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Form 5500 Reporting: Schedule A vs. Schedule C

As the deadlines for Form 5500 filing approach, it's important to understand the key differences between Schedule A and Schedule C and how they are used. These schedules gather different types of information about insurance and service providers within benefit plans, giving insights into how the plan is managed and whether it follows the rules. Let's break down what Schedule A and Schedule C do and why they matter.

Schedule A: Insurance Details

Schedule A is where you list all the insurance information for the benefit plan, covering things like group health, life, and disability insurance. You'll share important information like how much you pay for premiums, policy terms, and any commissions paid to insurance agents. Looking at Schedule A helps you see the plan's insurance and how money is spent with insurance companies.

­­­Schedule C: Service Providers

Service Providers

Schedule C is about the people and companies that provide services for the plan. It lists service providers who were paid more than $5,000 during the year. These could be consultants, investment managers, lawyers, or accountants. By showing who was paid and how much, Schedule C helps shed light on who's working for the plan and how they're paid. It also helps spot potential conflicts of interest and ensures everyone knows about the fees involved.

Using Schedule A and Schedule C

Both Schedule A and Schedule C are essential for Form 5500 reporting, but they focus on different things. Plan administrators must fill them out carefully to show exactly what insurance the plan has and who's providing the services. This transparency helps everyone involved trust that the plan is managed well and follows the rules, which is crucial for the plan's beneficiaries.

Why It’s Important

Understanding Schedule A and Schedule C is essential for anyone managing employee benefit plans. These schedules give important details that help you make good decisions and ensure compliance with regulations. As regulatory landscapes evolve, keeping up with Form 5500 requirements and understanding how Schedule A and Schedule C fit into the big picture is important.

Navigating Form 5500 reporting demands a clear understanding of Schedule A and Schedule C. For employers with over 100 employees, filing Form 5500 is an annual requirement with the IRS and DOL, and missing the deadline can lead to some hefty penalties. At Medcom Benefit Solutions, we streamline the Form 5500 process, tailoring reports to meet each employer's unique needs. We can also help with late filings through the DFVCP, ensuring compliance and minimizing penalties. Contact us today to see how we can help!

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