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U.S. Labor Department Extends Annual Reports Deadline After Severe Storms Hit New Jersey

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New Jersey - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) today announced an extension of the deadline for filing Form 5500 and Form 5500 EZ annual report/returns due to damages from severe storms and flooding in New Jersey.

President Bush has declared a major disaster in nine counties in New Jersey -- Bergen, Essex, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Warren -- due to the damage caused by the storms. The extension applies to plan administrators, employers and other entities located in areas directly affected as identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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 April 1 and June 20, 2005 are granted an extension until June 20, 2005. Plan filers entitled to an extension of relief 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.

For more information about disaster relief, contact FEMA at 1.800.621.3362 or 202.621.FEMA or the Internal Revenue Service at under “Disaster Area Tax Relief. Filers who have additional questions may contact the EBSA’s EFAST Help Line at 1.866.463.3278.

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Employee Benefits Security Administration
May 9, 2005
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