improving the Form 5500 Report Ordering Information The first copy of each GAO report and testimony is free. Additional copies are $2 each. Orders should be sent to the following address, accompanied by a check or money order made out to the Snpenintendent of Documenti, when necessary. Visa and Mastercard credit cards are accepted, also. Orders for 100 or more copies to be mailed to a single address are discounted 26 percent. 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Employee Benefit Plans: Efforts to Streamline Reporting Requirements and Improve Processing of Annual Plan Data
Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1997-11-14.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)